A Fool and His Monet

A Fool and His Monet

by Sandra Orchard

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Overview

A Fool and His Monet by Sandra Orchard

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.

With spunk, humor, and plenty of heart-stopping moments, Sandra Orchard gives readers an exciting string of cases to crack and a character they'll love to watch solve them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800726713
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Series: Serena Jones Mysteries Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 564,291
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sandra Orchard is the award-winning author of several inspirational romantic suspense/mysteries, including Deadly Devotion and Blind Trust. Her Love Inspired Suspense titles have garnered two Canadian Christian Writing Awards and a Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award. Sandra has also received a HOLT Medallion, a Word Award, and a Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. In addition to her busy writing schedule, Sandra enjoys speaking at events and teaching writing workshops. She lives in Ontario, Canada. Learn more about Sandra's books and check out the special bonus features, such as deleted scenes and location pics, at http://sandraorchard.com.

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A Fool and His Monet 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some what similar to other authors in this cozy mysteries group . Liked the art theme.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good mystery with a lot of twists and turns.
inkwellreviews More than 1 year ago
My review from inkwellreviews.com (Christian book review site) Mysteries always intrigue me. They’re not suspense, yet not historical but somewhere in-between. Plus, not many author’s do mystery, they are fairly uncommon. When I read this I was happy with it. I thought that Sandra Orchard did a good job with the whole “mystery feel”. Being an art lover myself I thought this book was very interesting. But…. I do have a couple of negative things to say about it. I thought the plot developed slowly. I know that Sandra is trying to make this into a trilogy, but she seems to be stretching it out. Personally, a little too far. Sometimes I felt as if I was reading about Serena Jones and her daily life. As far as the character development of Serena Jones, I felt as if a didn’t really know her all that well. I like the character but thought she could have been more developed. The ending…... it could have had a little more resolution. In the end, something big is supposed to happen, but nothing did. I did find that this was on the tougher side to read. I know that everything that I’m saying makes it seem like it a terrible book, but it’s not! The storyline is very well thought out. This is a very good book, I really enjoyed it.
Mary17 12 days ago
Enjoyed the book but it sure did go in a lot of directions. and some difficulty keeping up with all the different characters. Could have used less twists.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Excellent mystery.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Cute story about a new FBI agent. It seemed to me that her Aunt was more of the story though than the agent. Easy read. Main character could have been better fleshed out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun, light-hearted story. Aunt Martha is a hoot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun book. Lots of twists and turns, although the most enjoyable part was trying to guess which fantastic guy Serena was going to finally end up with. Guess I'll have to buy the whole series!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed every page of this book. Good mystery and funny characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good characters. Light read. Looking for more books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
:-) enjoyed this book. Page turner, read in one setting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very interesting character. Will look for the next in the series.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I was in the mood for something light and quippy, not too much angst, and boy did this book deliver! I never would have thought I'd call a suspense novel "delightful" but the main character Serena sure makes it that way! She's the type that you'd love to have for a best friend. She's a perfect blend of intelligence and naivete. Even though she's an FBI special agent, you see the details of how she works the case and doesn't always get things right or perfect- which made it so much more realistic. It was fun to follow the clues with her, and even though I tend to prefer more romance, the plot held its own and the quick pace kept me reading. Interspersed are cute and fun moments with different men in her life that interact with her in ways where the reader can see that they like her, but she's rather oblivious to it... most of the time ;) Such a great dynamic between Serena and Tanner, and also Serena and Nate. But there's no love triangle drama here, which I was relieved to avoid. It may come to that in later books but this was a perfect introduction to characters that I'm happy to read more of! Serena's meddlesome great-aunt was another favorite that provided some more quirky humor... and you can see where Serena gets hers :) (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not my usual reading genre, but I loved it from beginning to end. Serena Jones is an FBI agent, but unlike many others. The story starts with her being undercover and dealing with two art thieves she named Baldy and Sidekick—not nice characters. However, the