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Divided House

(Dark Yorkshire #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  1,378 ratings  ·  70 reviews
The public face. A private reality. Sometimes, the dead have a lot to hide...

DI Nathaniel Caslin's life is a mess. He works the minimum, abuses substances to survive the day and drinks his nights away. A once-promising career is in freefall.

Investigating the death of an ex-serviceman in police custody, reveals the disappearance of a young family. No
Kindle Edition, 333 pages
Published May 2nd 2018 by Hamilton Press
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Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
A dark and disturbing crime thriller. The chief protagonist, DI Caslin, is in the doghouse hence he's on the late shift. This all changes when a man brought into the cells one night commits suicide. Caslin stays on the case, his only help a rookie DC. When the dead man turns out to be an ex serviceman, and it turns out there is a family missing, things heat up.

The plot is just too convoluted to try and summarise but, trust me, its a cracker. There is plenty of murder and mayhem, a missing famil
Anne Hill
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Intriguing read

I found the storylines a bit confusing in parts, so many characters to keep track of. But the book was intriguing enough to carry on. The main character is likable enough, not perfect, which is an attribute, no cookie cutter characters. Well worth the read.
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Some odd and incorrect uses of language were distracting. However, plot and character development were excellent; a good, fast paced story. Will definitely read the next in the series.
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Dark, British Police Procedural

This police procedural set in Yorkshire features hard-drinking DI Nate Caslin, who bends some police rules, brawls in bars w men who abuse women, is often late to work, is being investigated by the IPCC, and is punished by being assigned to night shit and is banished to a desk in the corner of the squad room. Although he is an excellent detective, bad things roll down hill. Several bosses don’t trust him, resulting in suspicions in the lower ran
David Gilchrist
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it
DNF, just found the story too rambling and confusing.. Gave up on it.
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I bought this on Kindle as I have a tenuous personal connection to the writer. I found the grammar very distracting at times - this could use a good editor. The description is also quite misleading, as the protagonist is far from a junkie barely coasting through his day-to-day life. He is a stressed, divorced policeman who sometimes drinks moderately. He's dedicated to his job to an extreme and just the right balance of flawed and likeable, having fallen from grace in his career due to a mysteri ...more
Sally Bucknole
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: signed-books
With a multitude of things going on in this fab detective novel, I became worried that all of my questions would not be answered by the time I turned the last page. My fears however were unfounded, as all pieces of the jigsaw fell neatly into place. This book was full of action and I enjoyed it immensely. Written by an ex-colleague, this was a clever plot and a real page turner. A most enjoyable novel thoroughly recommended. Well done Jason.
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
This was well written but something that really bothered me about it was that it’s almost the EXACT SAME STORY of real life serial killers Leonard Lake and Charles Ng. There was very very little changed. I understand being inspired by a real crime but telling the whole true story and portraying it as a work of fiction created by the writer is a bit bothersome and I’m not sure how I feel about it ethically, tbh.
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Am always in the market for a new detective series and this is really promising. Great characters and for the most part very good writing. Will definitely try the next one. This is independently published and is on a par with Peter Robinson, Peter James etc
peter simon
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it

Feeels like it’s written with a tv series in mind. Characterization a bit thin. Small bleat, but why all the commas in the wrong places?
Oct 09, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the bargain book for this month at the English Kindle Mystery Club on Goodreads. There were some good ideas here, but it seemed like a lot of it wasn’t fully developed or completely explained. The story involves a disgraced former high flyer police officer, a suspect who dies in custody, a brutal serial killer, and much more. I would give this about 3 stars.
Beth Stewart
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I found this book didn't hold my interest. It seemed to ramble in places and I had trouble piecing things together. Lots of character names but hard to keep track of them as they weren't really developed. ,win character started as a policeman with alcohol issues but that wasn't continued through the book
Sep 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Not bad

The description of the book was about a guy that has substance abuse problems and coasted through his job, but that really did not come across in the book.
Aside from that the book was not bad, I just would have appreciated a better depiction of the character suggested by the overview
Jim Cerone The Perfect Host DJ MC
Very Good Start

Very good start to this series with flashes of brilliant descriptions and turns of phrase. Perhaps a bit too densely plotted and lots of characters to keep track of, but pacing is solid.
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
J.M. Dalgliesh is a new author for me, but I will certainly be reading more from him.

Divided House introduces DI Nathaniel Caslin. Nate Caslin had been on an upward career path with Scotland Yard, but he made a mistake and is now the odd man out in York.

His marriage is on the rocks, and his personal life is a mess, but there is an integrity that keeps him from falling into a hopeless abyss.

When no one else seems concerned about the disappearance of a young family, Nate l
Gerry Lane
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Nowhere near previous standards.

