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A Fool and his Monet #1, in the Serena Jones Mystery series, by Sandra Orchard
Her mother suggests she marry. But, oh, no, Serena Jones has other ideas, like joining the FBI Art Crime Team in order to recover stolen paintings and perhaps track down her grandfather’s murderer. Mayhem, laughter, and maybe even a little romance are the results of her artful search.
Number of Pages: 336
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Serena Jones Mysteries
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.
MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Fool and His MonetSeptember 22, 2017MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I really enjoyed this first mystery in the Serena Jones series. The catchy title is what first made me want to read the book. Serena is a FBI Special Agent investigating art thefts and frauds. She is a likable character with a close family, including her parents and incorrigible Aunt Martha who is very interested in Serena's work. There are two quite interesting men in Serena's life, though she doesn't date them or anyone else: Tanner, who is her FBI training partner, and Nate, her apartment building manager. Serena's best friend, Zoe asks for her help when she discovers two priceless paintings are missing from the art museum where she works. The ensuing investigation has many twists and turns, plus some dangerous moments for Serena. I'm glad I have a copy of the next book so I can continue this series. The mystery in this one wrapped up well but we still have the continuing question: will Serena fall for Tanner or Nate?
Lindsey from BFCGTexasAge: 18-24Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Really enjoyed this clean novel!September 12, 2017Lindsey from BFCGTexasAge: 18-24Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4**This is a Books for Christian Girls content review for girls ages 9-19. The Spiritual, Negative, & Sexual Content from this book are honestly listed below. Keep in mind, when reading a BFCG review, ignore the things that don't bother you, but take notice of the things that do.**
About this book:
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, Serena leaps into actionand a whole lot of trouble.
Series: Book #1 in the Serena Jones Mystery series. Review of Book #2 Here!
Spiritual Content- Prayers; A Scripture is quoted and mentioned; Mentions of prayers, praying, bargaining with God, thanking God, & blessings over food; Mentions of church, church going, & church members; A few mentions of God; A few mentions of those in the Bible; A couple mentions of worship bands; A few mentions of nuns; A mention of a churchs youth group; A mention of divine judgement; A mention of Mother Teresa;
*Note: the phase guilty as sin is said once.
Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a blast, a deep doo-doo, a kick-butt, a moron, a shut up, a what a crock, a wuss, two cruds, four stupids, eight forms of idiots; A mention of a curse (said, not written); A mention of a rude gesture; Some eye rolling; Fighting, Pain & Blood/Bleeding (up to semi-detailed): Guns are aimed & fists are thrown (up to semi-detailed); All about mentions of felonies, stolen art, stealing, thieves & burglaries; Many mentions of murders, attempted murders, killing a partner, dead bodies, shooting, deaths, criminals, kidnapping, blood, knives & threats (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of pain, blood, injuries, & stitches; Mentions of hit-and-runs & setups; Mentions of fighting, fights, hitting, abuse, & bullies; Mentions of (what looks like) suicides, overdosing, & carbon monoxide poisoning; Mentions of drugs, dealers, & users (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of the Mafia, mobsters, mob hits, & loan sharks (and one that is rumored to have killed those who owe him); Mentions of people selling & buying organs illegally (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of a black market adoption agency; Mentions of being run off the road; Mentions of break-ins & stealing; Mentions of blackmail & threats; Mentions of prisons; Mentions of debts & gambling; Mentions of bars/pubs, bottles of alcohol, drinking, drinkers, & parties; Mentions of lies, lying, & liars; Mentions of divorces; Mentions of gossip; Mentions of rotting meat, blood & a butcher (some of it is from a nightmare); Mentions of cat catching mice (barely-above-not-detailed); A couple mentions of gangs; A couple mentions of passing out; A couple mentions of tattoos; A couple mentions of piercings; A couple mentions of smokers & smoking; A couple mentions of throwing up; A couple mentions of a knitting needle in someones eye; A mention of horror movies;
*Note: Mentions of actors, actresses, singers, & movies; Mentions of brands (Gucci, Prada, Armani, Boglioli, ); A mention of Sears; A mention of the Boy Scouts.
