I enjoy reading these novels about Serena Jones, FBI agent specializing in art theft crimes. The characters are what make the books enjoyable to me.
Serena has lots of baggage trailing her around. She feels responsible for her grandfather's murder years ago. If she hadn't asked to stay overnight, he would not have been home when the thieves broke in. Serena investigates art theft with intensity, perhaps trying to please her grandmother and assuage her own conscience.
My favorite character in this novel is Aunt Martha. She is an elderly woman with an attitude. She's ready to go undercover in a moment. Sometimes she can be an interfering biddy but at other times is the help Serena desperately needs.
Orchard has crafted an enjoyable novel that includes suspense, some humor, a hint of romance, a tug at family heart strings, and a decent mystery. It's what I might call a “light” mystery. I recommend it to those who appreciate an easy reading mystery with enough clues to keep your mind busy throughout.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Sandra Orchard is the award-winning author of several romantic suspense and mystery novels. She has won five Canadian Christian Writing Awards and a Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, received a HOLT Medallion Award of Merit, a National Readers' Choice Award, and a Daphne du Maurier Award. She lives in Ontario, Canada. You can find out more at www.sandraorchard.com.
Revell, 352 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.