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Where Secrets Lie

(DS Karen Hart #2)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  1,158 ratings  ·  98 reviews
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
Paperback, 332 pages
Published January 10th 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
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Louise Wilson
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Detective Karen Hart #2

An elderly man, who a neighbour had shown concern for, is found in his home. It looks like he has fallen down some stairs. He asks the policemen who had attended the call out not to go upstairs. Intrigued, they search upstairs only to discover a decomposed body in a suitcase. It seems an easily solved case, that is until Detective Karen hart finds a warning note: It's time to pay for your crime!

I'm really liking this new police procedural series. I know it's only the secon
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Impressive! This is a very fast-paced thriller with lots of surprises and twists. With a very unsuspected ending. Karen and her fellow police officers have an interesting private life as well.
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Are you looking for an excellent police procedural whodunnit? If so, I highly recommend this book.

Police find an elderly man lying at the foot of his stairs while doing a welfare check. He tells them not to go into a certain room in the house. So what does police do? They go into the room and they discover a corpse in a suitcase. This opens up all sorts of questions...Who is the corpse? How did the old man drag the suitcase out of his attic? How did the corpse get there in the first place?

This c
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Where Secrets Lie, the second novel in the Detective Karen Hart series, is a fascinating, multi-layered whodunit, and right from the beginning I enjoyed the dual storyline; both the cold case that suddenly heats up again thirty years later and the present day crime means there are two different killers to identify, convict and imprison. Butler manages to fool this seasoned crime reader for the duration as it didn't matter how far I read into the story the killers were well hidden. This led to un ...more

With thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.

Where Secrets Lie is the second book in the DS Karen Hart series.

The book began with the death of website designer James Hunter. James was a recovering alcoholic who fell off the wagon after two years. During a drinking binge James told a friend from his AA group a secret he had kept for hidden for years. Later James stood on the balcony of his luxury flat and he was thrown over the balcony by his c
Dec 26, 2018 added it
A cold case suddenly becomes very hot...

An old man has fallen down the stairs and when the police arrive to check on him at the behest of a concerned neighbor, they are warned not to go upstairs. Intrigued, they investigate and discover a skeltonized body in a suitcase inside a padlocked room. It turns out that this is the body of Oliver Fox who went missing over 30 years previously. In addition, a note is found in the kitchen and reads: "it's time to pay for your crime." The old man, Albert Joh
Kat Dietrich
Where Secrets Lie by DS Butler is the 2nd in the Detective Karen Hart Series

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Thomas & Mercer, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Series Background (Warning – May contain spoilers from previous books):
DS Karen Hart lost her husband Josh and her daughter Tilly in a car accident. Years later, she struggles to move on, living in the same large house, afraid to mo
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An elderly man is found at the bottom of his stairs after a neighbour raised the alarm. Not something the would usually overly concern the police- unless they happen to find a very dead body in a suitcase in the man's bedroom! There is also what could be classed as a threatening note in the house.

The body was killed by a blow to the head forty years ago. He had been a teacher at a local high school where the old man was once Headmaster. He was also the brother of a retired high up policeman who
Firstly, I won this Kindle book in a Goodread's Giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity to leave an honest review. I love mystery and mystery series so was anxious to give this a go. I was a tad disappointed in this second book. Granted, I missed the first book but I was still able to follow the plot and the characters. For me, the book just didn't seem to have enough going for it. I enjoyed the characters well enough but there just didn't seem to be enough substance to the novel. Yes, I did want t ...more
Elaine Tomasso
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for an advance copy of Where Secrets Lie, the second novel to feature DS Karen Hart of the Lincolnshire police.

When Albert Johnson falls downstairs the police break in to rescue them but he isn’t happy to see them and forbids them from going upstairs. When they do they find a skeletonised corpse in a suitcase in a padlocked room but what seems like a straightforward case takes a few turns when the investigation gets underway.

