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Chloe - Lost Girl (Carl Sant Murder Mysteries, #1)

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  365 ratings  ·  61 reviews

A missing student. A gunned-down detective. A woman in fear for her life. All three are connected somehow.

Detective Inspector Carl Sant and his fellow officers get on the case. But what links the disappearance of a university student, the death of an off-duty police sergeant, and a professor reluctant to help them solve the case?

Their only clue is a sequence of numbers, et

Kindle Edition, 4 edition, 288 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Gumshoe-A Next Chapter Imprint
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Whispering Stories
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Chloe – Lost Girl is the first book in a new thriller/detective series by author Dan Laughey. The book is set in Leeds, UK and features Detective Inspector Carl Sant and his team. The book opens with a Detective Liam Dryden meeting a female informant in a rural location. After the woman had told her story Dryden left, catching a bus out of the area.

Not long into the bus journey Dryden and the other passengers on board were gunned down. The last thing tha
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
In the British mystery tradition, CHLOE – LOST GIRL by Dan Laughey is not a rock ‘em – sock ‘em rapid-fire read! It is a tad dark, has some grit and characters that are far from perfect. Yet also in the British mystery tradition, it is riveting and filled with seemingly unrelated crimes that are like knots in a rope, knots DI Carl Sant is determined to unravel.

If you like your mysteries far reaching, love to play your own version of connect the dots before the police and want your characters to
E.A. Briginshaw
Nov 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
The book got off to a good start with a mysterious crime when a police officer is killed along with everyone else on a bus. I kept reading, wanting to know the motive for the crime. However, the story strayed into a wasteland of political meanderings. The most disappointing thing is that nothing is resolved. The book simply ends with an advertisement for the next book in the series. I won't be fooled again by this author.
Jessica Belmont
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Chloe: Lost Girl is a dark, gritty mystery. What I really Loved about this book was the seemingly disconnected crimes that built like puzzle pieces. As a reader, I love when a mystery isn't easily solved by the characters or me. This is definitely the case here. The twists and turns are seemingly endless and that is what makes this a great mystery.

Admittedly, it is a but slow moving. The book starts off with a bang and then slows to a bit of a crawl for a while.

What worked with the slow pace,
Lynda Kelly
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Now I'm aware this is part of a series and I saw a LOT of reviewers complaining how it ends suddenly and I expected it to taper off leaving an opening for the next instalment, but DOES end with no resolution and partway through the current mystery as opposed to tying up the ends of this particular case and THEN carrying on with the same characters in the next story !! So if you want any sort of an ending, don't bother !! However, I did enjoy the story and for the most part the writi ...more
Norshafa Wati
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a review that I have written previously in my blog, , and re-published it here in Goodreads.

Chloe – Lost Girl is about a 20-year-old Chloe Lee who has been missing from Leeds, West Yorkshire since September 9th. The novel immediately starts with the story of Detective Sergeant Liam Dryden who was gunned down in a bus soon after secretly interviewing a person regarding a murder case during his off duty, before the bus that he was riding was involved in an accident. H
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an explosive and exciting read!

As one of my favourite genres, I was so excited to be given the opportunity to read this shortish (286 pages) début murder/mystery by Dan Laughey. During a really exciting opening chapter, the action rocketed and the tension immediately soared as events moved along at a rapid pace.

The characters created by the author, Dan Laughey, were fascinating in themselves, particularly DI Carl Sant. I loved the banter between the dedicated DI Sant and his assistant, DC B
Eric Mondschein
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dan Laughey in Chloe - Lost Girl (Carl Sant Murder Mysteries Book 1) has written a superb suspense filled mystery that will have you spellbound and always wanting to read just one more chapter into the wee hours of the morning. The author has that distinctive ability to paint a picture with words that has you feeling you are present in each scene. His characters are so life like, and the bad guys so evil. I will not spoil it by giving away any of the plot, but each clue uncovered is yet another ...more
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Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I will start out by saying that I loved this book. The mystery was wonderful and wove its way around in a way that I was not expecting, setting it up perfectly for the rest of the series.

