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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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…
Meanwhile, little Jimmy Diamond is growing up in Poplar, believing he is an orphan. Little does he know that his father is still alive and is none other than the vicious crime boss, Martin Morton.
Secrets cannot stay hidden forever and things are about to come to a head in the East End. When they do, watch out because sparks are going to fly!
East End Diamond is the second book in the East End Series. The first book in the series is East End Trouble.
Only one can come out on top.
Dave Carter is king of the East End, but someone has their eye on his crown. Martin Morton is determined to make his mark and take down Dave Carter while he’s at it. If anyone stands in his way, he’ll wipe them out.
But has Martin bitten off more than he can chew? When his own family start to turn against him, Martin realises there is trouble brewing in the East End in more ways than one.
Jimmy Diamond is growing up in the shadow of his gangster father, Martin Morton, who is determined to get shot of him. Trouble is, Jimmy is not prepared to go quietly. Martin Morton murdered his mother, and now it’s time for him to pay.
With the help of his father’s rival, Dave Carter, Jimmy starts to make plans. Martin Morton is about to get the punishment he deserves.
But Jimmy is not the only one with revenge in his heart. The knives are out. It’s time for good old-fashioned East End Retribution.
East End Retribution is the third book in the East End Series. The story begins in East End Trouble.
1) East End Trouble
2) East End Diamond
3) East End Retribution.
DS Jack Mackinnon’s first outing as acting SIO on a prominent case is not for the faint-hearted. The young woman’s arms are covered with odd marks, and Jack is convinced they provide a clue to the killer’s identity. But the pieces of the puzzle are slow to come together, and when another woman is abducted, the stakes are raised.
There’s a method to the killer’s madness – but can Jack get to the truth before another life is lost?
Is Karen Hart’s latest investigation a routine missing persons case—or part of a dark conspiracy?
Detective Karen Hart is finally getting her life back on track—enjoying her new relationship and dealing with the grief in her past. Then someone from her counselling group asks for help locating a missing friend, Phoebe Woodrow, who went out partying and never came home.
Karen wonders if Phoebe’s disappearance might be related to a recent spate of women having their drinks spiked. As she digs deeper, she finds out that Phoebe’s work in medical research involved a shifty alliance with Quentin Chapman, a menacing local gangster—but it was also about to make her a fortune. Did Phoebe know too much? Or was it professional jealousy that put her life at risk?
Chapman makes it very clear that he doesn’t appreciate the police looking over his shoulder. As his threats start to hit close to home, Karen will need to face her worst fears—but can she really do that when her job has already cost her so much?
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…
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?
For the Watsons their worst nightmare becomes a reality when their daughter, Ruby, is kidnapped. But that’s only the beginning.
When they receive a text message inviting them to take part in a deadly game, things get a whole lot worse. They learn another girl has also been taken and they must compete against the other parents in a sick challenge to win their daughter back. There can be only one winner.
One girl will live and one will die. How far would you go to save your child?
This book is part of the DS Jack Mackinnon Series but can be read as a standalone.
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.
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 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?