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When youre an agent for the IRS, its always tax time. And this season, Tara Holloway is up to her neck in work with two very knotty cases. One involves a charismatic minister whos using his mega-church as a tax shelter. The other is a crazy militant whos trying to turn Texas into a separate country. With her boyfriend out of town and her partner reassigned, Tara is on her When you’re an agent for the IRS, it’s always tax time. And this season, Tara Holloway is up to her neck in work with two very knotty cases. One involves a charismatic minister who’s using his mega-church as a tax shelter. The other is a crazy militant who’s trying to turn Texas into a separate country. With her boyfriend out of town and her partner reassigned, Tara is on her own—and things are getting hairy. If dealing with the Lone Star State isn’t enough, Tara has other new issues to take into account: There’s a sexy new agent named Nick, who’s got her head in the clouds...and Tara’s boss, Lu, who’s having a hair problem of epic proportions: not even her Chinese contraband industrial-strength hairspray is enough to keep her signature strawberry blonde beehive from falling flat. Can Tara help Lu find a wig—and keep from wigging out over Nick? Love, updos, taxes—this time, Tara’s got a whole lot of kinks to iron out…


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When youre an agent for the IRS, its always tax time. And this season, Tara Holloway is up to her neck in work with two very knotty cases. One involves a charismatic minister whos using his mega-church as a tax shelter. The other is a crazy militant whos trying to turn Texas into a separate country. With her boyfriend out of town and her partner reassigned, Tara is on her When you’re an agent for the IRS, it’s always tax time. And this season, Tara Holloway is up to her neck in work with two very knotty cases. One involves a charismatic minister who’s using his mega-church as a tax shelter. The other is a crazy militant who’s trying to turn Texas into a separate country. With her boyfriend out of town and her partner reassigned, Tara is on her own—and things are getting hairy. If dealing with the Lone Star State isn’t enough, Tara has other new issues to take into account: There’s a sexy new agent named Nick, who’s got her head in the clouds...and Tara’s boss, Lu, who’s having a hair problem of epic proportions: not even her Chinese contraband industrial-strength hairspray is enough to keep her signature strawberry blonde beehive from falling flat. Can Tara help Lu find a wig—and keep from wigging out over Nick? Love, updos, taxes—this time, Tara’s got a whole lot of kinks to iron out…

30 review for Death, Taxes, and Extra-Hold Hairspray

  1. 5 out of 5

    Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    4.5 stars I have a new obsession and her name is Tara Holloway. To be honest, Ive had these books on my bookshelf for quite a long time and I havent had a chance to read them until now. But since Ive had this Cozy Mystery kick, I figured that I would read these since I already have so many of them. This is the first book that I read from the series and although its technically the third in the series, I had no problem jumping into the story. Tara is an agent for the IRS and like most people I 4.5 stars I have a new obsession and her name is Tara Holloway. To be honest, I’ve had these books on my bookshelf for quite a long time and I haven’t had a chance to read them until now. But since I’ve had this Cozy Mystery kick, I figured that I would read these since I already have so many of them. This is the first book that I read from the series and although it’s technically the third in the series, I had no problem jumping into the story. Tara is an agent for the IRS and like most people I know, I associate taxes is really boring people. However, Tara is probably the most lively heroine I’ve read in a long time. Immediately I fell for her because of her snark and sense of humor. If you can’t guess by the cover of these books, they are going to be light read, but don’t think for one moment that they don’t pack a punch. Diane Kelly does a wonderful job of exploring white collar crime. Not only if she highly detailed, but there are so many laugh out loud moments in this book, I felt like I bookmarked every single page. In addition to the wonderful cases, there’s a touch of romance in this series as well. Although Tara is technically matched up with someone already, she has the hots for temporary partner, Nick. Nick – Oh man, this guy is everything a woman would want in a guy. He’s a tad cocky but not over the top to where your eyes roll over in your head. It’s just enough to make you smile and I think Kelly did a great job with his character. The other secondary characters are amazing as well. In fact, I fell in love with the whole crew, which is why I’m so excited that I found this series. I have a feeling that I’m going to be glomming the rest of the series because they are so damn fun! The Tara Holloway series is packed with hilarious antics and fast-paced action. If you’re looking for something that is wholly unique, Diane Kelly is your girl.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Another fun adventure with Tara. This book was laugh out loud funny and justice was served in the end, can't ask for more than that. Excited to see what happens next.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Spencer