The lead character, Carl Sant, is a great character. He has his flaws, but he is also a great guy. He is a little bit on the dense side when it comes to the people around him. He is smart, though, and sees things in a way that others don't always understand, but they indulge him anyway. He is in no uncertain ter
When I started Chloe: Lost Girl, I didn’t realise that it was set in my magnificent city of Leeds. As I read the first page, I squealed; before we met, Mr K used to live on Belle Vue Road, the first Leeds reference… I loved the local backdrop, it enhanced my imagination of the story as I really could picture the locations that were mentioned.

What I read was quite a complex police procedural. The brutal shooting of a police officer on a bus really set the scene to the investigation that followed.
Sherryl Clark
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Michelle Whitham (curled_up_with_a_good_book)
This is the first book in the Carl Sant Mysteries series and I really enjoyed it.

The book starts with an Dryden, an off duty Policeman meeting an unknown informant for some information….but when he leave the meeting, he gets on a bus and is killed….along with everyone else on the bus.

The Police force whip into action to try to discover what happened to they friend and colleague. Who was he meeting and why? He leaves a mysterious message on the misty window and DI Carl Sant and colleagues try to
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Chloe Lost Girl is the first book written by Dan Laughey featuring Detective Carl Sant a guy who’s dedicated to his work and not afraid to bend the rules to find out the truth. In this first book Carl and his team are looking for missing girl Chloe Lee whose being missing for over five weeks. The team don’t have much to go on so when colleague DC Liam Dryden is gunned down in a massacre about the number 33 bus their focus is elsewhere. The dead detective has left them a clue 3 1 8 is marked in t ...more
The J.
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The story unfolds slowly like a budding rose. Before you realize what’s happening your finger is bleeding from a thorn you didn’t see while you tried to pluck the bud from the plant. It leaves a trail of blood behind as you go find a rose bowl for the bud. Unraveling. Slowly. The horror gripping your attention. Your fascination holding your eyes open wide.

This was no exercise in decoration, but the undoing of destruction. -Chloe: Lost Girl

This book was a journey into England. I stumbled across t
Stepj Gear
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!
The story, The characters, The writing, The mystery that is wrapped within the pages; all helped to make this a very exciting, thrilling read.
I have a read a lot of books over the past 18 months through blog tours, etc and it is always nice to find a story that gets an INSTANT 5 stars! This book blew me away with how fantastic it was. Dan Laughey is not an author I was familiar with before now, but he has now been added to my Fave Authors on Goodreads! Fantastic writing! I cann
Michele E.
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Chloe Lost Girl: (Carl Sant Murder Mysteries series)

`Chloe Lost girl´ is book one of two. A gritty detective story set in Leeds, Yorkshire. The descriptions of the many places mentioned within the book were reminiscent for me; I was taken on a trip down memory lane through Dan Laughley´s great descriptions of my former home town.

The story´s main character , Detective Carl Sant and his workmates were all interesting, believable and likeable characters and I felt that the storyline was well deliv
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
The start of this book is packed to the rafters with action. A lot of things happening and at first sight they seem totally independent.

Little by little the police suspects there is a connection, but which one? It certainly is deeply hidden because they don’t really seem to make head or tails of this link.

What does the mysterious clue mean? Who is that woman and more importantly, where is Chloe?

This will all be revealed, but not in this part. The mystery will remain hidden a bit longer.

It really
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
My first book by this author and also the first book in the Detective Carl Sant series. Carl Sant is a gritty and likeable detective based in Leeds. The story begins with the brutal murder of an off-duty detective, which occurs on a crashed bus where the other passengers are also murdered. There is also the mystery of the significance of three numbers written on the bus window where the murdered detective was sitting. Sant’s team are also looking into the disappearance of a local girl, Chloe Lee ...more
R.J. Rosatte
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Carl Sant is a detective in London, England, currently investigating the murder of a colleague who was gunned down in public aboard a bus. Several other passengers were also gunned down, apparently to silence witnesses to the brutal murder. Sant believes there is a connection to the policeman's murder and the disappearance of Chloe, the titular mystery girl. As true-to-live as it gets, the author takes you on a great ride to discover the mysteries that abound in this tightly written thriller. Th ...more
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Take one missing student, Chloe Lee. Add in an off-duty detective gunned down on a bus and the mystery of the numbers he writes on the window. Throw in the vanished neighbour (also Chloe's guardian). Now, join the dots.
Or rather, follow DI Carl Sant as he attempts to make connections and unravel a mystery that goes back to the 80s.

