Death, Taxes, and Extra-Hold Hairspray by Diane Kelly is the third book in the “Death and Taxes” romantic mystery series. Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks, June 2012

When you’re an agent for the IRS, it’s always tax time. And this season, Tara is up to her neck in work with two very knotty cases. One involves a charismatic minister who’s using his mega-church as a tax shelter. The other is a crazy militant who’s trying to turn Texas into a separate country. With her boyfriend out of town and her partner reassigned, Tara is on her own—and things are getting hairy.

If dealing with the Lone Star State isn’t enough, Tara has other new issues to take into account: There’s a sexy new agent named Nick, who’s got her head in the clouds…and Tara’s boss, Lu, who’s having a hair problem of epic proportions: not even her Chinese contraband industrial-strength hairspray is enough to keep her signature strawberry blonde beehive from falling flat. Can Tara help Lu find a wig—and keep from wigging out over Nick? Love, updos, taxes—this time, Tara’s got a whole lot of kinks to iron out.

This is such a fun read that you can’t help but laugh as you turn the pages. This time Tara is after a minister and the repercussion of his arrest leads to some trying times for our feisty investigator as she set out to close the book on this tax cheat. In the middle of all of this, Tara is dealing with some personal issues that make this book doubly humorous and I look forward to the next book in this enjoyably entertaining series.

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