    This was just plain fun. In tone, the Tara Holloway series reminds me a bit of the chick lit books we used to see all over the place. The books are told in first person, and Tara is pretty snarky indeed. Because the plots involve goofy, off-the-wall mysteries and there's a bit of a love triangle shaping up, the comparisons to Stephanie Plum are pretty obvious. However, I have to say that, as of this book, I'm starting to like Tara better than Stephanie. Sure, the mysteries here are best described This was just plain fun. In tone, the Tara Holloway series reminds me a bit of the chick lit books we used to see all over the place. The books are told in first person, and Tara is pretty snarky indeed. Because the plots involve goofy, off-the-wall mysteries and there's a bit of a love triangle shaping up, the comparisons to Stephanie Plum are pretty obvious. However, I have to say that, as of this book, I'm starting to like Tara better than Stephanie. Sure, the mysteries here are best described as wild capers and there are all kinds of goofy antics. However, underneath it all, Tara is actually competent and good at what she does. She and her sidekicks function as a team, and they seem to take turns rescuing one another throughout the books. I'm not 100% sure that I'm going to like how the romantic plots play out, but as of now, I am still happily along for the ride.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mary Gramlich

    Who wrote the rule that you can only have one man in your life? Tara Holloway continues her pursuit to bring in the tax evaders whatever way necessary. Her partner these days is very Special Agent Nick who is a walking eye orgasm and way too much temptation for Tara. Being in a committed relationship to a great guy makes her behave, but it is not easy. Chasing down the crazies who set up their own Nation and bringing a minister to his knees for more than a prayer group are every day events. Tara Who wrote the rule that you can only have one man in your life? Tara Holloway continues her pursuit to bring in the tax evaders whatever way necessary. Her partner these days is very Special Agent Nick who is a walking eye orgasm and way too much temptation for Tara. Being in a committed relationship to a great guy makes her behave, but it is not easy. Chasing down the crazies who set up their own Nation and bringing a minister to his knees for more than a prayer group are every day events. Tara may get caught in the strangest circumstances but she does know her way home with or without Nick too close for comfort. When the preacher does a great bob and weave away from the long arm of the law, Tara and Nick decide this is not a closed case. Undercover pursuit, long hours on surveillance, and chasing down a man too slick for his own good is just in a day’s work. At some point Tara is going to have to decide whom the future looks brighter with and that is not going to be a walk in the park. Diane Kelly knows how to rock the romance, and roll the story right into a delightful mix of high drama with great characters.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    Ms. Kelly knows how to write a hilarious book. I have to say that I can see Nick's charm very well. Enjoyable read. Recommended. Reviewed in the July issue of Affaire de Coeur Magazine. http://affairedecoeur.com.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Ok. Fine. I see where she's going with this and how she's handling it ... so i might stay on board.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melodie

    This is a great series and this one is the best one yet. These books are definitely more "chick lit" than cozy mysteries, due to the fact that there is more "language", which doesn't bother me, but I know does bother some cozy fans. And there's more sex and thinking about sex. Anyway, this story involves one of my favorite things....a POS phony preacher who gets shown up for what he is. One of my big problems with organized religion is people like this guy. "Stealin' in the name of the Lord", This is a great series and this one is the best one yet. These books are definitely more "chick lit" than cozy mysteries, due to the fact that there is more "language", which doesn't bother me, but I know does bother some cozy fans. And there's more sex and thinking about sex. Anyway, this story involves one of my favorite things....a POS phony preacher who gets shown up for what he is. One of my big problems with organized religion is people like this guy. "Stealin' in the name of the Lord", and the church members going along like blind sheep. Arggggghhhhhh!! So, long story short, good read and a big RECOMMEND!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Daisy Pettles

