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Revenge of the Cube Dweller

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  32 reviews
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. Now, at 52, Tanzie finds ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by River Grove Books (first published June 29th 2014)
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Ok, it's a bit childish but nevertherless a good take on the professional challenges of an auditor, and an internal one at that! As some people would say, being an internal auditor requires a special kind of crazy. And I say that expressing my respect for the general IA's tenacity.

I return to the Bishop building at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday to do the busywork Frank has given me. Once again, there is no security manning the desk, so I badge in and head for the elevator bank servicing the sixth flo
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Being CAE & CFE myself I totally enjoyed this book from start to finish! What a refreshment it is for main heroine to be Internal Auditor.

My favorite quote :

"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 something worthy of a Law & Order episode provides enough incentive to prevent heavy drinking or suicide."

Can not wait for follow-up.
Judy Collins
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 revenge!

Tanzie Lewis was living the life of everything Houston glitz and glamour has to offer, as the wife of a successful oil executive, with the highli
Jul 15, 2014 rated it liked it
I received this book as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

Overall 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 she has a job as an internal auditor so it's literally her job to snoop around.

I will note how unlikable everyone is. Tanzie's coworkers are incompetent sexists (though we're not in
Bethany Clark
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 more till the end.

Tanzie Lewis had recently been left and divorced by her rich husband Winston and went from a Country Club life to living pay check to paycheck supporting herself and trying to get her life turned around all at the age of 52!

She not only has been
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Give it time. This book may be slow to get going but by the end you are right with Tanzie in her quest 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
Helen Daniels
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: business executives
Recommended to Helen by: friend
Shelves: fun-read
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 have strong appeal to people who have worked in office ...more
Elizabeth Hein
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Tanzie is an intriguing character that has courage and grit. She has suffered some serious setbacks in life yet rallies. Joanne Fox Phillips has created a gutsy character in Tanzie.

I found the plot interesting, although I would have preferred a bit less backstory and detail about the inner workings of the oil industry. Overall, I would recommend Revenge of the Cube Dweller to anyone who enjoys a strong female character who beats the odds in life.
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wonderful
This was a great book it had wonderful character and a really twisted storyline. I really enjoy reading about this lady experiences. I recommend this book to everyone and thank the author for letting me reads this book. Thank you I won this book on Goodreads.
Nicole Harmon
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Title: Revenge of the Cube Dweller
Author: Joanne Fox Phillips
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group
Publish Date: 2014
Buy Link:
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Book Blurb: “There is a worst-case scenario calculation that, to my horror, estimates the dollar value of each life potentially lost that could be netted for insurance recoveries should an explosion occur.” (74)

Review by Nicole Harmon
This book was a not so bad read full of information in certain aspects of environmental disasters and th
Debbie Smith
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great quick summer read! Enjoyed the office and menopause humor! Hope to see more of Tanzie and Mazie!
Dana Baldwin
Jun 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Cute quick read; first book by the author who works in corporate-Tulsa; story set in Tulsa so fun to recognize where everything is taking place
Jackie Cain
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a very good debut. It is the first book I've found that provides a realistic view of internal auditing and makes it entertaining and enjoyable. It also provides insight into the lives of women of a certain age in the oil-rich states of Oklahoma and Texas. It creates good pace and introduces a female protagonist I can relate to without always liking or agreeing with her. It has a well-thought-out plot of discovering bad corporate behaviour and doing something about it - in an unconvention ...more
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Should be mandatory reading for every internal auditor!
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Revenge of the Cube Dweller: A Tanzie Lewis Novel is by Joanne Fox Phillips. For a first attempt at a novel, this is a good book. She is a CPA, certified internal auditor, and certified fraud examiner for a company in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her background gives her plenty of background information for Tanzie Lewis and her time in a company in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Those details make it a realistic book.
Tanzie Lewis has just taken a job with Bishop Group in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She moved here from Houston, Tex
Jun 20, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm Not on the Tanzie Train

Revenge of the Cube Dweller is very much the debut book of a new author.

There are some great things about it. You have an unusual main character. Tanzie is older, heavier, and brighter than a lot of characters we meet these days. She's also kind of funny - her comments relating to menopause had me laughing out loud.

