Another Day, Another Dali

Another Day, Another DaliAnother Day, Another Dali by Sandra Orchard
Series: Serena Jones Mystery #2
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Published by Revell on October 18, 2016
Pages: 352
Also in this series: A Fool and His Monet
Also by this author: A Fool and His Monet


Publisher’s Summary:

The world of art theft can be a deadly game–one that Serena Jones understands all too well.

When FBI Special Agent Serena Jones takes on the case of a forged Dali painting as a favor to her grandmother, she assumes it will be a typical investigation. Hopefully collaring the thief will also mean finally measuring up in her grandmother’s eyes. But the deeper she delves into the forgery and the suspects surrounding it, the less typical it becomes.

The Dali isn’t the only painting that’s fallen prey to the forgery-replacing thief, raising the possibility of a sophisticated theft ring — one with links to dirty cops, an aspiring young artist, and the unsolved murder of Serena’s grandfather. To make matters worse, someone connected to the forgeries seems to be determined to stop Serena’s investigation — no matter the cost.

Another Day, Another Dali surprised me. The novel started out slowly. The characters struggled to engage, though they were interesting and likable enough. However, as the story progressed, I found myself more and more pulled in. By the end, I was surprised to find myself researching when book 3 might be coming out! It’s a mark of a good book when the reader is anxious for another.

Another Day, Another Dali is fairly formulaic: the mob, a dirty cop, a meddling family. The plot is quite simple and contains few new ideas. However, even the predictable plot left me wanting to know more about Serena’s life, and maybe even be friends with her myself. And that’s not something I take lightly.

Sandra Orchard surprises with Another Day, Another Dali

Both men in the novel, the kind-hearted, sweet neighbor Nate and the dashing FBI special agent Tanner, are believable characters. Serena’s interactions and relationships with both are realistic and approachable. Aunt Martha is a perfect supporting character, and I think I could use an Aunt Martha in my own life! She keeps Serena on her toes and helps nudge along the plot when need be.

The mob, a dirty cop, an art forger, and a meddling family: Another Day, Another Dali

While the plot is simple, and there were times when it was all too obvious, it is a tried and true plot to hang a story on and cannot fully be faulted. The art theft angle does make the novel somewhat unique and interesting. And while in most novels it is quite clear who the romantic interest will be, Orchard managed to make her way through the entire novel without tipping her hand as to which eligible young man will have a future with Serena, and both appear to have some hidden secrets.

Another Day, Another Dali made me want to jump right into Special Agent Serena Jones’ life

Another Day, Another Dali might be considered a light novel, but given the chance, I’d pick up another Sandra Orchard novel to spend a few hours in Serena’s world.

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