    I found Diane Kelly while looking for more female sleuths with a sense of humor to keep me entertained. Tara Holloway, the protagonist, is an IRS agent in Texas. She's a little bit sassy, old enough to know her way around a hand gun and the blind dating circuit, and a good gal pal to hang out with. There is a romantic sub-plot with Nick the sexy new IRS agent and a good comic running plot that involves some nuts with ammo wanting Texas to form its own country and an Elmer Gantry minister running I found Diane Kelly while looking for more female sleuths with a sense of humor to keep me entertained. Tara Holloway, the protagonist, is an IRS agent in Texas. She's a little bit sassy, old enough to know her way around a hand gun and the blind dating circuit, and a good gal pal to hang out with. There is a romantic sub-plot with Nick the sexy new IRS agent and a good comic running plot that involves some nuts with ammo wanting Texas to form its own country and an Elmer Gantry minister running a mega church while hiding a luxurious and, er, less than Christian life style. An easy ride with writing and characterization at a higher level than many books classified as "cozy mysteries." Satisfied my itch for a few laughs, a little bit of romance, and some whacky crime capers.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Under the Covers Book Blog

    I have a new obsession and her name is Tara Holloway. To be honest, Ive had these books on my bookshelf for quite a long time and I havent had a chance to read them until now. But since Ive had this Cozy Mystery kick, I figured that I would read these since I already have so many of them. This is the first book that I read from the series and although its technically the third in the series, I had no problem jumping into the story. Tara is an agent for the IRS and like most people I know, I I have a new obsession and her name is Tara Holloway. To be honest, I’ve had these books on my bookshelf for quite a long time and I haven’t had a chance to read them until now. But since I’ve had this Cozy Mystery kick, I figured that I would read these since I already have so many of them. This is the first book that I read from the series and although it’s technically the third in the series, I had no problem jumping into the story. Tara is an agent for the IRS and like most people I know, I associate taxes is really boring people. However, Tara is probably the most lively heroine I’ve read in a long time. Immediately I fell for her because of her snark and sense of humor. If you can’t guess by the cover of these books, they are going to be light read, but don’t think for one moment that they don’t pack a punch. Diane Kelly does a wonderful job of exploring white collar crime. Not only if she highly detailed, but there are so many laugh out loud moments in this book, I felt like I bookmarked every single page. In addition to the wonderful cases, there’s a touch of romance in this series as well. Although Tara is techinically matched up with someone already, she has the hots for temporary partner, Nick. Nick – Oh man, this guy is everything a woman would want in a guy. He’s a tad cocky but not over the top to where your eyes roll over in your head. It’s just enough to make you smile and I think Kelly did a great job with his character. The other secondary characters are amazing as well. In fact, I fell in love with the whole crew, which is why I’m so excited that I found this series. I have a feeling that I’m going to be glomming the rest of the series because they are so damn fun! The Tara Holloway series is packed with hilarious antics and fast-paced action. If you’re looking for something that is wholly unique, Diane Kelly is your girl. *Reviewed by Annie❤ ♡ Don't want to miss any of our posts? Subscribe to our blog by email! ♡ ❤

