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Isabella’s Painting: A Notorious Art Heist Mystery (Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 1) by Ellen Butler

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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

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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.

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Diamonds & Deception (Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 3) by Ellen Butler – Review by Madison Degraffenreid

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Diamonds & Deception (Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 3) by Ellen Butler

5-stars

Diamonds & Deception (Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 3) by Ellen Butler was an excellent read. I loved how the author opens up the story at the beginning. I also loved that this novel can be read as a standalone. The storyline was inspiring, mysterious, and fun. It easily flowed from start to finish and kept my attention. I enjoyed the various characters and how much thought went into them. They were realistic and developed well. The various scenes were also descriptive enough to picture myself as a bystander watching the events take place. I was very impressed with this authors writing style and how addicted I was to the book. I highly recommend it.

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Diamonds & Deception (Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 3) by Ellen Butler – Review by Jonell Collins

Diamonds & Deception (Karina Cardinal Mystery, #3)Diamonds & Deception by Ellen Butler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I do love strong female leads, and a good mystery is always a winner with me. In Diamonds & Deception by Ellen Butler we get both. This is an excellent little mystery. It is my first Karina Cardinal Mystery Story, but I can tell you it won’t be my last. Although Karina is the star of our show her sister Jillian is every bit in the thick of this as Karina. The dialogue and the interaction between the sisters in this book is spot on., and even better than all of that is the “story within the story”. I always love that. This sweet little mystery is well worth your time.

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Diamonds & Deception (Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 3) by Ellen Butler – Review by Angelina Frazzini

Diamonds & Deception (Karina Cardinal Mystery, #3)Diamonds & Deception by Ellen Butler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Diamonds and Deception by Ellen Butler is book three of the Karina Cardinal Mystery series. This book has a little bit of everything. It’s got danger, mystery, suspense and so much more. This book can be read as a standalone but for the full experience – recurring character introductions and backstories – I encourage you to read the first two books.

Karina is fiercely independent and recently her friend Mike has taken their relationship from friendship to relationship and they seem to have hit a rough patch. Karina is determined not to call Mike for help however she seems to attract trouble. When her sister calls her to help a friend, this time doesn’t seem to be any different. Karina and Jillian find themselves deep in a mystery that leaves them with a lot of questions. Will Karina call Mike for help when trouble inevitably strikes?

This book was enjoyable to read. It has a pretty quick pace and let you wondering what was gong to happen. I recommend it!

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Diamonds and Deception (Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 3) By Ellen Butler – Review by Laura Furuta

Diamonds & Deception (Karina Cardinal Mystery, #3)Diamonds & Deception by Ellen Butler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Diamonds & Deception (Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 3)

By: Ellen Butler

5 out of 5 stars

This is the next amazing book in a series I have loved from the first story. It had me on the edge of my seat wondering what will happen next. Karina Cardinal is back. She finds herself helping out a friend of her sister, Jillian. She soon finds herself caught up in a mystery that she was not expecting. Read this book to find out the full story. This mystery will keep you guessing and turning pages. There are many characters in this story. Some of them are helpful to Karina, some have their own agenda and will do anything to make sure their plans succeed, and some make you wonder whose side they are on. The book pulled me into story and I didn’t want to put it down. The author has done a wonderful job in making the characters come alive and the story unforgettable. I would highly recommend reading it.

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Diamonds & Deception (Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 3) by Ellen Butler – Review by Erin Wolf

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I give Diamonds & Deception (Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 3) by Ellen Butler, 5 stars.

This is one of those series where I forget just how good it is until I pick up the next book. I absolutely love Karina. She is fun, quirky, real, has a big heart and so likeable. I would love to have her as a best friend. This time, she tries to stay out of things but gets pulled in by her sister. You can’t say no family. But she has learned from her past experiences. She asks for help from the guys at Silverthone Security. These guys are great too, I would love to see more about each of them — maybe a book dedicated to them? Karina, her sister, and the security guys try to get to the bottom of things to find who is really guilty and just what is really going on.