In addition, the author has the amazing ability to make an auditor job sound exciting! I'm in the insurance industry and my opinion of auditors has always
Susan Bissell
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Here is a great book to read for you number people (or anyone looking for a fun book to read). Tanzie is an Internal Auditor and she knows her numbers so well she can detect it in any company! Who is cooking the books? Who is embezzling in the company? Also, how the bigwigs in a company make the minions pay for their big mistakes, but Tanzie make sure that they pay for all their misdeeds before she is through with them. The CPA's, accountants and bookkeepers, will enjoy all the lingo in the stor ...more
Sharon Redfern
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reading this book, I thought of all of the people who have worked hard for a company and then been done dirty by their employers. Tanzie Lewis is working at a family owned corporation after being dumped and divorced. Her new company has a bunch of misogynist bosses who don't appreciate her abilities or intelligence. Tanzie is in her 50's and knows she needs to keep her job so she will just put up with their old boy attitude. However, in the process of trying to prove her capabilities, she discov ...more
Linda Diaz
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
A sign of the times! The author introduces us to Tanzie Lewis, who discovers a cover-up by one of the most powerful companies in the nation. The Bishop Group was founded by brothers, Baldwin and Bennet Bishop. The companies’ main profits come from pipelines, tanks, and gas-processing plants in oil and gas operations.

The Bishop Group puts profit before people and security. This is a company that is the very example of corporate greed. After a recent divorce, Tanzie finds herself having to re-ente
Apr 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
I tried really hard on this one, but just could not trudge through it. The first chapter was interesting enough, but after that the tone slipped into a monotone dissertation that I really struggled with. My other main frustration was the presentation of three stereotypical sexist male characters within one chapter.

There was one point in time that I traveled and worked in Oklahoma for two years and I never met someone like the individuals portrayed. If the intention was to have a single character
Jul 16, 2014 rated it liked it
I won this book as a goodreads firstreads book, the title sounded absolutely fantastic. Revenge of the cube dweller just sounds like an employee finally getting back at her job, co workers, bosses etc. Well it starts off kind of slow, we don't know alot about the lead character other than her husband left her which forced her to get a job. The new employer treats her like she's new, or inexperienced so she decides to do what she can to prove her worth. In doing so she finds one heck of a secret. ...more
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really liked the protagonist of this book. Tanzie has had to go back to work after her marriage has ended, and while trying to be proactive and help show weak spots in the company security, she finds that the company may have something to hide. After her company is tied to an explosion that killed innocent people, Tanzie is motivated to uncover the true involvement of the company. What I really liked about Tanzie is that she is really wonderfully and completely written. Her thoughts on her div ...more
Jul 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Joanne Fox Phillips manages to make her main character sexy and middle aged and overweight instead of sexy in spite of, which I found very refreshing. The premise of the story was good and the plotlines were well woven. There were some pacing issues, but I thought it might be due to the possibility of this book spinning into a series; with lots of back story to relate and characters to introduce. If you are not used to the technique of using flashbacks, you will be by the time you finish RotCD. ...more
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Heena Gahlon
Dec 11, 2014 rated it liked it
I would rate this novel a 3/5. For the most part I did enjoy reading about Tanzie and her life after her divorce and how she faces it along with her job. I found her character lovable but often very vain. I was thoroughly disappointed by the ending of the book. After leading up to the thrilling conclusion one can't help but feel like it lacked the attention to detail that the rest of the novel has. The ending was abrupt and did not bring the story together. There was just something missing, mayb ...more

Life starts at the age of 52, well for Tanzie, that is.Joanne Fox Phillips is one heck of a writer!

Being left by your husband for a much younger woman is hard, but hell the menopausal jokes, the antics, everything that makes Tanzie is beyond amazing! This story is unpredictably one heck of nail biter.

though there are moments that you would think: "maybe if she(author) did this" or "that" it would be better, but nevertheless! Joanne's author voice should be heard by many!

IRC via Netgalley
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Good character development and easy to relate to. Fun to read, sassy, drama, suspense, a little bit of everything. This is a great story about corporate espionage. A highly skilled aging divorced female entering the work force as an internal auditor at the lowest level discovering fraud and much more. Keep your head down, do your job and look what you can find; be the employee that no one notices. Love how it ended. Finished in one sitting couldn’t put the book down.

Kimberly Lanton
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very entertaining book. Found the characters to be relatable and fun! Definitely a page turner with interesting lessons to learn. Having worked in the corporate world that was not on the up and up, I can say this definitely hit the nail on the head. Falling in love with the main character Tanzie, you can't help but root for the good guy! Definitely a page turner! I definitely can't wait for another book with Tanzie.
**I received a free copy for an honest review**
Jun 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
I hate to be defeated but this book was a DNF (did not finish). First chapter was fine, seeing Tanzie Lewis manage to get passed security in the building to the executive floors had me intrigued. Then chapter 2 onwards felt flat, monotone. It was as if I was reading a list of facts or an academic essay about the oil business. It was dry and with nothing that made me want to read on. I picked it up and put it down over the course of a week but now have sadly given up.
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Joanne Fox Phillips is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the director of internal audit for a midstream oil and gas company in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is a CPA, certified internal auditor, and certified fraud examiner. This is her first attempt at writing something longer and hopefully more entertaining than an audit report. She thanks her friends, family, coworkers, and editorial t ...more