Book Review : A Fool & His Monet

I love a lighthearted story, with a little suspense, a sprinkling of romance, and lots of fun!


If you enjoy books like this too, you will thoroughly enjoy A Fool & His Monet, by Sandra Orchard!!

I was a huge Janet Evanovich at one point in time, I stopped reading her books though when they started to get a little, well, less light, fun and semi-clean.  So I was really excited to read this story and see many similar aspects to the directions of the plot and characters, but much cleaner!!

The main character Serena Jones is a member of the FBI Arm Crimes Team.  While that is her job, she is not the most logical choice for such job, and she comes with some baggage as well.  She has a quick sense of humor, is a bit sassy, and has a family begging for her to settle down and have babies!!  Her baggage is in the form of some criminals she nabbed while undercover.  They are literally following her.  In her free time, she has two men vying for her attention!

The story centers around a missing Monet from a local museum.  I enjoyed the story line of the missing art, as well as the threat of danger from Serena’s past.

This would  make a fabulous beach read, or any kind of vacation read!  It is fast paces, fun and light-hearted!  I cannot wait for the next story in the series, I can tell already I will be a fan of Sandra Orchard as well as the Serena Jones Mystery series!

More about the book:

A plucky FBI art crime agent forges her way through a museum of lies to expose the ruthless mastermind behind the theft of a priceless painting

Serena Jones has a passion for uncovering lost and stolen art—one that’s only surpassed 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 and give her grandkids—Serena’s learning how to go undercover to catch thieves and black market traders.

When a local museum discovers an irreplaceable Monet missing, Jones goes 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 case, 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.

About Sandra:

It’s much easier to conjure up fictional characters than write about myself, but for those who’d like to know more about my real life … read on.

I live in the Niagara region of Ontario, Canada with my husband of over twenty-five years, the youngest of our three twenty-something children, and an energetic puppy who frequently drags me out of my fictional worlds to walk in the real one. I also have three adorable grandchildren that I love to hang out with.

Fairy+BellaWe  live in a 100+ year old farmhouse (a.k.a. the money pit) that I was having great fun renovating until I blew a disk in my back. However, this unfortunate accident afforded me the time and motivation to pursue a long-neglected aspiration.

From a young age, I dreamed of being a writer, even as I majored in math at university. When the children were young, I took a writing course and wrote numerous reviews and articles, but never pursued publication beyond that. And I never thought I’d be able to write fiction!

Then after I lost my mom, I discovered Christian fiction. Seeing characters battle the same questions, yearnings and frustrations I battled, and triumph over them, restored my hope and rekindled my passion for writing.

So when my husband (out of desperation because of the books piling up around our house) suggested I write my own stories, little did he know where that off-handed remark would lead …

Six years and several much-revised novels later, I received my first contract. The journey to publication, and beyond, has stretched and challenged me in ways I’d never imagined. And I’m so grateful for the many “divine” appointments with which I’ve been blessed. I’ve had the privilege of working with many talented authors and aspiring writers and “informants” who have enriched my stories, and my life, with their insights, suggestions, humor, and prayers. Oh, yes, and chocolate!

NOTE : I was offered a copy of A Fool and His Monet, in exchange for an honest review.


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