I thoroughly en
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in the DS Butler series and i am loving it.
A body is found in a suitcase in the bedroom of an old man. The remains are over thirty years old. This thirty year old cold case is about to become very current.
Someone is on the rampage and killing but why ? What have these new murders got to do with this cold case ? My god there are so many suspects and red herrings. A real page turner and the climax WOW. I had no idea who the killer was until they were revealed.
I read this book
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
DS Karen Hart is back and the second book in the series is even better than the first, it has a great storyline and as the bags under my eyes will confirm I read it in one sitting until 2.30am this morning. It had me riveted and I couldn't read fast enough. I look forward to the next book in the series
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.

The first thing that called to this book was the cover it just looks amazing and calls it to be a good book. I thought I had the suspect figured out but as the story kept unfolding I realized I was far off. I like books like that!

When Detective Hart and DI Morgan are pulled into the case of a body being found in a suitcase they knows there is a case here but, who would put a person in a suitcase? When we discover who is in it we learn
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I went into this book straight on from the first book and I'm really glad that I did as I enjoyed this book as much as I enjoyed the first book. I really like the characters in the book, especially the relationship between Karen, Rick and Sophie and also the rapport between Karen and DI Morgan. The writing is fluid and quick and enjoyable. I loved the way the entire investigation and trying to figure out the killer was written. Overall a really enjoyable book and a really good series so far. Loo ...more
Colette Lamberth
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I haven’t read book 1 in this series so I can confirm that it reads perfectly well as a stand alone book. What appeared initially to be a cold case enquiry turned out more and more complex as the book progressed. The main character DS Karen Hart was easy company and I rather like that she follows up on her gut reaction to things. I have a minor gripe with the fact that she was referred to as Karen while her boss was always referred to as DI Morgan. That aside, it feels like there should be a few ...more
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have really enjoyed reading this book it certainly grips you with the plot and i was happy to read that i had the killer sussed.D S Butler certainly writes a brilliant book.When police are called to the home of an elderly man by a worried neighbour they are about to make a discovery that will have the team racing against time to stop a killer.If you want to read a good book then i can highly recommend this one.Well worth 5*
Tarrah Marie
Dec 26, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the second book in the Karen Hart series and it reads well as a stand-alone. Butler does well to provide an adequate background to the characters, making the reader feel comfortable diving right into this novel without having any prior knowledge of the previous story line.

The plot of this book is complex, weaving through the twists and turns of a murder mystery from the past and that of the present. The narrative is character driven, mainly by that of the book’s main protagonist, DS Kar
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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One defining moment causes a domino effect of unfortunate circumstances for some individuals who hold a thirty year secret.

Overall: I had hoped for more excitement. I thought it would be thrilling. It was okay. I skimmed most of the story. The concept was interesting yet the delivery was dry and flat. The characters weren’t all that interesting.
The story was excessively detailed lengthening the story by it’s wordiness. I skimmed through the details that didn’t pertain to the case.
With all the
Andrea Pole
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Where Secrets Lie by DS Butler is a suspenseful thrill ride of a novel that pulls the reader in immediately and does not let go. This is a gripping police procedural that hits all of the right notes and will surely delight fans of the genre.

The novel's prologue introduces us to James, an alcoholic who is thrown off his own balcony by someone he is clearly well acquainted with, thereby setting the stage for the rest of the narrative. The surprises keep coming.

The novel opens as police are called
Margaret Duke-Wyer
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the second in the Detective Karen Hart series but the first I have read. A concerned woman has called the police because her elderly neighbour is not following his normal routine. Upon investigation two policemen discover the old man, barely alive following a fall down the stairs. His odd behaviour leads the police to make a grisly discovery. Upon opening an old suitcase a body is discovered. No ordinary body but one that has all but mummified.

