D. S. Butler
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About D. S. Butler
I’m Danica and I write under the names D. S. Butler, Dani Oakley and Danica Britton. If you’ve stumbled across this author page after having read one of my books, thank you very much for your support.
I write mysteries in many different flavours — some grittier than others. So far, I've written two standalone psychological thrillers: Lost Child and Her Missing Daughter. I also write a detective series set in London, which features one of my favourite characters, Jack Mackinnon.
The books I write as Dani Oakley are set in the East End of London. They are full of gangsters and strong female characters.
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For readers who like to read series books in order here is the list of DS Jack Mackinnon books:
1.) Deadly Obsession 2.) Deadly Motive 3.) Deadly Revenge 4.) Deadly Justice 5.) Deadly Ritual 6.) Deadly Payback 7.) Deadly Game
Dani Oakley Books: 1) East End Trouble 2.) East End Diamond 3.) East End Retribution
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A perfect village. A perfect crime.
When two young girls disappear from their primary school, the village of Heighington is put on high alert—and not for the first time. Called in to investigate, Detective Karen Hart is sure that parallels with a previous disappearance are anything but coincidental.
DS Hart is still reeling from a case she tried and failed to solve eighteen months ago, when a young woman vanished without a trace. She’s no nearer to the truth of what happened to Amy Fisher, but with two children missing now too, the stakes have never been higher. As she looks to the past for clues, she must confront her own haunting loss, a nightmare she is determined to spare other families.
Hart soon realises that nothing in this close-knit Lincolnshire community is what it seems. Pursuing the investigation with personal vengeance, she finds herself in conflict with her scrupulous new boss, but playing by the rules will have to wait. Because while there’s no shortage of suspects, the missing girls are running out of time…
She only turned her back for a moment but that was all it took.
Two years ago, Beth Farrow turned her back on her three-year-old niece, Jenna, for just a few seconds. She disappeared without a trace.
How does a three-year-old go missing from a crowded summer fete without anyone noticing?
When Beth leaves the country to try and escape her guilt, someone sends her a photograph from an anonymous number. It's a photograph of Jenna. She's older, but Beth is sure it's her niece. She is determined to do what the police cannot: Find Jenna and bring her home.
But someone isn't pleased when Beth returns, and they will do what ever it takes to get rid of her. This time, for good.
This dark and gripping psychological thriller is a page-turner you will not be able to put down.
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Can DS Karen Hart rely on the word of a little girl to save the life of a woman in grave danger?
When a woman is abducted from a quiet suburban street and bundled into the back of a white van, the only witness to the crime is a child with a reputation for telling tall tales.
The police doubt the girl’s story, except for Detective Karen Hart, who is determined to follow her instincts—perhaps because the shy little girl reminds her of the daughter she’s still grieving.
When a playing card is found at the scene, Karen finds her first clue. And when a second card is found at the home of a missing woman, Tamara, Karen finds her victim. But before the team can catch their breath, another woman linked to Tamara is snatched. And then a body turns up in a farmer’s field.
With the crimes having escalated from kidnap to murder, Karen must unlock the killer’s calling-card code before any more victims are taken. But getting to the truth isn’t going to be easy when Tamara’s family has so much to hide…
A dark secret. A haunted past. And a house full of lies.
When two teenage girls vanish without a trace from an educational retreat at Chidlow House in Lincolnshire, the students and teachers are put on high alert.
Called in to investigate, Detective Karen Hart questions everyone who came into contact with the two girls, Cressida and Natasha, in the days leading up to their disappearance.
Stories of Chidlow House being haunted abound, but Hart—still coming to terms with the suspicious circumstances surrounding the tragic loss of her own family—knows that while the house might be otherworldly, the crime is grimly real.
But nothing is quite as it seems at Chidlow House. When it becomes clear that someone at the estate must know more than they’re letting on, Hart faces a race against time to find the culprit and save the girls.
While there is no shortage of suspects, Hart comes up against one dead end after another. And when she too begins hearing eerie whispers in the walls, she is forced to wonder: was she too quick to dismiss Chidlow’s supernatural reputation?
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?
Beneath a quiet village, dark crimes lie buried.
When decomposed human remains are discovered in a suitcase behind a locked door in the home of an elderly man, Detective Karen Hart thinks the facts speak for themselves. That is, until she finds the warning: It’s time to pay for your crime.
