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A Fool and His Monet (Serena Jones Mysteries Book #1)
     

A Fool and His Monet (Serena Jones Mysteries Book #1)

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by Sandra Orchard
 

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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

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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:
9781493401802
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/23/2016
Series:
Serena Jones Mysteries , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
123,353
File size:
3 MB

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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.
Sandra Orchard is the award-winning author of many inspirational romantic suspense and mysteries, including Deadly DevotionBlind Trust, and Desperate Measures. Her writing has garnered several Canadian Christian Writing Awards, a Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, a National Readers' Choice Award, a HOLT Medallion Award of Merit, 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 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
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.
Heidi_Reads 7 months 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!)
Becky5 More than 1 year ago
HIlarious, Clean, New Cozy Series... Sandra Orchard's The Fool and His Monet has made my list as best, new, clean cozy series of 2016!! If you like clean, snarky, romantic cozies with a few wacky characters thrown in, it doesn't get any better than this!! Serena Jones is a wet-behind-the-ears FBI agent. Her grandfather's murder propelled her into this field, but her love of art and justice,plus her zany aunt Martha keeps her going. Two paintings have disappeared from a friend's art museum. Mix together two hunky men who vie for Serena's attention, mobsters of the good and bad variety,plenty of suspense, laughter, and story line twists. The end result is a scrumptious cozy you will devour way too quickly, asking for seconds!! A new twist at the end I had personally never experienced before. Kudos, Sandra Orchard!!
VicG More than 1 year ago
Sandra Orchard in her new book, “A Fool & His Monet” Book One in the Serena Jones Mystery series published by Revell introduces us to Serena Jones, agent FBI Art Crime Team. From the Back Cover: 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 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. Let me tell you this book is a lot of fun. Sandra Orchard really knows how to tell a story. Serena Jones is an agent with the FBI Art Crime Team and a friend tells her that there has been an art theft. Now she starts the investigation into not only who did it but when was it done and how. There are the most wonderful characters introduced in this book. Serena has a very interesting family and her friends and co-workers are just incredible. Not only will you will not mind spending a few hours with them you will be sorry to have to leave them at the end. Ms. Orchard has delivered us a story that is loaded with action, suspense, romance, intrigue, danger and drama. It will keep you flipping pages as you try to keep up with everything that is happening. I am looking forward to the next book from this very talented author. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 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.”
jebsweetpea More than 1 year ago
Nutshell: Serena Jones is new to the FBI Art Crime Team. She finds herself undercover receiving the lost art she has come to love. She is also in search of the person who killed her grandfather, the man who introduced her to art in the first place. She finds herself on the path of looking for two stolen pieces from the local art museum and also finds herself being hunted by some people that really don't like her. Will she recover the art and live to see it? Pro's: Creative book and creative storyline! A mystery with a slant of art and I liked that! Con's: A bit slow. It was difficult to get in to this book and I didn't feel captured by events taking place. Recommendation: Anyone who likes a light mystery would like this book! Revell sent me this complimentary copy to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
An incredible mystery that also made me laugh! This book was a wonderful mixture of mystery, romantic interest, and comedic moments. I absolutely love Serena Jones. She is a wonderful FBI agent who also has some hang-ups that she has to deal with. She is surrounded by a whole cast of supporting characters. Some of them are very straight forward but others can only be described as quirky. Among the quirky ones my favorites are Aunt Martha and Harold. They gave me a lot to laugh about. The plot is a current case Serena is trying to solve with mention made of a cold case that weighs heavy on her mind. By the end of this book the current case is dealt with. I have a feeling that the cold case will be continued in future books in this series. There were a lot of well-crafted twists and turns in the story that really kept me guessing. Sandra did a marvelous job of throwing out different possibilities to confuse the reader. It was fun to try and unravel the mystery along with Serena. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
Mel_Poole More than 1 year ago
