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One Lost Soul

(Hidden Norfolk #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  5,049 ratings  ·  172 reviews
The darkest secrets often hide in plain sight…
When a body is found on a lonely cliff top path, the angelic face of a murdered teenager lies facing the rising sun. Strangled by the hands of an unknown killer, it falls to DI Tom Janssen and his fledgling team to find out how she came to be there. Destined for a career in medicine, one to rival that of her parents, Hol
Kindle Edition, 294 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Hamilton Press
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The body of the pretty young girl overlooking the ocean on a cliff path was shocking – it almost looked like she was sleeping. When DI Tom Janssen was called to the site on a rare day off, he knew he’d need to call in another Inspector. When Tamara Greeve arrived, Tom was a little surprised to see a woman but the two of them, plus Eric from the station immediately started their investigation into Holly’s death.

As they searched for answers, they discovered that much was not as it seemed. There w
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
It pains me to give this just 2 stars because the story and the characters were OK. The writing, however -- grammar, punctuation, sentence structure -- was atrocious. I'm actually surprised I was able to get to the end. If people are going to self-publish or whatever this author did, they really REALLY need to get themselves a copy editor and learn the difference between "whose" and "who's". Among about a thousand other things. I'm not a total stickler, but this was so bad I had to read some sen ...more
Beth Evans
May 30, 2020 rated it liked it
I am also surprised by the high ratings. I thought the plot was okay, but the writing and copy editing were terrible. Words (even a character's name) are misspelled and there are grammatical errors all over the place. I was excited to try a new English mystery writer, but this one really disappointed. ...more
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
An easy to read crime novel. Rather predictable but an enjoyable read. Set in North Norfolk, which is what attracted me to it. Will probably read another in the series if I need some light crime relief.
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One Lost Soul Is another enthralling book from JM Dalgliesh

While avidly and hopefully waiting for a Yorkshire Murders Book 7, I decided to read Book 1 of the Norfolk Murders. I can assure you I was not disappointed. Two distinctly different detectives working together to solve the saddest of crimes. As expected of the author nothing is straightforward and there are many twists along the way. A truly great book that kept me gripped from the beginning. The only problem is, I finished it so quickly
Kerie Mooney
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
Quite enjoyed that it kept you gripped till the end to find out ' who dunnit ' but was disappointed by the result !!!! This didn't seem the right ending to me ..... ...more
This was a free borrow on kindle. It was good enough that I finished it, but at times lacked good editing. There are so many better books in this genre, I am not inclined to continue reading the series.
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great Read

Having read all the Dark Norfolk series I was very intrigued to start this new series, Hidden Norfolk. I was not disappointed. The characters this author creates are real people and have many layers and secrets. The beautiful descriptive writing of the setting adds to the enjoyment of reading a really good criminal procedural novel.
Mary Geraghty
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it

Good story, lots of interesting characters. I love a story that clearly shows the area, it was very atmospheric. Thought I had guessed the killer, was wrong. Well written.
Nov 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I need to stop entering book giveaways.

Don't get me wrong, I think they're a wonderful thing. I really appreciate that authors, who have put a great deal of effort into writing their works, getting them published and want to be able to make a living from the sales, go to the trouble of signing a copy of their book and sending them to the likes of me, for nothing. It's thanks to giveaways that I read my first novels by Rona Halsall, Sally Rigby and Simon McCleave.

The problem I have is th
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was ok
I'm astonished by the four and five star ratings. The plot is okay but the writing is poor by any measure. Surely an author should at least have a command of basic grammar? Dalgleish seems bamboozled by sentence structure and too much of the prose is ugly, repetitive or confusing. He also has a train spotter-ish habit of pedantically stating the obvious and fixating on the dullest of mundane and, invariably, irrelevant details in a way that smothers any spark of tension. For example: "They passe ...more
Ellie Spencer
Oct 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Rounded down from 3.5 stars ⭐️
Thrillers are my favourite genre of books. Unfortunately, this isn’t going to be one that stays with me.

It follows detectives Tom and Tamara as they try to uncover who murdered Holly.

The book was enjoyable enough, but for me, it wasn’t one to write home about. I often found my attention wandering when I was trying to read it. That being said, there was a small twist at the end that I didn’t see coming and which improved my rating. But the rest of the book just fel
Gretchen Bernet-Ward
Started reading with high hopes for this one but I guess it depends on what you are after in a crime novel. There is no swearing, nothing graphic, and the plot is straight forward but the writing is a little bit stilted, a little bit stereotyped. Various POVs are distracting, some characters don’t really add to the storyline. I can’t say I immediately took to DI Tom Janssen, or poor Eric Collet, and DCI Tamara Greave is a mixed bag of thoughts. For me, there was not a strong sense of place altho ...more
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A cracking story full of wit and insight into humanity's strengths and weaknesses and a good cross section of characters to keep you wanting the series to continue. Next one please ...more
Scott aka Prison Preacher
Great intro

I’m always thankful when I come across a new series that is free of the way to common, sex, vulgar and a superior or superiors who nothing but an antagonist to the protagonist.

