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Isabella’s Painting by Ellen Butler – Review by Michelle Austin

Isabella's Painting (Karina Cardinal Mystery #1)Isabella’s Painting by Ellen Butler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Isabella’s Painting was a great 5 star read and the first book in the Karina Cardinal Mystery series.

Karina is a lawyer who discovers something mysterious when she is attending a party with her boyfriend at his parents home. Of course her curiosity peaks and she does some investigating, could she have seen a piece of artwork that was part of a historical unsolved robbery?

I’d gotten it into my head that I would crack a case that neither the FBI, nor highly skilled art detectives, nor investigative reporters had done in the past twenty-eight years. How silly of me

Will Karina’s curiosity bring danger to her doorstep? Will she be able to solve the mystery?

We meet several great secondary characters that added a great element to the story, my favorite was Molly. I really liked Karina, she had me LOL so many times, she was very smart and independent. I really like a book that has me guessing throughout the story, I was thrown off when it twisted in a completely different direction on me. This is my first read from Ellen and I was pulled right in by her writing. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

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

Isabella's Painting (Karina Cardinal Mystery #1)Isabella’s Painting by Ellen Butler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Isabella’s Painting by Ellen Butler
5 star!!!!!

I must admit I like a good mystery book once in a while. This was a great find as this is my first book by this author. The book has just the right amount of drama and really grabs the reader from page one. I was at the edge of my seat awaiting to find out what would happen next.

I found that Karina’s character was very realistic. I found myself being transported into the book as she delves into the museum heist mystery. The drama between her and Patrick just adds to the drama in the book. The whole way that things unfold along with the darknet auction to the mob connections I just couldn’t put this book down. I found my adrenaline running as I am sure Karina’s would be as she followed each lead to the heist. I look forward to reading more not only from this series but also this author.

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

Isabella's Painting (Karina Cardinal Mystery #1)Isabella’s Painting by Ellen Butler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Isabella’s Painting is the first novel in the Karina Cardinal mystery series by Ellen Butler. This is my first novel by this author.

Instead of relaxing at home watching Netflix, Karina Cardinal is getting dressed to attend her boyfriend Patrick Dunne parent’s holiday party.

While there, she notices Patrick’s dad may be up to something that includes the stolen artwork that was taken from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum years before.

The FBI was unable to solve and locate the paintings but with Karina’s new information it’s possible they may have been found.

I have not read a cozy mystery in over a year and have been wanting to. Reading this novel made me remember how much fun and entertaining they are.

While Karina is not a detective, she is really smart and is able to put clues together. And while working with a friend that is an FBI agent, sparks may fly.

The author did a great job combining an actual event within the story of this novel. I even did some research while reading and discovered more information about the heist which made it all the more to read.

I look forward to the next book in the series as well as the cover. The cover caught my eye before I read the summary.

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

Isabella's Painting (Karina Cardinal Mystery #1)Isabella’s Painting by Ellen Butler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ellen Butler was a new author to me when I picked up Isabellas Painting. It was a late night impulse snag and I am so glad that I grabbed it! I am hooked! This was such a fun read. I got zero sleep but it was so worth it.

So there is a lot going on in this novel but I am going to try to just tease you a tad with some details… the good stuff you have to read for yourself. Trust me it will be so well worth your time. I have to say this is one of those books I will want to add to my re-read pile!

Karina Cardinal seemingly has it all and has it all together. She is a wonderful lawyer. She has the perfect relationship with a handsome man named Patrick. So perfect that things may just be ready to progress to bigger steps. Basically everything is going peachy king. Until…

Sore feet at the family Christmas party forces Karina to take a rest in a room with beautiful art, art that stands out. Art that she wasn’t supposed to see. This makes her start asking questions and things get really interesting to say the least. I loved this one and I am anxiously awaiting the next in the series!

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Isabella’s Painting: a Notorious Art Heist Mystery (Karina Cardinal Mystery book one) by Ellen Butler – Review by Krystal Gaston

Isabella's Painting (Karina Cardinal Mystery #1)Isabella’s Painting by Ellen Butler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Isabellas Painting: a Notorious Art Heist Mystery (Karina Cardinal Mystery book one) written by Ellen Butler. This isn’t my normal genre but I’m glad I gave it a shot. Karina pulls you into this story right away with her witty ways and a promise of some mystery when it comes to seeing a missing painting. As the story progresses so does the mystery and depth of the characters. When it comes down to it you always have to trust your instincts.

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Isabella’s Painting: A Nortourious Art Heist Mystery (Karina Cardinal Mystery #1) by Ellen Butler – Review by Krista Beck

Isabella's Painting (Karina Cardinal Mystery #1)Isabella’s Painting by Ellen Butler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Isabella’s Painting is the first book I’ve read by Ellen Butler. This book had all the things I love: mystery, romance, the mob and a strong female. This book had me from the beginning and once I started reading, I really couldn’t stop. Karina is a lawyer/lobbyist in DC. Her boyfriend Patrick comes from a wealthy family. Spending time with his family leads Karina into something that she never saw coming! What can she do? How should she handle it? The way she handles it is brilliant! Such a great book! I cannot wait for the next Karina mystery!

