Ripoff: A Funny Crime Caper

Ripoff: A Funny Crime Caper

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by Morgan St. James, Caroline Rowe
     
 
WHO'S RIPPING OFF THE FEDERAL PRISON SYSTEM, AND HOW?
A funny crime caper with a diabolically clever scam
Thirty-something Kimberly was living the good life with a great executive job, a wardrobe to die for, and a hot young boyfriend. That all changed in the space of a few hours when her company went bankrupt and her boy-toy took off with her money and most of

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WHO'S RIPPING OFF THE FEDERAL PRISON SYSTEM, AND HOW?
A funny crime caper with a diabolically clever scam
Thirty-something Kimberly was living the good life with a great executive job, a wardrobe to die for, and a hot young boyfriend. That all changed in the space of a few hours when her company went bankrupt and her boy-toy took off with her money and most of her worldly possessions. When she accepts a job with the Federal prison system, she and her sidekicks are faced with not only a "whodunit" but a "howdunit"
They have some hard choices to make. Manufacturing in Federal prisons is BIG business--nearly a Billion Dollars a year and that is true! A plan to embezzle millions was going fine until these down-on-their-luck women were hired and red flags went up.
When Kimberly, Cameron and Kate bumble into a diabolical embezzlement plot and launch an amateur undercover investigation filled with twists and turns, suspicion turns to surprise. They discover so much more than they ever anticipated.
The idea for this fictional caper was conceived from experiences the co-authors had while working as marketing representatives for furniture manufactured in Federal prisons. It could not have been written without their knowledge of the system and having been inside prison factories. Get ready for a mind-blowing romp.
***IMAGINE CHARLIE'S ANGELS STARRING IN 9 TO 5 MEETS THE FIRST WIVES CLUB!***
These three amateur sleuths lead the reader on a merry chase filled with twists, turns and backfires. Little did they know that jobs as a Controller and manufacturer's reps would have them knee deep in trouble. Grab a copy today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781495258725
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
03/23/2014
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

MORGAN ST. JAMES has ten published books to her credit. The latest, from the award-winning author is La Bella Mafia, a true story of surviving despite overwhelming odds, co-authored with Dennis Griffin and Bella Capo (whose story it is), released October, 2013 from Houdini Publishing.

In addition to books she has written on her own, Morgan's funny crime capers include the comical Silver Sisters Mysteries series co-authored with her real-life sister, Phyllice Bradner. More information about Morgan and all of her books, websites and blogs can be found on www.morganstjames-author.com

St. James has written over 500 published articles related to writing and frequently presents workshops, appears on author's panels and radio or TV shows. The columns inspired her book Writers Tricks of the Trade as well as a bi-monthly eZine of the same name.
She lives in Las Vegas NV with her husband and dog Dylan.

CAROLINE ROWE graduated from college armed with a degree in Interior Design and she designed spaces ranging from healthcare and educational facilities to hospitality. Her diverse background, design education and passion for solving problems easily qualified Caroline for the position of sales executive, marketing products manufactured by real prison system. She says she appreciated time spent growing her region's Federal customer base and interacting with contracting agents and clients. Rowe resides in Seattle, Washington with her husband and son.

This is her debut novel.

St. James and Rowe met while they were both part of the marketing team for prison-manufactured furniture and later conceived the idea for this fictional comical crime caper.

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Ripoff: A Funny Crime Caper 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
clahain1 More than 1 year ago
Kimberly is a thirty-something high flying accountant with a great job, a killer wardrobe, and a hot young boyfriend. That is until the company she works for goes bust and her pretty-boy lover takes off with her bankbooks and most of her worldly possessions. Desperate to regain some stability, she gets a position as comptroller for a division of the government that oversees the production and sale of furniture made by inmates of the Federal prison system. At orientation she meets Cameron and Kate. Like Kimberly, they've  tumbled (or been pushed) down the corporate ladder and have now signed on as regional sales reps for furniture operation. The geographical distance between the women doesn't present a barrier to their growing friendship. Nor does it stop them from working together when Kimberly uncovers a massive embezzlement scheme. The trio uses all their skills--from computer knowledge to good cleavage--to entrap the thieves. The action moves at a nice pace, and the characters are well conceived and interesting. Our heroines have some serious human frailties, which make the women easy to like and to root for. Of the three, Kate is probably the one that could have used just a little more  fine-tuning. Cool cougar Kimberly and giggly, plastic surgery aficionado Cameron seriously outshine the somewhat reserved redhead. The novel's villains are nasty and greedy, but the authors also give them plenty of vulnerability. I wanted to see them caught, but I also  felt sorry for them. One aspect of the book was a little rough...The authors obviously have a lot of firsthand knowledge of how this government furniture  business works and how it could be exploited. I don't think we the readers necessarily needed the level of detail provided. This is especially apparent when Kimberly shares information about the case with the other two women or with the authorities. The explanations get repetitive and weigh down the middle a bit. A little more summation would have smoothed out these bumpy spots and supported the overall tone of the story, which is light and bright. In the end, though, RIPOFF: A FUNNY CRIME CAPER lives up to its title. It's a quick, enjoyable read where the good triumph over the naughty and look good while doing so!