Fatal Legislation is the second exciting instalment in the Karina Cardinal Mystery series by Ellen Butler. This is an excellent political mystery- with danger, intrigue, action, suspense, drama, FBI investigation, and some emotion. Ms. Butler has cleverly constructed her story adding gripping tension which makes the whole story quite an unpredictable and intense ‘ride’.
Karina Cardinal is a lawyer turned lobbyist in Washington D.C. She’s smart, controlled, spirited, independent and hard-working. After the events of the last book, Karina is now in the beginning phase of a relationship with her old college friend, FBI Agent Mike Finnegan. In this book, Karina’s finds herself embroiled in a murder mystery when a Senator drops dead at her feet, and she becomes a ‘person of interest’ in the investigation. But knowing what happened the last time the FBI swooped into her life, Karina is determined to get a jump on things and do some digging of her own to try to uncover what’s going on- after all she has her reputation, her job, and perhaps even her life, on the line (not to mention that she is voraciously curious by nature). What will become of the budding relationship (with Mike) with the pressure of the investigation weighing on them both? Who/what is behind the death/s and why? Will they figure it all out?
This is a fantastic story, that had me totally engrossed from beginning to end. It has a fast pace, a smooth flow and was really easy to read. The characters are really well crafted into fully realised individuals. Ms. Butler has once again proven herself to be a masterful storyteller- easily weaving a wonderfully rich, detailed and thoroughly polished mystery- packed full of surprises which kept me guessing the whole way through.
I can’t wait for more!!
Thank you, Ms. Butler!
Reviewed by @angelahayes