Jump to ratings and reviews
Rate this book

Serena Jones Mystery #2

Another Day, Another Dali

Rate this book
A Fast-Paced, Keep-You-Guessing Whodunit with a Dash of Romance
When a valuable Salvador Dali painting belonging to her grandmother's friend is mysteriously replaced by a forgery, FBI Special Agent Serena Jones is called in to investigate. Serena hopes finding the thief will also mean finally measuring up to Nana's expectations. But when the evidence points to members of the owner's own household, it becomes increasingly clear that Serena won't be winning any popularity contests.
The Dali isn't the only painting that's fallen prey to the forgery-replacing thief, raising the specter of a sophisticated theft ring--one with links to dirty cops, an aspiring young artist, and the unsolved murder of Serena's grandfather.
With plenty of edge-of-your-seat moments, "Another Day, Another Dali" gives the plucky Serena Jones--and readers--a new high-stakes case to crack.

352 pages, Paperback

First published October 1, 2016

Loading interface...
Loading interface...

About the author

Sandra Orchard

43 books267 followers
Sandra leaps off the garden trails of her herbal-researcher-turned-amateur-sleuth (Port Aster Secrets) series, to the museum corridors of her plucky FBI art crime agent Serena Jones, in A Fool and His Monet.

When not plotting crimes, Sandra plays make-believe with her grandchildren or hikes with her hubby along the escarpment, near their home in Niagara, Canada.

Her novels have garnered numerous awards, including the National Readers' Choice Award, a Holt Medallion Award of Merit, an RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award, the Daphne DuMaurier Award of Excellence and five national Canadian Awards.

Learn more about Sandra’s books and fun bonus features at www.sandraorchard.com

Ratings & Reviews

What do you think?
Rate this book

Friends & Following

Create a free account to discover what your friends think of this book!

Community Reviews

5 stars
149 (33%)
4 stars
193 (43%)
3 stars
87 (19%)
2 stars
14 (3%)
1 star
3 (<1%)
Displaying 1 - 30 of 118 reviews
Profile Image for Gabriellyn.
Author 1 book42 followers
October 7, 2017
...I have a very bad feeling that the end of this love triangle is not what I hope it will be.

The mystery in this one was harder for me to follow, but enjoyable despite it!
Profile Image for Amanda Tero.
Author 25 books523 followers
December 19, 2022
Book two... which makes the third book that I've read of the Serena Jones mysteries (yeah, I read book three first--big spoiler).

I think I've figured out something about Ms. Orchard's books (at least this series). They start out a little slow, but oh my... by the end, I'm so into them!

What I liked most about this book was probably the progression of Grandad's story. It's still not finished (because, of course, there's book three), but some things were definitely explained and I loved this thread that went from book one throughout the whole series. That was fascinating to me as an author.

Again, the Christianity was shallow and almost non-existent. As with the other books, it's super duper clean (like, cleaner than some books I've read where there *was* a strong, Christian thread).

The romance in this series is a love triangle that is not resolved until the end of book three. Because I know the resolution, it helps me to see it in a different light. It isn't one of those annoying "she's playing with these guys" type of triangle. She's friends with two guys and they both obviously (not to her) really like her. It's not necessarily the type of romance I'd suggest to a teen.

Now that I've concluded reading the entire series (out of order, I know, I know), this is a great series to just kick back and relax, to not have intense suspense, but enough to keep you wondering "whodunit." I really do wish there was more of a spiritual thread in these stories. It definitely makes the story seem lacking to not have it (just my personal opinion).
Profile Image for Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...).
1,516 reviews448 followers
May 5, 2017
I just like Serena Jones. She's such a great main character, even if she drives me a little crazy sometimes! She's a study of contrasts- tenacious yet tender, keeps her romantic interests at "friends status" but has a secret hope to marry one day and raise a family. The mystery plot is set at a quick pace throughout the novel as Serena works the clues of two cases that overlap. Tanner, Nate, and Aunt Martha all help in various ways and provide an interesting dynamic. I can't wait for the next Serena Jones mystery!
Profile Image for Sarah Grace Grzy.
629 reviews837 followers
October 26, 2017
3.5 stars

Another fun installment in the Serena Jones Mystery series!

Despite the 3.5 star rating, I really liked this book. Orchard's characters are priceless. Incredibly quirky, fun, and engaging; they are the best part of these books.