Sexual Content- Remembering a kiss (up to semi-detailed); Touches & Embraces (up to semi-detailed); Noticing & Nearness; Blushes, Flutters, & Winks; Serena says, of course, to getting married first, then having kids; Many mentions of dating, dates, exes, girlfriends, boyfriends, wannabe-boyfriends, & being interested in someone; Mentions of unmarried couples living together; Mentions of winks, flirting, touches, & blushes; Mentions of crush & a Casanova; A few mentions of gold diggers; A few mentions of young girls getting giddy over the thought of holding hands with a crush; A couple mentions of smelling someone; A mention of a hint that a man had company part of the night; A mention of a (single) pastor running off with his (married) secretary; A mention of women getting off on guys with accents;
*Note: A couple mentions of shirtless men; A mention of testosterone; A mention of a man zipping his pants after using the bathroom; A mention of a dead naked body (no details); A mention of a man paying attention to a womans curvy body; A mention of a friendly woman in a skimpy outfit; A mention of a long-legged woman.
-Serena Jones, age 28
1st person P.O.V. of Serena
Pre Teens- One Star
New Teens- One Star (and a half)
Early High School Teens- Three Stars
Older High School Teens- Four Stars
My personal Rating- Four Stars
Okay, that was fun. Can I say that about a murder mystery? Hang on, let me explain: the back cover makes it sound like her grandfathers murder is a large part of this book. While it shaped Serenas career choice and is mentioned a handful of times, I wouldnt say it was the main part of this story. Truly, the murder parts and such were really light and pretty clean...more about the art thieves & paintings. It was really interesting with neat tidbits thrown in. I really enjoyed the first person POV and humor. Im definitely looking forward to the rest of the series! Also, #TeamNate all the way! Hahaha! ;)
*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Revell) for this honest review.
Inkwell Reviews3 Stars Out Of 5Review from inkwellreviews.comJanuary 1, 2017Inkwell ReviewsQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Mysteries always intrigue me. Theyre not suspense, yet not historical but somewhere in-between. Plus, not many authors 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 didnt 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 Im saying makes it seem like it a terrible book, but its not! The storyline is very well thought out. This is a very good book, I really enjoyed it.
Eva Maria Hamilton5 Stars Out Of 5Fabulous & Fun!August 9, 2016Eva Maria HamiltonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I absolutely loved it!
I didn't want to put it down and can't wait for book 2 in this series!
CozyWriter'sDen5 Stars Out Of 5loved it!July 2, 2016CozyWriter'sDenQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A wonderful read! I went into this book with low expectations and a bit of procrastination because I wasn't overly fond of the cover. I know... I know... never judge a book by its cover - but who doesn't?
Anyways, I started the book last night and finished it at some wee hour of the morning. I think I stayed up later than the crickets as I eagerly flipped through the pages of this fast-paced, humorous, and thoroughly entertaining mystery.
For starts, I just loved Serena. She is hysterical. She's a self proclaimed cat-lady and spinster (at what...25?) and yet has a whole cast of hilarious and delightful bachelors falling all over themselves trying to "help" her throughout the story. I loved the angst between her male admirers and how oblivious Serena is to her charm... or so she says. For a spinster, she's delightfully good at manipulating the men around her to get their help by flashing that big smile of hers.
I also loved Serena's family. Her "Murder-She-Wrote" grandmother made my sides hurt from laughing so hard. Old, opinionated, and completely (like...COMPLETELY) crazy, her grandmother cracked me up. I was so glad she a main character throughout the story. I also thought Serena's mom was awesome. You can just feel her mom's total mortification over her beautiful daughter's career choice to chase criminals instead of give her grandbabies. And it just made me laugh at how her mom baked her a cake every time Serena survived a mission....like she was celebrating Serena's daily success on not dying.
I really can't wait for the next book. A great read!
Thank-you so much to Graf Martin Communications for a copy of this book!
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc." in exchange for my honest opinion.