Find Her Alive

7 (Detective Karen Hart)

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Pub Date 07 Feb 2023 | Archive Date 21 Feb 2023
Amazon Publishing UK, Thomas & Mercer

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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?

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...

A Note From the Publisher

Born in Kent, D. S. Butler grew up as an avid reader with a love for crime fiction and mysteries. She has worked as a scientific officer in a hospital pathology laboratory and as a research scientist. After obtaining a PhD in biochemistry, she worked at the University of Oxford for four years before moving to the Middle East. While living in Bahrain, she wrote her first novel and hasn’t stopped writing since. She now lives in Lincolnshire with her husband.

Born in Kent, D. S. Butler grew up as an avid reader with a love for crime fiction and mysteries. She has worked as a scientific officer in a hospital pathology laboratory and as a research...

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Good book! This book had suspense, intrigue, action, murder, mystery and great police work! The storyline was very interesting and kept me glued to my Kindle! I will definitely recommend reading this book as it was well worth reading! Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for sharing this book with me!

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Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my copy of this book.

The boom starts when a friend of detective Karen Hart’s friend, contacts her about a potential missing persons case. This seems to be related to operation starling, an investigation into women’s drinks being drugged and then them being assaulted. What is the tie to a dodgy businessman and why are his goons following Karen about?

This was a great instalment to the series and I devoured the book. Lots of personal relationships with Rick’s struggle to look after his mum at home and Karen’s worry about the potential for Mike to suffer because if they job.

It was well written and the suspense built nicely. It was just the right length and the conclusion was just at the right time without things dragging out.

Highly recommend.

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Someone is drugging women at local bars, taking them home, and attacking them. When a friend of Detective Karen Hart shares with her a concern about the disappearance of a young woman, she wonders if it's related to the drugging cases. When Karen finds out that the missing woman was at a bar and appeared drugged, the hunt is on to find her and to catch the perp. It's a complicated process, and Karen clashes with other detectives and superiors in her urgent quest to solve the cases. In the midst of the drama, she is also comforting a friend who is mourning and adapting to her new relationship. It's a good mystery with a surprise ending.

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Really enjoyed this novel by D.S. Butler. the continuation of the series starring D.S. Karen Hart investigating a missing woman and women being drugged in a bar. The reader is kept in suspense until the last pages.

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Absolutely brilliant book I loved it Karen Hart is back and moving on with her new relationship with Mike and coping with the grief of her past. When a member of her counselling group asks Karen for help to find her friend who seems to be missing. I love the Karen Hart books once you start reading you can't put it down. EXCELLENT 5*

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Detective Karen Hart has been asked by someone in her counselling group to help find a friend, Phoebe, who has gone missing.
She discovers that there is a man spiking drinks and women are assaulted. The hunt is on for this man when video footage shows Phoebe staggering in a pub, and talking to a man outside when she exits.

Phoebe and her partner in business, Cary, stand to make a huge fortune with the sale of their invention to Quentin Chapman, who has a shady past, and who may be responsible for Phoebe's disappearance.
Karen is on the clock trying to find Phoebe before it is too late.

This is the first time I have read a book by D S Butler, and I am going to do my best to find the rest in this series, as it is actually very good.
The book had a good flow, and eased between police business and personal relationships and personal life seamlessly, building up a very good picture of a great Police team.
I definitely can recommend this book to readers who want a novel that will hold their attention.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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A complete fantastic book. Kept me reading for hours couldn't put it down untill I had finished it.

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Another absolutely fantastic book by D.S.butler I have absolutely loved this series from start to finish thank you very much

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A woman named Erica—whom DS Karen Hart met at her counseling group has asked her to help locate her friend Phoebe Woodrow, who called Erica on a Friday morning asking her to look after her cat overnight because she’s going out and wouldn’t be back until late.

But Phoebe didn’t show up the next day to collect her cat. Erica has tried to call but can’t get hold of her and this has her worried.

According to the officer who filed the report, Phoebe’s family says her grandmother had seen Phoebe earlier and that she’s fine. But DS Karen’s not convinced.

Lately there’s been a spate of crimes involving spiking women’s drinks at bars and then assaulting them afterwards. Operation Starling has been set up to investigate these crimes.

As DS Karen digs deeper into the case, she wonders if Phoebe’s disappearance might be related to the crimes her colleagues are currently looking into.

Further investigations reveals Phoebe’s and her business partner Cary Swann’s work in medical research involved a shady alliance with Quentin Chapman, an investor who’s a known local gangster. But the business deal was about to rake in a fortune for the founders.

Did Phoebe know too much? Or was it professional jealousy that put her life at risk?

Well written detective story. I like the relationship between DS Karen and her team. The ending was good and I will certainly read the next one in the series. Highly recommend.

Thank you to D.S. Butler, NetGalley and Amazon Publishing UK for the arc of this book.

