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 gSerena 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.
A Fool and His Monet 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
Wow. Gobsmacked is a good word for what I'm feeling right now. I initially wasn't super interested in this book, but saw some of my GR friends reading it, and it was free on kindle, so I thought, why not? And boy am I glad I did! This is pretty high up there with my favorite mystery series! For me, I find it especially hard to find clean, innocent, 'light-hearted' mysteries that suit my standard of "cleanliness". And this one totally did. I even handed it off to my little sister with no hesitat [...]
This one had me from the titled then the cover was irresistible, too. I'm trying not to buy any more books for a couple of months to catch up on my to-be-read stack, but I requested this from the library and they bought the ebook the very day it came out (See how I get around my own rules? TBR stack still huge.)! So, naturally, I had to read it right away. I actually got to the end of this with my phone propped up on a chair while I ran a bunch of copies at work--it is hard to put down! I'll def [...]
That was pretty good! Funny and exciting.I was annoyed by the love triangle/every guy in the world being into Serena even though she claims to be some forgotten old maid, though. SERIOUSLY. Is there a guy in this book that is not attracted to Serena? So tempted to rate it three stars just for that except it was super low-key and romance was not the focus.Other than that, it was fun.My favorite character was probably Serena's grandmother. She was just awesome. I actually didn't find her that anno [...]
This is an updated review. Originally posted March 14th, 2016, it was updated on July 1st, 2017 to the Official Rating System.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--Se [...]
Three words. Serena and Nate.
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 [...]
My star ratings and I are indecisive. ;) Review to come soon!
This is the kind of book I would only read if it was on a free Kindle promotion, which it was. It was generally well-written and entertaining, and I liked the realistic, informative aspects of the FBI story element. I agree with previous reviewers that the infamous love triangle is unrealistic, contrived, and distracting - nothing but a cheesy device to dress up the story, as evidenced by the fact that the book closes with an opportunity for readers to vote on whom Serena will marry(!)."A Fool a [...]
Two thumbs up!
It's been a long time since I read a contemporary book - I usually stick with 'dead authors' - and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this.What I Liked:Christian without being shoehorned in or preachy. I guess people would probably characterize it more as 'religious' than Christian - because other a brief references to pray or being grateful to God or going to Church, not a lot of Christianity. But for me, Christianity in a book is a lot about what an author DOESN'T write about and this autho [...]
Wow! Is this the same author?I've also read Deadly Devotion by Sandra Orchard and found that suspense novel to be just o.k. Clearly, she has found her sweet spot in comedic mystery. A Fool and His Monet was super cute.Main character Serena Jones is an FBI Agent that specializes in art crimes. While solving the mystery was a strong part of the novel, the characters were even stronger. Serena's mom just wants her to be safe and get married. Serena's Aunt Martha is a hoot. She involves herself how [...]
I love mystery's, so I was really happy when I had the chance to get one my friends had raved about so much. What I liked: 1. Serena being an FBI agent made it super believable how she gets cases. And the way this author showed her job made it seem more real then how most people portray the FBI.2. The mystery was well done. I only had a couple points that I had trouble following, but I caught on pretty quickly.3. Nate, he was very nice. 4. The book was really clean. There are some things mention [...]
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 entanglementy, oh dear, there seem to be a number of eligible candidates. Timed a few more books should set us straight on that score. And her family likes to stir things up a bi [...]
A zippy, unique spin on the CBA mystery genre, Orchard uses her romantic suspense chops for lighter fare. An intriguing premise sees Serena Jones tackle the art world with two (or more ) eligible men in her near periphery. I hope Serena decides to go it alone and rise to the top of the FBI scene -- men will only hold a girl with her pluck back ;)An engaging, quick read that will definitely whet the appetite of fans of White Collar :)
*Read in March 2016, Re reading in Sept. 2016* *my rating goes up to 4.5 stars, loved this the second time better! actors mentioned are Richard Gere, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Vin Diesel*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 Ma [...]
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 [...]
This was my first read by Sandra Orchard, and I can tell you right now that it will not be my last! I loved this book! I was totally hooked from page one! It was such a fun ride, several moments had me on the edge of my seat, there was some sweet romance and I laughed my way through the book at the numerous funny scenes and lines! I really liked the main character, Serena. And I am not usually a fan of love triangles but I have to say that this one (Or I should say the start of this one!) was ju [...]
