Author: Ellie Ashe
Narrator: Teri Schnaubelt
Length: 7h 9m
Publisher: Ellie Ashe⎮2016
Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Cozy Mystery
Release date: Jun. 22, 2016
Dropping the Dime (Book 2)
Miranda Vaughn was once falsely accused of stealing millions, and now she’s helping others who are facing criminal charges. While being an assistant to her former defense attorney isn’t Miranda’s dream job, she’s eager to prove herself, and her first task is a simple one – protect Kathryn, a shy CFO turned informant, and help her prove that a popular real estate developer is embezzling millions from his company. But what should be a straightforward assignment is deliciously complicated when Miranda is thrown together with FBI Agent Jake Barnes, the man who saved her life, broke her heart, and then disappeared.
Beneath the neatly plotted rows of new homes lurk dark secrets, bitter feuds and a whole lot of greed. Nothing is what it appears; even Miranda’s timid client is hiding secrets of her own. Despite her growing distrust of her client, Miranda must protect Kathryn from becoming the target of the FBI’s investigation and protect herself from the real thief – all while protecting her heart from the sexy FBI agent she can’t seem to resist.
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.
Teri Schnaubelt is a Chicago-based actor, voice actor and audiobook narrator with over 100 titles, including NY Times Bestsellers.
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.
Miranda Vaughn, once cleared of the charges she affronted in the previous book, starts working for Rob, her lawyer. Aware of how unfair is being charged with something and being innocent, she is adamant about defending other people unfairly accused. In this case she will meet Katherine, a very shy CFO, with information about her employee is steeling great quantities for money from his own company. Aware that this can backfire for Katherine, Miranda will try to help her. Everything looks fine until Miranda finds out that one of the FBI agents working on this case is none other than Jake Barnes. On top of it, Miranda will find out that Katherine is hiding things from her, so this case results to be more complicated than what it seemed.
I really enjoyed ‘Chasing the Dollar’ so I was ready for the next installment of the series. This time the setting is not as spectacular as in the previous book but the events are exciting non the less. I liked the fact that it was impossible to know whether Katherine was honest or just playing with Miranda for her own interests. Ashe describes people and places in a very realistic way, and the reader is able to see at all moment what is happening, like if we were watching a movie.
I got a bit confused at the beginning of the book. I got the idea that at the end of ‘Chasing the Dollar’ Miranda was going to buy the old house she had to sell to pay for her defense, but at the beginning of ‘Dropping the Dime’ she is living in the small apartment above her aunt’s garage. I am not sure if maybe Ashe decided to rewrite the first book ending on her mind when she decided to publish a new book. The new situation definitely makes the events in book two work much better.
There was a little bit too much romance for my liking, but I understand that it is something that comes with cozy mysteries. On the other hand, Jake’s attitude towards Miranda is something that would have me running the other way, even though I know that some women tend to like hard to catch men.
Teri Schnaubelt is officially one of my favorite narrators. She does not only transmit the character’s emotions clearly and effectively, but makes the experience a very easy listening, something that I appreciate.
All in all, it was a good book, with some action, romance and well depicted characters and events. A nice light listen for a weekend.
Chasing the Dollar (Book 1)
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Dropping the Dime (Book 2)
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