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I'd like to thank my sister for putting me on to Diane Kelly's novels. She graciously lent me her copy of this book while I was at her house tonight and told me to "just read the first chapter". So after five chapters she took her book back and I drove straight to our local bookstore to buy my own copy! This is the third book in a series, but it can be read without reading the first two. I did buy the other two books tonight also, but I had to finish this one since I'd already fallen in love I'd like to thank my sister for putting me on to Diane Kelly's novels. She graciously lent me her copy of this book while I was at her house tonight and told me to "just read the first chapter". So after five chapters she took her book back and I drove straight to our local bookstore to buy my own copy! This is the third book in a series, but it can be read without reading the first two. I did buy the other two books tonight also, but I had to finish this one since I'd already fallen in love with it. One warning...don't have a beverage and read this book at the same time or you'll end up doing what I did, which was laugh so hard you spit Cherry Coke all over the pages! The main characters were easy to fall in love with and root for. Who knew the I.R.S. had sex appeal??? Whew though...Nick is H-O-T! If there is an I.R.S. agent like Nick, I will gladly submit myself for an audit. Tara is a strong female character and exactly the type of main character I enjoy--a girl who sticks to her guns-literally! I absolutely can't wait to read the other books and find out what I missed. With Diane Kelly's sense of humor, I'll stick with drinking water from now on so I don't stain the pages.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    WARNING - Dont read while kids are sleepingI laughed so hard, accidentally snorted, then went into a coughing fit that woke up my three year-old! Diane Kellys quick wit and hilarious word usage will have you laughing - the gut wrenching, snorting type that isnt very ladylike in the least! From her pogo-stick riding, to the poor dog named Nutty, and many undisclosed cases of spam, I have just added another favorite to my list of awesome authors! This is the first book Ive read in the series, WARNING - Don’t read while kids are sleeping…I laughed so hard, accidentally snorted, then went into a coughing fit that woke up my three year-old! Diane Kelly’s quick wit and hilarious word usage will have you laughing - the gut wrenching, snorting type that isn’t very ladylike in the least! From her “pogo-stick riding,” to the poor dog named “Nutty,” and many undisclosed cases of spam, I have just added another favorite to my list of awesome authors! This is the first book I’ve read in the series, thanks to winning the book on Goodreads First Reads, but I plan to buy the rest to see where the craziness of the IRS takes Tara and Nick. Who knew being a suit could be so much fun - I so want to be a bad-a** gun-toting IRS chic now,(but only if I get Nick - and his ASSETS - for a partner!) Diane Kelly…U ROCK!!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    ❂ Jennifer

    I think this may be my favourite book in this series so far. I thought that the plot was a slightly different spin on the typical mystery - no murders for a start - and the need for Tara to be creative in order to bring down the 'bad guy'. I put this on my shelves as a cozy mystery, but really it's a bit more of a chick-lit mystery - the romance is just a little bit more explicit and the language just a little bit more vulgar than what most would consider "cozy". But the humour is dry and wry I think this may be my favourite book in this series so far. I thought that the plot was a slightly different spin on the typical mystery - no murders for a start - and the need for Tara to be creative in order to bring down the 'bad guy'. I put this on my shelves as a cozy mystery, but really it's a bit more of a chick-lit mystery - the romance is just a little bit more explicit and the language just a little bit more vulgar than what most would consider "cozy". But the humour is dry and wry and the romantic tension is ratcheted up a notch in this book as Tara tries to decide who is a better fit in her life, Brett or Nick. An excellent read, I really enjoyed it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    David Marshall

    This is a genuinely amusing romance in which our heroine takes on Texan secessionists and the god-fearing members of a mega-church to ensure the US government collects its proper share of tax. After solving the government's problem, all she had to do is decide between the two men in her life. http://opionator.wordpress.com/2012/0...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nancy H

    I really love this series, and this one hit close to home because my sister just escaped from a cult-like church with a pastor exactly like this one who was doing the exact same things!! Unfortunately he is still not in prison where he belongs --- maybe these two characters would like to take care of him, too. It was a very good read!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alexandria

    I enjoyed the latest adventures of Tara Holloway. I always like to see what trouble Tara gets herself into.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ladyacct

    I really enjoy these funny well thought out stories, I hope these stories just keep coming as well written and funny as the first three were.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Kirton

    I really enjoyed the mystery without the murder. Tara is a lively personality. Trying to take down a televangelist with a taste for his parishioners money. I can't wait 'til the next one.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Palmer