A clean, light mystery. Serena Jones is the newest member of the FBI's Art Crime Squad. After completing her first undercover case, Jones is swept into solving an art theft case at the local museum. With the help of her mentor and the unwanted help of friends and family time is running out to find the thief and recover the stolen art. I enjoyed this novel. This is a clean mystery, with very little violence. It focuses on the mystery and alludes to a love triangle, that I'm sure will surface in future novels. Although I found the pace a bit slow at times, there was a good mixture of mystery and humor to kept me interested. This book has been classified as suspense, but I didn't feel that the action every got suspenseful. I was intrigued by the story and wanted to solve the crime myself, but didn't think any plot developed into a high tension level. I loved the characters Orchard created. Serena’s family was especially cute and it was nice to the dynamics of different personalities play out. Overall, I thought the plot was good, the characters were entertaining, and the mystery had some twists. I look forward to reading more about Serena Jones. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
It is so much fun to get to meet a new ongoing character. This is the first Serena Jones mystery and hopefully not the last. This was such a fun filled book. I did not want this story to end but I needed to know what was going on. S Rena is now with the FBI Art Crime Team and doing well undercover. She helps take down some thieves and then goes home to her quirky family. She hopes to solve her grandfathers murder and there are many twists and turns along the way. I received a copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion.
Pooke More than 1 year ago
Be Sure Your Lies will Find You Out! Serena Jones, youngest investigator of the FBI Art Crime Team, has danger all around her. She has just finished her first undercover job, and is jumpy and afraid the bad guys will discover her true identity. If so, they will be coming after her. After arriving back home in St. Louis, a bunch of unexplained "accidents" have started occurring. She becomes even more concerned when she discovers her former field trainer, Tanner, is staking out her apartment as if he expects trouble. Normally unflappable, he has seemed nervous, and won't divulge what he is worried about. Her handsome apartment manager, Nate, also starts taking an active interest in her safety. Despite all those distractions, Serena tries to recover two missing pictures, one of them a Monet, from her friend's art gallery. There are lots of suspects, which keeps the story very interesting. This tale takes the reader on a wild, fast-paced ride as Serena attempts to weed through all the possible art thieves. Along the way, she faces danger, humor, and some ardent male admirers. Serena also has to fend off her Aunt Martha's determined attempts to "help" her with the case. Serena is a very likeable character, with an interesting mystery to solve. The guilty party is not readily apparent. Serena is also close to her family, and joined the FBI with the hope of solving her grandfather's murder. Reading this book was very entertaining, and I had a good time attempting to figure out who did it. I also liked the title's play on words, and hope to see more mysteries with Serena Jones. This 5-star book is highly recommended to anyone who enjoys a family-friendly mystery, or well-written fiction. The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of A Fool & His Monet, through Revell Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have you ever taken a big gulp out of a glass of sweet tea only to discover it was Pepsi? You like Pepsi, but at that moment your brain is startled and that first swallow just doesn't seem right. Expecting the style of writing in Orchard's Port Aster Secrets series, A Fool & His Monet was a bit of a shock to my brain at first. In the same way a few more sips of Pepsi brings back your equilibrium and you enjoy the rest of the glass, a few more chapters of this book and I enjoyed it for the cozy mystery it is. While Serena Jones is the FBI agent on the Art Crimes Team, she is not the only sleuth in the family. Her mystery loving Aunt Martha finds ways to actively involve herself in Serena's cases, and to put herself in danger. When two paintings go missing from a St. Louis museum, there is no shortage of suspects and theories. There is also no shortage of men who would like to be considered a love interest in Serena's life. The author even provides a web site where readers can vote for which love interest they would like for Serena pursue. Fans of Lorena McCourtney's Ivy Malone Mysteries are sure to love Sandra Orchard's Serena Jones Mysteries. I recommend A Fool & His Monet to cozy mystery fans and those looking for a lighthearted read. I thank Revell Publishing and the Christian Blog Alliance for providing this book for my honest opinion. I received no monetary compensation for providing this review.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Cute and fun escapist reading.... 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.
Blogger35 More than 1 year ago