The mystery part was well done, and kept me on my toes until the final pages! Usually I guess the mystery pretty quickly, but not with these books.

I love the furtherance of the mystery surrounding Serena's grandfather's murder! Very emotional, and well done!

Tanner. :D <3 He's just totally awesome! I love how protective he is of Serena. And not just because he likes her, either.

The romance, or lack thereof. I love how Orchard keeps it so on the back burner. I can enjoy the mystery with a hint of romance, instead of being blindsided by an annoying love triangle. It was a little more prominent than the first book, but that's to be expected. I just ignored\skimmed the very little bit there was.

Quite a few of the situations felt very contrived\forced. Too coincidental. Orchard did a good job of not letting that happen in the first book, but this book just felt full of stuff like that.

Nate. My word! His character didn't make ANY sense in this book! And I'm not just saying that because I don't like him generally. His actions, the whole situation with his brother, etc, just didn't feel like Nate, and was super confusing. I don't feel that it was wrapped up and explained in the end, either.

Some *cough cough* awkward stuff.

All in all, I enjoyed this book! Aside from some technical issues, the story was still enjoyable, and likely something I'd read again.

CONTENT NOTE: Recommended for ages 15+ due to violence\intense action, and mild attraction\romance.

Profile Image for Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls).
1,642 reviews3,631 followers
July 2, 2017
{{This is an updated review. Originally posted October 17th, 2016, it was updated on July 2nd, 2017 to the Official Rating System.}}

About this book:

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

Series: Book #2 in the “Serena Jones Mystery” series. Review of Book #1 Here!

Spiritual Content- Prayers; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Mentions of God; Mentions of prayers, praying, & blessings over food; Mentions of churches, church going, & Bible studies; A mention of a church event; A mention of Jews;
*Note: A mention of having a cavewoman grip on a fork.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a form of ‘biddy’, a ‘crud’, a ‘duh’, a ‘dumb’, a form of ‘screw up’, a ‘sissy’, two ‘stupid’s, three forms of ‘wimp’, three forms of ‘blast’, and six ‘idiot’s; Mentions of curses (said, not written); Eye rolling; Coming across a murder & dead body (up to semi-detailed); Fighting, pain, blood/bleeding, passing out, bombs, being mugged, being shot, being shot at, gunfire, injuries, a car crash & an explosion (up to semi-detailed): Guns are aimed & threatened (up to semi-detailed); A drug bust; All about mentions of stolen art, stealing, thieves, & forgers/forgeries; Many mentions of murders, dead bodies, how the murders happened, killers, robberies, & burglaries (up to semi-detailed); Many mentions of mobsters, mobs, ties to a mob, gangsters, gangs, & a gang shooting; Mentions of fighting, beatings, being beat-up, & injuries (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of a shooting, gunfire, being shot at, injuries, & blood/bleeding (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of bombs, grenades, & injuries; Mentions of fires, explosions, car crashes, destroyed cars, gasoline & injuries; Mentions of a heist, kidnapping, hostage, & death (Book #1); Mentions of dirty cops; Mentions of drugs, dealers, users, & a drug bust; Mentions of bars, alcohol, & drinking; Mentions of DUIs, jail, prisons, arrests, & raids; Mentions of a thought-to-be-stalker & being held at gunpoint (Book #1); Mentions of being mugged; Mentions of threats; Mentions of debts; Mentions of divorces & an abusive husband; Mentions of cigars, cigarettes, smoking & the smell; Mentions of nightmares (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of lies & lying; Mentions of gossip; Mentions of eating frog legs; A few mentions of World War II & Nazis; A few mentions of setups; A few mentions of teen boys trying to steal an old lady’s purse; A few mentions of tattoos; A few mentions of a smelly diaper & human waste; A couple mentions of poisons; A couple mentions of throwing up; A couple mentions of butcher shops; A couple mentions of jealousy; A mention of cannibalism;
*Notes: Mentions of singers, actors, movies, & TV shows; Mention of a few brand names (Armani, Lexus, Land Rover, BMW, Bentley, and Johnson & Johnson); Mentions of a doll that looks like someone & sticking pins in it; A mention of GI Quarterly.

