Another Day, Another Dali – Sandra Orchard

28637707So this is actually Book #2 in the Serena Jones Mysteries series, which I didn’t realise (oops). I don’t think it mattered too much that I missed Book #1, just a bit of background detail on some of the characters, but if you’re going to read this series I would recommend that you do start from the beginning (it’s good so why would you want to miss any?).

The thing that attracted me to this book was the title (Book #1 also has a great title: A Fool and his Monet), and the story turned out to be great too. FBI agent Serena Jones is called in to investigate the theft of a valuable Salvador Dali painting, which links to a much larger series of art thefts and forgeries. As Serena digs deeper into the mystery, certain details start pointing to members of the owner’s own family, and possible ties to the unsolved murder of Serena’s grandfather fifteen years before.

Another Day, Another Dali reminded me a lot of the Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich, just a tad more serious. The main characters are very likeable, with a whole array of lovable, eccentric side-characters and a couple of intriguing potential love-interests. They’re not particularly realistic but, in this kind of book, that doesn’t matter. The mystery is unpredictable – I wasn’t able to work out ‘whodunit’ early on like I can with many mystery stories, and the itself story is fast-paced and well written. Despite there being so many characters and so much going on, it wasn’t difficult to follow, while the insight into the world of art-crime and forgery is fascinating. This series is definitely well worth a read.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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