Review: OVER MAYA DEAD BODY / Sandra Orchard

Over Maya Dead Body /by Sandra Orchard (Serena Jones Mysteries, 3)
Revell     ISBN     9780800726706
Adult     Rating:     5

Sandra Orchard returns with a final installment in her Serena Jones mystery series, and this is the book her fans have been waiting for!

In Over Maya Dead Body, FBI Special Agent Serena Jones is on Martha’s Vineyard to celebrate the engagement of a family friend. Almost immediately she is embroiled in a murder investigation involving smuggling antiquities. In the meantime, her two beaus – Nate Butler and Tanner Calhoun – arrive to support her, keep an eye on her, and win her heart. Who will she end up with? Will she uncover more the truth before someone else is harmed?

Orchard likes to keep the reader guessing, both in terms of who Serena will end up with and who is at the crux of the murder and smuggling. This is a mystery romance with plenty of twists – a delightful twist was asking her readers (after the second book) to vote on which suitor would win Serena’s heart!

Orchard uses a light touch in depicting the FBI, and does an excellent job in her character development. Serena is not looking for romance, even though she has not one, but two eligible bachelors: Nate (her building superintendent who is a kindred spirit), and Tanner (her mentor and former FBI partner).

This is a mystery series with a very light romance and humor on the side. The faith element is light, but the series is a good, clean one with red herrings and suspects to delight any mystery lover.

Recommended for school and public libraries, for older teen and adult readers.

Carol R. Gehringer

Earlier Series Titles Reviewed: A Fool and His Monet and Another Day, Another Dali.

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