Monday, March 14, 2016

A FOOL AND HIS MONET by Sandra Orchard

Marji Laine reviews.
What a delightful afternoon I had delving into Sandra Orchard's newest, A Fool and His Monet! Special thanks to the author and publisher for supplying a free copy for this review!

Short Version from Amazon: 

Sketchy politics and a palette of lies can't stop Serena Jones from exposing the mastermind behind the daring theft of a priceless work of art

Serena Jones has a passion for recovering lost and stolen art--one that's surpassed only by her zeal to uncover the truth about 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 determined to catch thieves and black market traders.

When a local museum discovers an irreplaceable Monet missing, Serena leaps into action--and a whole heap of trouble.

My Take:

Like I said - sheer delight! From the sweet, old neighbor who suggests a new vocabulary word every day, to the persnickety cat who makes a game out of letting mice go, to a dear, meddling aunt who complicates both romance and mystery for her niece. And the story has a great mystery, a hint of romantic possibilities, and some intense suspense as well. 

Special Agent Serena Jones certainly has her hands full. She has a palette-full of suspects who might have absconded with missing paintings, threats from her latest successful mission, and a variety of friends and family members offering advice about her love-life as well as the crimes.

Seriously, this book has a plethora of characters. Sandra Orchard did a mammoth job of peopling her novel with unique folks. But I never got lost. On the contrary, they bring in a richness to the plot with their eccentricities, backgrounds, and their unique interactions with Serena. I think the fact that the book is in a first person point of view also helps identify each cast member. Being only in Serena's head, I had no trouble keeping the characters straight. 

While the diverse cast was definitely my favorite element of A Fool and His Monet, the twisted plot sucked me in as well. I enjoyed walking through the elements of the case, even through police procedure - well, FBI - details, with Serena because I was looking at the steps through her eyes. With her insight and attitude. Ms. Orchard uses first person perspective to its utmost!

With moments of riveting action and a mystery that swept me right up, I highly recommend A Fool and His Monet! This is Christian fiction at its finest!

About the Senior Reviewer:

Suspense Sister, Marji Laine, loves books and writing. Her own Grime Fighter novella series, about a crime scene cleaner, involves mystery, romance, and a touch of suspense.

Living in a Dallas suburb with her hubby of almost 30 years and her twins - the youngest of four - she spends her days homeschooling and transporting her teenagers to various functions, especially volleyball games. She also directs the children's music, helps with the youth choir, and sings in the adult choir at her church, as well as coordinates the high school credit classes along with the website of a large home school co-op.

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