Monday, July 3, 2017

Over Maya Dead Body by Sandra Orchard

This mystery features FBI agent Serena and is the third in a series. It reads well on its own and has a little more emphasis on romance than the previous novels.

Serena is supposed to be vacationing on Martha's Vineyard but gets caught up in the investigation following the suspicious death of her dad's good friend, “Uncle” Jack. There is a good deal in the plot about antiquities and smuggling as Serena works in the art crime division of the FBI.

This third, and I suspect the last, book in the series has more romance than the earlier books. Nate, the super in her building, and Tanner, her FBI partner, both show up. They both work at romancing Serena. I felt there was a bit too much thinking on Serena's part, wondering about the men.

The plot of this mystery is quite complex. At one point Serena thinks, “Okay, maybe this was more convoluted than it seemed.” (Loc 3583/4352) I felt that way too. It took so much energy trying to keep the plot aspects straight as they were revealed that I did not enjoy the book as much as I might have with a more simple plot.

You can read an excerpt and download a reading group guide here.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Sandra Orchard and her husband live in the Niagara region of Ontario. She is an award winning author of several inspirational romantic suspense and mystery novels. You can find out more at

Revell, 352 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

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