Book Review and Spotlight: Chasing the Dollar by Ellie Ashe

Overal Rating: three-half-stars

Author: Ellie Ashe

Narrator: Teri Schnaubelt

Length: 7h 23m

Publisher: Ellie Ashe⎮2015

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Cozy Mystery

Release date: Jul. 15, 2015

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Synopsis:

Chasing the Dollar (Book 1)

Miranda Vaughn has spent the last year and a half fighting for her freedom. Arrested for a fraud scheme involving her supervisors, she’s lost her job at a prestigious investment firm, her fiancé, and her reputation. She walks out of the courtroom a free woman, only to find that life has a few more curve balls to throw her way. The jury may have found her not guilty, but Miranda is broke, in debt to her beloved aunt, and can’t find a job because of the cloud of suspicion still swirling around her. She’s not going to be able to move forward with her life until she finds out who set her up.

Buried in the evidence against her, Miranda finds a larger scheme, one involving far more money than the $37 million her boss fleeced from unsuspecting investors. Determined to uncover the truth, Miranda begins her own investigation – leading her to Macau and Belize, and into the arms of one sexy FBI agent, who may or may not prove to be trustworthy. When the danger heats up, Miranda finds herself in a race against time to find the person behind it all. Before he finds her….

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Author Bio:

USA Today best-selling author Ellie Ashe has always been drawn to jobs where she can tell stories—journalist, lawyer, and now writer. Writing quirky romantic mysteries is how she gets the “happily ever after” that so often is lacking in her day job.

When not writing, you can find her with her nose in a good book, watching far too much TV, or trying out new recipes on unsuspecting friends and family. She lives in Northern California with her husband and three cats, all of whom worry when she starts browsing the puppy listings on petfinder.com.


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Narrator Bio:

Teri Schnaubelt is a Chicago-based actor, voice actor and audiobook narrator with over 100 titles, including NY Times Bestsellers.

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Review:

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Ellie Ashe. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Early in her thirties and working for a prestigious bank firm, Miranda Vaughn has been accused of fraud in a scheme involving her supervisors. After a hard year and a half fighting for her innocence, she is found not guilty. But this is not enough for Miranda. She has lost almost everything in this last year and a half. Her fiancé has dumped her just after the charges had been presented, and there is no decent company which would be willing to hire her. She wants to clean her name and reputation, and the only way is finding the true culprits of this scheme and bring them to justice. In order to do so she will have to travel to one of the bank international sites in Macau, and find proof of what she believes is true.

‘Chasing the Dollar’ is a cozy mystery in which the main character is an early thirties woman with great future prospects which crumble overnight due to something she has not been involved in. The novel is fast paced and the characters are well built, and there are a couple of twists totally unexpected. I felt close to Miranda in several ways and felt her desperation about wanting a better future, and the total unfairness of the situation. The plot is well executed and Ashe knows well how to keep the listener’s attention.

Something that did not completely convince me was the romantic aspect of the book. I can understand that Miranda missed to have a partner beside her, but I really do not see the need of her involved in a romantic relationship with other character in the book, which I have to say, was not unexpected. I think the romantic story did not add much to the book, but I understand that having a romantic story makes the book work better in general amongst the feminine readers.

Teri Schnaubelt performed very well on this book, not only becoming Miranda, but also doing a decent characterization of the rest of characters. Her tone was clear and pleasant to the ear. I have to note though an audio editing issue around 4:46:18, in which there is a sentence repeated. No other issues were noted.

All in all, it was an easy and quite light listen, and I am looking forward to what else is in store for Miranda Vaughn.

Schedule:

Chasing the Dollar (Book 1)

Apr. 16: CGB Blog Tours

Apr. 17: Dab of Darkness

Apr. 18: Guilty Indulgence Book Club

Apr. 19: Desert Rose Reviews

The Book Junkie

Apr. 20: Lomeraniel

Apr. 21: The Book Junkie

Apr. 22: Bound 4 Escape

Between the Coverz

Dropping the Dime (Book 2)

Apr. 23: CGB Blog Tours

Apr. 24: Dab of Darkness

Apr. 25: The Book Junkie

Apr. 26: Desert Rose Reviews

Apr. 27: Guilty Indulgence Book Club

The Book Junkie

Apr. 28: Lomeraniel

Apr. 29: Bound 4 Escape

Between the Coverz

Lucky Penny (Book 3)

Apr. 30: CGB Blog Tours

May 1: Dab of Darkness

May 2: Read Day and Night

The Book Junkie

May 3: Spunky-n-Sassy

May 4: Desert Rose Reviews

May 5: The Book Junkie

May 6: Between the Coverz

May 7: Buried Under Books

May 8: Lomeraniel

May 9: The Book Addict’s Reviews

May 10: Guilty Indulgence Book Club

May 11: terriluvsbooks

May 12: Bound 4 Escape

May 13: Celtic Lady’s Reviews

 

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