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3.23.2016

A Fool and His Monet ~ Review

A Fool and His Monet
Serena Jones Mysteries #1
By Sandra Orchard

Serena Jones is one of the FBI's newest Art Crime agents.  Her determination to recover stolen art is linked to the unsolved murder of her grandfather.

When Serena's first undercover assignment doesn't go quite according to plan she not only has to deal with criminals out on bail but her overly zealous and proud family.

When a museum art theft is discovered Serena is quickly back in action tracking down any and all leads.  But determining when, why, and how is going to prove challenging in this case.  And with Aunt Martha determined to "help" her solve this case, it just got a whole lot more interesting.

There is a missing former employee, a talkative blond who's conveniently ill, a black pickup, and Aunt Martha's mafia theory.  This case just may end up being a real headache if Serena doesn't come up with a suspect and a solid lead quick.

A Fool and His Monet is a fun read.  There is a well-balanced mix of mystery and humor that keeps the story moving and entertaining.  Serena's family is a riot and Aunt Martha is perfect (though I wouldn't want her as my aunt). There is a little shady politicking going on that may play a major role in the investigation.  And then Aunt Martha's speculated mafia connections and the resulting outcome are totally unexpected.  And then for readers who want a touch of romance in their books, well just read the book - and remember the phrase "totally oblivious".

I'm interested in seeing where exactly this series is going and the little excerpt for the upcoming book 2 is a tantalizing tidbit.  The world of art theft and the FBI - time to brush up on your Monet, Van Gogh, and Renoir art appreciation!  

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Revell in exchange for my honest review.

About the Book:

Sketchy politics and a palette of lies 
can't stop Serena Jones from exposing the mastermind 
behind the daring theft of a priceless work of art

Serena Jones has a passion for recovering lost and stolen art--one that's surpassed only by her zeal to uncover the truth about who murdered her grandfather. She's joined the FBI Art Crime Team with the secret hope that one of her cases will lead to his killer. Now, despite her mother's pleas to do something safer--like get married--Serena's determined to catch thieves and black market traders.

When a local museum discovers an irreplaceable Monet missing, Serena leaps into action--and a whole heap of trouble.

About the Book:

Sandra Orchard is a multi-award-winning author of mysteries and romantic suspense She is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America and The Word Guild (Canada). A mother of three grown children, she lives in Niagara, Canada with her real-life-hero husband and writes full time…when not doting on her young grandchildren. Learn more about Sandra’s books and bonus features at www.SandraOrchard.com or connect at www.Facebook.com/SandraOrchard