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Diamonds & Deception

(Karina Cardinal Mystery #3)

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The rainbows-and-unicorns period of her friends-to-lovers relationship with Mike Finnegan officially over, Karina Cardinal is taking a tactical retreat. No way is she calling him for rescue from one of her infamous “scrapes.” Too bad trouble, if not her middle name, is a close relative.

Sadira Manon, friend and colleague of Karina’s sister Jillian, has been dropping way too
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Published October 7th 2019 by Power to the Pen
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Angela
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Diamonds & Deception is the third book in the Karina Cardinal Mystery series by Ellen Butler. It is a great mystery- with drama, danger, intrigue, tension, action, suspense, and more. Even though this is the third book in the series it can be read as a standalone without feeling like you are missing part of the story. But by not reading the first two books, you would be denying yourself some really great stories- and some recurring character introduction, backstories, and other
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Liz
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ellen Butler’s Karina Cardinal Mystery series continues with Diamonds & Deception. Being book number three in the series you would think that you would know what to expect as far as storyline goes but Ellen Butler manages to keep things fresh, adventurous, and always exciting. I never for one moment find myself bored whenever I am absorbed in a Karina mystery.

I would highly recommend that you start with book one, Isabella’s Painting, if you haven’t done so prior to reading this one. The
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Jenni Bishop
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Diamonds & Deception (Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 3) by Ellen Butler is another great tale in this wonderful and addictive series. I love Karina Cardinal and the Silverthorne team. This thrilling mystery keeps you on your toes and the plot is sensational as Ellen carefully weaves all the threads to one explosive story. I also love the way that Ellen comes up with different themes for each story. There is action and romance, lies and deceit, friendship and family. Stolen jewels and mistaken ...more
Moriah Venable
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Diamonds & Deceptions is the third novel in the Karina Cardinal Mystery series by Ellen Butler. This is my third novel by this author.

Karina’s relationship with her college friend Mike is hitting a rough patch. When her sister Jillian calls her asking for help involving her friend Sadira Manon, the two are ina mystery not sure of what the full story is.

Will she call on Mike when she finds trouble again?

I really love these mysteries and I look forward to reading one whenever I see a new one
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Erin
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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Francis
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Diamonds & Deception is the third book in Ellen Butler’s gripping Karina Cardinal Mystery series. We’ve had art theft, we’ve had assassination, and now we’re onto jewellery theft. Karina seems to get tangled up in everything!
Karina is a lobbyist whose past escapades have built her a network of talented, helpful people who are ready to leap into action when trouble comes. And trouble does always come. She’s resourceful, dedicated and doesn’t take no for an answer. There’s a brilliant scene
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Lawyer turned lobbyist Karina Cardinal has a knack for finding trouble. After her last adventure found her delving her skills at being a murder investigator and almost causing her own untimely demise, she has pinky swore to her FBI agent boyfriend, Mike, she will behave while he is away doing training. But alas, amateur sleuthing runs in the family, and when Karina’s sister Jillian finds herself trying to uncover who is behind framing a friend for a diamond heist, Karina becomes stuck in the ...more
Sarah
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great read about trouble. Karina Cardinal is trying to stay out of trouble after a row with her boyfriend. But life has other ideas when Sadira, a friend of her sisters, is accused of stealing a lot of diamonds from the jewellery sshe works at. Events unravel and Karina finds herself ina search for the truth. Can she uncover the truth?
A great read. Well developed plot with twists and turns. Well developed characters like Karina cautious but still wanting to help or Jillian as loyal and
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Kerry  carr
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great mystery story that keeps you gripped from page one.

Karina's middle name is trouble as she always seems to find herself caught in some form of trouble.

In this story she gets dragged into a situation with her sister Jillian and her friend Sadira. Sadira is spending money like ita going out of fashion. Her car is expensive, her wardrobe is full of designer clothes and shoes and her house is expensive.
Jillian wonders how she can afford to live this way on the teachers salary they
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Jana
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Diamonds & Deception is the third book in Ellen Butler’s Karina Cardinal Mystery! You can read the story as a standalone but not having read the first two books you would miss out on knowing more about the recurring characters and backstories … Diamonds & Deception is a great story filled with drama, danger, action, suspense and sisterly ‘I’ve got your back no matter what’!
This time the writer has taken inspiration from the increasing gang activity and human trafficking. Karina’s sister
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Debi
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Diamonds & Deception (Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 3) by Ellen Butler

5 Stars

Another homerun for this author and this must read series. This author crept up on me back with Isabella’s Painting which is what got me hooked on her. This was an awesome addition to this series and Karina continues to be one of my favorite characters ever. I have also quickly fallen for the Silverthorne Security guys, I love everything about the interaction between them and Karina. Another series with them would
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Cindy
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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Angelina Frazzini
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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Laura Furuta
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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Rekha
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing story! A complete entertainment package! There's action, romance, friendship and much more! I absolutely enjoyed reading Diamonds and Deception.

