In Chasing the Dollar by Ellie Ashe, Miranda has just survived the harrowing experience of having been arrested and tried for embezzlement, with her bosses testifying against her as part of their plea bargain. Against all odds, she actually gets acquitted, but she finds then that no one trusts her enough to hire her. So she decides to seek out the truth about who set her up in order to prove her innocence.
A genius with numbers, Miranda examines the evidence from her trial, which leads her to Macau, where she runs into Jake, the FBI agent who had made her arrest. Though initially they both have strong suspicions of each other, they are forced to work together as they face danger and learn to trust each other. Going through many wild adventures that take them to Belize, where the stolen money is hidden in the bank, Miranda and Jake work hard to survive.
Though this book was labeled a mystery, I’d consider it more of an adventure. I really enjoyed the sections that deal with Miranda’s detection work going over the financial details. But I thought the book had too many chase scenes, which included on foot, on a motorcycle, in cars, and in a boat. The number of bullets that flew got tiresome too.
Teri Schnaubelt performs the narration of this book’s audio edition. She helps to keep the story moving and drives the pace of the book during the adventure scenes.
Chasing the Dollar was an enjoyable read, but I would have liked fewer chase scenes and more real detection in the book. I give the book three stars.
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