Monday, March 28, 2016

Sandra Orchard | New Novel News

A Fool & His Monet
by Sandra Orchard

Published: March 2, 2016
From: Revell
Purchase: A Fool & His Monet

A Fool and His Monet is the first book in Serena Jones Mysteries, in which a plucky FBI art crime agent forges her way through a museum of lies to expose the ruthless mastermind behind the recent theft of a priceless painting

Serena’s passion for uncovering lost and stolen art is surpassed only by her zeal to uncover the truth about the art thief who murdered her grandfather. She 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 hot on a new case—a Monet stolen from the local museum. 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.

Get to know Sandra...

What prank would you want to play on your main character? 
Since Serena has a reputation for matchmaking men who are attracted to her with other women, it would be fun to turn the tables on her and have the guy that deep down she’d like to be with (even if she’s not ready to admit that to herself yet) come and ask her to set him up with one of her friends.

If your book became a movie, who would you cast for your main characters? 
Ooh, this is easy, because Serena is a movie buff and mentally pairs people she meets with their Hollywood lookalikes to help her remember their names. Since the actors people are familiar with depends on their age and viewing tastes, I’ve made it easy for readers by creating a Pinterest board of the lookalikes for all my main characters here: and under the bonus features on my website. Serena Jones is Kate Hudson. Tanner Calhoun is Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Nathan Butler is Bradley Cooper. Aunt Martha is Betty White.

Who is your favorite secondary character?
Aunt Martha is my favorite hands down. She is as spry and quick witted as actress Betty White. She is an eager armchair sleuth who doesn’t know the meaning of armchair. She’s had this amazing globe-trotting life that we probably don’t know the half of. And she absolutely adores Nate; is rooting for Serena to end up with him; and seems to have a rather unique friendship with him herself.

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