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Product Details

  • Series: Tara Holloway (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312551266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312551261
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Keep your eye on Diane Kelly—her writing is tight, smart and laugh-out-loud funny.”Kristan Higgins, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

“A hilarious, sexy, heart-pounding ride, that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Tara Holloway is the IRS’s answer to Stephanie Plumsmart, sassy, and so much fun. Kelly’s debut has definitely earned her a spot on my keeper shelf!”New York Times bestselling author Gemma Halliday 

“The subject of taxation usually makes people cry, but prepare to laugh your assets off with Diane Kelly’s hilarious debut.”Jana DeLeon, author of the Ghost-in-Law series  

“Quirky, sexy, and downright fabulous. Zany characters you can’t help but love, and a plot that will knock your socks off. This is the most fun I’ve had reading in forever!” New York Times bestselling author Christie Craig

“With a quirky cast of characters, snappy dialogue, and a Bernie Madoff style pyramid scheme–hunting down tax cheats has never added up to so much fun!” Robin Kaye, award-winning author of The Domestic Gods series   

“Kudos to debut author Diane Kelly, who brings a fresh, new voice and raucous humor to the market. I can’t wait to read the next book in the Tara Holloway series!” Angela Cavener, Indie Book Award Finalist and Author of Operation: Afterlife

“Tara Holloway is Gin Bombay’s BFF, or would be if they knew each other. Kelly’s novel is smart, sexy and funny enough to make little girls want to be IRS agents when they grow up!” Leslie Langtry, author of the Bombay assassins mystery series 

“This totally terrific debut is better than a refund check from the IRS!” Reader to Reader Reviews 

“Part romance, part thriller, and part comedic mystery, it’s just the thing to help keep you warm on a chilly autumn night.” The Maine Suspect 

“I was so delighted to stumble across Death, Taxes and a French Manicure by Diane Kelly…” CriminalElement.com

“Who knew the IRS was so sexy?" --The Alcalde

“With her quirky humour and incredibly witty aside jokes, Diane Kelly has created a real winner and a star for her debut book in her "Death and Taxes" series. Kelly's plot is filled with belligerent and bad ass characters and dicey situations that will keep you turning the pages to see how it all turns out.”—Fresh Fiction

About the Author

Diane Kelly is a tax attorney by day, writer by night. A recipient of the 2009 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award for Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements, she has received more than two dozen RWA chapter awards. Diane’s fiction, tax and humor pieces have appeared in True Love Magazine, Writer’s Digest Yearbook, Romance Writers Report, Byline Magazine, and other publications. Death, Taxes, and a French Manicure is her first mystery novel, with more in the series to come.

 

For more information, visit her web site at www.dianekelly.com.


More About the Author

A former tax advisor, Diane Kelly inadvertently worked with white-collar criminals. Lest she end up in an orange jumpsuit, Diane decided self-employment would be a good idea. Her fingers hit the keyboard and thus began her "Death and Taxes" romantic mystery series. A graduate of her hometown's Citizen Police Academy, Diane Kelly also writes the hilarious K-9 cop "Paw Enforcement" series.

Diane's books have been awarded the prestigious Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® Award and a Reviewers Choice Award.

Be the first to receive book news by singing up for Diane's newsletter at www.dianekelly.com. "Like" Diane on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dianekellybooks, and follow her on Twitter @dianekellybooks.

Customer Reviews

Would be a fun book for anyone to read.
Laurie
The heroine, Tara Holloway gave up a plush life with a plush job and a plush office to work for the IRS.
Chanta Rand
This is a very entertaining book with vivid, memorable characters and a clever plot.
Laura Alford

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Laura Alford on November 2, 2011
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Who (besides Dilbert) says that accountants must be dour, humorless trolls? This is a very entertaining book with vivid, memorable characters and a clever plot. I laughed the whole way through and can't wait to see what Tara gets up to in January.

Keep 'em coming.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By BevPet on December 27, 2011
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It was refreshing to read this light-hearted and entertaining story about an IRS investigator, especially since smiles aren't often found on the same page as the Treasury Department. Tara reminded me a bit of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum (but much better with guns) and this book had a healthy mix of romance, humor and a sometimes-dangerous money trail. The book is very well written and what one would expect from a Golden Heart winner. Nice to see that Tara is returning in a sequel in Death, Taxes, and a Skinny No-Whip Latte. Love that title too!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Angie on November 1, 2011
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Diane Kelly has a new fan in me! I will absolutely keep reading her books. This author managed to keep me laughing and entertained the whole time while creating fascinating characters that I want to keep reading about. I can't wait for the next book in the series. I'm hooked!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane Grayson on March 4, 2012
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From the first page, Tara Holloway is off and running, making me laugh out loud. And there's no let up throughout the entire book while Kelly's characters chase after the bad guys. I found myself reading slower because I didn't want the story to end. It was way too much fun. I can't wait to read the next adventure which I've already purchased.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Baumann on February 4, 2012
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Death and taxes are inevitable, but so are the laughs you'll enjoy while reading this book. Can't wait for the next one! Diane Kelly has a new fan in me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Y. Stratton on December 14, 2011
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In "Death, Taxes and a French Manicure," Tara Holloway, IRS agent, is a character you won't forget. Tough, funny and sassy, she's a hot shot with her trusty Lugar and too gutsy for her own safety. The other characters in the story are equally colorful and humorous, even when they are armed and dangerous.

Amidst the stake-out action, the hints at a budding romance with a sexy landscape designer, and the vivid descriptions of life in Dallas, TX, I even learned a few tidbits about tax law and the ways people try to screw the government. I confess I have a crush on that landscape designer and am looking forward to Tara's next adventure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kay Hudson on December 11, 2011
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Death, Taxes and a French Manicure is a delight. Heroine Tara Holloway is sharp as a tack, down to earth, and very funny. Her undercover work tracking the drug-peddling ice cream man is a stitch (it's not easy hiding a gun under those outfits), but her biggest challenge is figuring out which side of the law the new man in her life is on. I'm eagerly looking forward to the next installment (due out in February).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Vicki L. Batman on December 27, 2011
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Who knew an IRS agent could be fun, funny, and full of action-packed antics? Diane Kelly's Tara Holloway does all that and delivers more. I can't wait for the next installment.
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