Review: A FOOL & HIS MONET / By Sandra Orchard

A Fool and His Monet, / by Sandra Orchard (A Serena Jones Mystery)
Revell     ISBN     9780800726713
Adult     Rating:     5

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Award-winning Canadian author Sandra Orchard pens a new contemporary mystery series featuring a female art detective.

In A Fool and His Monet, Serena Jones finishes an undercover assignment for the FBI Art Crime Team. Her friend Zoe, the acting head of security at a local art museum, asks her help in recovering a stolen Monet. The big problem – the museum board doesn’t want any publicity about the theft. Can she catch the mastermind behind the theft? Can she recover the missing artwork before the theft becomes public?

Orchard uses a light touch in depicting the FBI in this story – it’ s more a mystery than a FBI drama. There is plenty of suspense as the mystery unfolds, but the characters are engaging as well. The clues are often red herrings, making a tangled web for Serena to untangle. Fortunately as the owner of cats, she’s used to untangling things!

Orchard does an excellent job in her character development. Serena is a confident single woman; she’s not looking for romance, even though she is tripping over eligible bachelors like Tanner, her FBI partner and Nate, her landlord. Her opinionated Aunt Martha is fancies herself a detective too and has a mobster friend.

Unlike some romantic suspense novels, this is a mystery series with a very light romance and humor on the side. The faith element is non-existent, but it is a good, clean mystery with red herrings and suspects to delight any mystery lover. The other books in this series, Another Day, Another Dali, are expected in October 2016, and Over Maya Dead Body in Summer 2017.

Recommended for church libraries and adult collections in public libraries.

Carol R. Gehringer