Well that was a good read - but darn it, the answer lies in book 2: Chloe - Never Forget. I'll be back with a full review later, I have some more reading to do ;)
Diana Febry
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Intriguing storyline but didn't quite work me for.
The plot was quite complicated switching between different cases and incidents that initially seemed unrelated. Add in a few continuity errors, such as an officer bemoaning the lack of a torch and the next page using his torch, and it became unnecessarily confused.
The relationships between the officers of different ranks seemed a little off.
The book doesn't have an ending. It simply stops and gives the reader the blurb for the next book.
I didn't
Norma Johnstone
Feb 12, 2020 rated it did not like it
If like me you want to read a book which actually comes to a conclusion don't read this. Crime novels which leave you with a requirement to read the author's next book are just wrong. When did Agatha Christie ever leave you in the middle of a new murder at the end of a book and she is known as one of the best crime writers.Any book should have a conclusion and not just be an advertisement for the author's next book. Money is obviously involved in this. I won't be reading the next book or any oth ...more
Jim Bean
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
More to come

Normally I wouldn't grant a five star where I'm left hanging in suspense at tge end od one book. However, in this case I believe a five staris warranted. Although the end of the first books leaves you unfulfilled and dying for more, you don't really mind the wait. This book is a standalone suspense /mystery. Great characters and a good blend of personalities with developing suspense for the continued story. I look forward to the continued tell. No sex, graphic violence or foul langua
Caroline Venables
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really loved this book and can’t wait to read the next in the series. The book starts with a missing girl.

Then the death of a policeman on a bus. In his dying moments he leaves a code which the police force will have to decipher to solve his murder.

D.I. Sant and his team prioritise the death of the policeman but as they dig further, they find a link to the Chloe, the missing girl. Can Sant persuade his bosses that the two cases are linked?
A.J. Griffiths-Jones
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a well-constructed read with great characters. The case of missing student Chloe Lee ties together with a recent mass murder & Inspector Carl Sant is wrapped up in a tangle of clues as he searches for the truth. The police procedural parts of this novel are realistic & give the reader a sense of what it’s like to investigate a serious crime. Very enjoyable yet I felt the last chapter could have shown a little more clarity into the fate of some of the victims. ...more
David Bonarigo
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Book started off strong. Had a good premise, good character development and it just STALLED. I mean I'm from the USA and not completely familiar with the political scene of the UK, but please, it went from interesting to TOO MUCH. As I got close to the end, I just wanted it to end to get some resolution. No. None. Read the next book. FFS that won't happen. Cut out the political diatribe and perhaps you can finish it in one book.
Michelle Wilson
I struggled through the book. All the old policemen and young ones, old cases coming into the new ones. At the end one does not know why the policeman who died on the bus, is dead where he came from. We are left with a person being tortured and ...., buy the next book. I must add that the second book is not expensive, but I find these kinds of writing in poor taste, for the reader at any rate. So no more.
Gary  Rawson
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Well, I was really enjoying this book; liked the writing, the characters and the pace, right up to the CLIFF-HANGER ending. What a crock of %@**. Just let me know in advance that this was NOT a complete story. I realized about 90% thru the book that it needed to be wrapping it up. Was even looking for a GRAND finish. Was I ever surprised and unhappy with the way this book ended. I have NO desire to read the second book just to find out the finish to book number one.
Apr 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
Once I finished the book I didn't get the feeling of satisfaction from it. The parts of the book that had to do with the who and why didn't interest me at all. The part where they held a girl hostage so they could find out where Chole was a bit more interesting. Just not a subject of interest for me.
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Dan Laughey was born in Otley and bred in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, a hop and a skip away from the Leeds setting of his Chloe/Carl Sant novels. He now lives in the Leeds suburb of Guiseley and shares his time between England and Thailand, where his in-laws live. He lectures at Leeds Beckett University where he teaches a course called ‘Youth, Crime and Culture’ among other things. He holds a BA in En ...more

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