Another Day Another Dali (Serena Jones Mystery #2) by Sandra Orchard | Mystery Book Review

Another Day Another Dali (Serena Jones Mystery #2) by Sandra Orchard

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Serena Jones Mystery #2


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 gives the plucky Serena Jones--and readers--a new high-stakes case to crack. You won't want to miss a single brushstroke!

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My Thoughts

Another Day Another Dali has the earmarks of a cozy mystery like quirky characters and hilarious situations but it also has a serious storyline that lends to the mystery designation. This is the second book in the series and I enjoyed it even more than the first.

Serena Jones is a special agent with the FBI and she works in the art theft division. She is located in the St. Louis area so it was fun to read about familiar landmarks and be able to clearly visualize what was going on. Her family, especially her Nana and her aunt, are priceless additions to the cast of characters. 

As I said earlier this book tends to lean towards a cozy mystery but it goes much deeper in the plot than a regular cozy does. In fact I'm quite pleased with the twists and turns that this story took. There are several suspects with ample motive but in the end it turns out to have unexpected entanglements that give the story depth.

In my opinion this isn't really a stand alone title. The first book A Fool and His Monet has a completely different mystery to solve. What connects the two stories is the characters and the unsolved murder of Serena's grandfather. That particular murder also involves an art theft so Serena is continually trying to use her resources to bring closure and solve the crime. If you skip the first book I don't think you'll get a really good grasp of all the underlying nuances that are taking place between the characters. 

Another Day Another Dali is a quick read but worth every one of those minutes. Aside from the obvious mystery there is also an ongoing romantic triangle playing out between Serena and her apartment super Nate and her friend and trainer Tanner. For the record I'm on team Tanner! I look forward to the next installment to finally find out all the details in her grandfather's murder and to see who she winds up with. I recommend this book (and series) to anyone looking for a light read that is full of funny people and situations.

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