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Tanzie Lewis used to have it all The stylish wife of a successful oil exec utive at the top of the Houston social scene she used to spend her days playing scratch golf or lunching with friends at the club That was before she was dumped in favor of a beautiful younger woman and the global financial crisis wreaked havoc on her divorce settlement. A special thank you to River Grove Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review Joanne Fox Phillips REVENGE OF THE CUBE DWELLER is an engaging tale of one tenacious middle aged woman s adventure in the corrupt corporate world a whistleblower uncovering misdeeds of fraud packed with humor drama sass wit and delicious revengeTanzie Lewis was living the life of everything Houston glitz and glamour has to offer as the wife of a successful oil executive with the highlight of her days competing in the country club golf championship or lunching with her rich friendsWhen her cheating husband threw her aside for a younger woman and the stock market took a dive Tanzie was left at age 52 menopausal and jobless minus her beloved dog and left with a used Lexus and able to fit all her worldly possessions in said carEscaping her friends and former life of course they now are her husband s friends with his new wife she escapes to Tulsa OK and takes a job in the internal audit department of The Bishop Group an oil and gas company She is not on the management team a nobody if you ask her boss residing in a cube razor sharp good at her job and a plus a great detective Taking care of her personal appearance is last on her list thus weight gain and some lonely nights with of course the help of nightly cigarettes and wineHowever she receives an adrenaline rush from uncovering misdeeds and accounting irregularities within the company with a purpose as the suspense heats up She is obsessed with getting to the bottom of the fraud as she needs to be promoted and accepted to demonstrate her worth in order to get her life back while working with these men who are worthless and cluelessFrom sneaking into offices after hours and weekends uncover as housekeeping staff to snatching computer passwords to privileged information she uncovers corporate fraud manipulation accounting irregularities and a cover up With the lack of security within the company she manages to worm her way into their nasty company secrets by getting into emails and private conferences Loved itAfter her former friends from Houston are killed in a massive pipeline explosion due to her employer s mistakes she recruits her sidekick sister Lucy miss organic and bohemian who wants to save the earth Tanzie learns to outsmart them all and wins in her own brilliant wayOf course like most whistleblowers I speak from experience a company really doesn t want to hear about the misdeeds and accounting irregularities as most of the executives are a part of the cover up or they decide the brave ones coming forward with such information are labeled problematic and ultimately the hero or whistleblower is fired for some other bogus reason The whistleblower has to gather as much information as possible in order to build a case while they have inside access before they get caned harassment begins or the company begins deleting files to cover their tracksThank goodness The Bishop Group was a private company not publicly traded as I could definitely step in and help Tanzie I find whistleblowing novels and corporate fraud fiction or non fiction fascinating I am about the underdogEven though this novel was leaning on the humorous side due to the funky front cover appealing to a wider audience however with a different mysterious cover this novel could really be an intense suspense drama and corporate scandalous novel as has much depth I for one love the details as a very analytical thinker Joanne Fox Phillips is an ideal author for this topic with an intensive background as the director of internal audit for a midstream oil and gas company in Tulsa Oklahoma a CPA certified internal auditor and certified fraud examiner offering great insights into the dynamics and internal tactics of corporate fraud I definitely look forward to scandalous corporate suspense novels in the future from this talented author Maybe a SOX one next Highly Recommend

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Revenge of the Cube Dweller

Now at 52 Tanzie finds herself depressed and alone in Tulsa watching her waist size grow and her professional opportunities shrink working as a minion for clueless bosses in the internal audit department of the Bishop Group So what’s a “girlie” to do Snoop Taking advantage of Bishop Group’s security weaknesses she begins to unravel th. Give it time This book may be slow to get going but by the end you are right with Tanzie in her uest to take down her employer This is a classic bad guys get what s coming to them She has some extra motivation from the beginning We get a glimpse of what her life was life when married into the rich and famous lifestyle We are angry on her behalf when she is confronted with not only her past but her replacement Tanzie s antics may be unethical but they produce positive results She wades in with caution but remembers her purpose Oh the ending makes the book She has found her place in the world

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E intricate warp and woof of corporate fraud manipulation and a cover up that enrages her Avenging the death of innocent Houstonians after a massive pipeline explosion and uncovering her own hidden talents for sleuthing and cleverly tampering with the system Tanzie dishes out her own justice to get even and to get a little something for hersel. What a refreshing book to read I found Tanzie to be easy to relate to not because we share life experiences but because she seemed so real She was an average flawed woman Not flawed in drastic ways just normal everyday ways She was really honest with herself This book was written in first person and sometimes I find that perspective to be shallow Phillips writes very well and really drew me in to the story By the time I finished the book I had forgotten there was a subtitle to the book It was left open for there to be other Tanzie Lewis books and I certainly look forward to reading If you are a fan of Kinsey Milhone you ll like Tanzie Lewis


10 thoughts on “Revenge of the Cube Dweller

  1. says:

    Ok it's a bit childish but nevertherless a good take on the professional challenges of an auditor and an internal

  2. says:

    Being CAE CFE myself I totally enjoyed this book from start to finish What a refreshment it is for main heroine to be Internal AuditorMy favorite uote Not that we want fraud to occur we just want to be the ones to discover it After all so much of internal audit work is tedious and mind numbing and the notion that you might identify somethin

  3. says:

    A special thank you to River Grove Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review Joanne Fox Phillips’ REVENGE OF THE CUBE DWELLER is an engaging tale of one tenacious middle aged woman’s adventure in the corrupt corporate world a whistleblower uncovering misdeeds of fraud; packed with humor drama sass wit and delicious revengeTanzie Lewis was living the life of everything Houston glitz

  4. says:

    I received this book as part of Goodreads First Reads giveawayOverall it was good It's the story of how after a pipeline explosion in Houston Tanzie investigates her present employer's involvement She does this because apparently corporate security is really lax at her company and she claims everywhere else and

  5. says:

    First I would like to thank Net Galley and River Grove Books for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review I really enjoyed every part of this book The action started from the beginning and had me coming back for till the end Tanzie Lewis had recently been left and divorced by her rich husband Winston and went from a Coun

  6. says:

    Give it time This book may be slow to get going but by the end you are right with Tanzie in her uest to take down her employer This is a classic bad guys get what's coming to them She has some extra motivation from the beginning We get a glimpse of what her life was life when married into the rich and famous lifestyle W

  7. says:

    What a refreshing book to read I found Tanzie to be easy to relate to not because we share life experiences but because she seemed so real She was an average flawed woman Not flawed in drastic ways just normal everyday ways She was really honest with herself This book was written in first person and sometimes I find that perspective to be shallow Phillips writes very well and really drew me in to the story By

  8. says:

    I thought this was a really fun read with an original plot The main character is a middle aged woman trying to reinvent herself after a bad divorce It is humorous as it addresses serious themes such as sexism environmental ethics and fraud I thought the best theme throughout this book is how people rationalize their actions The Bishop brothers rationalize their cover up just as Tanzie rationalizes her unethical behavior This book will hav

  9. says:

    Tanzie is an intriguing character that has courage and grit She has suffered some serious setbacks in life yet

  10. says:

    This was a great book it had wonderful character and a really twisted storyline I really enjoy reading about this lady ex