The investigation requires the best of the p
Monica Mac
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reading this book was like riding a horse: first you go for a gentle stroll and you are enjoying the ride and wonder if your horse likes to go a little faster, then things ramp up a bit and you are trotting....and then next thing you know, you are going at a full gallop! My horse skipped the cantering completely ;)

Seriously though, this was one good read! DS Karen Hart is back in her second adventure and even though I read the first book, it absolutely doesn't need to be read first for this sto
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed the story with all it's twists and turns. Unraveling all the mysteries surrounding a man's disappearance thirty years earlier was fascinating. The case begins when an old man takes a stumble down a set of stairs. The old man telling the police not to go upstairs just makes them wonder what he's hiding. Never did they expect to find a dusty old suitcase with a body inside. Each new discovery in the case made me want to turn the page and keep reading. I found myself saying, "I ...more
Tracy Wood
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This is an excellent novel with well drawn characters and realistic emotions covering more than just the crimes themselves. It tied up almost all the loose ends in a most satisfying way and I wonder if the one unresolved issue will feature in a third outing for DS Hart and her colleagues.

The four main police officers work well, together but are also shown individually so as to include their private lives which creep into the case just enough to be a distraction to them getting the job done. Alt
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a better, second entry in a British police procedural series set in rural Lincolnshire. I read this as a stand-alone—after passing on author Butler’s first DS Hart book after 50 pages. In this second book, the characters are more settled and less annoying to read about. This solid police procedural is character-driven, which is great—until various characters have extraneous personal-melodrama, slowing the pace.

That said, this murder mystery is intricately plotted, weaving together storyl
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this from NetGalley. Review pre-release books. This book was a little hard to read at first. The characters felt flat or incomplete, not sure how to explain. The story seemed shaky in the beginning and for the first half of the book it was unable to keep me interested. The second half was much better. I found mysel quite intrigued. Oliver Fox, missing 30 years, turns up as a skeleton in a suitcase. There’s a sizable cast of suspects. Some are easy to rule out. The why of Oliver’s death is ...more
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have to admit, I've had a rough week (and it's only Tuesday!) with expectations of another rough week (having to be at work at 6:30 and not being able to leave until 5:30 or later) to follow.

But this book was a nice few hours of escape. I read the first in this series, but I have to admit I didn't remember much about any of the characters or setting until Karen mentioned her dead daughter and husband... To be honest, even with the developments in this book I haven't fallen in love with the ch
Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I wanted to give this author another shot after reading the first DS Karen Hart book, I'm not loving it but I did enjoy this book more. The writing flowed better, I didn't feel like as many of the tangents were pointless, where in the first book I did.
I had the crime pretty well sorted out kind of early, which always makes it hard to wait for the characters to sort through everything and see how the author will wrap it all up.
This time around our main characters are called out after a woman ca
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Now this is more like it! I was so disappointed in the first book in this series, Bring Them Home. In this installment, Detective Sergeant Karen Hart is much more believable as a seasoned member of a police force. She is methodical and professional as she and the other three detectives confront a 30-year-old cold case that generates quite a lot of current-day activity.

DS Hart works with Detective Inspector Scott Morgan and two detective constables in largely rural Lincolnshire. The author does a
Sandra Leivesley
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
An old man falls down the stairs and the first officers on the scene find a body in a suitcase in a bedroom. DS Hart, her boss DI Morgan and DCs Jones and Cooper have to investigate a 30 year old murder.

This is a well written police procedural. The book deals with the sensitive subject of historic child abuse, which is sensitively handled and doesn’t go into detail. Throughout the book I suspected one character after another but Ms Butler had me fooled till the end. The police characters were al
Sue Purbrick
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Three schoolboys keep a terrible secret, as do two of their teachers. Years later, the secret comes out – and all hell breaks loose.
This book starts ominously with a callous murder. Soon the deaths mount and it’s up to Detective Karen Hart and her team to investigate.
I really liked Hart, who is wonderfully normal and gets on well with her team. There are just enough sneak peaks into the lives of her fellow police officers to make them familiar and likeable. There are also some deliciously awful
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