    These books get better as we go along. It had more heart and less fat shaming than the previous 2 books. Tara Holloway is a fun character and in this book her eye is turning away from her boyfriend, Brett who I adored but is not quite right for Tara. Her eye is straying towards her coworker, Nick. In addiction, she is under a lot of stress because her boss, Lu, is undergoing cancer treatment and her usual partner, Eddie, is acting as supervisor in Lu's absence. She is also working several big These books get better as we go along. It had more heart and less fat shaming than the previous 2 books. Tara Holloway is a fun character and in this book her eye is turning away from her boyfriend, Brett who I adored but is not quite right for Tara. Her eye is straying towards her coworker, Nick. In addiction, she is under a lot of stress because her boss, Lu, is undergoing cancer treatment and her usual partner, Eddie, is acting as supervisor in Lu's absence. She is also working several big cases. As an IRS criminal investigator, Tara is looking into members of a separatist group as well as a huge Texas church with a minister that is not paying his fair share of taxes. Both of these cases become sticky and frustrate Tara's life. Overall, this is a fun series with great characters and well written thrills that keep you guessing what Tara is going to get herself into next.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alice Teets

    This book had been on my bedside table for years, languishing. I actually almost gave it away a couple times. I'm so glad I was lazy! Tara Holloway is an investigator for the IRS, and this time she's chasing wild ones. The elderly leader of a secessionist group in Texas and the pastor of a Megachurch who is more interested in the latest fashion and his latest sexual conquest than saving souls. Along with Nick, the Special Agent; Josh, the virginal tech guru; Lu, her pink beehive-wearing This book had been on my bedside table for years, languishing. I actually almost gave it away a couple times. I'm so glad I was lazy! Tara Holloway is an investigator for the IRS, and this time she's chasing wild ones. The elderly leader of a secessionist group in Texas and the pastor of a Megachurch who is more interested in the latest fashion and his latest sexual conquest than saving souls. Along with Nick, the Special Agent; Josh, the virginal tech guru; Lu, her pink beehive-wearing supervisor; and a host of other characters, Tara gets into all kinds of adventures. If you like your cozies with some humor and a little sexual tension, pick up this series!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Love this series! The IRS investigative branch goes in where there is egregious tax evasion and fraud. This time a mega church and the pastor. The law is on the side of the mega church but Tara Holloway has never lost a case and she continues in her pursuit with Nick Pratt as her partner. A side story on s self proclaimed independent nation causes complications for Tara. Great story

  21. 5 out of 5

    Teena in Toronto

    Tara's boss, Lu, is battling cancer and is having treatment. Tara's partner, Eddie, is doing Lu's job while she's off. Because of this, Tara, an IRS agent, has been partnered with Nick who she is feeling a strong attraction to ... and the feeling is more than mutual. Tara, though, is dating Brett, who has to go out of town for a month. She becomes torn between staying with Brett and seeing where things go or going with Nick who seems like a better fit. Tara and Nick tackle two dusty cases. August Tara's boss, Lu, is battling cancer and is having treatment. Tara's partner, Eddie, is doing Lu's job while she's off. Because of this, Tara, an IRS agent, has been partnered with Nick who she is feeling a strong attraction to ... and the feeling is more than mutual. Tara, though, is dating Brett, who has to go out of town for a month. She becomes torn between staying with Brett and seeing where things go or going with Nick who seems like a better fit. Tara and Nick tackle two dusty cases. August is an old militant who wants to turn Texas into its own nation and hasn't paid his taxes in a while. Though they capture August, there are repercussions for Tara as the rest of the Lone Star Nation put a lien on her house and move to have her evicted. The other case is that of a TV evangelist who is using his congregations' contributions to pay for his extravagant lifestyle and not paying any taxes. The fallout for Tara is that his flock call her names that God-fearing people shouldn't utter every chance they get. This is the third book in the Tara Holloway series (and the third book I've read by this author). I read the first one in the series a couple weeks ago but haven't read the second one (yet!) ... they work as stand alones as there was enough information from the past ones so you know what's going on. I enjoyed this one. I liked the writing style ... it was funny and sarcastic. It is written in first person perspective from Tara's point of view. As a head's up, there is some swearing and explicit adult situations. I liked Tara and Nick, who are the main characters in this book. They seem like they would be good together ... too bad she'd met Brett first. There's nothing wrong with Brett but he just seems kind of blah compared to Nick. You'll have to read it to see who she ends up with! Blog review post: http://www.teenaintoronto.com/2014/07...