I'm in a minority here, but I couldn't get into the book. The characters are quirky, which always makes for entertaining reading, but I was very easily distracted with this book. I frequently found myself putting it down and not coming back to it.Still, I enjoyed the mystery part of the book. I enjoy mysteries. But I'm not sure on the whole love triangle thing.When book 2 comes out, I might give it a try, but I might not too.I received this book for free from Revell Books for the purpose of revi [...]
I read book three, and decided I absolutely had to read book one. I enjoyed Sandra Orchard’s writing for this book. At times, it seemed a little shallow, but for just a light-hearted read with a few laughs, this is exactly what I wanted.I love the FBI side. And unlike some mystery books I’ve read, this one wasn’t dark. Yes, there were murders, and they weren’t made light of, but the mood of the book wasn’t depressing at all.Reading this as a writer, I have to admire the character depth [...]
Title: A Fool and His Monet (A Serena Jones Mystery #1)Author: Sandra OrchardPages: 336Year: 2016Publisher: RevellSerena Jones is an FBI Agent working in the art crimes area. She has been an agent for about a year and still works closely with her mentor, Tanner. Her best friend is in charge of security at the local art museum in St. Louis and makes a startling discovery. Two paintings have gone missing from inventory, but no one knows just when the paintings were stolen. Serena takes on the case [...]
I loved this book. The characters were quirky and loveable (Aunt Martha's a riot) and the plot and pacing progressed nicely for me. I liked the first person POV but I am on the fence as to if I'm #teamTanner or #teamNate. Guess I'll have to read the next book to cement my feelings!
This is one of those books that you could TOTALLY see being made for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries or a fun sitcom series.Our heroine was a delight to get to know. Serious, about her work, fun (but doesn't know it), and someone you'd want to be friends with and follow around to see what will happen next in her crazy life. She is surrounded by a delightful and quirky family, loyal friends, and too many male devotees to count. There does seem to be two men in particular that both have their site [...]
A delightful read!I'm not usually a fan of mysteries as the first person narrative coupled with the humour can be overdone and I find it annoying, but this particular book came highly recommended from a friend (Thanks, Staci!) and as it was only 49p I decided to try it. I'm so glad I did, and now I have the next 2 on my wish list.I loved Aunt Martha - what a great character she is.ough if she were my aunt I think she might drive me a bit crazy too!Serena has a habit of relating people to film ch [...]
Filled with fascinating details about museum security and FBI procedures, a true-to-life heroine who doesn't take herself too seriously, even though she has an extremely serious job, and a host of quirky secondary characters, this is a book that's hard to put down. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and am delighted that the rest of the series is already available, because while the primary mystery is resolved in this book, there are ongoing story threads that need resolution.
I wouldn't call it Christian, but it was very, very light and clean, which made me quite enjoy this story. A lot of loose ends are left, which I assume are revisited later in the series. The complex plot and interesting characters made this story quite enjoyable.
Wowza. Best suspense I've read in a good while. THAT LOVE TRIANGLE WOAH. I'm in love. Full review coming soon.UPDATE: Full review on my blog :)
I generally don't read a lot of mysteries that aren't meant for kids, because I don't like violence at all. This book had some violence, but it was kept to a minimum, or at least the details were, so that was nice. This book made me roll my eyes quite a bit because of being cheesy, and there was some stuff I didn't appreciate, but for the most part, it was a nice, kinda laidback type mystery. I enjoyed it and might read another book by the same author in the future, although I wouldn't count on [...]
Serena Jones is the youngest member of the FBI Art Crime Unit. She is on her first undercover assignment as the novel begins, and what could be a serious and seriously boring story is anything but. Serena is smart, a bit sassy, claustrophobic, and a great choice for narrator. She's a knowledgeable and capable agent, who is surprising bad at keeping the details of her life, and work, from her friends and family. And that is part of what makes this mystery so much fun. The central mystery begins w [...]
Special Agent Serena Jones is trying to calm her jittery nerves following a painting recovery when she receives a paniced call from her best friend. Two valuable paintings are missing from the storage vault at the museum her friend works for. Serena dives headfirst into the mystery. Getting the paintings back to the museum turns out to be a tall order. The trail is months cold, and Serena has big distractions--like a stalker who might be trying to take her out and a slew of guys trying to impres [...]
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 loos [...]