A Fool and His Monet (Serena Jones Mysteries Book #1): A Serena Jones Mystery by Sandra Orchard

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

bySandra 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 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.
Title:A Fool and His Monet (Serena Jones Mysteries Book #1): A Serena Jones MysteryFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 23, 2016Publisher:Baker Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1493401807

ISBN - 13:9781493401802

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous & Fun! I absolutely loved it! I didn't want to put it down and can't wait for book 2 in this series!
Date published: 2016-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny With Twists & Great plot Cozy mystery with a vote on romance for your favorite date. Serena Jones, FBI Art Crimes Specialist has completed her first undercover assignment in Boston and finds she’s feeling a bit scared about the criminals even being back in her home town of St. Louis. Moving into her Aunt Martha’s former apartment brings Serena into contact with the building superintendent, Nathan Butler. Finding Nate in her apartment feeding her inherited cat Harold has her pulling her gun and ramping up her heart rate. That he’s mysterious along with good looking doesn’t help the heart rate either. Her BFF, Zoe Davids, is the temporary head of Forest Park Art Museum. When 2 paintings are missing from the storage rooms, Zoe asks Serena for help in recovering them. Serena turns to her former field training agent Tanner Calhoun, 10 yrs her senior but a hot guy to be around. Interviewing museum staff is a tricky balance between being pushy and being sensitive to the reality of situations like Henry Burke’s whose wife is dying. The fact that Serena’s Granddad was murdered over art is her motivation for the job but sometimes the memories get in the way. A great cast of characters. Twist and turns that include funny parts with Aunt Martha that reminded me of Evanovich’s Grandma Mazur, made this a good reading experience. You even get the opportunity to vote for who you would like to see Serena end up with…Nate or Tanner  I’m looking forward to book 2 coming out the fall of 2016!
Date published: 2016-08-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from quirky characters and a fun plot It was a fun story with quirky characters following a trail of missing art and leading to so much more! Sandra Orchard tells her lovely tale in first person POV. That is a personal preference and some people don't like it. I do. However I had some troubles with that in this book. I enjoyed the perspective of Serena - getting in her head - for a while. Unfortunately, as the story progressed I wished I had someone else's perspective of Serena to counter balance my confusion. The personality of this plucky FBI agent, sometimes felt over the top. I had a hard time believing she was a legitimate FBI agent. She’s a rookie, that much is for sure, but knowing her thoughts and seeing her actions I questioned a lot about her abilities. That made it hard for me to invest in her as the main character. Even still, the story was fun and fresh. I loved the title and book cover. Book #2 Another Day, Another Dali coming out in October looks equally exciting with its bright red cover. Overall, I liked the concept of the story and characters better than I enjoyed reading the book. I found myself putting it down after a chapter and leaving it for some time. This made the "chase" of it drag down to a crawl. However, this won't stop me from reading book 2 and giving this author another go. One of the enticing aspects of the story is the romance. The author has written Serena to be a beautiful woman who seems to have men falling down around her feet. However, Serena seems dull to the fact. There are two would-be suitors that occupy the pages with her. Number one, Nate, is the Super of her apartment building with a love for tea, movies and a very loose definition of "her" apartment. Bachelor #2 is her hard working, by the book, field training agent, Tanner. Both have fantastic qualities and both are competing to be one whose advances she recognizes first. Along with the fun of chasing criminals and dodging advances Serena has to keep up with her family. What a fun and odd bunch. If you've read any other reviews of this book I'm sure you've heard mention of Aunt Martha. A lively character that for me, kept the plot moving more than the art crime suspects. Delightful bunch! Worth reading just for the antics they bring to the page. "Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc."