Sexual Content- a hand kiss and a cheek kiss; Touches, Warmth & Tingles (barely-above-not-detailed); Nearness, Butterflies & Smelling (barely-above-not-detailed); Noticing (barely-above-not-detailed); two forms of ‘hunk’ and three ‘hot’s; Many mentions of dating, dates, girlfriends, boyfriends, & exes; Mentions of affairs & spouses cheating on each other (and thinking the other is, plus mentions of their lovers); Mentions of kissing & kisses; Mentions of crushes; Mentions of jealousy; Mentions of staring; Mentions of flirting, winks, & blushes; A few mentions of a blown kiss; A couple mentions of bad boys; A couple mentions of a Casanova/player; A couple mentions of creeps terrorizing women; A couple mentions of a honeymoon; A mention of a two-timer;
*Note: A few mentions of a wife almost dying from pregnancy complications; A few mentions of a paternity test/suit; A mention of a man answering the door in his boxers (no details); A mention of a woman wearing a number that left little to the imagination; A mention of a woman touching her dress’s neckline suggestively; A mention of a teen boy hiding girly photos on the other side of band posters in his room; A mention of a knee to the groin; A mention of a whistle at how Serena looks all dressed up.

-Serena Jones, age 28
1st person P.O.V. of Serena
336 pages

Pre Teens- One Star
New Teens- One Star (and a half)
Early High School Teens- Three Stars
Older High School Teens- Four Stars
My personal Rating- Four Stars (and a half)
{Add ½ star for girls interested in law enforcement.}
I have eagerly been waiting for this sequel to the fabulous A Fool & His Monet. I was completely giddy opening this suspense/mystery novel. I absolutely adore the cover, back-cover & spine—it’s just so perfect for the feel of this series! I kind of literally want to be Serena, she’s just plain awesome. I’m completely blaming Sandra Orchard & Lisa Harris for the reason I’m currently taking a Criminal Justice course. ;) The humor & overall plot of this novel was wonderful & just what I was expecting. Summer 2017 will be great with the new Serena Jones Mystery and I’m hoping for a lot more of her and Nate in the third book of the series. ;)

Link to review:

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Revell) for this honest review.
Profile Image for Angie Thompson.
Author 31 books1,079 followers
April 18, 2021
Oh, man, these books are a hoot! And I feel like I never know exactly what kinds of lines Serena's investigations are going to run along--the mysteries always keep me guessing! :D And then when Aunt Martha takes a hand... *slaps forehead* Oh, Aunt Martha! I probably groaned along with Serena every time she poked her nose in--though I won't deny that she managed to be useful at a couple of points.

The underlying mystery about Serena's grandfather's death was an important thread in this one, and I really related to her feelings of not measuring up to her grandmother's expectations. I'm still not sure where all of this is going to lead, but I loved the way some of her guilt for the incident was dealt with at the end. <3

And--seriously? Seriously? How am I still conflicted on this love triangle?!? I do not get conflicted on love triangles! I actually detest love triangles--but when they come, I do not flip-flop on which guy I'm rooting for. But I feel like every time she's with one of the guys, I'm sure he's the one I want her to get, and then I see her with the other, and I'm not so sure anymore. Aaargh!!! I think I have a favorite, but man! This is something else!!!

The only thing that lowers my rating a little is the fact that the investigation turns up an instance of infidelity, which is pretty much an automatic rating ding for me--I know that it happens; I just really, really don't like to hear about it. :P But I really enjoyed the story overall and am definitely looking forward to the next one!

4.5 stars

Content--bombs, cars rammed, people threatened, etc.; gunplay, including people shot; mentions of wounds, blood, and dead bodies (not graphic); mentions of murders; mentions of theft and forgery; mentions of infidelity; mentions of drugs, drinking, and smoking
Profile Image for Hanne.
619 reviews43 followers
December 8, 2019
READ 2 (December 7, 2019)
this was a good read, a bit more romance heavy than I would have liked/than in the first book, but still overall a pretty good book
I love how clean this book is (though this one less than the first one) and the love triangle isn't a terrible one at all
the story was kinda waCK and I def didn't like it as much as book 1
I remembered this one more from last time I read it (in 2017)
Profile Image for Hannah.
2,442 reviews1,339 followers
June 18, 2019
Serena Jones returns with the FBI and her specialty in art crime in this fast-paced installment, where Serena faces off with some pretty bad dudes to uncover someone who's forging art. Is it insurance fraud or theft? Or a combination? And how does that tie in with her old wish to solve her grandfather's murder?