  22. 5 out of 5

    Romancing the Book

    Reviewed by: Stacey Book provided by: Publisher Review originally posted at Romancing the Book To me, the makings of a great book series is when you can read each individual book by itself no matter where it is in the series and understand what is going on and enjoy it. This book, number three in the Tara Holloway series, fits into this category. Death, Taxes and Extra-Hold Hairspray the title is what grabbed me at first but the characters are what kept me reading. Im not usually a fan of Reviewed by: Stacey Book provided by: Publisher Review originally posted at Romancing the Book To me, the makings of a great book series is when you can read each individual book by itself no matter where it is in the series and understand what is going on and enjoy it. This book, number three in the Tara Holloway series, fits into this category. Death, Taxes and Extra-Hold Hairspray – the title is what grabbed me at first but the characters are what kept me reading. I’m not usually a fan of mysteries no matter how major of a plot point, but with the pace of this book that one aspect of it wasn’t too overwhelming for me. The combination of comedy, action, and romance made it a fun, fast read. Diane Kelly certainly has a way with her characters. We can all relate to wanting something more from our jobs. Kelly’s main character Tara goes from working in a cubicle in a stable job to being a gun-toting special agent for the IRS and it seems like the craziest of cases end up in her lap. This time she’s got two: a corrupt televangelist and a secessionists group who believe they are exempt from the laws of the US. Neither one promise to be open and shut cases, and while dealing with that, her crazy boss Lulu is undergoing cancer treatment and that has Tara out searching for the perfect wig to replace her strawberry blonde beehive! All in a days work? Not likely! From the opening chapter title: “This is What Happens When Rednecks Have Too Much Time on Their Hands”, I was hooked. If you are looking for a funny, fast paced chick-lit book with some sex and a non-murder mystery thrown in, then you’ll definitely enjoy Death, Taxes and Extra-Hold Hairspray. You just may end up appreciating your stable day job by the last chapter! Just don’t be drinking anything while reading…you may end up making a mess!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    When Tara became a special agent with the IRS, she had hoped to just have a bit more freedom than her cubical at the accounting firm allotted her. Little did she know, the cases with all the wackos just seem to gravitate to her at the IRS. This time, she's got two cases of crazies -- a secessionists group who believe they are exempt from the laws of the US, and a televangelist who has been preaching one life but living another -- a life of complete privilege thanks to the pocketbooks of his When Tara became a special agent with the IRS, she had hoped to just have a bit more freedom than her cubical at the accounting firm allotted her. Little did she know, the cases with all the wackos just seem to gravitate to her at the IRS. This time, she's got two cases of crazies -- a secessionists group who believe they are exempt from the laws of the US, and a televangelist who has been preaching one life but living another -- a life of complete privilege thanks to the pocketbooks of his followers. While juggling these two cases, Tara's fearless boss -- the Lobo -- is stuck at home while she undergoes chemo for lung cancer. The treatments have caused the Lobo to lose her trademark strawberry-blonde beehive (emphasis on the strawberry) -- can Tara keep her promise to find Lu the perfect replacement wig? To top it all off, Tara finds herself partnered with Nick Pratt -- the Hottie McHottie of the IRS -- who she can't help but be attracted to. Can she resist Nick's come-ons and stay faithful to Brett? Diane Kelly has another 5-star winner with this third installment to her series. She developed a wonderful plot that kept me guessing, and kept surprising me! Her character development was also spot on -- I especially loved her attention to detail in the subplot about Lu and how her character changed throughout her cancer treatments. As always, I identified with Tara like she was my kindred spirit, a strong but still flawed young woman who knows how to handle her firearms! I can't wait until the next installments in 2013!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Maria Mitchell

