Book Spotlight – Hidden Assets
By Leeann Betts
Hidden Assets is the sixth installment in my By the Numbers series, featuring Carly Turnquist, forensic accountant. Carly finds that when she tells people she’s an accountant, their eyes glaze over and they look for someone else to talk to because they think accountants are boring. Well, Carly is single-handedly setting out to prove them wrong.
This story takes place in eastern Wyoming. Carly and Mike travel by train to help another of Carly’s college friends who is going through a nasty divorce. Anne Torbin believes her soon-to-be ex-husband is stealing paintings, coins, and money, and hiding them so he won’t have to split them in the divorce settlement. But when Anne’s husband turns up dead, and she is suspected, Carly must prove her friend innocent. Is the weird couple staying at the B&B involved, or are they up to something else entirely. And can Carly find the missing FBI agent, or did she really see him thrown off the train?
This particular book was spawned because I couldn’t take the Alaska cruise I wanted to feature in Carly’s next book, so I had to think of another location for a different story. We had recently visited Wyoming, and we are venturing out into the world of staying in other people’s homes through an online booking service when we travel—much friendlier, cleaner, safer, and usually a better experience than some of the motels we’ve stayed in. So I decided to set this one in a B&B, in a small town, in western Wyoming and eastern Nebraska.
The whole Carly series, as I like to call it, came from a desire to right the wrongs in the world AND to prove that accountants weren’t boring. Like Carly, I’ve seen people’s eyes glaze over when I tell them I’m an accountant. I had an editor tell me nobody would want to read this series because accountants are boring. So Carly shows them how wrong they are.
Writing this series has really been a lot of fun, for several reasons. My background is in accounting, so writing Carly is fairly easy, except she is a lot quicker on the comebacks, and gets way more exercise rolling her eyes, passing the buck, and jumping to conclusions than I do. I have committed to releasing two in this series each year, so that keeps me focused and writing. I love incorporating things my friends say—and even incorporating them, under assumed names, of course. Also, the excitement of seeing another book in print hasn’t worn off yet, and two a year—well, that’s a dream come true.
Hidden Assets releases June 30th through Amazon.com in print and ebook, and through Smashwords.com June 30th in ebook.
Leeann Betts writes contemporary suspense, while her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, pens historical suspense. She has released five titles in her cozy mystery series, By the Numbers, with Hidden Assets releasing the end of June. In addition, Leeann has written a devotional for accountants, bookkeepers, and financial folk, Counting the Days, and with her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, has published a book on writing, Nuggets of Writing Gold, a compilation of essays, articles, and exercises on the craft. She publishes a free quarterly newsletter that includes a book review and articles on writing and books of interest to readers and writers. You can subscribe at www.LeeannBetts.com or follow Leeann at www.AllBettsAreOff.wordpress.com All books are available on Amazon.com in digital and print.