Overall, a fun romp of a mystery. There's some dark stuff in it, but it's done so humorously that you only really notice it in hindsight.
Profile Image for Cara Putman.
Author 64 books1,654 followers
November 18, 2016
This book is a delightful first person romp through the cases of a art crimes FBI agent. Serena Jones has two men she's not really interested in -- or is she? She also has a delightful Greek chorus of supporting characters from her sleuthy great-aunt, to her mother and father, and don't forget her disapproving grandma who actually asks her to help solve what happened with a missing piece of Salvador Dali. There are two art cases and enough mysteries to keep Serena stumped and in trouble. Don't forget a good amount of danger, and the slowly building possibility of romance with either Tanner, her FBI trainer, or Nate, the super for her apartment building. While this is the second in the series I highly recommend you avail yourself of this plucky, first person mystery. I really enjoy quirky Serena and her forays into the world of art crimes. The layers and red herrings are numerous enough to keep the most discerning mystery reader satisfied.
Profile Image for Mikayla.
955 reviews
September 20, 2017
After reading the first book in this series, I was happy my library had the next two books because of the continuing mystery in the books.
Honestly, I love a good, clean mystery. I still don't adore Serena's character, I don't know why. She just has an annoying habit of doing things, then being shocked at the bad results. Imagine that, if you string two guys along, you get pulled towards both, and they don't like each other. But I do appreciate that Serena is not perfect.
I look forward to finishing off the series.
Profile Image for Jennifer Fluegge.
301 reviews
April 9, 2020
I enjoyed this book as much as the first one! Though I’m kind of dying to know which guy she chooses. Me and the author might have words if she doesn’t choose one (I think I’m Team Tanner) in the next (and final, I think) book.
Profile Image for Fiction Aficionado.
659 reviews86 followers
January 31, 2017
I love this series! First of all, I have a thing about specialist law enforcement. I have no idea why, but I do. So the fact that Serena Jones is an FBI agent who investigates art fraud is an immediate draw card for me. But what has really taken me by surprise with this series is the character of Serena Jones herself —not to mention her supporting cast: Aunt Martha, the wannabe detective; Harvey, the duly self-entitled cat; and of course we can't leave out fellow FBI officer Tanner, and Nate, the superintendent of Serena’s apartment complex. Never have I been so torn over which guy a character should end up with!

The suspense in these novels has been great. It's fast-paced (in that there is always something happening), and the plot is an intricate tangle of clues, suspicions, and action that really keeps you hopping. When it comes to the romance, I am normally wary of a series that follows the same character— and therefore stretches the romance across the series—but the tension has been simmering away nicely, just below the surface, and everyone except Serena can see the water is slowly reaching boiling point! I think part of the reason it is working so well is that the novel is written entirely from Serena’s point of view (in the first person), which means that much of the romantic tension is in the subtext. I’m a big fan of romantic subtext!

Last, but not least, I love Serena’s dry ‘voice’ and sense of humour. She might be a trained FBI agent, but she has no delusions of grandeur. She’s refreshingly ordinary, down-to-earth, and unpretentious, and she and Tanner really do bounce off each other well when it comes to their banter. There is something very natural about their rapport, in spite of (or perhaps, because of!) the latent romantic tension. And although the characters definitely take their job seriously, there is a wry, ‘take-it-in-their-stride’ feel to the way they respond to whatever comes their way—the mishaps, the interfering family, AND the intense moments!

If you’re looking for a romantic suspense series that will keep you hooked and make you laugh along the way, I strong recommend you introduce yourself to Serena Jones!

I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review.
Profile Image for Melanie Kilsby.
Author 2 books275 followers
February 6, 2017
Sandra is a fellow Canadian and a new-to-me author.
And I am beginning think all Torontonian's have similar voices in writing lol!
I couldn't help but think of Rachel McMillan's characters when reading this book. She is also a Canadian author from the Toronto area. I'll-be-it, Another Day, Another Dali has a great plot that kept you guessing and definitely felt stronger in that sense, when comparing the books.

I absolutely LOVE how Mrs. Orchard brings in art and all its colourful details! Who knew there was an art unit in the FBI? What a messy job haha! But so alluring...

