Serena Jones has a passion for recovering lost and stolen art–one that’s surpassed only by her zeal to uncover the truth about the art thief 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 learning how to go undercover to catch thieves and black market traders.
When a local museum discovers an irreplaceable Monet missing, Jones leaps into action. The clues point in different directions, and her boss orders her to cease investigating her most promising suspect. But determined to solve the case and perhaps discover another clue in her grandfather’s murder, she pushes ahead, regardless of the danger.
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 http://www.SandraOrchard.com or connect at http://www.Facebook.com/SandraOrchard.
I really love a cozy mystery — a puzzle to keep me guessing, fun characters, and a plot that often combines drama, romance and more than a few chuckles. I got all that and more from Sandra Orchard’s novel, A Fool And His Monet, book 1 in the Serena Jones Mysteries. If you are fan of this genre, you’ll love investigating along with kick-butt FBI agent Serena!
Serena Jones is a newly minted FBI agent on the Art Crime Team. Charged with investigating stolen art, Serena takes her job seriously even as she has to contend with a nosy great-aunt, a mother who just wants grandchildren, suspects determined to throw her off the chase and a phobia involving elevators. Two hunky men, co-worker Tanner and building super Nate, create a bit of confusion as well. But Serena is determined to get her man!
I loved the characters in A Fool And His Monet. Serena doesn’t shy away from dangerous situations even though she hides her fears. Motivated by the unsolved murder of her grandfather, Serena is tenacious to uncover the truth. A few of her family members and their friends offer a bit of quirkiness to give this mystery a definite cozy feel. Potential romantic interests are introduced, and I look forward to finding out which man will win Serena’s affections. The crime — a museum theft — kept me guessing. There were lots of suspicious characters in this book! The pace of the novel with Serena’s first person commentary was quick, making this book an enjoyable diversion. The case is wrapped up in book 1, but there’s more to come from Serena, Aunt Martha, Tanner and Nate in upcoming books, including a Another Day, Another Dali due out in the Fall.
All in all, I enjoyed A Fool And His Monet and look forward to more from Serena.
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(Thanks to Revell for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)