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In Find Her Alive, Detective Karen Hart is asked by a friend to help find a woman who is missing. It soon becomes apparent that this missing woman may be a victim in another case they are investigating, where women are having their drinks spiked at local bars and being attacked. This was a quick read and good mystery. Thank you Bookouture and Netgalley for this Arc.

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absolutely brilliant again!!! this series has been amazing to read through and I'm so sad that I've run out of books.
This Case was interesting and no way could I guess that ending the twists were done brilliantly and highly unpredictable.
The characters side stories were great and really emotional I'm so attached to these characters

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As the 7th book in a great series, we are all now familiar with the characters, their histories and relationships, so it’s nice to see how they’ve changed and evolved. The plot, as usual, was addictive. A friend from Karen’s counseling group thinks that her friend may be missing, but she might be wrong. As Karen starts looking into it, she realizes that there could be something there and, as the case moves on, the team finds some baddies. But are they involved in the disappearance? Is the woman even missing? The plot is as addictive as usual and the ending just great.
I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thank you, #NetGalley/#Amazon Publishing UK!

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Find Her Alive by D.S. Butler is book #7 in the Detective Karen Hart series. There's lots of action in this book. The police are trying to catch the person putting Rohypnol in ladies' drinks and then taking his victim home and molesting them. Also Detective Karen Hart gets a call from a friend she is in counseling with who thinks her friend Phoebe Woodrow has gone missing. There are various twists and turns as the two investigations cross each other. I enjoyed all the action and suspense. The twists and turns kept me turning the pages until the end. This is a good addition to the series.

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This is the seventh book in the Detective Karen Hart series by author D.S Butler. This book is the latest offering in an established series but works perfectly as a standalone although I would recommend reading them all. Once again another excellent crime novel.

Life is starting to look a lot better for Detective Karen Hart, she is now in a new relationship which is helping her deal with her past grief. While attending one of her counselling sessions she is approached by one of the group to help locate Phoebe Woodrow, a missing friend. Phoebe went out for the evening to enjoy herself and never returned.

There has been a large amount of cases where women have had their drinks spiked and Karen wonders if this could be a similar case. Karen soon discovers that Phoebe works in medical research and has a worrying affinity with a local gangster Quentin Chapman who was about to make her a fortune. The questions are building up, where is Phoebe, is she alive, who has taken her and why.

A very enjoyable read and the series continues at an high standard remaining fresh.

I would like to thank both Netgalley and Amazon Publishing UK for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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Wow what a book thank you ever so much for the opportunity to review. I could not put it down. Would definitely recommend to others

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This is book 7 in the Detective Karen Hart series. It was a good mystery that left me guessing as to what happened to the main character. I would recommend.

Detective Karen Hart receives a call from an acquaintance from her counseling group asking for help. Her friend, Phoebe, appears to be missing. Police have investigated but don’t think anything warrants further review so she is asking for Karen’s help.

Upon investigating, Karen worries that foul play may be involved. Phoebe had been out to an establishment that her team has been investigating. Someone has been drugging women and accosting them. Did this happen to Phoebe?

Phoebe is in the middle of a big business deal and her investor, Quentin Chapman, is suspected of illegal activities. Could she be in danger from him? Will Karen be able to get to the truth and find Phoebe alive?

Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Many thanks to both Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review an early copy of Find Her Alive!

3.5 Stars, rounded up

Expected publication: February 7th, 2023

Karen Hart has a new relationship and seems to be successfully coping with the grief of her past. When a member of her counseling group begs Karen to look into a missing friend, Karen promises to do so. Might Phoebe’s disappearance be related to a recent spate of women having their drinks spiked at various bars in town? Or, since Phoebe was about to become a millionaire thanks to a medical scanner she and her partner invented, did professional jealousy place her life at risk?

The beginning of Find Her Alive felt a bit bogged down in unnecessary details to me. However! Once I got past that issue, I remembered why I love this series. The twists and turns kept me on my toes. Rick’s struggle to look after his mom at home (due to her Alzheimer's) so touched my heart. And, Sophie is a hoot! Who WOULDN'T love the girl who loves paperwork?? I also loved Mike's dog, Sandy, and I'd love for her to have a bigger role in the next book.

I recommend this book and the series!

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Another great book in the Karen Hart series. A good storyline that gripped me from the beginning and I couldn’t read it fast enough. Would highly recommend this series and author.

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i couldn't put this book down it was fast paced full of mystery and suspense with twists that kept me guessing the whole way through. A really enjoyable read

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Another solid entry in the DS Karen Hart series. Karen's come a long way since the first books and has a relationship now to balance with her job. When a friend asks her to look into a young woman's disappearance, Karen has to find a way to pursue her investigation without compromising her professional responsibilities. A good story with enough twists to keep you turning pages.

