A Fool & His Monet

Sandra Orchard


Plot Development:  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8   10 

Pace: 1  2  3  4  5  6  7    9  10 

Quality of Writing: 1  2  3  4  5  6    8  9  10

Characters Development: 1  2  3  4  5  6    8  9  10

Ease of Reading: 1  2  3  4  5  6    8  9 10

Publication Date: 2016

Number of Pages: 323

Series: Serena Jones Mysteries-Book 1



Summary on back cover:

Serena Jones has a passion for recovering lost and stolen art—one that’s only surpassed 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.


Mysteries always intrigue me.  They’re not suspense, yet not historical but somewhere in-between.  Plus, not many authors do mystery; they are fairly uncommon.  When I read this I was happy with it.  I thought that Sandra Orchard did a good job with the whole “mystery feel”.  Being an art lover myself I thought this book was very interesting. 


But, I do have a couple of negative things to say about it.  I thought the plot developed slowly.  I know that Sandra is trying to make this into a trilogy, but she seems to be stretching it out a little too far. Sometimes I felt as if I was reading about Serena Jones and her daily life.  As far as the character development of Serena Jones, I felt as if I didn’t really know her all that well.  I like the character but thought she could have been more developed.  The ending could have had a little more resolution. In the end, something big is supposed to happen, but nothing did.  I did find that this was on the tougher side to read. 


I know that everything that I’m saying makes it seem like it a terrible book, but it’s not! The storyline is very well thought out. This is a very good book. I really enjoyed it.


God Bless,


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