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- Print Length: 363 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; First edition (November 1, 2011)
- Publication Date: November 1, 2011
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005BOQAXQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,386 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Death, Taxes, and a French Manicure: A Tara Holloway Novel Kindle Edition
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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.
“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 Plum—smart, 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
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Tara and Christina would make any redneck proud with sprayed hair at its fizziest max, derriere showing shorts, tube tops, spandex, and enough makeup for the stage. Both come with enough spunk and junk-in-the-trunk to chase away scam artists and pencil-thin drug dealers. The antics left zany in Pinky's rearview mirror, the ice cream was always plentiful, and even the ones with money ended up being whores and miscreants.
Britney and Chelsea proved to be the kind of women that made other trophy wives look good, with their ample, enhanced assets, bottled-blond hair, tight miniskirts, and enough drunken antics to rival certain childhood actresses, crotch flashing and yelling at the gardeners in nothing more than a pair of panties, after sleeping one off, notwithstanding.
But the voice was what really made DEATH, TAXES, AND A FRENCH MANICURE work for me. The following is how the character first learns about sex (at the age of nine):
'I knew a little more about sex than most girls, what with growing up in the country and all. The first time I saw our neighbor's Black Angus bull mount an unsuspecting heifer, my two older brothers explained it all to me.
"He's getting him some," they'd said.
"Some what?" I'd asked.
The mystery may have been a bit underdeveloped, the characters totally off-the-wall, and the frolics tipped my believability factor a bit over the edge, but Tara's voice was friggin' fantastic, and that's most certainly why I kept reading. If you like your mystery romps trashy and larger than life (this is Texas after all), you may just find yourself enjoying this screwy read.
Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator
Her 2 cats are about the only good thing in the book, the rest is about clothing, makeup, etc, which I found very boring, with a little IRS plot thrown in. Won't buy any more of this series, but will keep up with the other series with the dog.
But I picked up a Kindle version of this book - and read it straight through, ignoring all my work and deadlines.
It was a good read. The character is fun. And I am looking forward to reading more Tara Holloway stories.
But, she certainly is accident prone.
Seriously, folks. You'll enjoy the book.
You'll learn a bit about how the IRS Criminal Investigation division operates.
Perhaps you'll feel a little sympathy for them?
"When I was nine, I formed a Silly Putty pecker for my Ken doll, knowing he'd have no chance of fufilling Barbie's needs given the current state of erectile dysfunction with which the toy designers at Mattel had cursed him."
That first sentence set the tone for the entire book. The heroine, Tara Holloway gave up a plush life with a plush job and a plush office to work for the IRS. She finds herself in a series of adventures trying to take down a drug-selling ice cream man. She carries a gun, but never dreams she'll have to use it because remember - she's working for the IRS. To make matters worse, she becomes suspicious that her new boyfriend is involved in some shady dealings. Then, she has to embark on her own perilous investigation to learn the truth. This book was filled with humor, action, colorful characters, and a great story. I'm looking forward to reading about Tara's other adventures.
So funny, witty and cute, full of action with some romance and mystery thrown in.