A Day in the Life of Alicia Shenkman by Diane Kelly

Death, Taxes, and a Satin GarterHi, everyone! I’m Alicia Shenkman, a CPA with Martin & McGee in Dallas, Texas. Most often I play the sidekick, roommate, and BFF to IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway, star of the funny Tara Holloway romantic mystery series. But I’m happy to say that I play a much bigger role in the latest release, Death, Taxes, and a Satin Garter. I’m getting married! And with Tara as my maid of honor, you know things are going to get crazy.

While I’ve been busy getting ready for my big day, Tara’s been helping me track down the perfect garter to wear at the event. She’s also been working a couple of big criminal tax fraud cases for the IRS. She’s going after Florence Cash, host of the Flo Cash Cash Flow Show on KCSH radio. Flo’s tax returns have raised some pretty big questions and, if I know Tara, she won’t stop until she gets some answers. She’s also going after a catfisher who’s been pursuing lonely women on the internet and ripping them off for thousands of dollars. Problem is, he’s an elusive type, and tracking him down is proving to be quite a challenge.

While I admire Tara’s chutzpah, I’m content with my steady job at the CPA firm. I have a nice office, friendly coworkers, and interesting work. And, unlike Tara, I’ve never ended up at the wrong end of a gun with bullets flying. Good thing, too, because my taste in shoes runs toward high heels and sling-backs, not exactly made for quick getaways. So while Tara pursues truth, justice, and Uncle Sam’s tax dollars, I’ll continue to advise my clients on the best ways to minimize their tax bills-without risking Tara’s wrath.

As my wedding day approaches, I can’t help but hope that Tara will be the next one down the aisle. She and her coworker Nick have been dating for several months now, and it’s clear the two belong together. I just might have to take a peek over my shoulder and try to aim my bouquet in her direction . . .

Death, Taxes, and a Satin Garter is the 10th book in the Tara Holloway mystery series, published by St. Martin’s Paperbacks, August 2016.


Can IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway break up a clever ring of tax cheats who love money, dishonor the IRS, and disobey the laws of justice?

When Tara agreed to be her best friend’s maid of honor, she knew it would be a ton of work. But planning a bachelorette party is a piece of (wedding) cake compared to her latest mission for the IRS. Her target is radio host Florence “Flo” Cash, star of “The Flo Cash Cash Flow Show.” Not only has Flo been giving her listeners shady tax advice, she’s set up an elaborate barter system that leaves Uncle Sam out of the equation—and Tara tied in knots. . .

While Flo flouts the IRS at every turn, Tara has yet another case to tackle: a catfishing Casanova who’s relieved several lonely ladies of their cash, credit cards, and dignity. When her best friend’s big day arrives, it’s all Tara can do to keep from crying uncle. But when Tara snatches the bridal bouquet and her boyfriend Nick catches the satin garter, could Tara’s days of filing single tax returns be over?

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About the author
A former tax advisor and assistant attorney general for the state of Texas, Diane Kelly is no stranger to white-collar crime. She realized her experiences would make great fodder for novels and thus began her award-winning Death and Taxes romantic mystery series. A graduate of her city’s Citizens Police Academy, Diane also writes the hilarious K-9 cop Paw Enforcement series. Find her online at www.dianekelly.com, on Twitter @dianekellybooks, and on Facebook.

All comments are welcomed.

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win either a print (US entries only, please) or Kindle/Nook edition (open to everyone) of Death, Taxes, and a Satin Garter. Five lucky winners will be randomly selected. The giveaway will end August 7, 2016 at 12 AM (midnight) EST. Good luck everyone!

27 responses to “A Day in the Life of Alicia Shenkman by Diane Kelly

  1. Linda Herold

    I would love to win a print copy!! Thanks for offering this! lindaherold999@gmail.com

  2. I’ve not heard of this series. I’d love to read and win a copy! Thanks!

  3. Sounds like a fun read!

  4. Barbara Hackel

    I love Tara and her war against tax evasion. Who knew it could be such an exciting job to be an accountant? Dru Ann this is a great series and I appreciate today’s blog about the latest book, thanks. ❤ Thanks to Diane for another fun book waiting to be read! Thanks also for the generous giveaway! 🙂

  5. Thank you for the introduction to Diane Kelly. I haven’t read her books but would love the opportunity to check out her style. robeader53@yahoo.com

  6. Dru I love this series and just finished reading one of the ones I missed. I’d even ask Ciri where to hide the body to be able to win this book. So toss my name into your magic hat and lets see if I’m lucky.

  7. Great series and giveaway.Thanks.

  8. How fun! Death and taxes mixed with wedding preparation. It’s an attention grabber.

  9. elainehroberson

    Another new-to-me author to try. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  10. A new series for me. I’d love to win a print copy. Thanks!

  11. This is one of my very favorite series–I recommend it to everyone!! If you haven’t started this series yet, get the first book, sit back and relax, and enjoy your time with Tara and the gang. You’re in for a treat. Thanks for the chance to win a print copy.

  12. I’ve read every one of this series! Love it and this one should be arriving in my mailbox soon! Try the Paw and Order series, too!

  13. Kristin Orlowski

    I haven’t read any books in this series yet, but it seems like a good one!

  14. Sounds like a pretty stirred up plot. Yes, please.

  15. Have recently started reading this series and love it!! Thanks for the chance to win a print copy!

  16. Doward Wilson

    Love this series. Thanks for the chance to win.

  17. Peggy Hyndman

    Thank you for the introduction to Diane Kelly. Death, Taxes, and a Satin Garter sounds great. Thank you for this chance.

  18. This is a new series and author to me. Book sounds incredible. I can’t wait to read “Death, Taxes and a Satin Garter”. Looking forward to meeting Alicia and Tara.

  19. Susan Slovinsky

    Love this concept – totally new. Can’t wait to read it.

  20. This sounds like a “novel” story. There won’t be a dull moment in this book. Sounds like too much going on. Looking forward to readind this one!

  21. I like this series.

  22. I love this series. Can’t wait to read this new book or adventure of Tara. Elisanabby at gmail dot com

  23. Sounds good…Thank you.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

  24. Love that Tara is still going strong! Thanks for the chance to win!

  25. I need to get back on this series….
    Thank you for the giveaway….

  26. Sounds like a Awesome book ! Will be first time reader for this series , .love reading new series 🙂 Thank you for a chance to win 🙂