Go Serena, what a great book! Special Agent Serena Jones is on a case to find two stolen art paintings from her best friend's museum. Should've been simple and effortless, but it becomes much more complicated than Serena anticipates and we end up with a great page turner with lots of humor mixed in! Loved Aunt Martha and Harold the cat; Billy, Zoe's cousin and their bodyguard for one great scene; LOTS of movie references that were so fun, and Serena's personality all the while balancing her personal life with her job finding the bad guys kept me WELL entertained the entire time :) Orchard has brilliantly compared Serena Jones as a "cross between Miss Congeniality and Stephanie Plum" and I agree with that PERFECTLY! *I'm also a movie buff and loved the actors Serena comes up with in every clue of the case* "Harold!" I strode to the bedroom and found the freeloader curled up in the middle of my bed. I scooped him up and carried him back with me to the kitchen. "Here's the deal. I ward off two-legged intruders. You handle the four-legged ones. Okay?" Harold meowed, but it didn't sound like he agreed. Too bad. I was trained to take down two-hundred-pound men, not two-ounce rodents. I held Harold up to the cupboard and gingerly opened the door. This is definitely Orchard's best book to date and NOT to be missed! Also, the author has included a survey on her website for readers to decide which of the two guys Serena should end up with for the series making this even MORE fun. Don't miss out, see where Serena's case leads her in this clean action story! I want to thank the author for the gift copy I was given for review purposes. These comments are my honest opinion.
AngelN1 More than 1 year ago
A Fool and His Monet, by Sandra Orchard, lives up to the light-heartedness of the title while still being a suspenseful ride through FBI agent Serena Jones's case of two missing paintings. The main character, Serena, is a young FBI agent eager to prove that she's a serious agent who can handle the job while secretly hoping to solve her own grandfather's cold murder case. The story is told in first person, with lots of witty dialogue between interesting characters. I often don't like when more than one character is vying for the main character's romantic attention, but in this book, it worked very well, and I enjoyed the interplay between Serena and her possible love interests. Serena herself is an interesting character with integrity, and her ongoing thoughts throughout the book add to the fun. Her family was a riot. The characters may be a bit of a stereotype, with her mom just wanting grandkids and her aunt being a nosy wannabe sleuth, but they were so believable that I enjoyed them tremendously. The story is fast-moving, with plenty of suspects in the art theft case and a few wrong turns. I like the way the author intertwines Serena's work and home lives so seamlessly. This book was funny and engaging and just a good read. I recommend this book, and I look forward to the sequel. I received this book from the publisher, Revell, for the purpose of writing a review, but all opinions are my own.
Westieplace More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book! Sandra had me at the title and the book delivered from page 1 through 323. Serena Jones is a fun yet quirky heroine who works for the FBI. The stolen art angle is unique and interesting. Plus Serena has two irresistible men who are completely different vying for her attention. Trust me, most women would love to have either one. Her family is unique and I can't wait to see what Aunt Martha is up to in book two. Speaking of book two, I can't wait until it releases. It will be an automatic purchase. I've always been a Sandra Orchard fan, but this is my favorite book she has ever written. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Butterflyblogger More than 1 year ago
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. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The book starts with Serena in a sting operation to trap some art thieves. At first I thought she might be an inept FBI agent. But as the book progressed I realized she was not. The dialogue she has with herself is entertaining as it is funny and sometimes it lets you see her true feelings and not what she portrays to those around her. There are several men introduced into her life during the course of the book. The two that stick in my mind are Tanner her FBI trainer and Nick the superintendent of her apartment building. Her mother doesn’t really care which one she picks. Just so she gets married and has babies. Preferably with a much safer job. As I said, this was a fun book to read. I am looking forward to the continuation of Serena’s story. Serena did solve the mystery of how and who stole the paintings from the museum. So there was an ending. But her story will continue in book two. The underlying story is who stole a painting from her grandfather and killed him. I was given this book by the publisher for an honest review. I was not compensated in anyway
SemmieWise More than 1 year ago
Sandra Orchard offers a fun and quirky start to her new mystery series with “A Fool & His Monet” — an art theft mystery. Serena Jones has become a member of the FBI Art Crime Team after her grandfather was killed during an art theft years ago. Hoping to solve his murder and help others who have lost priceless artwork, she dedicates her life to solving these types of crimes. Serena’s friend Zoe heads security at the local art museum, which has just realized two paintings — a Monet and a Rijckaert — are missing. Of course Zoe calls Serena in to investigate, and what follows is a crazy case filled with twists and turns. Whodunit and why? Orchard does a great job of providing just enough clues to make you think you know who the culprit is, but withholding just enough clues to keep you guessing until the very end. And she provides great characters, especially Serena and her Aunt Martha, both who are spunky, sassy and just a little bit sarcastic at times. Mostly a mystery, “A Fool & His Monet” has some romance, too, as both Tanner, her former field-training agent and current co-worker, and Nate, the building superintendent at her apartment, show interest in Serena. And the book does not really feature a lot of religious themes, other than characters occasionally offering up quick prayers in scary situations. “A Fool & His Monet” was a great mystery, but also a lot of fun to read. Five stars out of five. Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.