Tax, peach SangriaDeath, Taxes, and Peach Sangria by Diane Kelly is the 4th book in the “Tara Holloway” romantic mystery series. Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks, January 2013

When it comes to exposing tax fraud, Tara and her partner Eddie are really cleaning up. From their brilliant takedown of the disappearing “Tax Wizard” to their perfectly planned downfall of the “Deduction Diva,” they’ve earned the respect of their peers at Criminal Investigations. Now Tara’s ready to celebrate with an ice-cold pitcher of peach sangria—even if her next case is totally the pits.

Tara’s looking forward to a challenge but, back at the office, everyone’s looking for love. Her boss Lu “The Lobo” Lobozinski and office virgin Josh Schmidt are signing up for an online dating service, and—to Tara’s dismay—so is her crush, Special Agent Nick Pratt. Tara’s trying to act chill. But when she learns that her next case involves cash-funneling to terrorists, it’s not just her love life that’s on the rocks. It’s her life, period.

Oh what a fun time I had with Tara as she goes on a hunt for tax cheaters. Diane sure knows how to tickle my funny bone with the laugh a minute tome that is delightfully entertaining. The writing is crisp; the dialogue witty and engaging and the action is unstoppable. But what I like most about this book and series is that Tara is so lovable and I enjoy her relationship with friends and her parents. This is a great read and I look forward to the next exciting cases that crosses Tara’s desk.

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