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

Diamonds & Deception (Karina Cardinal Mystery, #3)Diamonds & Deception by Ellen Butler
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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Fatal Legislation: A Novel: Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 2 by Ellen Butler – Review by Sheri Schrader

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

Fatal Legislation: A Novel: Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 2 is written by Ellen Butler. Karina is a lobbyist in Washington D.C. who has a Senator drop dead at her feet. Nothing is ever simple for Karina and she becomes a “person of interest” in the death. Luckily Karina is smart and inquisitive so she starts her own investigation before she can be blindsided by the FBI.
This is well written with great thought to the story and dialogue. I was drawn into the story as I had been with the first book in the series. This could be read as a standalone but I think it would be sad to lose what was built in the first novel with the characters. I like that Karina is smart and curious. Sometimes this gets her in some bad situations but helps her also in her quests of solving the mystery. I look forward to where this series takes Karina next.

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Fatal Legislation: A Novel: Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 2 by Ellen Butler – Review by Angelina Frazzini

Fatal Legislation: A Novel: Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 2Fatal Legislation: A Novel: Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 2 by Ellen Butler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fatal Legislation by Ellen Butler is book two of the Karina Cardinal Mystery Series. This book is full of suspense, drama, and mystery. You are definitely on the edge of your seat the entire time.

Karina is independent, strong, and smart. Karina witnessed something she never expected to see. However, now that she’s considered “a person of interest”, she is determined to get to the bottom of it. There is a lot in Karina’s way but she’s determined not to let them get in the way. Karina has to maneuver politics and money.

I enjoyed this book even more than the first book I think. It has everything you could want out of a book and it’s very well written! Karina is such a strong character. She’s driven and determined. She’s definitely someone you could picture as yourself. I am glad I picked this book up!

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Fatal Legislations: A Novel: Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 2 by Ellen Butler – Review by Erica Fish

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

Fatal Legislation is the second book in the Karina Cardinal series. Ellen Butler is an amazing writer who can keep me guessing throughout the story. Bulter investigates her topics to the point where I can honestly believe what is happening could be true. Karina is amazing at her job. She does on occasion seem to get in trouble. That is when the fun starts. With this story Karina is at the wrong place at the wrong time. Senator Harper just happens to die at her feet after a remark was said. Now Karina has become paranoid wondering if she is next. Mike Finnegan who is in a relationship with Karina has just had the news handed to him about Senator Harper. Next, he is about to find out that Karina may have had something to do with it. Will Karina find out what really happened to the Senator or will she be next to be eliminated? Make sure you are prepared to read in one sitting because it is a page turner.

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Fatal Legislation (Karina Cardinal Mystery Book #2) by Ellen Butler – Review by Krista Beck

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

Karina Cardinal has a knack for getting herself caught up in some serious situations! The second installment of Karina Cardinal finds our heroine is now a lobbyist in Washington, trying to take things to the next level with her FBI boyfriend, and getting caught up in a hot mess! Karina is smart, funny and not afraid to get to the bottom of things. I am enjoying this series so much. If you like a good suspense and like to try and figure out who did it, then you definitely need this series. The book is well written and the characters are great! I hope there are more!

Reviewed by @klbeck

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Fatal Legislation: a novel (Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 2) by Ellen Butler – Review by Kerry Baker

Fatal Legislation: A Novel: Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 2Fatal Legislation: A Novel: Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 2 by Ellen Butler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fatal Legislation; a novel by Ellen Butler is the second book in the Karina Cardinal Mystery series. This book is a gripping tale with twists and turns that will leave your head reeling.
When a debtor drops dead at her feet Karina quickly becomes a person of interest. In a bid to help herself she begins her own investigation. But can she work out who is responsible before she is blamed?
This book is just as good as the first. It is well written and captivated you immediately. It is faced paced and will keep you on the edge of your seat. As much as o tries to guess who was responsible the author did such a good job at misdirection that I never could figure it out. A brilliant book.

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Fatal Legislation: A Novel ( Karina Cardinal Mystery Series) by Ellen Butler – Review by Sunday Barnaby

Fatal Legislation: A Novel: Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 2Fatal Legislation: A Novel: Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 2 by Ellen Butler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fatal Legislation by Ellen Butler
Four Stars

Fatal Legislation: A Novel is the second book in the Karina Cardinal Mystery Series by Ellen Butler. This book can be read as a standalone, but I can’t think of one reason why you wouldn’t want to read the first book in this series. This political mystery thriller left me reading long past my bedtime to find out what would happen next. The twists and turns had me thinking, who did it throughout most of the book. This book follows Karina Cardinal as she plows through Washington DC politics to discover what really happened to and who killed Senator Harper. I’m really enjoying this series and hope to read more by Ellen Butler in the future. If you like a good murder mystery this is the right book for you.

Reviewed by @sunbarn

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Fatal Legislation: A Novel: Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 2 by Ellen Butler – Review by Jana Teppih

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

Fatal Legislation is the second book in Ellen Butler’s Karina Cardinal Mystery series! She opened the series with a bang and set a bar so high that one had to ask oneself if she would be able to deliver again AND SHE DID! She gave us a smashing political mystery thriller that doesn’t leave anyone cold!
The writer gives us danger, intrigue, suspense, action, FBI investigation … and also a dash of romance (oh yeah, go Mike Finnegan!!!). Karina becomes a ‘person of interest’ in the death of a senator she was arguing with when he dropped dead at her feet and off she goes … Karina cannot leave the investigation for the FBI (remember what happened the last time!!!) so off she goes in the midst of her budding relationship with the FBI agent Mike Finnegan playing politics and following the money trail …
The writer has a way of pulling us into the story so that you cannot put the book down and she pulls from what is happening around us and what we struggle with/are unhappy with (Big Pharma and politics surrounding it). And as a present to all of us strong women, she has given us a one strong female heroine who doesn’t take any prisoners!

Reviewed by @teppih

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Fatal Legislation: A Novel: Karina Cardinal Mystery book 2 by Ellen Butler – Review by Kristan Anderson

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

Fatal Legislation by Ellen Butler is book two in the Karina Cardinal Mystery series. It’s seems as though Karina is never in the right place at the right time. She always tends to find herself in the mist of some sort of crazy scene. Though a different twist than book one, this story is more political but just as interesting. A run in with the senator and uncovering a few murders, just a day in the life. I was nervous for Karina and her boyfriends relationship. Mikes character was very well put together and I enjoyed the two of them. I recommend this series, read in order as there are some tie ins from the first book.

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Fatal Legislation: A Novel (Karina Cardinal Mystery Series Book #2) by Ellen Butler – Review by Angela Hayes.

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

 

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

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