Date published: 2016-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 Reasons to Read "A Fool and His Monet"! “A Fool and His Monet” is a DELIGHTFUL new book written by Sandra Orchard, and published by Revell in the spring of 2016. But don’t just take my word for it, keep reading for 5 reasons why you can’t miss this new release! 1. The storyline is unique. After all, it’s not every day that a new FBI agent must solve a dead-end case with the advice of her special-agent-wannabe Aunt Martha, a protective coworker, a mysterious yet helpful apartment superintendent, and a mother who wishes she would leave her dangerous job and work at a TUMS factory. 2. Simply put, the characters are practically REAL people; well drawn, quirky, and compelling, they are often hilarious in their words and mannerisms. 3. It is the first book in a series! Do you know what this means? More time with the characters we know and love, of course! 4. As an added bonus and fun interaction, Sandra Orchard has established an online poll which allows readers to vote for their favorite guy in Serena’s life. After the poll is finished, Sandra promises to take the results into consideration as she continues writing the series. The interesting part? It is EXTREMELY difficult to choose a favorite! Nate Butler or Tanner Calhoun... It’s a close race and either one could take the lead, so make sure to vote for your favorite! 5. The entire story, including each quirky character and an absorbing plot, will remain in your mind for a long time to come... Hopefully until the next story in the “Serena Jones Mysteries” is released! Thankfully we only have a few months to wait. So, there you have it... The top 5 reasons to pick up “A Fool and His Monet” asap! What are you waiting for? Find yourself a copy today! I am grateful to have received a copy of this book, free of charge, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Date published: 2016-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fool and His Monet was Not Foolish!!! 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.
Date published: 2016-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fun mystery Sandra Orchard has crafted a totally fun mystery in "A Fool and His Monet", a book that kept me glued to the pages not only because I wanted to find out who was behind the theft of the paintings, but because I couldn't get enough of the characters! Serena is utterly likeable, and while she certainly is a competent enough FBI agent, she's plenty human at the same time and makes all those sorts of errors we all do - such as rushing into things at times without thinking it through properly! Although this book isn't a romance, Orchard introduces a couple of possible love interests, and you will find it hard to decide who to root for more, Nate or Tanner. As a male reader, I appreciated that there was absolutely no mushy scenes at all, but the undercurrents of attraction make for some engaging reading. I think it is very clever indeed that at the end of the book you even find out that you, as a reader, have the opportunity to vote for who Serena should end up with. Now if that isn't brilliant marketing, I don't know what is (and good luck making your choice!). Despite my enjoyment of Serena as a character, I do need to mention that I think my most favourite character is Serena's Aunt Martha, a woman who is just downright hilarious at times with her zany antics! I am relieved that this is only the first book in the series, and that there is more fun to be had in future Serena Jones books. I, for one, will be planning to pick up a copy of the next book in the series! 4.5 out of 5 stars! Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Date published: 2016-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from For Cozy Mystery Fans 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.
Date published: 2016-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great start to a new mystery series Campy and fun and chock-full of mystery -- an incredible beginning to a new series. And I just love this retro-style cover. Fits the book's ambiance to a T. Serena has enough quirks to keep a reader smiling in the midst of an intense art theft investigation. The perfect blend of action, suspense and the hint of romantic entanglement...only, oh dear, there seem to be a number of eligible candidates. Time...and a few more books should set us straight on that score. And her family likes to stir things up a bit -- especially Aunt Martha who has an interesting past. Orchard hasn't shared it yet, but I'm betting on something knock-your-socks-off surprising. There's another character, Nate, who is much more than he seems -- I'm sure of it. Two subtle clues set my reader spidey senses on edge and I can't wait to see if I'm right. Another reason to anxiously await the next installment which comes out in September. Like most cozy mysteries, A Fool & His Monet is written in first person point of view. We're in Serena's headspace all the way. I know a lot of people don't like this POV, but I think it worked really well in this case. It's kind of fun to see everything through Serena's eyes only, including some interesting men who just might be thinking of her as more than a friend. And I could tell the author really did her research when it comes to police and FBI procedure and that results in a fascinating journey into the inner workings of an investigation. Honestly, I don't know how Orchard kept all the intricate nuances straight! Spectacularly done. I have only one complaint and that is the lack of any kind of faith thread. I know this is becoming more commonplace among Christian publishers but it still makes my heart hurt. Especially from a big name publisher like Revell. It is clear that Serena is a Christian through simple things like blessing the food at a family meal but an actual inspirational thread just isn't there. :-( Still, this is a splendid start to a promising new series -- witty, upbeat and full of the unexpected. Sweet perfection for the avid cozy mystery fan. Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. in exchange for my honest review.
Date published: 2016-03-07