Actually no superiors in book one, though it may change as the
series develops. Thus far DI Jannesen is like able. No history of alcoholism, a lost love through murder or his being a jerk, once a top cop but now is a washed up loser.

I hope these things don’t change
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
An engaging mystery

A dead teen rich girl. Her poor boyfriend and overly controlling parents. An affair with a married man with an equally controlling wife. Secrets all around. Who dunnit? Well written and engaging.
Chris wigley
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another enjoyable read with a good story line and an unexpected ending.Looking forward you the next book
Kaye Cook
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This is really a good new series.well written,great characters who are interesting as people.A wonderful mystery. A complete surprise.
I would recommend this to anyone.
Jess Mcpherson
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it

It was ok. A twist at towards the middle but slightly predictable and can be confusing at times. Needed more mystery
Paul Thompson
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This was a most enjoyable and detailed story about some sad and warped human relationships. While all resulted in hurt some led to murder.
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A very good story

A good story that I enjoyed immensely. The twists and turns had me going and David and Tamara make a good team. Highly recommend.
Anne Brown
Jul 09, 2020 rated it liked it
A teenage girl is found dead on the sand dunes in Norfolk. She has been strangled. The local detectives, DI Tom Janssen and DC Eric Collet, have made a start on the investigation. The victim is local sixth former Holly Bettany, a pretty, bright girl destined for medical school according to her parents. The body was found by Jane Francis, the wife of an artist, on her way to get a morning paper. She tells the Police that Mark McCall, who attended the same school as Holly, was there when she found ...more
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
1st in the series based in Norfolk.Uk
As I live in Norfolk thought I would try this British detective book and see how it read. It's been one on my radar for a while.

So glad I picked this author to try.

I was pulled in straight away by how it was written and the characters you got to know not just by their descriptions but their thoughts you became fully immersed into their inner thoughts and reasoning.

Main detective came across as deep thinker a watcher and used his intuitions gut feelings when
Aug 12, 2020 rated it liked it
One Lost Soul just didn't spark my detective instinct as have other BRitish mystery stories

The basic two police involved in the investigation seemed to have less interest in the case than they had in making SOME effort to know their investigating partners. The initial feel was that she was the.higher grade detective, but he had better people skills. That juxtaposition of personalitues made them seem less than the best pairing of partners for solving the murder of a girl whom they could barely ca
Oct 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lacking Atmosphere

The first in the Hidden Norfolk series with Tom Janssen. It only just nudged into the 3 star category lying firmly in the 2 stars most of the way through. To be honest if I want such a stickler for finishing books I’d started id have given up on this one about half way.

It’s a plod through investigation of the murder of a young girl whose body is discovered lying in bushes near Holkham Beach. Claiming to be set in North Norfolk apart from the name of the place the body is foun
Sep 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Th mystery of a murdered girl in a sleepy Norfolk village which Tom Janssen needs professional help to investigate.

I really enjoyed how this was set in Norfolk, with British places to recognise - makes a change from the usual American or ‘who knows’ setting. It’s a good mystery although wraps up a bit quickly at the end with little explanation. A nice pace, making it an easy read

What I didn’t particularly like was the description of Tom. The book starts by pitching him as a family man but then
Martina Kovaříková
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I do not think I read a book by this author before, but when it came up on my Kindle as suggestion, I decided to give it a shot. The story is easy to follow, although it is writen from several characters perspective. Which is something I have rather mixed feelings about. But in this case, it was not too much and it was easy to know which of the characters it is.
Plot wise, I think there are some clues to who was the murderer, if you paid attention and I was able to guess who the murderer was, and
Oct 11, 2020 rated it liked it
This book had real potential - all of the characters were intriguing... except the detectives in charge of the case. I didn't feel any connection to Janssen, Greave or Eric and I felt their presence was superficial.

The plot was good, it had some twists although nothing shocking - (view spoiler)
Ann Roam
Feb 20, 2021 rated it did not like it
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Nancy Erdmann
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hidden Crime in Beautiful Norfolk

To me, it is one of the pleasures of life to find a British mystery series set in a beautiful and ancient British setting. I do need to find a lead detective, his small group of overstretched investigators, and a modicum of his personal life appealing ingredients in the mix. Fortunately for me and the many readers like me, J. M. Dalgliesh writes especially well and has the ability to describe and organize his characters as they inhabit and provide the plot in a s
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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 Yorkshire, England. The m

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“Holly was grateful for the shelter of the dunes. The wind had a habit of rattling along the coastline, sweeping across the flatlands and cutting through even the hardiest of winter clothing. Where they were sitting, beyond the thick pine forests of the Holkham estate, there was shelter of sorts. She watched the others building a fire on the beach below, gathering driftwood and any fallen branches scavenged from the nearby woods. In the summertime, the estate routinely sent groundskeepers out to ensure open fires were not set but not at this time of year. Early spring could be lovely on the Norfolk coast, bright sunshine, warming on the skin. As long as the prevailing wind wasn’t whipping in off the North Sea, at least. The sun had long since set and the chill of the evening was beginning to bite.” 0 likes
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