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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.
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.
Fitzysmom3 Stars Out Of 5Review from Rambles of a SAHMJuly 1, 2016FitzysmomQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3My 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.
Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Really Enjoyed this Lighthearted ReadJune 21, 2016Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I 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.