Synopses & Reviews
Tara Holloway has got your number. A special agent on the IRSs payroll, shes dead-set on making sure that money crimes dont pay…
Tax cheats, beware: The Treasury Departments Criminal Investigations Division has a new special agent on its payroll. A recovering tomboy with a head for numbers, Taras fast becoming the Annie Oakley of the IRS—kicking ass, taking social security numbers, and keeping the world safe for honest taxpayers. Or else.
Taras latest mission finds her in hot pursuit of ice-cream vendor Joseph “Joe Cool” Cullen. Along with frozen treats hes selling narcotics—and failing to report his ill-gotten gains on his tax returns. Over Taras dead body. Then theres Michael Gryder, who appears to be operating a Ponzi scheme…with banker Stan Shelton…whose lake house is being landscaped by Brett Ellington…who happens to be dating Tara. If following that money trail isnt tough enough, now Tara must face a new conundrum: Should she invest her trust in Brett—or put him behind bars? New love always comes at a cost but justice? Priceless.
"Looking for a fun new read? Check out Death, Taxes, and a French Manicure by Diane Kelly. Part romance, part thriller, and part comedic mysery, it's just the thing to help keep you warm on a chilly autumn night."--The Maine Suspect
"In DEATH, TAXES AND A FRENCH MANICURE Diane Kelly takes us on a wild ride as IRS very Special Agent Tara Holloway tackles white-collar criminals and some...not quite so white. 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.
"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!" - Christie Craig, award-winning author of the Hotter In Texas series.
“Tara Holloway is Gin Bombays BFF, or would be if they knew each other. Kellys 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 hilarious Bombay Assassins mystery series
“DEATH, TAXES, AND A FRENCH MANICURE is a hilarious, sexy, heart-pounding ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Tara Holloway is the IRSs answer to Stephanie Plum - smart, sassy, and so much fun. Kellys debut has definitely earned her a spot on my keeper shelf!”- National Readers Choice Award Winner and three-time Rita nominee Gemma Halliday
“The subject of taxation usually makes people cry, but prepare to laugh your assets off with Diane Kellys hilarious debut DEATH, TAXES, AND A FRENCH MANICURE.” - Mystery/Romance Author Jana DeLeon
"Mystery, intrigue, romance . . . and accounting. Diane Kelly, a seasoned accountant and former state assistant attorney general, believes these things go together. Her wacky romp pits accountant Tara Holloway, the "Annie Oakley of the IRS," against an ice-cream vendor who not only deals drugs but also - the horror! - cheats on his taxes. A Ponzi schemer and a hunky landscaper boyfriend are in the picture as well. Who knew the IRS was so sexy?" --The Alcalde
"Kelly imbues her writing with an addictive sense of wit, and Taras adventures in detection are laugh-out-loud funny. Not only does Kelly deliver a wonderfully quirky yet completely believable cast of characters including Taras boss Lu Lobozinski, who threatens to steal the whole show, but the books exceptionally entertaining plot strikes the perfect balance between high-stakes danger and sexy romance. This totally terrific debut is better than a refund check from the IRS!"--Reader to Reader Reviews
“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 IRSs answer to Stephanie Plum—smart, sassy, and so much fun. Kellys 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 Kellys hilarious debut.” —Jana DeLeon, author of the Ghost-in-Law series
“Quirky, sexy, and downright fabulous. Zany characters you cant help but love, and a plot that will knock your socks off. This is the most fun Ive 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 cant 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 Bombays BFF, or would be if they knew each other. Kellys 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, its 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. Dianes fiction, tax and humor pieces have appeared in True Love Magazine, Writers 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.