By Cathy Clamp
“We find the defendant not guilty,” is an instant attention grabber for the opening line of a new thriller series. But there’s more. While Miranda Vaughn might have walked out of the courtroom a free woman, suspicion still hangs over her head. Losing her job at the prestigious investment firm where she worked was only the beginning of her problems. The trial, for a fraud scheme involving her supervisors, also cast a cloud of suspicion over her reputation and sent the fiancé she thought would stand by her out the door.
Ellie Ashe’s debut amateur sleuth/romantic suspense novel CHASING THE DOLLAR has plenty of thrilling moments. Miranda and her cast of quirky family and friends will instantly endear themselves to readers. New York Times author Gemma Halliday gives high marks to the book as being “high stakes, high energy and a highly humorous good time.”
Ashe, a former journalist and lawyer from northern California spins an excellent tale of an intelligent and determined woman pushed too far. With her life in shambles, it’s no surprise that the jury verdict isn’t enough for Miranda. Who could move forward with their life with the knowledge that someone set them up to take the fall?
Determined to uncover the truth, Miranda begins her own investigation—leading her across the globe. But while she might know finance, undercover police work is new to her. She accidentally crosses paths with an FBI agent in Macau and might just need his help.
And he’s got his own problems. Asked by his sister to locate her missing ex-husband, Jake Barnes is also scrambling. He eventually realizes they might be after the same people. When the danger heats up, Miranda finds herself in a race against time to find who framed her. But worse still, the tables have turned and Miranda’s nemesis wants her dead because she knows far too much to stay alive.
CHASING THE DOLLAR is a fun read and would be a great addition to anyone looking for a new favorite author, or as a terrific holiday gift for their favorite cozy reader.
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 two cats, all of whom worry when she starts browsing the puppy listings on petfinder.com.
To learn more about Ellie, please visit her website.