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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449932290
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449932299
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,325,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Maura Stone comes from a leading borscht belt entertainment family known as "Catskill Royalty" in comedy. Trained since birth in traditional storytelling, Maura grew up in the lap of humor where famous American comedians sat at her kitchen table swapping jokes with her family; her father a sit-com writer and her cousin, Sam Levenson, known nationwide from the 1950's until his death in 1978. Today, most people recall Sam Levenson from his best-selling books, appearances on tv shows and for his poem that Audrey Hepburn loved. Since Five-Star FLEECING, Maura has published several mini ebooks, some of which have won awards, that are currently being compiled into a major edition. Her blog, KISS-keepitsimpleschmuck.blogspot.com is the top comedy blog on the planet, winning awards and acclaim.

More About the Author

Maura Stone comes from a leading borscht belt entertainment family known as "Catskill Royalty" in comedy. She grew up in the lap of humor where famous American comedians sat at her kitchen table swapping jokes with her family; her father a sit-com writer and her cousin, Sam Levenson, known nationwide from the 1950's until his death in 1978. Today, most people recall Sam Levenson from his best-selling books, appearances on tv shows and for his poem that Audrey Hepburn loved.

No stranger to comedy as she was trained in the Stone/Levenson tradition of intellectual humor (both high and lowbrow), Maura pursued a different career path, commercial banking. Which gave rise to shock from colleagues when her first novel, Five-Star FLEECING, received rave reviews and won a national book award in 2011 for comedy. Although fictional in scope, the stories in the book are based upon true tales from the crypt of incidents formerly known to those involved in the high-end hospitality industry. 

More importantly, Five-Star FLEECING broke all the rules of traditional literature, making it the first novel in American literary history where the major protagonist, a woman, is NOT a victim of love, men or abuse. Five-Star FLEECING is also the first comedy about hospitality in over three decades as well as the first novel about corruption in that industry.

Breaking new ground with her unconventional sense of humor, Maura's latest comedy, "eDating the Old School Way" published by HOPress, was published in October 2014. This book satirizes the online dating arena and advice books/blogs while dispensing sage pearls of wisdom. Some say it's hilarious beyond belief. A must read for anyone who ventures online to seek a potential romance or whatnot.

To date, Maura has published several mini ebooks, some of which have won awards as well as contributor to humoroutcasts.com. Her blog, KISS-keepitsimpleschmuck.blogspot.com is the top comedy blog on the planet, winning awards and acclaim.

For more reviews, feel free to check out goodreads.com

www.MauraStone.com

Customer Reviews

What starts off slow builds quickly as your incredulity builds as well.
Mister Hoover
Again, this is a very good, dramatic and funny story, well worth the time it takes to read it.
A Hermit
I found a laugh on every page and Her character developement is engrossing.
Gregory Bill

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
Even the classiest isn't immune from the lowest common denominator. "Five-Star Fleecing" looks into the life of Linda Lane, as she embraces her new career as manager of the Supreme Superior, a five star New York City hotel. But her classy career is not what it's cracked up to be as she soon finds herself again associating with criminals. Presented as a dark comedy, "Five-Star Fleecing" is a humorous delve into the underworld of class, highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 24, 2012
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This author is new to me. Having never heard or read her books before coupled with the fact that it was a free book I had my doubts about the quality of her writing. She certainly proved me wrong. Good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lori L Fleener on May 4, 2011
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Maura has made a character that will capture your heart. Linda Lane is funny, naive, and wise. Linda jumps from the frying pan into the fire. You will laugh, you will cry but most of all you will love Five Star Fleecing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Hermit on July 24, 2012
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It took me a good while to get around to reading this book, and my regret is not having read it sooner. I have had some other things going on in my life, and just haven't had the attention span to sit through a fairly long book, but made the time, as I used to read quite a bit (Have to get back into the habit).

"Fleecing" tells the story, as other reviews have pointed out, of a woman named Linda Lane who leaves one profession out of distaste for what was going on in the workings, to enter another, and this one is far more egregeous. The upper management of the Supreme Superior Hotel in New York is made up of some genuinely unlikable people whose vices are to be tolerated if one wants to keep their position and earn their paycheck. "Iggy" Ganiff is the head honcho and, as one would expect, he is a sociopath, a criminal (embezzling and fraud, as well as other abominations), and an all around repulsive piece of...well, you fill in the blank. In his employ is a very good busboy who Ganiff summarily fires for an honest mistake anyone could have made. I feel this is depicted to show just what a nasty man this Ganiff really is. The splendor of this story is one actually cares what happens to the good people involved, such as the conscientious busboy. But one need not worry though, as things do quickly work out for him. As you read the story, you start to identify with some of the characters and the mind's eye actually starts to create faces and voices identified with these people. It's very well-written.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on February 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
In 1995 after losing her legal position at a firm doing questionable practices, Linda Lane obtains a job as assistant resident manager at the Manhattan luxurious Supreme Superior Hotel. Her boss Herr Ganiff explains the rules of working at a five-star hotel and assigns her to work up a plan on how to keep their high rollers happy while also bringing in some middle income.

However, Linda observes all sorts of questionable practices at the hotel owned in absentia by a Japanese trio. In fact, she sees theft, poor handling of guests and a management team that takes care of itself exclusively. As she tries to ignore what she observes, Linda thinks of her father who told her to never back down from an ethics scenario as she did as a lawyer.

This is a superb scathing satire of the hospitality business at a time when Wall St. is in the news with Too Big To Fail bonuses to many of those who failed. The cast is eccentric and over the top of the Empire State Building with me-me attitudes that stun idealistic newcomer Linda Lane who cannot understand the philosophy that the guest must not get in the way of bonuses. Maura Stone provides a well written tale of avarice, American style of capitalism.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edward on September 14, 2012
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My first novel in quite some time. The first third of this novel enticed me with sharp wit and wonderfully developed characters. Then, I became personally involved when Linda Lane became a victim of corporate criminals. I wanted justice and could not set the book down until it was delivered. For me, Five-Star Fleecing is a look at corporate greed wrapped in a brilliant novel with a refreshingly hilarious tone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mister Hoover on August 31, 2012
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What starts off slow builds quickly as your incredulity builds as well. It's a fine balance between truth and fiction which will have you shaking your head in denial while, at the same time, you'll be laughing at how probable it all is!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Bill on August 26, 2012
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Maura Stone's Five Star Fleecing is a Five Star Book. I found a laugh on every page and Her character developement is engrossing.Linda Lane is the Resident Manager of a New York City 5 Star Hotel.Her Exploits and the compromising situations she finds herself in are hilarious,due to an incompetant Boss and a Staff of Nitwit and self absorbed employees.
This book is a wonderful, witty, and fast paced adult comedy that will have you laughing out loud. I highly recommend it and can't wait till Maura Stone's next novel!!!
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