Isabella’s Painting by Ellen Butler is a cozy mystery. The author does a wonderful job at submerging the reader into the life of main character Karina Cardinal. The pacing of the storyline is great and I love that it’s based on a true event. The blending of fact and fiction is amazing. I can’t wait to continue reading this series.
Karina Works in DC, and while she keeps busy with her job, she loves it. She loves her life and her boyfriend and one evening, his parents, who are well known in DC, throw their yearly party. She is eager to attend only to discover a painting that ends up being stolenin her boyfriends parenta house! Karina’s character like storyline are well developed a very enjoyable story of fantastic mystery for mystery lovers!!
I enjoyed this original story, the first in a new series by Ellen Butler, the story introduces us to our heroine Karina Cardinal and is a wonderfully written novel based on a true event and which had me hooked from page one. “In 1990 a Boston museum was robbed of $500 million worth of artwork”, in this novel the author comes up with a storyline based on what could have happened to this stolen artwork. This was an exciting cozy crime mystery novel with a strong female lead in amateur sleuth Karina Cardinal. The storyline was fast paced and had plenty of drama, suspense and twists and turns that kept me guessing and happily turning the pages.
When Karina Cardinal ends a long week lobbying on Capitol Hill, instead of chilling out in front of Netflix, her and her boyfriend, Patrick Dunne head off to his parents’ annual holiday bash. The evening becomes more interesting and more dangerous when Karina sees something she shouldn’t in Patrick’s father, Martin Dunne’s study. The painting she glimpsed before it disappeared behind a secret panel looked suspiciously like one that had been stolen and is infamous, as anyone close to the painting has been murdered, Mafia style. As Karina wonders what to do an old flame and FBI agent Mike Finnegan comes back into her life and she’s tempted to tell her old friend everything, especially as she still has feelings for him. However, Karina is being watched and both her life and others are at risk if she continues to look into the stolen painting.
I was fully immersed in this crime, mystery, thriller and literally could not put the book down. I loved the main character, Karina, as she is a likeable and realistically independently minded women and I look forward to future books with her as the lead. I liked the aspects of romance in the story with both boyfriend Patrick and old flame Mike and how Karina’s relationships changed and developed with each one. I found this to be an original storyline and was gripped until the last page. I found the authors ‘afterward’ section fascinating as Butler tells the reader about the real event that this novel is based on. A five star read and a book which I definitely recommend, I have now discovered a new author who’s books will become ‘must reads’!
This was an incredible read, an absolute page-turner, and thrilling the whole way through. I loved Karina’s background as a Washington DC lawyer turned policy wonk, as well as the way Karina tries to work out what’s happening even as she makes plenty of mistakes. The mystery of the plot kept me going the whole way through, even with the elements of romance and crime. I love art heist fiction generally, but this one really grabbed my attention. I’ll definitely be reading anything else by this author!
This is a great mix of romance and history and bought me into the book world of the art world and hesit. It reminds me of The Catch tv show.
The author has done am excellent job exacting this story and has brought it to life research done shows throughout. I cannot wait to the second book in the series.
Isabella’s Painting by Ellen Butler is an amazing mystery book that I thoroughly recommend! I loved this book in its entirety and couldn’t put it down until i had finished it! I was hooked from the blurb, and was very excited to read this book, and I loved it! This is the first book in the Karina Cardinal Mysteries Series, and my first book by Ellen Butler. I very much look forward to reading more from both this series, and from this very talented author!
This book is historically realistic and the writing captivated me from the very start. The mystery and suspense that takes a hold of this story and the paintings are all fascinating to be a part of as a third eye of the reader. I love a good mystery and a character that’s out to solve said mystery. I’m definitely looking out for the next of this series and where the characters will bring us next!
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Isabella’s Painting: A Notorious Art Heist Mystery (Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 1) by Ellen Butler
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Genre – Fiction, Thriller & Suspense, Mystery, Police Procedurals, Amateur Sleuth, women sleuths, cozy, crime fiction
Page Count – 280 pages
Cover Designer – RLSather
Peeling back layers of lies could save a masterpiece…or reveal a killer.
After a long week lobbying on Capitol Hill, all Karina Cardinal wants to do is chill with Netflix and her boyfriend, Patrick Dunne. Instead, she’s slipping her aching feet into red stilettos for his parents’ annual holiday bash.
