The 2019 accountant summer reading list


As nice as it is to dust off that well-worn copy of “A Brief History of Economic Genius,” there’s just something about summer that demands more. More fun, more mystery, and more imagination. But that doesn’t mean you have to veer away from the accounting theme entirely.

In light of our ongoing Accountant Summer Love campaign, we thought we’d share a few titles with our beloved accounting community looking for some lighter fare. One common theme we noticed while scouring the internet for recommendations: murder. It seems that, in fiction, wherever you find an accountant, there’s likely a dead body close by. Is there something you’re not telling us?

Check out our list, then connect with us on social media and tell us what you’re reading this summer! 


‘Death, Taxes, and a French Manicure: A Tara Holloway Novel’ by Diane Kelly

We imagine this book to be in the same vein as Janet Evanovich’s “One for the Money”: full of humor and outrageous intrigue. “Death, Taxes, and a French Manicure” is Kelly’s first book in the 12-novel Tara Holloway series, and the books have an average 4.6-star rating on Amazon.


“Tax cheats, beware: The Treasury Department’s Criminal Investigations Division has a new special agent on its payroll. A recovering tomboy with a head for numbers, Tara’s fast becoming the Annie Oakley of the IRS—kicking ass, taking Social Security numbers, and keeping the world safe for honest taxpayers. Or else.

Tara’s latest mission finds her in hot pursuit of ice-cream vendor Joseph ‘Joe Cool’ Cullen. Along with frozen treats, he’s selling narcotics—and failing to report his ill-gotten gains on his tax returns. Over Tara’s dead body. Then there’s Michael Gryder, who appears to be operating a Ponzi scheme…with banker Stan Shelton…whose lake house is being landscaped by Brett Ellington…who happens to be dating Tara. If following that money trail isn’t tough enough, now Tara must face a new conundrum: Should she invest her trust in Brett—or put him behind bars? New love always comes at a cost but justice? Priceless.”


‘Risk’ by Dick Francis

Before he passed away in 2010, Francis wrote 43 bestselling novels, including “Risk.” Francis himself was a champion jockey and won over 350 horse races, giving his books a level of authority that would be difficult to replicate for anyone who’s never been in the saddle. 


“As an amateur jockey, Roland Britten was lucky, and as an accountant, he was rigorous. He knew he was on the hate list of several fraudsters but never thought pen-pushers got kidnapped. And not from a racecourse right after beating the odds to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Held prisoner, Britten has no idea who his kidnappers are nor why they have abducted him. Only when resourceful school headmistress Hilary Pinlock gives him the opportunity to escape is he able to seriously think about what has happened and turn his logical mind to track down his abductors. But his kidnappers haven’t finished with him yet—and they’ll risk anything to get a hold of him once again…”


‘The Traitor Baru Cormorant’ by Seth Dickinson

This is the first book in Dickinson’s Masquerade series—book two of which was published in October 2018. For lovers of fantasy (with a side of accounting to boot), “The Traitor Baru Cormorant” is sure to please. 


“Tomorrow, on the beach, Baru Cormorant will look up and see red sails on the horizon.

The Empire of Masks is coming, armed with coin and ink, doctrine and compass, soap and lies. They will conquer Baru’s island, rewrite her culture, criminalize her customs, and dispose of one of her fathers. But Baru is patient. She’ll swallow her hate, join the Masquerade, and claw her way high enough up the rungs of power to set her people free.

To test her loyalty, the Masquerade will send Baru to bring order to distant Aurdwynn, a snakepit of rebels, informants, and seditious dukes. But Baru is a savant in games of power, as ruthless in her tactics as she is fixated on her goals. In the calculus of her schemes, all ledgers must be balanced, and the price of liberation paid in full.”


‘The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant’ by Drew Hayes

This pick is definitely more in line with satire and comedy, but what would you expect from a vampire accountant living his best afterlife? This is the first book in Hayes’s Fred series, and it currently has an impressive 4.4 stars on Amazon, with 821 customer reviews. 


“Some people are born boring. Some live boring. Some even die boring. Fred managed to do all three, and when he woke up as a vampire, he did so as a boring one. Timid, socially awkward, and plagued by self-esteem issues, Fred has never been the adventurous sort.

One fateful night—different from the night he died, which was more inconvenient than fateful—Fred reconnects with an old friend at his high school reunion. This rekindled relationship sets off a chain of events, thrusting him right into the chaos that is the parahuman world, a world with chipper zombies, truck driver wereponies, maniacal necromancers, ancient dragons, and now one undead accountant trying his best to ‘survive.’ Because even after it’s over, life can still be a downright bloody mess.”


‘The Accountant’s Story: Inside the Violent World of the Medellín Cartel’ by Roberto Escobar and David Fisher

Not everyone has a taste for fiction, which is why we’re recommending “The Accountant’s Story,” an autobiography written by Pablo Escobar’s brother and accountant. Ever wonder what it might be like to balance the books for one of the world’s most notorious cartels? Find out from the man himself. 


“‘I have many scars. Some of them are physical, but many more are scars on my soul. A bomb sent to kill me while I was in a maximum security prison has made me blind, yet now I see the world more clearly than I have ever seen it before. I have lived an incredible adventure. I watched as my brother, Pablo Escobar, became the most successful criminal in history but also a hero to many of the people of Colombia. My brother was loved, and he was feared. Hundreds of thousands of people marched in his funeral procession, and certainly as many people celebrated his death.’

These are the words of Roberto Escobar—the top accountant for the notorious and deadly Medellín Cartel, and brother of Pablo Escobar, the most famous drug lord in history. At the height of his reign, Pablo’s multibillion-dollar operation smuggled tons of cocaine each week into countries all over the world. Roberto and his ten accountants kept track of all the money. Only Pablo and Roberto knew where it was stashed—and what it bought.”


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