Releases March 2016
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.
What Others Are Saying:
“Orchard debuts a lighthearted mystery series. Her quirky characters are laugh-out-loud funny and reminiscent of the protagonists in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum stories. Readers looking for a humorous mystery with a dash of romance may find it here.” ~ Library Journal Review
“This intriguing look into the world of art theft from the perspective of an FBI agent, will keep readers guessing the twists and turns as to the identify and motive of the thief.” ~ RT Book Reviews 4 stars
“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.” ~ Prose ‘n Cons Magazine
“With her quirky humor and witty asides, Sandra Orchard has created a real winner.” ~ FreshFiction.com
“To really enjoy a mystery, a reader must be right there. To really enjoy a romance, a reader must believe it is possible. To really enjoy a new book, a reader must get totally lost in the story. A Fool and His Monet accomplishes all these and more. … attention to detail makes this story spring to life. It carries readers seamlessly from the first ‘I should have listened to my mother’ to the final scene.” ~ Kay Marshall Strom, speaker and author of forty-three books and screenplays for Murder, She Wrote
“She’s not your usual FBI agent! Too young, too petite, too encumbered by would-be sleuth Aunt Martha. So be ready for a mind-spinning adventure when you follow the twists and turns of this murderous case of a stolen Monet, with a bit of humor and romance along the way.” ~ Lorena McCourtney, author of the Ivy Malone Mysteries and the Andi McConnell Mysteries
“Sandra Orchard had me at the title, A Fool and His Monet, and she kept me with an intriguing art theft, a quirky FBI agent with two men vying for her attention, and a mother who wants grandchildren. Readers who love a good mystery with a dash of romance will devour this book and want more.” ~ Patricia Bradley, author of the Logan Point series
“Completely delightful! A Fool and His Monet is laugh-out-loud funny! Readers who love Stephanie Plum will delight in Serena Jones and her adventures, her quirky family, and the handsome heroes in her life. An engaging and charming read—I can’t wait for more!” ~ Susan May Warren, RITA Award–winning and bestselling author of the Christiansen Family Series
“Orchard introduces cozy mystery readers to a plucky new heroine who’s smart and appealing. This artfully written mystery is full of twists and turns that will leave readers begging for more!” ~ Christy Barritt, award-winning mystery and suspense novelist and bestselling Amazon author