Who besides an accountant would think that a financial mystery would be gripping, but Dropping the Dime by Ellie Ashe does that and more. Miranda Vaughn now works for her attorney as financial advisor, since even though she was acquitted of embezzlement, she has discovered that being found “not guilty” does not mean “innocent.” This leaves her unemployable in the financial sector where she is highly qualified. The lawyer takes a case on behalf of a whistleblower who needs a lawyer to walk her through the system. In doing this, Miranda finds herself having to work again with Jake, to whom she is deeply attracted but who has not made much effort to get in touch with her since their adventures together in Macau and Beliz.
Kathryn seems to have a straightforward case, but they keep finding new inconsistencies in her case that make Jake question her veracity, leading to more and more complications.
This book is really well-written and takes financial fraud and makes it exciting and understandable. I have never held an interest in finance, but I really found this book’s addressing of financial crime to be fascinating.
Teri Schnaubelt does a good job of performing the voice of Miranda. When Miranda is in tears, we hear the tears in Teri’s expression, in the same way we hear Miranda’s discouragement and hurt at being treated like a criminal despite being found not guilty.
I enjoyed the first book in the series, Chasing the Dollar, but not nearly as much as I enjoyed this book. That book had too much gunplay and fleeing from the bad guys, but this book turned white collar crime into something interesting and even something further. I give this book five stars.
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