The only down fall of this book was trying to figure out all the characters and where they placed in the life of Serena. It was confusing for the first part of the book. Once you got your bearings, it was okay and I also didn't like the love triangle with mixed feelings. Ugh! Yup, don't like that kinda stuff. Otherwise, this book was awesome, clean, and I will be getting more of her work! Plus, the ending was so well done! Bravo Sandra :D
Profile Image for Cheryl.
5,254 reviews196 followers
October 26, 2016
I am very saddened to report that I did not like this book. It started out good. In fact, I appreciated Serena's intelligence for picking up clues that others were not smart enough to discover. In addition, Serena could handle herself in tough situations. My issues with this book stemmed from the fact that I could not form connections with any of the other characters in the story or the storyline itself. I really tried to stick with this book but after getting to the half way mark I just did not have it in me to keep with this book any longer. However, I would be willing to give this author another try in the future
Profile Image for Staci.
1,787 reviews542 followers
January 15, 2017
While I didn't enjoy this second of the Serena Jones Mystery Series as much as the first, it was an enjoyable mystery and there are so few of those in the Christian Fiction market.

In Another Day, Another Dali, Serena is working to solve a fraudulent painting case. As in the first of the series, Aunt Martha is quick to assist (and get in the way) and certainly adds comedy to Serena's life. Co-worker Tanner and apartment superintendent Nate are on the scene as potential romantic pursuits.

My gratitude to Rel of Relz Reviews and publisher Revell for a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a review and the opinions expressed are my own.
Profile Image for Ferne.
1,242 reviews34 followers
February 2, 2020
As mentioned in my review of the 1st Serena Jones adventure, "A Fool and His Monet" Serena Jones is a fairly new member of the FBI's Art Crime Team. Serena's family includes her worry-wart Mother, university professor Dad, and outrageous and sleuthing Aunt Martha. Serena lives in Aunt Martha's former residence with her cat Harold. There are two (2) male characters that add a sparkle in various ways to Serena's life but especially FBI supervisor Tanner and apartment building superintendent Nate.

In "Another Day, Another Dali" I couldn't help myself again thinking of the similarities between Serena Jones and Stephanie Plum as created by Janet Evanovich.
Here’s my comparison list:
The 1st smile is that the female lead character names both start with “S” – Serena and Stephanie
Both female leads often start off their day with a run
Serena’s parents and Stephanie’s parents – worry-wart mothers and calm fathers
Aunt Martha and Grandma Mazur
Harold (Serena’s cat) and Rex (Stephanie’s hamster)
Serena and Stephanie’s vehicles – Somehow always needing replacement during the latest investigation – sometimes more than once
Tanner (FBI Agent) and Joe Morelli (Detective) – Handsome law enforcement aficionados
Nate and Ranger – Also handsome and both mysterious in their own ways
Zoe and Lulu – Girlfriends and partners in investigations although each has her own gig

Nana has asked for Serena’s assistance to help Nana’s friend Gladys but Serena still presumes she is interpreting Nana’s reactions correctly not only during this investigation but since the death of her grandfather. As the story unfolds the reader learns that Serena has kept a secret not only from her grandmother but all of her family. It’s an unexpected reveal for all.

I would encourage every reader not to miss “A Note from the Author” at the end of Serena’s adventure. It’s thought-provoking not only about the characters in this adventure but in our own personal lives.

I’d also recommend visiting Sandra Orchard’s website. Some beautiful photographs of St. Louis are available that tie in to the setting of this series, interesting deleted scenes, and some fun character interviews. I’m providing the link to the interview with Serena’s cat Harold so you don’t miss his handsome self and especially his vote for the man who should win Serena’s undivided attention.

Now to add ”Over Maya Dead Body to my tbr list.

Profile Image for Kara.
760 reviews
October 20, 2016
This book was one of my most anticipated reads of the year, I wanted more Serena Jones and really enjoyed this sequel :) Serena is doing a favor for her Nana when she is pulled into another case of art being stolen and replaced with a forgery. I had to catch on that it's her Nana and NOT Aunt Martha. Serena is eager to better her relationship with her stiff grandmother and the more the case looks like an inside job, the more Serena dreads resolving the case but also needing to know answers.

Aunt Martha and Harold remain my favorite characters, NEVER a dull moment with either of them and oh wow, did Aunt Martha impress me in this one!!!

I was really disappointed with best friend, Zoe, in this one. I realize Zoe is engaged to be married and needs to stay out of danger, but I was surprised that she didn't feel eager to help out. She is still a great best friend and I appreciated Billy's presence in this story, but she was so fearful. Aunt Martha has no trouble at all putting herself in danger to help Serena and even though she is reckless while doing so, she has such a feisty strong spirit that I love.

