Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Sherlock Holmes, CPA

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Sherlock Holmes, CPA

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Accountants work as auditors, tax advisers, controllers and government officials. Some also work as novelists. Three recent mystery novels highlight the exciting, dangerous world of accounting -- and educate the reader, too.

Murder in Tahoe (Casino Style) is written by David Hannuksela, a CPA who was a controller for several hotel/casinos in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, where the novel takes place. As readers try to solve a murder mystery, they get a behind-the-scenes view of a casino and are treated to the details of the special financial controls required by gambling operations. For example, bags of coins from slot machines are actually weighed before the coins themselves are counted, as an extra control. To order, write to Mystery Book Publisher, P.O. Box 1806, Bothell, Washington 98041-1806. The price is $8.95.

The Rose Engagement is published by Kent Information Services, better known for its accounting publications. Authors Richard E. Brown, who has held several accounting positions in industry, bring their knowledge to bear in a story about an audit of the White House. …

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