Fatal Legislation :A Novel (Karina Cardinal Mystery) by Ellen Butler – Review by Sarah Oakes

Fatal Legislation: A Novel: Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 2Fatal Legislation: A Novel: Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 2 by Ellen Butler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great read about law. Karina Cardinal survived the events of the last novel and has a new job lobbying for health bills. When a prominent senator drops down dead in front of her, Karina’s world is turned upside down once again. With Mike on her heels from the FBI, she struggles to know who to trust. Trusting her instincts, she enters a world of cloak and dagger and secrets close to the chest as she tries to discover the truth behind the senators death. Can she find out the truth before its too late?
A great read. Well developed plot with twists and turns. Well developed characters like Karina standing up for herself and doing whats right under stress and more to Mike as he struggles with his feelings while on the job. Great cast of supporting characters like Latesha as a fun friend or Rodrigo sophisticated gentleman or even the kindly Senator Harper.
I loved the visual detail throughout the novel like with the coffee shop with Latesha as something comforting and familiar or the lunch place busy and full of life and people. Or in particular, the funeral scenes `with the use of colour with deep blacks contrasting with the flowers perfectly. with the sense of a well loved man in the place full of people with the choir and the Tyger for an excellent use of sound and making his death even more emotive.
or the combination of realism with the hotel lobby and bizarre crowns gold against the white and black beautifully written. Once again, the use of suspense was wonderfully written, drawn out to perfection to keep you reading to uncover the mystery. Fast paced action and high stakes make for a captivating read. Overall, a great read and I would give it five stars.

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