There’s clumsy construction, careless punctuation and minor factual errors cropping up too often to make a satisfying read possible. The plot’s too obviously cribbed from event news events, with little effort to introduce interesting variations on the theme .
Sorry, but this one smacks of a hurried, poorly planned and executed work, published before it’s been properly edited.
Frieda Heyting
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
The amount of violence or the number of deaths is no indication of the quality of a book. This book does not invite you in and does not stimulate thought. Too often the reader is kept away from insights and findings of the detective; threads are not always consistently followed. Readers are mainly kept in the dark until towards the end unsatisfactory and incomplete ‘solutions’ are thrown at you amidst a whirlwind of unrealistic pursuits and shootings.
Hannelore Cheney
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A slow starting police procedural that is increasingly tense, till you're racing towards the end, not able to stop reading. A likeable detective who's compulsively addicted to his job, losing his family in the process...he never has time for anything other than his current case. The ending is chilling and a surprise. I've already downloaded the next in the series, so I can definitely recommend this author.
barbara jones
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
A story full of details that keep you informed every step of the way.

First time I have read this author. But I was so impressed with this book, I have bought his two next books that follow on with these police officers. It is good to get to know new author's and their characters.
Marilyn A. Land
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am an avid reader and this is one of the best books I have read in a long time. I never got bored, the main character was human and great, the plot was very well developed etc, If you like a good mystery definitely read this book
Jan Rideout
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hard to follow

I found it hard to understand what was going on in a lot of the action. Many of the characters were just names and not fleshed out, so that it was hard to tell them apart.
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Slow starting, but picked up speed half way through. Interested in reading the next one.
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Death in York

A good story with a stressed and overwhelmed protagonist, he still manages to come up with the right answers. I will read the next story with interest.
Gary Van Cott
Aug 30, 2018 rated it liked it
The detective in this book hits most of the detective cliches.
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
There have been some rather good crime novels set in Yorkshire but I think that this one is up there with the best. There was nothing easy or predictable about it and it went off in many different directions, adding an extra layer to the story each time.

I admit that the stereotypical "troubled" detective has been overdone at times but somehow this one has something extra. Perhaps it is that he proves from time to time that he can step away from his bad habits and maintain a clear per
Feb 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
I'm shocked that the author did not mention actual serial killers Leonard Lake and Charles Ng as the source of his plot. The parallels undeniable. The cyanide suicide in the police station. The underground bunker. The murder of families and infants. The recording of the torture of victims. The military connection. The Asian killer, even referred to as "Charlie" in the book, who had been abused by his father. The ex-wife who was forced to participate in violent, pornographic videos but also enabl ...more
Beth Wills
Jul 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: tried-and-failed
I could not manage more than a few chapters of this. I bought it based on the good reviews, and it may indeed be a good story, but I couldn't get past the writing. Poor grammar, exhaustive descriptions of simple actions like walking down the stairs, and in some places necessary explanation completely missing.
"Before saying anything further, he took a last look beyond Caslin to ensure that no-one else was able to hear what he was about to say.
Arriving at a side door to the yard..." WHAT DI
Ian D.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
At first I found this book a tad confusing as characters appeared in large numbers and I could not keep track of them all, however it was well worth persevering and I have now read all the following books in the series and loved every one. Caslin is a flawed but determined character with a strong sense of justice who always seems to suffer for his efforts. Every book has a satisfying twist just when you think you think you have it sussed. A very satisfying read.
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story had a little bit of everything. There was a man who committed suicide by swallowing cyanide, a strange way to go considering the story takes place in 2015. There was an abandoned farm, an underground bunker, and strange goings-on at the police headquarters. I found the main character, a policeman whose bright star had dimmed during an earlier investigation, very sympathetic. I was surprised at the end to find out how young he was. He sounded much older in his head. Very good story.
Andrea Mitchell
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A down to earth chilling police thriller

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The main character as usual is a flawed police officer, but he is believable. Throughout the novel the main characters are interweaving in a sinister plot that actually leaves you guessing. Motives are not obvious and you need to pay attention to each detail. Well written and I will read more in the series.
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Jason Dalgliesh was born on the south coast of England and grew up in Hampshire, UK. He has worked in the power transmission industry, the retail sector, call centres and as a night-owl in a bakery. His greatest challenge of all is ongoing, as a stay at home parent.

He is presently writing the Dark Yorkshire crime-series, featuring DI Nathaniel Caslin.

The novels are set in Y

Other books in the series

Dark Yorkshire (5 books)
  • Blacklight (Dark Yorkshire #2)
  • The Dogs in the Street (Dark Yorkshire #3)
  • Blood Money (Dark Yorkshire #4)
  • Fear the Past (Dark Yorkshire #5)