A Fool and His Monet (Serena Jones Mysteries Series #1)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.... Read More
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Feb 23, 2016
- UPC: 9780800726713
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 336
- Publish Date: Mar 1, 2016
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042060"
- ISBN: 0800726715
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- Review from Rambles of a SAHM by Fitzysmom on 7/1/2016
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.
- Really Enjoyed this Lighthearted Read by Seasons of Opportunities on 6/21/2016
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.
- A Fool and His Monet is Not Foolish by Robin on 4/15/2016
A Fool and His Monet
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.
- Hilarious, New, Clean Cozy Series by Babbling Becky L on 4/4/2016
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!!
- Be Sure Your Lies will Find You Out! by Becky on 3/28/2016
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.
- For Cozy Mystery Fans by Claudia on 3/24/2016
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.