The truth will set you free...Unless you're Cynthia Webber.
Cynthia Webber is a CPA student and widow who lost the love of her life in a tragic car accident several years ago. Left with a young son to provide for on her own, Cynthia continued to pursue her career in the auditing department of Darlington & Associates (D&A).
But when Cynthia discovers Jim Dunn’s body during the routine audit of D&A’s most prestigious and controversial client, Prairie Pipeline Company (PPC), her whole world is turned upside down. She finds her career and life threatened when Senior Partner David Jerew turns up unexpectedly at her son’s daycare, posing as her brother and threatening her not to talk about what she found.
When Cynthia ignores David’s threats and goes to the police, she finds herself alone and locked out of D&A. Cynthia turns to her best friend, investigative reporter Linda Reeves, to help her uncover David’s true motivation and get her life back just as a well known environmental activist is found murdered on PPC property.
Will Cynthia and Linda figure out who is targeting PPC and stop David before it's too late?
When I was about half-way through Murder Audit, I felt like it needed to start in a different place, so I wrote this chapter about Jim's death - Chapter 1. Writing this really got me fired up for the rest of the story. I think it's a much better starting place than where I was originally going to start (now Chapter 2), which is a reflective moment with my protagonist.
Here we find out a little bit more about Jim when his bravery falters after he has left the safety of his office to deal with a group of angry protesters on his own.
This is one of my favourite insights into my character Jim Dunn. I remember my dad telling me a story about an old accountant he worked with that kept a bottle of scotch in his desk. When I was working on Murder Audit and asked my dad to tell me more, he didn't remember ever telling me this, but having worked in public accounting for many years, I can attest that there may be a Jim or two out there!
Working Title: Auditing Jane Doe
This Book Is In Development
After discovering a journal she received from a missing woman’s mother contains evidence of financial fraud, Linda Reeves, investigative reporter, gives the journal to her best friend and forensic accountant, Cynthia Webber.
As Cynthia reads the journal, she discovers a unique connection to the missing woman and becomes obsessed with finding her before it’s too late.
Thirteen years later, I still have these questions. In this scene I am Cynthia, still wondering what happened to the person who flew off the roof of my apartment building. Over the years, I've created many tragic versions of the story. Auditing Jane Doe is one.
Almost thirteen years ago, my husband and I were sitting in our downtown Calgary apartment watching TV when we heard something hit our balcony. I'll never forget that sound. The metal balcony reverberated like a giant gong. The sound scared both of us and this excerpt is almost the exact conversation that took place. The events that followed inspired me to write this novel.
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