Thanks to Amazon Publishing for access to an ARC on NetGalley.

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Totally loved this book!!!! Amazing thriller and quick read!! Could not put this book down at all. Highly recommend for a page turner

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A slightly slow start which then escalates into an action packed saga. Young women are having their drinks spiked and the perpetrator is no closer to being caught when another young woman, Phoebe, disappears. She seemingly has everything to live for with a big business deal in progress and the purchase of a house almost signed and sealed. We delve into her business dealings and some of the local underworld and the story takes on a few twists and turns. I loved the premise and the stealthy pace and different threads of the story.
The characters were well developed and I liked the insights into the personal lives and own demons of the Police working the case as well as the main characters. The sinister aspect of the criminal underworld and feeling of being under threat were also well handled and written. Also the themes of cut throat business deals and greed were well explored.
I would definitely recommend this book.

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Thanks, NetGalley for this e-ARC. It was nice to watch Karem get her life back together. This book comes again with a wonderful plot. The suspense was on point. The investigations were done correctly.
The only thing I didn't like was the ending. It didn't satisfy me as much as I wanted.

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Thanks to netgalley for letting me review this book. Karen hart is slowly getting her life back together, she attends a counselling group and is asked by a friend if she will look into the disappearance of her friend phoebe.There has been a recent rise in cases of womens drinks being spiked in local bars.and karen thinks this might be what has happened to phoebe.
Phoebe is about to make alot of money in medical research, with a local gangster Quentin chapman.........does phoebe know too much? Has she been silenced? Detective karen hart is on the case...... love this series.....

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I simply love this series and I have grown to really enjoy following Karen Hart's personal development as well as her cases being solved. Really good character surrounded by an interesting team which adds much to the enjoyment of each book of the series. I am particularly pleased that the author has finally given her main character a relationship :). I like it when my main characters find love along the way....
This is once again a solid police procedural exploring the hideous crimes of drinks being spiked and sexual assaults taking place. Karen Hart as ever will resolve it with the support of her fantastic team.
I look forward to the narration of the book as well which has been excellent too...

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Book Title: Find Her Alive
Author: D.S. Butler
Series: Detective Karen Hart #7
Publisher: Amazon Publishing UK
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Pub Date: February 7, 2023
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐+ Stars

I have only read a few D.S. Butler novels but I am a fan! I read others in the Detective Karen Hart series and have been looking forward to the next one.

Things are going well for Karen, she met Mike on a case a while back and although they didn’t hit it off at first their relations grew. Now this relationship is providing some balance to her life and helping her deal with her grief of her husband Josh and five year old daughter Tilly being targeted because of her job.

Erica Bright a member of her counseling group approached Karen to look into finding her missing friend Phoebe Woodrow. Erica is watching Phoebe’s cat and she hasn’t picked her up yet. Erica reported her missing to the police but the family said she is not missing that she her grandmother saw her. Karen agrees to check into the case but has to be careful as the police say there isn’t case.
Karen is concerned and needs to find out if Phoebe’s disappearance be related to women having their drinks spiked at various bars in town; or, since Phoebe was about to become a millionaire thanks to a medical scanner she and her partner invented, Perhaps jealousy is playing a role?

There are a lot of characters in this story and Karen seems to take a lot of risks. She loves her job but is also constantly fearful that anyone close to her will be a target because of her.
We keep pulling for her and hope that she can resolve this fear and continue to have a good relationship with Mike as well as being able to keep her job. ~ Stay tune!

The book called “Meditations” is mentioned near the end of the story and a great healing quote is mentioned ~
”The best revenge is to not be like your enemy.”

I am looking forward to the next in this series.
Thank you Ms. Butler for another great mystery/crime story

Want to thank NetGalley and Amazon Publishing UK for this early eGalley.
Publishing Release Date scheduled for February 7, 2023

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I always look forward to D S Butler’s DS Sophie Hart series. The characters draw the reader in from the start of the book, and carry you throughout. The premise follows f this installment is a “ripped from the headlines” mystery involving medical equipment. Additionally, the team is chasing a man who is drugging women and attacking them. All of this happens as Sophie and her team deal with real life events and the emotions that accompany them. As always, with this series, the only problem was I finished it too soon and now I must wait, somewhat impatiently, for what happens next!

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This was my first book I’ve read in the Karen Hart series and I will definitely be checking out the rest.

I loved Karen Hart’s tough as nails exterior. I felt the book took a little bit to really get going, but once it did, I was very invested!

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Thank you to #NetGalley for my copy of #FindHerAlive by DSButler
D S Karen Hart receives a call from an acquaintance Erica asking her to help her find someone.
Phoebe Woodrow has been missing over the weekend and Erica is worried.
Karen promises she will do her best to help but things quickly grow more complicated and intertwined with other events.
A good read.