Besides the characters, the story itself is so compelling. It begins when Katrina’s sister Jillian attends a fashion show with her coworker. The night ends abruptly when the coworker is accused of stealing diamonds and arrested. Now they have to figure out if she is guilty, not to mention prove it. This would be enough for some mystery/suspense books. But wait, there’s more! They later discover something even more sinister is going on and find themselves thrown right into it. There were a few times I thought the book may soon be over, only to realize there was much more to go. The the author switching gears on us and leading us in a different direction is done so smoothly and so effectively it kept me from putting the book down.

I highly recommend this series and book to those who like real, strong female characters in their whodunnit/suspense books.

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Diamonds & Deception (Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 3)by Ellen Butler -Review by Cindy Mayberry

Diamonds & Deception (Karina Cardinal Mystery, #3)Diamonds & Deception by Ellen Butler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Diamonds & Deception
Karina Cardinal Mystery
Book 3
By Ellen Butler
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
This is book 3 in the Karina Cardinal series. This book could be read as a standalone, but why?

If you love a great mystery, you will love this story. When Sadira Manon is arrested for stealing diamonds, there are some questions that need answered. Like, why is a school teacher wearing high quality, name brand clothes on a teacher’s salary? Where did she really get her money? Things are not looking favorable for Sadira. So it is time to call Karina, Jilly and
Silverthorne Security.

Ellen Butler has done it again! She has written this compelling mystery. Her writing is clear and fast paced. She gives just enough information to keep you intrigued and interested in this book. I love the characters set forth in this suspenseful mystery. I loved being able to follow this series and can’t wait for more. Well done Ellen Butler! Well done!

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Diamonds & Deception (Karina Cardinal Mystery Series) by Ellen Butler – Review by Sunday Barnaby

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Diamonds & Deception by Ellen Butler
Four Stars

Diamonds & Deception is the third book in the Karina Cardinal Mystery Series by Ellen Butler. Although this book can be read as a standalone, I highly recommend you read this series in order. You get a great background on the characters if you do. This book like the previous books, hooked my attention from the very first page. I love the humor sprinkled in with the mystery and intrigue.
Karina and her sister Jillian dig a little too deep into a friend’s troubles andend up on the wrong side of the mob. Now, Karina must call on Mike to help, but will he be around to answer her call. If you love mystery, adventure, comedy and romance rolled into one this is definitely the read for you.

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Diamonds & Deception (Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 3) by Ellen Butler – Review by Candida Hopper

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Diamonds & Deception (Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 3)
by Ellen Butler

Another great mystery. You can read this book as a standalone but it is my suggestion that you start with book one for a better experience and back story of the characters. This book is full of action, suspense, mystery, and of course danger. Karina seems to find trouble and danger around every corner. There are unexpected twists and turns in this story. Karina and Mike aren’t exactly seeing eye to eye these days, so when Karina finds herself in a bind, will she call Mike? Will she be able to get herself and her sister out of danger? To find this out this is a must read. This book will keep you entertained throughout the entire time. I highly recommend this book.

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Diamonds & Deception (Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 3) by Ellen Butler – Review by Dawn Daughenbaugh

Diamonds & Deception (Karina Cardinal Mystery, #3)Diamonds & Deception by Ellen Butler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Star
Diamonds & Deception (Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 3) by Ellen Butler

Diamonds & Deception is the third book in the Karina Cardinal Mystery Series and even though it can be read as a standalone I do recommend reading this series in order, so you will have a better understanding of the characters . I loved this book, it’s filled with action, drama, danger and suspense. I once again found myself lost in the pages and couldn’t stop reading till the end. What will happen when Karina and her sister Jilly team up to help find out who set up a friend? Karina is forced to call Mike after they have dug to deep. Find out what happens next in this absolute must read I look forward to reading more from this Author.

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