Disclaimer: A Fool & His Monet, by Sandra Orchard, was provided by Revell in exchange for an honest review.
Serena Jones has a passion for recovering lost and stolen art—one that’s surpassed only be 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.
I mostly enjoyed A Fool & His Monet. It was entertaining and the mystery was pretty good, although Serena does jump to a lot of conclusions, especially at the beginning, and it does make her seem, if not incompetent, then at least simply too reluctant to admit she’s wrong (which is a perfectly normal human flaw and probably a good one for a main character to have, actually).
What I didn’t like was the “every boy likes her” aspect of Serena’s character, where even one of the other characters mentions how boys just seem to notice her (Serena). Also not a fan of the apparent love triangle, because I hate love triangles and they’re overused.
I had a few other small quibbles, such as Serena’s penchant not to act like a federal agent at times for the purposes of humor (I doubt anyone rushing to rescue someone dying from carbon monoxide poisoning would pause to tell their partner “Show off” when he kicks down a door), the culprit’s final mustache-twirling speech, and the hinted glimpses at Serena’s drive (her grandfather’s death) that falls spectacularly and frustratingly flat when it’s barely mentioned, and only to bookend the art theft plot.
Overall, I did like A Fool & His Monet, although I definitely thought there was room for improvement in some areas. It’s fun, an engaging read, and it’s not so focused on romance as to forget that its main genre is mystery. I would pick up the sequels.
My rating: 3/5
Warnings: Violence, death.
Genre: Realistic, Christian, Mystery
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