D. Larry Crumbley’s Novel Assists in Teaching Accounting Practices

09/17/2013 10:00 AM

BATON ROUGE – D. Larry Crumbley, KPMG Peat Marwick Endowed Professor in the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business Department of Accounting and the LSU Center for Internal Auditing, recently had the third edition of his Lenny Cramer novel, “Accosting the Golden Spire,” published by the Carolina Academic Press. This edition was co-written with Chris G. Jones and Stacy A. Mastrolia.

According to Crumbley, while the third edition of his work has been completely revised to include recent updates in accounting theory and practice, the biggest change is the focus on accounting ethics.

“The new edition includes several new ethical situations and an instructor guide for facilitating discussion of accounting ethics and professional codes of conduct,” Crumbley said.

Lenny Cramer, the protagonist of Crumbley’s novel, is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and has been described in the past at the “Indiana Jones of the ledger set.” Professors in the real-world have successfully used the first and second editions of “Accosting the Golden Spire” near the end of principles of accounting and at the beginning of intermediate accounting. Now, Crumbley says, the novel can be can be used in a variety of ways to augment an ethics course.

“Periodic reading assignments can be used as a springboard for classroom and online discussions, as a basis for reflective journaling, as a tool for developing reading comprehension and communication skills or as a way to reinforce accounting concepts,” Crumbley said. “An instructor can assign the novel to be read, and students will be tested at the end of the semester with multiple choice and true/false questions.”

Carolina Academic Press has now republished five of Crumbley’s educational novels. “Accosting the Golden Spire” mixes financial fraud, crime, ethics and accounting practice together to provide a better way of learning the accounting process. Featuring a sleuth who handles balance sheets and income statements the way most detectives handle guns, Lenny Cramer and his humorous sidekick put accounting and business concepts into real-life context.

“These novels are proof that accounting can be exciting,” Crumbley said. “These novels have nail-biting plots, but they also teach accounting subjects such as basic accounting, taxation, cost accounting, forensic accounting and other accounting and business topics.

The Department of Accounting at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business strives for excellence in teaching, research and service to the accounting profession. With a mission of producing graduates at all levels who excel in their pursuits, the department offers undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare students for careers in various fields including industry, auditing, finance, government and academia. For more information, visit www.bus.lsu.edu/accounting, call 225-578-6202, or email accounting@lsu.edu.


For more information on “Accosting the Golden Spire,” visit http://www.cap-press.com/books/isbn/9781611634181/Accosting-the-Golden-Spire-Third-Edition.

Wendy  Marx 
E. J. Ourso College of Business

Posted on Tuesday, September 17, 2013