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Swindler’s Revenge ~ Karina Cardinal Mystery, Book 5

White collar crime can get dirty quicker than a line drive into foul territory.

Karina Cardinal and Mike Finnegan are splitsville, but when the FBI claims he took a $1.2 million bribe? No and no and no. When a mysterious burner phone shows up in her pocket, she knows it’s from Mike, who’s deep undercover and so far off-grid, he needs help to figure out who’s framing him-and why.

Classic Karina, she jumps in with both feet, ignoring the dangers. The trouble with leaping before you look? You can land in a world of dirt. And when an old enemy starts playing hardball, you can end up six feet under it.

“Butler keeps the plot barreling ahead. Fans of intelligent escapism will look forward to more.” – Publisher’s Weekly Magazine

“Ellen Butler’s “Swindler’s Revenge” is an unputdownable adventure that will take readers on an electrifying yet light-hearted and humorous journey.” – InD’Tale Magazine

“Each installment of the Karina Cardinal series just keeps getting better! Absolutely loved and wish I could give more than 5 stars!” – Affaire de Coeur Magazine

“Karina is at it again. One of my favorite things about this series is seeing Karina as the fish out of water amateur, but one who isn’t catastrophically stupid.” –Award-winning Author Melanie Jackson

“Look for mystery, suspense, and romance in this rocking adventure that will keep you reading until the end.” – Author Terry Ambrose

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Pharaoh’s Forgery ~ Karina Cardinal Mystery, Book 4

She just wanted a little downtime. But now she’s running out of time-

Karina Cardinal’s more than ready for a short-girls’ getaway to Cancun-until Jilly breaks her leg. With Jilly injured and Mike working, her fellow lobbyist Rodrigo volunteers to share some sun, sand, and margaritas in Cancun.

It’s tough for Karina and Rodrigo to relax in Cancun, knowing what’s in her suitcase. A package she promised to hand off to Mrs. Thundermuffin. Mrs. T’s evasive maneuvers around Karina’s questions wave more red flags than a bullfighter. Turns out it’s an Egyptian death mask that attracts crooks, conmen, kidnappers, and killers. When chaos erupts, Karina and Rodrigo are lucky to have friends in the right place-at their backs. But they’re in one hell of a jam. And they could be going home in something tackier than a souvenir t-shirt-more like a body bag.

“I simply love Karina Cardinal as an amateur sleuth. In this installment, we follow Karina to Mexico for a vacation adventure focused on the black market for art antiquities. The characters keep the story moving, especially her clandestine retired CIA neighbor Mrs. Thundermuffin. For those (like myself) who loved the escapades of Emily Pollifax written by Dorothy Gilmore, you will love the latest edition to the Karina Cardinal series.”-Colleen Shogan, Author of the award-winning Washington Whodunit mystery series

“Conmen, kidnappers, and chaos, oh my! Buckle up, adventure-lovers! Karina Cardinal, Stephanie Plum with a master’s degree and FBI connections, is off for fun in the sun until her Mexican vacation takes a National Lampoon-style turn with a side of mayhem. Brimming with vivid, relatable characters, Pharaoh’s Forgery is a well-written page-turner that will keep you chuckling and on the edge of your seat until the very last twist.” – Judith Gonda, Author of the Tory Benning mystery series

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