When she accidentally interrupts Patrick’s father in his study, her embarrassment is tempered by suspicion that Martin Dunne and his dapper, secretive guest are hiding something. Maybe the painting she barely glimpses right before it disappears behind a secret panel.
An internet search raises her curiosity to full-blown alarm. If she’s right, Martin is in possession of a stolen masterpiece. Infamous because everyone close to it has turned up dead. As in Mafia-style-execution dead.
As she’s chewing over which instinct to follow—back off while she still can, or dig deeper for the truth—she crosses paths with FBI agent Mike Finnegan. An old friend and not-quite flame from her college days. When she looks into his warm, mocha eyes, she’s tempted to tell him everything.
Trouble is, she’s already being watched. And the next move she makes could destroy innocent lives…including her own.
~ AMAZON ~ BARNES AND NOBLE ~ IBOOKS ~ KOBO ~
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Ellen Butler is a bestselling novelist writing critically acclaimed suspense thrillers, and award-winning romance. Ellen holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Policy, and her history includes a long list of writing for dry, but illuminating, professional newsletters and windy papers on public policy. She is a member of International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime and the Office of Strategic Services Society. She lives in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. with her family.
By: T.J. Brearton
5 out of 5 stars
The story THE HUSBANDS by T.J. Brearton is a book that I loved reading. It pulled me in right from the beginning and had me turning pages to find out what happens next. It is a heart-pounding thrill ride that just won’t let go. I loved reading about the character of Kelly Roth. She is an FBI profiler who has returned home in order to help local police find a killer. The killer is intelligent and always seems to be one step ahead. Kelly has to use all of her skills in order to outsmart the killer and justice to prevail. Will she find the killer? Is the killer playing a twisted game by contacting the husbands in their time of grief? Read this book to find out. This story is thrilling, mysterious, and had me on the edge of my seat. There are scenes that are intense. I found myself caring about Kelly with each chapter that I read. I wanted her to succeed in her investigation. Kelly is determined, intelligent, and excellent at her job. She uses her instincts and is a wonderful profiler. She is also one that takes a chance when she needs to. There are many other characters that are introduced that I enjoyed reading about, They help Kelly. Then there are those who seem to have their own agenda. There are secrets uncovered and no stone goes unturned. Don’t miss out on a story that will have you reading far into the night in order to finish the last page. Highly recommended reading.
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My Free Life: Prequel to The Brothers of Camelot (My Life Series Book 3) by Author Necie Navone
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Genre – Thriller & Suspense, Crime Fiction, Murder
Page Count – 342 Pages
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Freedom. Something the majority of the people on this Earth enjoy. Something I’ve never had. Something I want more than anything.
When I left for University, I thought my life wouldn’t be quite so tragic… Ha! I am now the Capo Donna, in charge of the Family and its businesses located in Northern Italy.
The power struggle between me and my Papa, the Capo, comes to a head when some of my closest friends find themselves caught in a dangerous situation.
In order to save them, I have to let that switch inside me flip, the one I hate, in order to be what they need me to be to save them. The monster my Papa insisted I become, the one he can no longer control. The assassin. The side of me I fear will destroy my soul if I can’t escape from this Family… This Life.
Will I ever be able to wash this blood off my hands? Can I ever be absolved of the lives I’ve taken? This is the final straw.
As friends and loved ones begin finding their Happily Ever Afters, I know it’s time to escape. They’ll all be fine. They have their One and Only’s. It’s time for me to be Free… so I can find my own.
WARNING: Family Drama, Sex, and a lot of excitement ~ AMAZON ~
Necie Navone had always dreamed of being a writer but thought it would be impossible with her struggles with dyslexia. With her determination, the love and support of one of her sons and some close friends she finally took the leap, and put pen to paper and wrote “The Only One” The first in the Brothers of Camelot series.
She’s had the Brothers of Camelot living in her mind for years and dreams of them regularly. She hopes you will enjoy their stories as much as she loves dreaming of them. Come along and meet all 12 of these, incredible alpha men, as she introduces you to each one of them.
Necie, was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, leaving there at the age of 20 to visit California. Once she arrived, she decided to make it her home. She’s a stay at home mom to her fifth son, who is severally autistic and non-verbal. With the love and support of her husband and sons, she is taking on this new adventure and would love for you to come along with her.
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