main story is how she goes about finding the person(s) who stole a valuable painting from a local museum where her friend Zoe is the temporary head of security. Follow Serena as she goes through interviews with museum employees, following leads and wrong leads, and murder, with lots and lots of humor sprinkled throughout the whole story. The characters are beyond amazing—first of all, the main men in her life are Nathan (Nate) Butler, her building superintendent; Tanner Calhoun, her FBI trainer, mentor and friend; Billy Cox that she had a crush on at age 8. Then there are her mother who just wants Serena to get married and have babies; her Aunt Martha who loves a mystery, gets involved with a loan shark/mob guy, says Nate is a keeper and says Tanner is too old; and I think my favorite character of all, Serena’s cat Harold. The shenanigans of Harold, Aunt Martha, Serena and the others kept me laughing off and on the whole time, even with theft and murder involved. This is a must-read. I received a free copy of this book to read for my honest review, which I have given.
Blessed_and_Bewildered More than 1 year ago
A Fool and His Monet is a wonderful read. The FBI is presented in a slightly softer manner than you regularly see on television, which is what makes it great. There is more humanity and the story is just as exciting as what you see on television. This is where the beauty of Christian fiction shines. The action, tension, and the mystery are never compromised and you don’t have to worry about unnecessary language and violence entering your mind and heart. My favorite character in A Fool and His Monet is definitely Mr. Sutton. He always has a new word to share with his fellow tenants. Each day a word and it’s definition is given followed by a reminder to use it three times in a sentence right away to help with retention. Pusillanimous was one of his words. Mr. Sutton is just one of the interesting characters that Sandra Orchard brings to life. Several of which, such as Mr. Sutton, live in the same brownstone as our protagonist Serena Jones. In fact, Orchard has surrounded Serena with quite a number of fascinating people. Characters that you will enjoy getting to know. All in all, Orchard has written a witty and delightful mystery with a wee bit of romance thrown in along with a whole lot of people watching each others backs. Pick it up. I received a review copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My thanks to the author and publisher. For all of my reviews visit my blog at www (dot) blessedandbewildered (dot) com
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
My first introduction to Sandra Orchard's writing was her Port Aster Secrets series. It is considered romantic suspense and I really liked all three of the books. A Fool and His Monet is the first in a new series and a new genre. It is considered a mystery but I would further classify it as a cozy mystery. While I preferred the writing in the romantic suspense books this wasn't bad. There were some very clever interactions and situations and I enjoyed the characters. I think any of my hesitancy with this book is purely a matter of preference on my part. I felt like at times it wasn't always clear whether this was a serious mystery or more of a lighthearted one. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series and discovering if it settles into a more expected pattern. A Fool and His Monet would be the perfect book for a day at the beach or the pool. It would also work well as a lighter selection for your book club. The story isn't terribly complex so it leaves you with a feeling of refreshment rather than heaviness. I consider this type of book as a palette cleanser. It's a nice change of pace when you've been reading heavier subject matter. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
I don't know if this book would be labeled as a cozy mystery or not but that's what it seemed like to me. Full of good natured humor as well as adventure and mystery Sandra Orchard has filled the pages with an exciting mystery. Main character Serena Jones is looking for an art thief. With several suspects to choose from, the author does a great job of keeping you guessing. This of course makes the book extremely interesting and keeps you reading. It took me a while to figure out who-done-it. Sandra incorporated quite a few interesting characters in her novel. One of them being her sweet Aunt Martha, a humorous older woman bent on helping Serena solve the mystery, and constantly putting herself obliviously in danger. Then there's Nate, Serena's apartment superintendent who is always showing up at coincidental times. And last but not least her co worker, Tanner, a real looker, but he has some years on her. He is amazing though at always coming to her rescue, and being in the right places at the right times. Serena has a hard time choosing between the two, as each has admirable and surprising qualities. I myself couldn't really make up my mind, which one I wanted her to end up with. Even after the mystery is solved, you won't want the book to end. Sandra leaves a bit of a cliffhanger with a continuing unsolved mystery surrounding Serena's grandfather, and conflicting feelings over the men in her life. So I am eagerly awaiting the sequel coming this fall. I was blessed with a complimentary copy of this book by Revell in exchange for my honest opinion.
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