The body belongs to a former teacher, Oliver Fox, who vanished from the village thirty years earlier. Hart’s instincts tell her there is something untoward about this rural Lincolnshire community—especially when she uncovers evidence suggesting that, although Fox was a victim, he certainly wasn’t innocent. As the extent of Fox’s crimes becomes apparent and the web of lies continues to unravel, almost nobody in the village is above suspicion.
When there are whispers of child abuse in connection with the case, it’s clear someone is willing to do anything to keep the sinister truth buried. Can Hart find the culprit before more lives are lost?
In all his years with the police, DS Jack Mackinnon’s instincts have never failed him - until now.
Glamorous and beautiful, Anya Blonski has her future all mapped out, but when the young dancer leaves rehearsals and doesn’t make it home, her brother fears the worst. He knows something bad must have happened. Anya would never voluntarily leave him to worry.
With the clock ticking, Mackinnon is under pressure to unravel the mystery behind Anya’s disappearance. But the more he digs, the murkier things get.
Then another young woman also disappears, and panic in the local community intensifies. Trusting his gut, Mackinnon tries to reassure his colleagues they’re on the right track. But are they?
The team is up against a twisted killer, and time is running out.
Other books in the series: DEADLY MOTIVE, DEADLY REVENGE, DEADLY JUSTICE, DEADLY RITUAL, DEADLY PAYBACK, DEADLY GAME and DEADLY INTENT are available now.
You can cover up the truth but it won’t stay buried forever.
A man is found bludgeoned to death in woodland by the village of Canwick, and the close-knit community is sent into shock. Detective Karen Hart, still haunted by the tragic loss of her husband and daughter nearby, is brought in to investigate the horrific murder.
It soon becomes clear that dark secrets lie behind Canwick’s unspoiled appearance. When Hart begins to suspect that a modern-day slavery ring has been hiding in plain sight among the villagers, she faces a race to find proof before the culprits slip from her grasp. But when key witnesses start disappearing, it’s obvious that there’s a deep-rooted conspiracy to keep prying eyes away from the truth.
But in a village where everyone knows everyone, who knows more than they are letting on—and who can Hart really trust? She’s in deep and she’s never been more alone. She must confront the tragedy of her own past if she wants to catch the killers before it’s too late. Because one thing’s for certain—there’s no turning back…
A late summer heatwave seems to have triggered an unusually high number of suicides.
As the dead bodies pile up, DS Jack Mackinnon and the rest of MIT realise things aren’t as straightforward as they seem, and when similar letters are found at the scene of each ‘suicide,’ Mackinnon is convinced they are dealing with a serial killer. A killer who is determined to deliver his own deadly justice.
Deadly Justice is the fourth book in the DS Jack Mackinnon Series. The series order is as follows: 1) Deadly Obsession 2) Deadly Motive 3) Deadly Revenge 4) Deadly Justice 5) Deadly Ritual 6.) Deadly Payback 7.) Deadly Game 8.) Deadly Intent.
A guilty secret. A gruesome murder. A DEADLY MOTIVE.
Who wanted John Weston to die?
John Weston is found poisoned in his plush City of London office, and DS Jack Mackinnon soon discovers there are plenty of people who hold a grudge against the science investor. With an ever-increasing list of suspects, Jack Mackinnon and the rest of the major investigation team need to unravel the secrets surrounding the victim and find out who plotted Weston’s execution with a deadly toxin.
When the source of the poison is tracked down to a laboratory at the University of Oxford, the staff and students all close ranks. It seems that everyone has a secret to hide.
As he gets closer to the truth, Mackinnon finds his own family could be at risk.
A scared child.
A ritual murder.
A detective who won’t give up.
When a murder victim is found with an unusual wooden disc beneath their tongue, speculation is rife. Though clues suggest ritual murder and supernatural goings on, DS Jack Mackinnon knows the perpetrator is very real.
He believes the solution to the case lies in the victims’ personal lives, but while investigating, the team hit obstacles at every turn.
What is the significance of the wooden disc, and who is the mysterious Mr. X?
Mackinnon is sure if he can just answer those two questions, he will solve the case and bring the killer to justice. But can he do so before any further blood is shed?
When a top literary agent's bloated and disfigured body is found in one of London's most prestigious hotels, Detective Sergeant Mackinnon and the rest of MIT get to work.
As the body count rises, the team are under pressure to find out what connects the victims. Who wants these people dead, and why?
The truth turns out to be more shocking than anyone expected.
Deadly Payback is a British Police Procedural with a medical thriller element set in the City of London.