    I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads in exchange for a review. I was interested in this book because April 15th and CPAs have always been unusually significant for me. This book looked like it would be equal parts humor, romance, and action. And it really delivered on all three. Main character and IRS agent Tara Holloway seems to have a knack for getting into weird danger filled situations. What shouldn't have been that dangerous of a job was off the charts for her. Some of I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads in exchange for a review. I was interested in this book because April 15th and CPAs have always been unusually significant for me. This book looked like it would be equal parts humor, romance, and action. And it really delivered on all three. Main character and IRS agent Tara Holloway seems to have a knack for getting into weird danger filled situations. What shouldn't have been that dangerous of a job was off the charts for her. Some of the cases featured in this third novel were action packed, and some just downright hilarious! The only problem I had with the book was probably the love triangle between Tara, her partner on the job -Nick, and her boyfriend Brett. The sex was a little more in detail than I would have liked, but I think it also sort of demonstrated that was all she had with her boyfriend. A lot of tense romantic moments between Tara and Nick but nothing was really fulfilled while her time with her boyfriend seemed to be lacking in chemistry to me. But since this is a series I guess the romance will be a longer arc. The main IRS case Tara and Nick were on featured an interesting villain and the creative legal and slightly illegal ways they tried to catch him in the act. Also featuring a supporting case of hilarious characters, I would definitely recommend this series and will continue reading it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    Another crazy adventure with IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway as she tries to ensure that all good (and bad) citizens pay Uncle Sam their fair share. This time around, Tara is after a crazy, backwoods militant and the pastor for a local megachurch who is not as squeaky clean as he seems. This book picks up three weeks after the end of the last book and in addition to dealing with her caseload at work, Tara finds herself facing challenges on several personal fronts. For one, her boss, the lovable Another crazy adventure with IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway as she tries to ensure that all good (and bad) citizens pay Uncle Sam their fair share. This time around, Tara is after a crazy, backwoods militant and the pastor for a local megachurch who is not as squeaky clean as he seems. This book picks up three weeks after the end of the last book and in addition to dealing with her caseload at work, Tara finds herself facing challenges on several personal fronts. For one, her boss, the lovable curmudgeon, Lu, is fighting cancer - which sets Tara off on a search for the perfect pink, beehive hairdo. And secondly, Tara is trying her damndest to fight off her attraction to her sexy co-worker, Nick Pratt. Tara is in a relationship with steady boyfriend, Brett - nice guy and all but too heavy on the boring side for me. Normally the presence of a love triangle is the kiss of death for me with a series but here it seems so obvious who Tara really wants that it's not bothering me...too much...yet. I do wish that Tara would hurry up and follow her heart before the men in question make her decision for her. But love shenanigans aside, this was a good addition to this light-hearted, fun series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    2.5 stars. Entertaining but ulitimately disappointing adventure with IRS criminal investigator Tara. The story itself was fine and as amusing as the previous ones. My disappointment came from the choice Tara makes in the end with regard to the men in her life. While I liked the fact that she struggled with which guy was best for her and didn't jump straight into bed with Nick because she was in a relationship with Brett I can't believe she chose the way she did. She acknowledged that she has a 2.5 stars. Entertaining but ulitimately disappointing adventure with IRS criminal investigator Tara. The story itself was fine and as amusing as the previous ones. My disappointment came from the choice Tara makes in the end with regard to the men in her life. While I liked the fact that she struggled with which guy was best for her and didn't jump straight into bed with Nick because she was in a relationship with Brett I can't believe she chose the way she did. She acknowledged that she has a connection with Nick that is missing with Brett, she has more in common with Nick, her family, friends and boss can all see Nick & Tara are a better match - and tell her so. Brett gives another woman (who has been flirting with him) a key to his house but not Tara. Brett is uncomfortable with her job which she loves. Tara fantises about Nick while having sex with Brett. Tara acknowledges all of this yet inexplicably chooses Brett. It ruined what was otherwise a great story.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kaye