I was also disappointed with Nate in this one. I really thought he would have more presence in this one and that didn't happen because he actually avoided Serena when he could've been hanging out with her. Also found out he has a secret he's keeping from Serena. Still a great guy, but I am waiting to see which guy makes a move and shows himself tough enough to be worthy of Serena's attention between Nate and Tanner, Tanner didn't prove himself either but he's around more and constantly watching out for Serena's safety. Still keeping an open mind :)

Loved the neighbor with word of the week, he's such a charming part of the story!
Also thought it was hilarious that Serena bribes her FBI colleagues to buy tickets to an event for her students by promising them a dance each!!

There is danger, mystery, humor, romance, a lovely aunt that we can't get enough of, and Serena herself comparing male characters to actors, determined to solve her grandfather's death, and protective of everyone she loves while finding the bad guys :) What's not to love about this series? Hard to put down once started, can't wait for Book 3!

I received a gift copy. The thoughts and opinions are my own.
Profile Image for Melissa (Semi-hiatus Very Behind).
4,646 reviews2,108 followers
September 20, 2016
The second book in the Serena Jones Mystery series takes the reader back into the world of art theft and forgery. The very large cast of characters is a bit difficult to keep straight at times, but the tale moves at a good, quick pace. Some characters (particularly Aunt Martha) are more like caricatures than real people, which can draw the reader out of the story. Overall, the mystery elements are quite strong and fascinating. The information about the art world is compelling and makes the book totally worth reading.
Serena Jones' grandmother asks Serena to investigate the possible theft and forgery of her friend's Dali painting. As an FBI Special Agent trained to investigate art crimes, this is right up Serena's alley. Yet the more she looks into the crimes, the more Serena is convinced that the theft must have been perpetrated by the family or someone very close to it. When she finds ties to other crimes, including to her own grandfather's murder, Serena knows this mystery goes deep
Profile Image for Eva Hamilton.
Author 9 books87 followers
December 29, 2016
Finished reading Sandra Orchard's book, Another Day Another Dali! Excellent!
Here's just one funny quote,
"Zoe's shoulders relaxed. 'You think so?'
'Absolutely,' Aunt Martha said as if she had infinite experience with men, despite being a happily unmarried woman."
I can't wait for the the next book in this series!
Will Serena finally figure out who killed her grandfather? And will she choose Nate or Tanner?
Profile Image for Wendy Sparkes.
Author 6 books20 followers
October 2, 2017
#2 Serena Jones Mysteries

I really enjoyed #1 in this series and so was glad when I was able to get this 2nd book in the series and settle down on a nice and sunny Bank Holiday Monday to enjoy it. (Yes, I know, Bank Holiday, nice and sunny aren't words usually used together in the same sentence, but on this day it happened to be true!)

While I didn't enjoy it quite as much as #1, it was still an entertaining read and Aunt Martha is as delightful as ever. (Although I still maintain that if she was my Aunt she would drive me nuts too!) It was also nice to find out a little bit more as to what happened the night Serena's Grandad was murdered.

I am not a fan of love triangles, particularly when I like all the characters involved, and while it was ok in #1, it irritated me a bit more in #2, particularly as Serena herself hasn't decided whether she wants someone, but doesn't want anyone else with them either! (Although, I don't believe she was aware of what she was doing, but I was definitely with Zoe on that one and was glad she had a friend there who was willing to lovingly point it out.)

Still, I am definitely looking forward to reading #3 and finding out who she does end up with (I've still not decided entirely who I want her to be with yet either. I just hope there's a nice girl for the one who doesn't win Serena!) and of course to find out who killed her Grandad...and why!

#1 A Fool and His Monet (Serena Jones Mystery, #1) by Sandra Orchard #2 Another Day, Another Dali (Serena Jones Mystery #2) by Sandra Orchard #3 Over Maya Dead Body (Serena Jones Mystery #3) by Sandra Orchard

Oh, and if you are reading this review Jane, I think this is a series you would enjoy!
1,173 reviews5 followers
October 31, 2021
Very funny, cozy mystery about one nice, albeit a bit clueless female FBI agent dipping her fingers in the case of forged art (and maybe more).
Serena Jones is lucky to be an object of several (more or less) hot guys's affection - and maybe having a feisty Aunt Martha as her too eager sidekick, too - because without them she would be a serious case of damsel in distress (and maybe a corpse, too). Luckily, while she is no Sherlock Holmes, she is sweet and very funny in a self-deprecating way, so I forgive her and this novel the lack of serious sleuthing and I am enjoying this coyzy, humorous series quite a lot. Because there is a nice human factor included - Serena's mother wishing for grandchildren (while staying grounded), Aunt Martha who would give any tough guy a run for his money and a couple of interested guys in Nate (meh) and Tanner (yeah!), not to mention Billy the Bad Boy cousin (who actually is my favourite guy in the series).
And Harold the cat.

