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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

On Cold Ground (DS Karen Hart #5) by D.S. Butler


On Cold Ground

(DS Karen Hart #5)

by D.S. Butler

Kindle Edition

Expected publication: March 25th 2021 by Thomas & Mercer

Goodreads synopsis: 

A merciless killer who will stop at nothing. And a detective with nothing left to lose.

When Detective Karen Hart hears a scream echoing out of beautiful Lincoln Cathedral one snowy evening, she is the first officer on the scene. In the chapel a man lies murdered, a bloody cross carved into his forehead.

The twisted killing sends this close-knit community into shock. And a note to the police from the murderer, signed by ‘The Cleanser’, confirms their worst fears: this sadistic slaying is the first of many. The ritual killings will never stop until Hart uncovers the murderer’s ungodly motive.

When early leads become dead ends, Karen starts to wonder if there’s a link to a rumoured conspiracy within police ranks—particularly when an abrasive new officer is assigned to the case. Could the key to catching ‘The Cleanser’ be dangerously close to home? Meanwhile, she is battling her own demons as she struggles to come to terms with the deaths of her husband and daughter.

In her toughest case yet, Karen will come closer than ever before to a dangerous truth. Can she put the pieces of the puzzle together before she’s stopped in her tracks?


4.75 stars

This is the fifth book in the DS Karen Hart detective series by D.S. Butler.

I’ll tell you one thing. I definitely found a new series to follow. As soon as I finished this I went out and bought the first three books of the series.

This was very well written. I could see myself in Karen’s place having to deal with all the nonsense that goes on in this book and found the entire experience fascinating. There is just so much to like her. I love Karen and her boss DI Morgan really resonated with me too. I can’t wait to read a book where they really get to work together. This one has Karen as sort of a lone woman getting the job done even though the new team that comes in is blocking her at every turn.

That DCI Churchill, dang, hate him. What a good foil for Karen! He is just a butt head in order to be a butt head and have control. I wouldn’t be surprised if he popped up in future books too.

The cast here is just stellar. I felt like I was watching a movie and just couldn’t get enough of it. Karen just felt real and I felt her pain just going through the normal every day things in life.

Just so much to love about this series  I can’t get enough.

Highly recommended. Excellent book!

If you like cozy mysteries, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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