On Cold Ground by DS Butler

On Cold Ground by DS Butler

Is there a serial killer on the loose in Lincoln?

When a body is found by DS Karen Hart in the cathedral, there’s a cross carved into the forehead. Then DI Morgan receives a threatening note before another body is found, bearing the killer’s hallmark. Another note suggests the killer is taunting the police. But is it that straightforward?

DS Hart is already convinced corrupt officers remain in the force, despite the suspension of one detective inspector. An internal investigation is making slow progress. Karen has suspicions about the new DI, drafted in take control of the murder inquiry. His attitude towards her is abrasive and derogatory.

The running corruption thread adds an unease and additional tension to the narrative as Karen starts to suspect those around her. Meanwhile, the serial killer seems to be too close for comfort, creating more suspense.

You just know Karen’s going to run into danger, as she’s impulsive when she’s on the hunt. But it all adds to the excitement and an unexpected climax in a snowy blizzard.


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?

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