You can't Judge a Book by its Cover... Right?
So when I first saw this book I did not like the cover. I thought that it was too simple. The books that I am used to reading have vivid colors and the hero or heroine of the story on the cover. So I asked several people that I work with if they would pick this book up to read just by looking at the cover and believe it or not all of them but one said they would read it because of the simplicity of the cover! One said that it was a modern and contemporary look and another coworker said that the cover told them everything they needed to know about the book. Interesting... Right?
So this book A Fool and His Monet by Sandra Orchard is the story of Serena Jones an FBI agent who just joined the Art Crime Team. She joined in hopes of one day finding out who murdered her grandfather. So the story opens up with Serena undercover trying to trap two art thieves. The situation goes from bad to worse when she almost blows her cover because the rest of her team did not show up right after she gave the signal. But the team showed up just in time and they were able to arrest the thieves and preserve Serena's cover... until one of the thieves saw her talking to one of her partners. But they were put in jail right? Nope. They had gotten out on bail. Serena's now worried that they are going to locate her and kill her because she was the one who got them arrested. Well that is not all going on in her life, Serena's mom is bugging her to quit the FBI and find a safer job and get married, Her Aunt is obsessed with police dramas and likes to play detective , Her apartment get burglarized AND even though she has no intentions of looking for a boyfriend she has several boys ( Nate - her Apartment building's superintendent, Tanner - her FBI Trainer, Jax - A Lawyer and Billy - Zoe's cousin.) trying to get her attention and she has no idea that they want to be more then just friends.
So Her best friend Zoe, who has just been promoted as the head of security at the Art Museum asked her to look into a art theft at the museum, Two paintings were stolen while they were in storage and it may have happened months ago. Serena begins interviewing the staff but the one suspect she found, her boss told her she is not allow to investigate. Though Serena appears to get closer to solving the case at the Art Museum, Questions arise that change everything she thought she knew. Serena has a creepy feeling that someone is watching her and then she receives two notes indicating that someone was. She needs to solve this case but is the case too cold? Can she recover the lost paintings and discover who stole them when the only clues she has are ... A black truck, a vague description of who sold the painting, Paris and a missing person ?
Guess you will have to read it to find out!
So what did I think about the book?
I really enjoyed reading this book. This is the first book that I have read by this author and I will definitely be checking out more of her books. The book had a good plot with a little bit of action. The hint of danger added a bit of suspense to the book but the best part was the humor. I love the character of Aunt Martha who is so in love with her Police dramas that she went up to a mobster and started questioning him about illegal operations that he may have been in . Oh and It is also hilarious how hard each of the boys she knows tries to get her attention and she totally is unaware. I recommend this book for anyone who is looking for a funny, quirky, slightly romantic mystery novel. Overall I will give the book 4 out of 5 stars. ****
What do think about the cover? Is it too simple or is it modern and contemporary?
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Happy Reading :)
would like to thank Revell , A division of Baker Publishing Group for
allowing me to review this book in exchange for a free copy, I was not
required to write a favorable review, just an honest one.