This book was so much fun to read. It had lightheartedness while delivering an exciting mystery. Serena Jones is a totally relatable character and she had me laughing out loud many times. This is the first in the Serena Jones book series and the first of Ms. Orchard’s books that I’ve had the pleasure of reading. I am happy to report, I’ve added her books to my To Be Read list. My favorite side character was Aunt Martha. She’s a feisty gal who wants to be part of the action. Aside from being a nuisance at times, she does have some intelligent moves to offer Serena. One of the best parts of the book is that there are two men vying for Serena’s attention so this is not your typical guy-falls-for-girl simplicity. And both men are equally wonderful so I found myself hoping either would win her heart. A Fool and His Monet is a delightful and entertaining book and a great series to start with Sandra Orchard. I received this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion which I’ve provided here. https://wordynerdyblog.wordpress.com/2016-book-reviews/a-fool-his-monet-by-sandra-orchard/
coramdeo540 More than 1 year ago
A Fool and His Monet Sandra Orchard Book Summary: 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. With spunk, humor, and plenty of heart-stopping moments, Sandra Orchard gives readers an exciting string of cases to crack and a character they'll love to watch solve them. Review : I loved this book!!! It starts off with a bang and flows from there. Serena is every woman: strong, secure, insecure, attractive, a daughter and a friend! It was a great introduction to a new series. The secondary story to bring the read up to date on who Serena was and the history she had with many of the secondary characters were well written and just enough to leave me wanting more. Serena was complex and had great depth. The story ends with the major current case resolved, but the case involving her grandfather is just starting. This is a double story line and I loved it!!! I want to see more of Tanner, Billy, Zoe, Jax and Nate. I love the picture painted of Serena’s apartment. It is an apartment, yet a home with History! Once her aunt’s place and yet a home. It seems so real I want to visit it!!! This is a must read book in my opinion! I would like to thank Net Galley and Revell for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
CaraPutman More than 1 year ago
A Fool & His Monet A Fool & His Monetis a delightful new book from Sandra Orchard. I absolutely love the voice of this first person mystery. Serena is one motivated art crimes agent with the FBI. She loves art and is determined to reclaim lost and stolen art. The voice of the protagonist (aka mystery solver) Serena Jones is pitch perfect. There's the quirky aunt who seems to get in the way, but might actually be helping. A couple hunky guys who might make potential boyfriend material in future books. And a mystery that will keep the pages turning. Throw in art and unresolved issues that you know will be addressed in future books while A Fool & His Monet wraps up one mystery nice and neatly, and it's a book that leaves me eager to read the next installment. I think Serena Jones has become one of my new favorite heroines. A Fool & His Monet is perfect for those who love a good mystery, a bit of art, and a cast of characters that will leave you ready to pick up the next book the moment it's printed.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
From the very first chapter, Sandra Orchard immerses her readers into the action, and the atmosphere of suspense remains high throughout A Fool and His Monet. So does the humor. The first person POV allows readers not only to see the action solely from Serena’s perspective but also to peek inside the wry hilarity of her thoughts. The possible secrets surrounding both Great Aunt Martha & Nate - as well as the continuing arc of the cold case murder of Serena's grandfather add to the suspense - and insure that readers will be waiting impatiently for book 2's arrival. Cozy mystery fans, don’t miss this new series by Sandra Orchard! It’s campy. It’s quirky. It’s full of opportunities to smile. You may even laugh out loud. A hint of a brewing love triangle, plus a bit of intrigue surrounding one of the potential beaus, will appeal to people who also like some romance with their sleuthing. Great-Aunt Martha is quite simply a hoot and will delight readers with her Jessica Fletcher-ing, while Serena wins them over with her endearing personality that’s full of wit and eccentricities. In fact, Serena Jones may be one of my favorite FBI agents to date because she feels real and human and like someone I would want as a friend. While A Fool and His Monet is lighter on the “Christian” and heavier on the “fiction” than most in the genre, sometimes – and in this case – I think that’s totally okay. I highly recommend this book to readers in both the Christian fiction and general fiction markets! (I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
Wow, wow, wow. A FOOL AND HIS MONET is total proof that you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover. I have never read any of Ms. Orchard's books before and I'm going into it with an "Okay, this sound interesting, but can she deliver?" attitude. And boy, oh boy can she deliver! A FOOL AND HIS MONET started with action and didn't stop! Even though I peeked at the end of the book to see who-dun-it, I absolutely had to keep reading to find out why, how the criminal was caught, etc. There are some loose ends. Serena's grandfather's unsolved murder. The hero... is it Nate, or Tanner? There's a vote here for the winner of the hero award, and wow, I couldn't vote. I loved both Nate and Tanner! I would cheer for either one of them. The story is written in first person which might turn some readers off, but honestly, I never noticed after the beginning page. I totally LOVED this book and highly recommend A FOOL AND HIS MONET to anyone who loves suspense or cozy mysteries. VERY good book. 5 stars (plus!)