~FATAL LEGISLATION Releasing December 11, 2018~

Karina Cardinal Mystery, Book 2

Preorders Now Available. 


Lawmaking can be a murderous affair

When a senator drops dead at Karina Cardinal’s feet, her status quickly changes from “dogged DC lobbyist” to “person of interest.” Certain the FBI could change that status to “suspect” at any moment, she conducts her own back-channel investigation…which could change her status to “dead.”

Fatal Legislation is a perfect Washington suspense novel. Ellen Butler has created an intricate plot with realistic characters embroiled in the world of policymaking, lobbyists, and Congress. There’s even a FBI love interest for good measure! D.C. denizens and those curious about our nation’s capital will enjoy this book.” – Colleen J. Shogan, Author of K Street Killing

Read an Excerpt click here

Now Available! ~ Isabella’s Painting

Ellen Butler’s Karina Cardinal Series, Book 1

Order your copy here:                 

Bestselling author Ellen Butler’s Karina Cardinal mystery series kicks off with Isabella’s Painting.

Peeling back layers of lies can save a masterpiece…or reveal a killer.

When Karina Cardinal accidentally glimpses an infamous stolen painting, she faces a dangerous choice. Back off while she still can, or dig for the truth with the help of an old flame. Either way, the next move she makes could destroy innocent lives…including her own.  

Click here for full description and an excerpt!

Click here to view the trailer!

Now available in Audio! Get your copy of the award-winning and bestselling spy novel The Brass Compass. 

Order Now.         View the Trailer.  


Thanks for visiting my website, I’m glad you found me. I write sassy romance and page-turning suspense novels. On this site you’ll find my upcoming public appearances, newsworthy events and information on new releases. If you want to interact with me and get a daily dose of all things author, or talk about wine, chocolate and shoes,  follow me on Facebook or Twitter. If you want sneak peeks, previews, and the chance to get Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) of my new releases, before the general public, join my newsletter.
My suspense novels are excellent books for reading groups and book clubs, and I provide guided questions.


Purchase my books.




An Amazon Affiliate.