Death, Taxes and a French Manicure by Diane Kelly is the first book in the new “Death and Taxes” romantic mystery series. Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks, November 2011

Tara Holloway has got your number. A special agent on the IRS’s payroll, she’s dead-set on making sure that money crimes don’t pay.

Tax cheats, beware: The Treasury Department’s Criminal Investigations Division has a new special agent on its payroll. A recovering tomboy with a head for numbers, Tara’s fast becoming the Annie Oakley of the IRS-kicking ass, taking social security numbers, and keeping the world safe for honest taxpayers. Or else.

Tara’s latest mission finds her in hot pursuit of ice-cream vendor Joseph “Joe Cool” Cullen. Along with frozen treats he’s selling narcotics—and failing to report his ill-gotten gains on his tax returns. Over Tara’s dead body. Then there’s Michael Gryder, who appears to be operating a Ponzi scheme…with banker Stan Shelton…whose lake house is being landscaped by Brett Ellington…who happens to be dating Tara. If following that money trail isn’t tough enough, now Tara must face a new conundrum: Should she invest her trust in Brett—or put him behind bars? New love always comes at a cost but justice? Priceless.

What a fun book! Tara is an IRS special investigator who enjoys going after tax cheaters and is quite a sharp shooter, if necessary. Her latest case has her going after two tax cheaters, one of whom, her new boyfriend may be involved, or is he? This page turning story will have you laughing at the antics that Tara finds herself in; enjoying her down-home style while she pursues the criminal elements and delighting in her energetic spirit that makes her a lovable character. This amusing and entertaining story was very enjoyable and I look forward to the next book in this likable series.

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