• On Cold Ground

  • Detective Karen Hart, Book 5
  • By: D. S. Butler
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (173 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2021 by D. S. Butler. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Another great Mystery!

I love this author, her books and characters are very realistic and you can relate to their lives. If you have never read her work and enjoy crime mysteries, don’t wait any longer you will not be disappointed! The narrator does an excellent job also.

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Great Series!

I really enjoyed this series. The characters are likeable and realistic and the stories keep you guessing.

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OMG!

Spine-tingling! Spellbinding! All of the words used to describe excellence in the writing of thrillers, mysteries, police procedurals, and female detectives apply here! Wow! Just Wow!

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enjoyed the book!

new to this author and have enjoyed the series.. waiting on another adventure with DS Hart!

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I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. The story was fast paced. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys listening to a really good mystery.

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Not the best in the series

This one is definitely a skip. I enjoyed the other books in the series but not this one. The internal dialogue was annoying, like it was for special people. The thoughts are basically saying what every idiot already knows .

Then the neverending jumping to conclusions on the extreme. I never liked the narration for Sophie, like nails on a chalkboard. The corruption backstory was never anything I liked. This story is horribly predictable and unimaginative.

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Finally!! Corruption exposed!

This book caught me by surprise...you would never connect the dots between three murders. Well played! We finally learn the identity of the top corrupt cop...didn’t see it coming!

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  • L. Allan
  • 07-28-22

Great DS Katen Hart Book

This is another excellent book by DS Butler in the Karen Hart series. However, I don’t know what was wrong but I did not really like the narrators voice it is quite off putting but a bit better when I slowed it down. The story is so good though that I did listen to the end!

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  • 06-01-22

Suspension and brilliant

Really good, hard to put down .Would recommend to a friend. Will be reading more books by D S Butler

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  • Amazon Customer PH
  • 01-23-22

Finally the answers … sad to see the end of the series

Loved this series.
Sad it’s come to a close.
Great ending.
Highly recommend
Can’t wait to look into the author more to see what’s next

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  • Jo Bowen
  • 05-16-21

A brilliant book

I listened to the book for the first time, excellent I really enjoyed listening to the story while working in the garden.

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  • Ms Marple
  • 05-14-21

Another great listen

I have listened to all 5 books in this series over the past month. They have all been very enjoyable & I hope there will be more books featuring DS Hart, DI Morgan, Rick & Sophie.

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  • Cathryn B.
  • 05-05-21

Not as good as previous

I thought this book was very drawn out in the last few chapters and very unbelievable. it could have been so much better.

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  • Karen Grice from Australia
  • 05-03-21

Best ever D S Butler !!

Just loved it, couldn t finish it quick enough, just love DS Hart and her team. The book keeps you interested and on the edge of your seat throughout the book, can t wait for the next one !!
The narrator is fantastic too !! such feeling !!!