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Isabella’s Painting: A Notorious Art Heist Mystery (Karin Cardinal Mystery) by Ellen Butler – Review Cindy Mayberry

Isabella's Painting (Karina Cardinal Mystery #1)Isabella’s Painting by Ellen Butler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Isabella’a Painting
A Notorious Art Heist Mystery
Karina Cardinal Mystery
Book 1
By Ellen Butler
☆☆☆☆☆
Let’s just say this is an intense suspense novel. Filled with romance, trust issues, a 28 year old art heist and the mafia?

Karina Cardinal is a strong woman who knows what she wants, and what she does not. Trust for her is a must. When she sees something she should not. She steps up and runs right into danger. But does that stop her? Fighting with her mind, boyfriend and his father, things are about to get intense. Remember it’s not over until THE END!

Patrick Dunne is of money. He also has been hurt many times because of it. Hiding his fortune he is out to find his true love. But his trust issues get in the way. He loves Karina, and pushes her too far. Will he keep the girl?

Ellen Butler has done her homework with this story. Not only does she bring a true case into her story. She has history to back up her story. I love this story! She drew me in and suckered punch me half way through the story. Just as I thought I knew what happened, I was wrong. This book is a real page turner. I could not put it down. Job Well Done Ellen Butler!

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Isabella’s Painting: A Notorious Art Heist Mystery (Karina Cardinal Mystery) by Ellen Butler – Review by Sarah Oakes

Isabella's Painting (Karina Cardinal Mystery #1)Isabella’s Painting by Ellen Butler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great read about doing the right thing. Karina Cardinal is a lawyer in love with her boyfriend Patrick. His family invite her to their Christmas Party and she has a great time. But odd events happen in Martin’s library that fuel fire to her curiosity. When she discovers the secret, she is dragged into an uncertain world of art and smoke and shadows and perhaps she shouldn’t have looked after all.
A great read. Well developed plot with twists and turns that I just couldn’t put down. Well developed characters like Karina loving and kind but also standing up for herself or the eccentric Molly or mysterious Martin. I loved the use of suspense drawn out to perfection that kept you reading to find out with Karina. I loved the use of setting with the large house and tunnel rooms and hidden places for that sense of mysery but the colourful art contrasting with beautifully. Or the visual detail of shops and coffee places for a busy vibrant city. High stakes and fast paced action made for a captivating read with a love of art throughout for a lovely touch.Overall, a great read and I would give it five stars.
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~ Coming Soon – Fatal Legislation: A Novel: Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 2

 ~  ~  ~  ~ COMING SOON ~  ~  ~  ~  ~
Fatal Legislation: A Novel: Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 2 by Ellen Butler Books
PREORDER NOW – https://amzn.to/2KvYlPu
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Releases – December 11, 2018
Series Name: Karina Cardinal Mystery
Genre – Thriller & Suspense
Page Count – 275 pages
Cover – RL Sather
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/b…/show/41956272-fatal-legislation

Lawmaking can be a murderous affair.

If any day calls for a soothing glass of wine, it’s today.

One moment, Capitol Hill lobbyist Karina Cardinal is having a heated discussion with Senator Harper, who just torpedoed her latest health care legislation initiative. The next, after a cryptic remark, the senator is dead at her feet. Hours later, she’s still so rattled she wakes to a freezing apartment because she forgot to close her back door. Or did she?

When her boyfriend, FBI cybercrimes expert Mike Finnegan, is suddenly reassigned to work a new case, he’s got bad news and worse news. The bad: the senator’s death was no heart attack—it was assassination by a hacker disabling his pacemaker. Worse: Karina’s a “person of interest”.

Certain that status could change to “suspect” at any moment, Karina begins her own back-channel investigation into who could have wanted the senator dead. Of course, in Washington, that means playing politics and following the money trail. A trail that leads to more murders…and possibly leaving the door open for a killer to change her status to “dead.”

Fans of John Grisham, Melinda Leigh, J.D. Robb will adore this gripping political mystery thriller by Award-Winning Author Ellen Butler.

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

Isabella's Painting (Karina Cardinal Mystery #1)Isabella’s Painting by Ellen Butler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Isabella’s Painting is a magnificent mystery/thriller book by Ellen Butler. Butler has done her research when it comes to the underground black market of stolen items. This story gripped me from the very first paragraph until the last word. Butler has twists and turns that made me turn the page quickly and then there were ones that I was hesitant to turn. Butler has fully developed characters that I felt like I could be there in the story with them. This story is about Karina and what she sees and hears by accident. There was a heist of paintings from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Karina believes she has seen one and overhears about the painting as well. She is not sure who she can trust. Will Karina get help with what she saw or will she turn the other way? Does she understand what she has gotten herself into?

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