    Tara Holloway is a special gun-toting IRS agent. She (and her co-workers) get the really hard cases. In this book Lu Lobozinsky, her boss is out of the office fighting lung cancer, and Eddie, Tara's regular partner is in charge of the office, which leaves Tara without a partner. She has been given two particularly challenging cases, one a minister who's using his mega-church as a tax shelter, and the other is a radical militant separatist who's trying to turn Texas into a separate country. Nick Tara Holloway is a special gun-toting IRS agent. She (and her co-workers) get the really hard cases. In this book Lu Lobozinsky, her boss is out of the office fighting lung cancer, and Eddie, Tara's regular partner is in charge of the office, which leaves Tara without a partner. She has been given two particularly challenging cases, one a minister who's using his mega-church as a tax shelter, and the other is a radical militant separatist who's trying to turn Texas into a separate country. Nick Pratt is the only agent free to be her partner, the only problem with him is he's the sexiest agent in the office (probably in the entire state). Tara's involved with Brett, who just happens to get a job out of town for a month. Tara has also promised Lu an wig to replace her own rapidly falling beehive. What's a nice IRS agent to do? I love this series, it is laugh-out-loud funny, with characters that jump off the page. I'm eagerly waiting for the next book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    My Book Addiction and More MBA

    DEATH,TAXES,AND EXTRA-HOLD HAIRSPRAY by Diane Kelly is a delightful cozy mystery. "Death and Taxes" book 3,A Tara Holloway novel,other Tara Holloway novels,"Death,Taxes,and a Franch Manicure",Death,Taxes,and "A Skinny No-Whip Latte".Tara Holloway,is funny,sassy,and an Criminal Investigative for the IRS. If Tara is anything,she is persistent. This was my first in the Tara Holloway stories. I found a mystery,suspense,some humor,love,the IRS,taxes,a bit of romance,which all add up to a fun read.Who DEATH,TAXES,AND EXTRA-HOLD HAIRSPRAY by Diane Kelly is a delightful cozy mystery. "Death and Taxes" book 3,A Tara Holloway novel,other Tara Holloway novels,"Death,Taxes,and a Franch Manicure",Death,Taxes,and "A Skinny No-Whip Latte".Tara Holloway,is funny,sassy,and an Criminal Investigative for the IRS. If Tara is anything,she is persistent. This was my first in the Tara Holloway stories. I found a mystery,suspense,some humor,love,the IRS,taxes,a bit of romance,which all add up to a fun read.Who knew taxes could be so fun. Ms. Kelly has written a story with fun,engaging characters and an interesting plot. Received for an honest review from the publisher. Details can be found at the author's website,St. Martin's Press, and My Book Addiction and More. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews

  29. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Fun! I like these fast reads. The action is quick and the book is both humorous and has you on the edge of your seat. In this book, Tara Holloway is an investigator for the IRS. The major case in this book is blowing the cover of preacher Noah Fischer who runs a church called the Ark (yes, bad puns all around!) and is using the proceeds for all sorts of personal benefits. In the meantime, Tara is working closely with a partner @ work named Nick who she has mixed feelings for. And she is still Fun! I like these fast reads. The action is quick and the book is both humorous and has you on the edge of your seat. In this book, Tara Holloway is an investigator for the IRS. The major case in this book is blowing the cover of preacher Noah Fischer who runs a church called the Ark (yes, bad puns all around!) and is using the proceeds for all sorts of personal benefits. In the meantime, Tara is working closely with a partner @ work named Nick who she has mixed feelings for. And she is still dating Brett. We met both men in previous books and we are left unresolved at the end. Who will she choose (a la Stephanie Plum!)? Another book is on the horizon. This was an enjoyable, light read for summer!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tere Fredericks

    This book is definitely part of a series. References are made to events outside the book that surely came from one or two of the others. I believe this is #3. I'm sure #4 is out by now. This was a book that I was reading on the bus to school because I read the paperback. Then I got my e-reader and it got put in my library bookbag so I don't lose it. LOL When my e-reader (I'm reading Gods of Guilt on this now) needed a charge, I came back to it. Woo hoo. It is nice to read a book where there isn't This book is definitely part of a series. References are made to events outside the book that surely came from one or two of the others. I believe this is #3. I'm sure #4 is out by now. This was a book that I was reading on the bus to school because I read the paperback. Then I got my e-reader and it got put in my library bookbag so I don't lose it. LOL When my e-reader (I'm reading Gods of Guilt on this now) needed a charge, I came back to it. Woo hoo. It is nice to read a book where there isn't a lot of hot and steamy sex. There is a wanting for it, but ... I love the reason for the extra-hold hairspray. It is worth reading the book just to see why.

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