Sunday Book Review – Scam! – Stevie Turner

Welcome to my Sunday Book Review. This week’s featured book is for Stevie Turner’s novella – Scam! A story that will keep you engaged until the end. This story showcases just how easily people are sucked into scams.


Lauren West and Ben Hughes are saving frantically for their forthcoming marriage and mortgage deposit. When Lauren sees an advert online from a firm of brokers extolling the profits to be gained by buying and selling Bitcoins, she is interested enough to pursue it further.

Lauren clicks on the advert. She is soon contacted by Paul Cash, a knowledgeable stockbroker whom Lauren trusts straight away. He is affable, plausible, and seemingly genuinely interested in her welfare. Lauren looks forward to making enough money to be able to surprise Ben and bring the date of their wedding forward, and also to put a deposit down on their ideal house.

What could possibly go wrong?

My Five Star Review:

I enjoy Turner’s women’s fiction stories and Scam!, held me captive to the very end. This story demonstrates just how vulnerable people are to the savvy tech scammers.

Lauren and Ben, both teachers, are saving to buy their own home, in the meantime, they are living with Ben’s parents. Lauren is eager to get her own home as she feels stifled and judged all the time by Ben’s mother. Lauren thinks she’s struck gold when she finds an online opportunity to invest in Bitcoin. The problem is, her and Ben have worked hard to save the $20 K so far for a deposit on a new home, and this opportunity looked tempting to double her money quickly. Lauren is sure everything looks legit and decides to take the plunge without telling Ben because she wants to surprise him when she makes the money – a sure thing says Paul ‘Cash’, her online stockbroker.

What could go wrong is a loaded question. This may be a novella, but as usual, this author knows how to pack in a lot of suspense in her short stories. I do not want to give out spoilers here, so I will just say that a simple scam turns into way more than just the scam itself, escalating into burglary and even murder. That should be enough to tempt. At approximately 100 pages this story reads fast because there’s always something happening, making it hard to put down and not difficult to read in one sitting.


74 thoughts on “Sunday Book Review – Scam! – Stevie Turner

  1. I have a couple of Stevie’s books already waiting for me on my Kindle. I like that she doesn’t throw in a lot of superfluous nonsense in her books, and her plots steadily move forward.

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  2. Debby, a superb review and wow, this sounds like a compulsive and thrilling book! Congratulations to Stevie! More than ever I’ll be careful from ever clicking those links! Wishing you a lovely Sunday, my friend! xx

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  3. Hi Debby, Stevie’s new book sounds very exciting, and so on point. Those bitcoin traders seem to be everywhere on social media and some people must be falling prey to them. A great review and very tempting. Toni xx

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  4. What a topic for a book, Debby. This happens to so many people, and the stories are heartbreaking. It sounds like Stevie has captured the whole ordeal well, and I could feel the tension in your review. Congrats to Stevie. Thanks for sharing, Debby. πŸ™‚

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  5. I’ve seen Stevie profile and books promoted here and other venues. It is time I investigate. Her main characters, Ben and Lauren, are teachers who are not known for raking in the big bucks. But they should be shrewd enough not to be drawn in by a Bitcoin scam. That’s the rub, I guess. Tech scammers are getting more and more wily. This is a title I should read, especially since it’s a novella, just my size.

    Thanks for promoting Stevie here, Debby, and Stevie–lots of sales coming your way! πŸ˜€

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    1. Thanks Marian. And yes, sadly, these tech scams are happening all too often. Forewarned is forearmed! I know you’ll enjoy Stevie’s books. I also love novellas – a good length with a complete story. Hugs xx

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  6. Oh my! I’ve so often been tempted to dabble in Bitcoin, but I reckon anything that sounds too good to be true probably is. I guess there are a lot of people out there more adventurous (or desperate) than me. What a great topic for a story, and by the sounds of things it escalates into so much more, I might just have to take a look. Thanks Deb.

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