Profile Image for Natalie.
2,589 reviews59 followers
June 15, 2017
I liked this book better than the first in the series. Serena was less clueless (though she did still make a few really dumb decisions), and overall was much more competent and professional.

Surprisingly, I'm actually enjoying the love triangle. I like Tanner much more than Nate - I think Serena has more in common with Tanner. He's also a much more vivid character than Nate, who seems very flat and is fairly one dimensional. I think my favorite scene is the "romantic river cruise" with Tanner - that had me cracking up!

I enjoyed most of the humor - but I cannot stand Aunt Martha. She's so obnoxious, always inserting herself into the investigation with no training or knowledge. She just seems to get underfoot all the time.

Overall an enjoyable series about art theft and the FBI. I'm excited for the last one - and I hope she chooses Tanner!
Profile Image for Rachel Reads.
182 reviews22 followers
August 25, 2023
I love this series!! This is honestly so good for many reasons. Light faith content and great mystery. I love how the author focuses more on the mystery and overarching topic with a great side plot of romance. I definitely and team Nate. I don’t care what happens, team Nate. Also the whole Malgucci situation is amazing. I can’t wait to see what happens in book 3
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
Profile Image for Loraine Nunley.
Author 27 books94 followers
March 3, 2021
This mystery had lots of suspects and I enjoyed working through the case as Serena investigated all the leads. The pace was nice and steady with just the right amount of danger nipping at Serena’s heels. Full review is at my website.
4 reviews4 followers
November 5, 2018
It was interesting, but I think if I had more time to really understand and read it I would have liked the book more.
Profile Image for Celestial.
105 reviews28 followers
July 25, 2017
This book is amazing! I love it more than the last book (which is saying a lot).
Honestly, I think I like the plot of this book more. Also the "romances" are great. I put romance in quotes because I don't really count her two love interests as romance yet. I'm still rooting for Tanner, so no change there. Nate is so sketchy! I'm kinda expecting him to turn out as a mafia member or something. :D I am seriously excited for the third book. I just want this love triangle to end! If the love triangle doesn't end with Tanner and Serena together I will probably like the series a lot less (let's face it I mostly read these books to figure out how the love triangle will end). I won't ever hate this series becasue I love it to much, but I will be slightly disappointed. Although I'm sure a lot of people will be disappointed if it is Tanner so . . . .
Serena is still quirky and lovable. I do get a little bugged by the whole guys fall head over heels in love with her all the time. I mean, that is pretty unrealistic. However, I like her character to much to dislike her for that one reason.

I hesitantly recommend this book. Don't read the series until the third book comes out, because having to wait is terrible! These books are completely clean (not even any kissing as of yet). One thing that bugs me a little is that we readers are not told if either of Serena's love interests are Christian. I certainly hope they'll clarify in the next book though. :D
Profile Image for Just Commonly.
755 reviews109 followers
October 26, 2016
Serena Jones is back at it again! OK. not back at it.. more like just back? It's not like she attracts crazy drama.. o...wait. Yes, she does. She is an FBI agent, no? We can blame it on the author, Sarah Orchard for another FUNNY adventure for Serena in Another Day Another Dali. I had another blast with this one. That was almost a spoiler for the opening, or was it? Don't mind me, I'm in one of those moods after reading this book. I feel quirky and want to do something silly. Why? I really don't know. Maybe it's Aunt Martha or Serena herself. They may be rubbing off on me.

Seriously, if you need a light read that is filled with drama (lightheartedly) and a little mystery, as well as some hard to define characters, Another Day Another Dali is one to read. If you like crime mysteries filled with federal agents, yes, this is it. If you like art, even better, since they are in the department that deals with art theft. If you like a little romance in your reads, there are two very hunky guys, both great characters for you, and ultimately Serena to choose from. Trust me. It's hard. At times, I'm like team Tanner, then it jumps to team Nate. It wasn't that difficult in the first book, A Fool and His Monet, but in this second installment, it is not an easy feat. Speaking of books in the series so far, Another Day Another Dali can be read as a standalone, since it does provide a little background. But in honesty, I think it flows and works better in your mind when you read it sequentially.

