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Death, Taxes, and Silver Spurs

A Tara Holloway Novel

Diane Kelly

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HE’S ONE OF AMERICA’S BRIGHTEST STARS.

So maybe it goes without saying that IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway is star-struck? In Diane Kelly's Death, Taxes, and Silver Spurs, she’s head over heels…in trouble.

Easy’s getting harder every day for Tara. A tax-evading pet groomer managed to buzz off a big chunk of her hair…just in time for her date strictly-business meeting with country-music heartthrob Brazos Rivers. Of course Tara shouldn’t care—she’s devoted to Special Agent Nick Pratt, after all—but Rivers does know how to steal a woman’s heart with a song…

"Better than a refund check from the IRS!"
Reader to Reader Reviews

Meanwhile, Tara’s up to her fracking neck with another case: A natural-gas company with a money trail that is almost as suspicious as Brazos Rivers’s tax return. Which is to say, he can’t seem to cough up one. Tara figures the misdeeds of her celebrity crush must be an oversight. But will she dance to a different tune…when her tax-evading idol starts evading her, too?

"TARA HOLLOWAY IS THE IRS’S ANSWER TO STEPHANIE PLUM—SMART, SASSY, AND SO MUCH FUN."
New York Times bestselling author Gemma Halliday

 

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chapter one

Groomed

 

At two o’clock on a Saturday afternoon in early February I spent a full minute pulling forward and back, forward and back, trying to maneuver my plain white government sedan into a space at the curb. I could put a bullet into a bull’s-eye at three hundred yards, but I’d never mastered the art of parallel parking.

My partner cut his brown eyes my way. Eddie was tall, talented, and tough, a black father of two and a political conservative, more Clint Eastwood than Kanye West. Though he said nothing, his expression spoke for

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Praise for Death, Taxes, and Silver Spurs

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DEATH, TAXES, AND EXTRA-HOLD HAIRSPRAY

"As usual, the pace is quick without being frenetic, and the breezy narrative style is perfection—fun and sexy without being over the top." —RT Book Reviews

"This is a rollicking adventure that will have you rooting for the IRS for once—and you won’t want to put it down until you find out how Tara will overcome all the obstacles in her way. Keep turning those pages—you’ll love every second as you try to find out!" — Reader To Reader Reviews

"If you’ve never read one of Diane Kelly’s Tara Holloway novels, I strongly recommend that you rectify the situation immediately. The series has gotten better with every single installment, and I’d be shocked if you didn’t see these characters gracing your television screen before too long (USA and HBO, I’m looking in your direction). Get on board now so you can say you knew Tara Holloway when." —The Season for Romance

"Diane Kelly knows how to rock the romance, and roll the story right into a delightful mix of high drama with great characters." —The Reading Reviewer

DEATH, TAXES, AND A SKINNY NO-WHIP LATTE

"Readers will find Kelly’s protagonist a kindred spirit to Stephanie Plum: feisty and tenacious, with a self-deprecating sense of humor. Tara is flung into some unnerving situations, including encounters with hired thugs, would-be muggers, and head lice. The laughs lighten up the scary bits, and the nonstop action and snappy dialogue keep the standard plot moving along at a good pace."—RT Book Reviews

"Readers should be prepared for a laugh fest. The writer is first class and there is a lot of humor contained in this series. It is a definite keeper." Night Owl Romance

"A quirky, fun tale that pulls you in with its witty heroine and outlandish situations… You’ll laugh at Tara’s predicaments, and cheer her on as she nearly single-handedly tackles the case." Romance Reviews Today

"It is hard not to notice a sexy CPA with a proclivity for weapons. Kelly’s sophomore series title…has huge romance crossover appeal."—Library Journal

"An exciting, fun new mystery series with quirky characters and a twist…Who would have ever guessed IRS investigators could be so cool!" Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

"Kelly’s novel is off to a fast start and never slows down. There is suspense but also laugh out loud moments. If you enjoy Stephanie Plum in the Evanovich novels you will love Tara Holloway!" Reader to Reader Reviews

"Diane Kelly gives the reader an action packed thriller bursting at the seams with humor."—Single Titles

DEATH, TAXES, AND A FRENCH MANICURE

"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

"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…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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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Diane Kelly

  • Diane Kelly is a former state assistant attorney general and tax advisor who spent much of her career fighting, or inadvertently working for, white-collar criminals. She is also a proud graduate of the Mansfield, Texas Citizens Police Academy. The first book in Diane’s IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway series, Death, Taxes, and a French Manicure, received a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. Book #2, Death, Taxes, and a Skinny No-Whip Latte, won a Reviewers Choice award. Diane has combined her fascination with law enforcement and her love of animals in her K-9 cop Paw Enforcement series.

    For more information, visit her web site, like her fan page on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.
  • Diane Kelly
    Diane Kelly
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A Tara Holloway Novel

Diane Kelly

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