Patricia Cornwell (Matthew Sukkar)

Patricia Cornwell’s epic legal battle with the former money manager she claims squandered her fortune ended Tuesday with a federal jury in Boston awarding her $51 million, reports AP. The best-selling crime novelist claimed Anchin, Block & Anchin secretly overbilled her while plunging her money into risky investments; the accounting firm, meanwhile, blamed the losses on her own lavish lifestyle, and the seven-week trial was an exotic primer in Rich People’s Problems: Excess taxes on her helicopter, missing money from a Ferrari sale, a $40,000/month NYC crash pad. Cornwell, 56, testified she was so upset she missed the deadline for her next bestseller. A longtime Virginia resident, who now lives in Boston with her Harvard neuroscientist wife, Cornwell told the Boston Globe the case was “about as complicated as one of my novels, that’s for sure.”

Earlier: Author Patricia Cornwell takes stand in lawsuit vs. her former financial management company, 2/7/13

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