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This was my first DS Butler novel and I found it to be an enjoyable police procedural with believable, likeable characters. I shall read more from this series, thank you Netgalley

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This book was 7th in a series, and what an amazing book. Each main character had a little side story going on which made everything click and it made you feel attached to them.
I feel sad that this is the last book in this series.
It had gripped my attention right from the first page and I had no idea of the twists and unexpected turns of this book.

The author has such a good writing style that you are on the edge of your seat and just willing to find out what really happened.

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Well D.S Butler has done it again, a fantastic brilliant read and it doesn’t disappoint, A well thought of story which keeps you guessing until the very end. I look forward to more future books, 5 star read

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I like Karen's cases usually but found this one a bit slow and didn't really get going, there was no gripping moments or excitement, it was just a whole story that appeared to be looking for a missing woman and finding someone who was spiking drinks. A bit disappointed

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Detective Karen Hart is looking into the disappearance of a woman named Phoebe at the same time her team is investigating crimes involving spiking women’s drinks. Phoebe’s friend Erica was pet-sitting for her and was surprised when she never returned to pick up her cat. As any pet lover knows, that’s a clear indication that something must be wrong. Is her disappearance related to the other crimes or is it completely separate? Phoebe is about to come into a large amount of money through her company, so there is a motive for her business partner, at the very least. Not only that, but one of their company’s investors has criminal connections, so there is no shortage of suspects for Karen and her team. Can they solve these crimes before more women get hurt or disappear?

This series has one of the sadder backstories of the main character, Karen. Her husband and daughter were killed to warn her off investigating a past case and she’s never fully recovered. She’s a tragic figure who puts every ounce of her being into bringing justice to others. It lends a touch of reality to this series of books because targeted loved ones are a very real fear for law enforcement. I’m glad her character is trying to maintain a relationship again because you can tell she and her current partner, Mike, are a perfect match. But you’ll have to read this book to see where they are headed!

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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an e-ARC of this novel. This was my first D.S. Butler novel and I was excited after reading the summary. I'm giving it 3 stars as it was an enjoyable read but it never wowed me. I kept waiting for the plot to pick up the pace and it never did. Unfortunately, some of it felt repetitive and there was never a pivotal, exciting point in the plot.

I did enjoy this one overall but it took me longer to get through it due to the pace.

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Not a bad book but I found the plot here sometimes a little over complicated. I have to say that this probabily does give a true image of police work, where an individual has several irons in the fire at any given time. I liked most of the main detectives and the insight into their personal lives felt realistic. The conflict with some collegues needed a little more explanation for me.
There is some suspense , but a lot of the book is about following hunches and talking to the small group of witnesses and/or suspects repeatedly. I did more or less guess the outcome .
Thanks to Net Galley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review

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My first DS Karen Hart book in the series, but I enjoyed it. The world-building was good but I felt like everything was moving so fast, like I was on a rollercoaster ride, rushing to the end. DS Hart is a very direct person which I enjoyed reading about. The twist at the end I didn't expect (maybe I to start reading more crime novels ha). Overall solid book, 4/5

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I would like to thank Netgalley and Amazon Publishing UK for an advance copy of Find Her Alive, the seventh novel to feature DS Karen Hart of Lincolnshire Police.

When a friend from her counselling group asks for Karen’s help in locating a missing friend, Phoebe Woodrow, she is happy to help, but she needs official permission that isn’t forthcoming until Karen identifies her as a potential victim of drink spiking. Then Phoebe is of interest to the task force investigating the drink spiking, but that’s not Phoebe’s only problem. Her company is being financed by shady local businessman, Quentin Chapman, and he is taking an unhealthy interest in Karen.

I thoroughly enjoyed Find Her Alive, which is an engrossing read with plenty of twists and turns. It is told mainly from Karen’s point of view so the reader knows what she knows and can guess alongside her. I got a bit of it, but not nearly enough to claim a solve, or to spoil my enjoyment of a well told story that I read in one sitting.

Finding Phoebe or what happened to her does not turn out to be as easy a task as some think it will be as she appears to have vanished off the face of the earth. Karen tries to retrace her steps and build a profile, but Phoebe appears to have been a bit of a chameleon, different things to different people, and she’s keeping secrets. Every piece of information is hard won and it’s fascinating the way the author weaves her plot together, keeping the reader’s attention with small reveals and more questions. The twist at the end was a bit of a shocker, so well done to the author for keeping it concealed.

I like Karen Hart. She’s smart, dedicated and supportive of her team or in other words a real person with a traumatic past and enough strength to still embrace life. I like in this novel that she’s still slightly damaged and worries about danger to her loved ones from the people she encounters through her work. Will it make her resign? She’s thinking about it, but she’s also doing her best to face up to these potential threats.

Find Her Alive is a good read that I have no hesitation in recommending.

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