Author: Sandra Orchard
Series: A Serena Jones Mystery #2
Release Date: October 18, 2016
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
Serena is back with another mystery that just might be her last!
When Serena gets a call from her Nana, she knows whatever it is can’t be good. She has never been close with her, but now she needs a favor. One of her neighbors has had her Dali painting stolen and replaced, but she doesn’t want it to be an “official” investigation. Serena digs into the family and starts rounding up the usual suspects: son, daughter, son-in-law, and housekeeper. Things start to go out of control from there. On top of that, her colleague Tanner is investigating a case with the Russian mob that is now targeting Serena to get the investigation to drop. With danger at every turn (and straightaway) Serena might have met her end, or at least the end.
This book pretty much picked up just after A Fool and His Monet let off. However, I was happy that this book really delved more into Serena’s personal character. I felt that I really got to know her more in this book and she really opened up about past feelings. The family wasn’t as much as central core to this book, with the exception of crazy Aunt Martha, who I love! The books wouldn’t be the same without her. Serena is still clueless when it comes to both Nate and Tanner making plays for her love. She is also not quite as scatterbrained in this book either.
I’ve not been to St. Louis, but it seems like a pretty dangerous place. The hood, mixed with the Italian mafia and now the Russian mafia makes it seem like a breeding ground for danger, especially a young female FBI agent. Serena seems to find more opportunities to be randomly shot at or run over than any other character that I’ve read recently. Keeps the book moving with a fast pace. This is just a fun little mystery that is also a quick read!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Baker Publishing Group in exchange for an honest and thorough review. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.