The story is simply superb. What was supposed to be a mistaken identity turned out to be drug cartels, human trafficking and kidnapping! Phew! The adventure is mind-blowing. The suspense is well-maintained throughout the story. I was hooked on to the story from the start. As I read through, it felt like a movie playing in my head.

If you
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Michelle Austin
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Diamonds & Deception was a great 5 star read and book three in the Karina Cardinal Mystery series.

Karina finds herself pulled into something by her sister.Her sister’s friend is being accused of stealing diamonds. I almost think that danger is Karina’s middle name, with everything that seems to follow her.

Will Karina be able to help figure out who really took the jewels? Will she need extra help?

We get suspense, action, drama and so much more in this great read. There are several twists
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Candida Hopper
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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Madison Degraffenreid
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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
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Caralee
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Diamonds & Deception ( A Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 3) by Ellen Butler
4 Stars!!!!

Right back into the thick of it again with Karina. I once again as not disappointed and was glued to the pages. I really like to read out of my favorite genre and this was a good read. I find the author to have a very refreshing style and draws the reader in.

I really like the investigative reporting angle and I like how the drama and the intrigue flow through the book. The characters jump off of the pages and
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Maura
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in the Karina Cardinal series. It can be read as a stand-alone as the story stands on it's own, but the recurring characters are developed in the beginning of the series. While you will be able to settle into the story, I think it's best if the series is read in order.

I'm now used to the protagonist's intricate nature and quirks, so some things don't come as a surprise. There are quite a few times that things are not as they seem and the intrigue and adventure move fluidly
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Sunday
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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Dawn Daughenbaugh
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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Erica Fish
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Diamonds & Deception is the third book in the Karina Cardinal series by Ellen Butler. Let me just say Ellen Butler you know how to grab a reader and keep them engaged throughout the entire book. I would recommend reading the first two books so you will get to know Karina and become her book friend. Karina has a knack for getting into a tight spot. Being a mystery genre, I knew there were roller coaster rides but some of the twists and turns really dropped my jaw a couple of times. Will ...more
Kerry Baker
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Diamonds and Deception by Ellen Butler is the third book in the Karina Cardinal Mystery Series. This is a series that is fast paced and full of twists and turns.
You don’t necessarily have to have read these books in order although personally I think you will miss out on a lot of cha after and background development if you don’t.
As usual this book was engaging and interesting. I found myself trying to figure it out as we went along. I find it really easily to slip straight back into these
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Sheri
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Diamonds & Deception by Ellen Butler is the third book in the Karina Cardinal Mystery series. This can be read as a standalone but I recommend reading the series in order. Karina has gotten herself into another scrape but this time with not all on her own. Jillian, her sister, has gotten into some intrigue because of her friend Sadira. This is a fun, thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The location is D.C. and there are Russian Mob, gang members, diamonds and more. I highly ...more
Jonell
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Bobbi Wagner
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in this series, I enjoyed it just as much as the previous two. One of the things I enjoy most about this author is her ability to pull me into her story and keep me engaged until the end. This is a mystery and suspense that kept me guessing what would happen next. Karina and her sister Jilly team up to help find out who set up a friend. When they dig to deep and Karina is forced to call Mike, will he be there? I highly recommend finding out what happens in this story.
Heather Lovelace
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This mystery kept me glued to the pages from beginning to end. I love how Butler continues to draw me in to this series. The characters are thoughtfully developed and I like watching the progression of our main character through each book. Overall I found this suspense to be another worthwhile tale and should be added to every mystery lover’s library.
Colleen Shogan
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Terrific new edition to the Karina Cardinal series. I really enjoyed the fast-paced action and how the mystery unfolded. Definitely recommend as an excellent Washington, D.C. based mystery/thriller!
Jill Elizabeth
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed this series since the first book. Karina is such an unusual blend of smart woman, foolish choices, and those choices seem to get more foolish book/adventure by book/adventure. By this, the third installment, some of them were (frankly) downright ridiculous. By rights, those choices should affect the overall credibility of the series, yet somehow they do not. I don't know how Butler pulls that off (frankly again), but she does - and with aplomb. Many of Karina's choices require a ...more
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Ellen Butler is bestselling novelist writing critically acclaimed suspense and award winning romance novels. Coming in May- the first Karina Cardinal Mystery, about a intelligent D.C. lobbyist with a sharp wit, and a curiosity to rival Jessica Fletcher into. Karina’s inquisitiveness pulls her into one adventure after another occasionally putting herself or those she loves into danger. Ellen is ...more

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