The mystery of the day seems interestingly enough, especially with the start we had. That case closes within the parameters of this book. However, our background case with Serena's grandfather's unsolved murder, that is yet to be closed. Then the romance part, you won't find a conclusion to that yet. I normally do not like it if I don't have all the closure one gets, especially with the romance part, but I think it works here. Plus, the rest of the book with its great characters and case of the book satisfying enough that I also look forward to the next one in the series. I just hope it won't be another year before I read it. (Most likely not.)

This review first appeared on Just Commonly blog.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.
Profile Image for Lisa Johnson.
2,629 reviews36 followers
November 1, 2016
Title: Another Day Another Dali (Serena Jones Mystery #2)
Author:Sandra Orchard
Publisher: Revell
My rating is4 stars.
Serena Jones is working two cases of art theft in this mystery. She goes undercover as a British hippy named Sara to try to discover the identity of an art forger. She plays her mentor, Tanner’s, girlfriend while he investigates the Russian mafia. She is also the maid of honor at her best friend Zoe’s wedding and is coerced into going bridesmaid dressing shopping. Her Nana expects her to solve the mysterious disappearance of one of her friend’s paintings in record time. So Serena has no pressure in life, right? On top of that, she has two men in her life that she says are just friends, but every time she is with one or the other, she feels attracted to them. She is confused about this and does her best to put that on the back burner.
As Serena’s search for clues and asking of questions continues, she faces danger around every corner as she is mugged, shot at, unknowingly activates a bomb, and discovers a dead body and much more. She also discovers her Nana isn’t as anxious as Serena is to reopen her grandfather’s case, but she doesn’t know why. Her grandmother has always been tight-lipped about that time. Serena wonders why that is and plans to get to the bottom of things.
First of all, I love the title of the two books in the series so far…very clever! The titles grabbed my attention and made me curious about the contents of the books. Aunt Martha is a hoot. I also find the romantic angle of the story entertaining. I like the recurring mystery surrounding Serena’s grandfather’s murder. Serena is slowly gathering pieces of the puzzle of the theft of one of his paintings as well as his murder. I can’t wait to find out the culprit’s identity! Another mystery is to be released in the summer of 2017 wherein I’m sure we will learn more about Serena’s romance and her ongoing fight to get justice for her grandfather.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
3,025 reviews1,731 followers
October 31, 2016
Clever title. Clever cover. Clever plot. Campy good fun with lots of tongue-in-cheek wit and a passel of quirky secondary characters. Not to mention an opinionated cat named Harold. What is not to love?

And that includes the two hero heart-throbs engaged in a subtle one-upmanship as they vie for Serena's attention. In fact the author has invited her readers to cast their vote for the man who will ultimately claim Serena's heart by the end of the series. I'm hovering between Team Nate and Team Tanner in the worst way. I love them both and I don't want either one to get hurt. :-( The uncertainty of it all is causing me severe romantical reader anxiety!

Serena Jones has moxie...except maybe when it comes to facing her formidable grandmother. A complicated family history ties Serena to her past and that shapes her present. She feels like she has a lot to prove and becoming an FBI Agent extraordinaire is her way of doing that. Unfortunately she has to juggle her professional life with an eclectic mix of relatives who kept me grinning the whole read through. And Orchard dangles an exciting hint about Aunt Martha's past for the avid mystery connoisseur to store away in anticipation of the next book. (Another Day, Another Dali is the second book in A Serena Jones Mystery series and while it can be read as a standalone, there's enough carry over in characters and one over-arcing plot point that I think it's best to read the books in order.)

A compelling mystery with plenty of potential suspects and hair-raising cat-and-mouse scenes kept me on the edge of my seat. Orchard is really skilled at creating whiplash plots. Half the time I didn't know if I should be laughing or ducking. But in the end, Serena emerges triumphant. Case closed along with another piece of the larger puzzle that ties the books in the series together.

The only thing missing is an inspirational thread. Just a mention of attending church and a paragraph about observing Sunday as a day of rest. And there's so much potential in Serena's life for a solid faith thread to be woven in. Otherwise, this novel ticked all the boxes and then some. Can't wait for the final Serena Jones installment.

My thanks to the author and Revell Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book.
Displaying 1 - 30 of 118 reviews

Can't find what you're looking for?

Get help and learn more about the design.