I know some women can’t understand it, but I’d rather chase down art thieves, or even go undercover to ferret out a forger, than spend an afternoon dress shopping.
Never mind that checking out a captured drug dealer’s stash of paintings almost got me blown up earlier this week. After all, it was pretty sweet how Special Agent Tanner Calhoun had refused to leave my side until the bomb was defused, even if he did pretend that it was only because he figured my Aunt Martha would sic her mafia-linked boyfriend on him if he let me die.
Still. . .here I am spending Saturday morning shopping with my best friend. Considering I’m her maid of honor and the wedding is only a couple of months away, I figured I couldn’t put it off any longer. Well that. . .and the fact she’d pounded on my door and dragged me out of bed.
Although I’m pretty sure she started to have second thoughts, when I checked her car’s side mirror for the fourth time, even after I downplayed the cryptic note that someone left on my door last night. Okay, I probably shouldn’t have mentioned it, but at least I kept the art forger foray with my apartment superintendent to myself, not to mention the fact that a couple of Russian mobsters might’ve made me during an undercover gig with Tanner.
Did I mention that my friend works as the head of security at the Forest Park Art Museum? So she naturally wants our dresses to have an artistic flare. I’m an art lover myself, so of course, I agree, but it was unbelievable how poorly the dresses’ artistic promises translated on the canvas of our real-world figures. Unless we wanted to look like a couple of fruit that had jumped from a bowl in one of Cezanne’s still lifes.
To be honest, by the time the drive-by shooter came along, I’d been ready to wave the white flag and give the nod to the other bridesmaid’s adored mauve, chiffon number, reminiscent of the French Impressionists. It did absolutely nothing for me, but one day in an unflattering dress—and in a bazillion photographs forever—seemed less torturous than shopping a second longer.
Of course, my friend wasn’t buying that the shooter had nothing to do with me.
“Why on earth would you work a job that makes you enemies like that?” her other bridesmaid asked.
My mind flashed to the note taped to my door last night, but I managed to shrug nonchalantly. “Adrenaline junkie, I guess.” I’d become so used to faking courage since starting the job that somewhere along the line, I actually began to embody the trait, if not quite feel it.
My friend must’ve sensed what I was trying to do because she forced out a chuckle. “More like she adores the hot agent who trained her.”
And wouldn’t you know it. Tanner chose that moment to call.
About Another Day, Another Dali is the second book in the Serena Jones mystery series, published by Revell, October 2016.
The world of art theft can be a deadly game–one that Serena Jones understands all too well.
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.
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Meet the author
Sandra Orchard writes fast-paced, keep-you-guessing mysteries with a dash of sweet romance. Her novels have garnered six Canadian Writing Awards, a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, a National Readers’ Choice Award, a HOLT Medallion Award of Merit, and a Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. Learn more about Sandra’s novels and bonus features at www.SandraOrchard.com.
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