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SHE LOVES HER WORK—CASE CLOSED. IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway can calculate tax penalties to the penny. But seeing the world of white-collar crime through rose-colored glasses? Priceless. Tara's career comes with a lot of pros and cons—which is a nice way of saying that she's kick-a$$ in her fight against professional con-artists. And she's tough enough to deal with all th SHE LOVES HER WORK—CASE CLOSED. IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway can calculate tax penalties to the penny. But seeing the world of white-collar crime through rose-colored glasses? Priceless. Tara's career comes with a lot of pros and cons—which is a nice way of saying that she's kick-a$$ in her fight against professional con-artists. And she's tough enough to deal with all the money-launderers, tax-evaders, and other such criminals who cross her path… Until her own boyfriend, Nick, joins their leagues. Now all bets are off. Nick is about to go deep undercover—and the stakes are higher than Tara could have ever imagined. It's all part of a joint task force with the DEA to bring down a powerful, violent drug cartel. It's going to take more than a pair of dime store shades for Tara to bring their dark deeds to light. Can she help Nick without blowing his cover… and ending up in harm's way herself?


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SHE LOVES HER WORK—CASE CLOSED. IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway can calculate tax penalties to the penny. But seeing the world of white-collar crime through rose-colored glasses? Priceless. Tara's career comes with a lot of pros and cons—which is a nice way of saying that she's kick-a$$ in her fight against professional con-artists. And she's tough enough to deal with all th SHE LOVES HER WORK—CASE CLOSED. IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway can calculate tax penalties to the penny. But seeing the world of white-collar crime through rose-colored glasses? Priceless. Tara's career comes with a lot of pros and cons—which is a nice way of saying that she's kick-a$$ in her fight against professional con-artists. And she's tough enough to deal with all the money-launderers, tax-evaders, and other such criminals who cross her path… Until her own boyfriend, Nick, joins their leagues. Now all bets are off. Nick is about to go deep undercover—and the stakes are higher than Tara could have ever imagined. It's all part of a joint task force with the DEA to bring down a powerful, violent drug cartel. It's going to take more than a pair of dime store shades for Tara to bring their dark deeds to light. Can she help Nick without blowing his cover… and ending up in harm's way herself?

30 review for Death, Taxes, and Cheap Sunglasses

  1. 4 out of 5

    Daisy Pettles

    Having read all the Stephanie Plum series, and loved many of the early one for the comic crime angle, I was looking for a new "fix" with another sassy, witty female antagonist. Tara Holloway, a Texan IRS agent fills the spot. The humor is not as high or screwball in the Tara Holloway series as it is with the Plum series, but the writing is ace and the characters lovable and fun to hang out with. Happy to have found this series and eager to read my way through the adventures of Tara and her gang.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Frazier

    I loved this book! It was hilarious, lots of laugh out loud moments. This is the first in this series I have read, but it wont be the last. I went and bought the entire series after reading this one! Great characters, and not a dull moment! I cant wait to get started on the rest.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I read another book in this series and liked it. I have to admit that the book titles are fun to say. What I do like about this series is the fun, cozy mystery feel I get from these books. What I mean by this is that you can read these books without really expecting many twists, entertaining characters, some laughs, and a happy ending. Which is what you will get with this book. However this time I just was not feeling the storyline thus I was only half intrigued by the book. The only thing that I read another book in this series and liked it. I have to admit that the book titles are fun to say. What I do like about this series is the fun, cozy mystery feel I get from these books. What I mean by this is that you can read these books without really expecting many twists, entertaining characters, some laughs, and a happy ending. Which is what you will get with this book. However this time I just was not feeling the storyline thus I was only half intrigued by the book. The only thing that kind of made it for me was the funny antics of Tara and Nick. Yet after a while even I grew tried of this to the point that I got half way into the book and put it down. I finally came back to it only to find myself skimming and even jumped ahead the last half of the book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews

    another winner in this series! I love how Tara takes down tax evaders etc, but not without a few bumps and bruises. I will say that Tara did irritate me with her whining about Nick going undercover to get bust a cartel. Yes I get that it is serious and he could die, BUT that is the job. Outside of that, I loved the book and can't wait to start the next one so I can get to the newest release due out 8/2.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Melodie

    Another great offering in this fun series. Tara's sweetie, Nick, is going deep undercover in a joint effort with the DEA to bring down a drug cartel. Good story with some great characters! Recommend!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alton Motobu

    Romantic-comedy-mystery; IRS special agent Tara Holloway investigates tax evasion cases and gets involved in gunfights, high speed chases, and undercover work involving drug cartels while obsessed with her boyfriend, Nick, a fellow agent. I thought the IRS was supposed to check your tax returns and audit you - not come after you with guns drawn? Tara is strong, assertive, and independent when she focuses on her cases. She is not afraid to confront and challenge bad guys - except when she thinks Romantic-comedy-mystery; IRS special agent Tara Holloway investigates tax evasion cases and gets involved in gunfights, high speed chases, and undercover work involving drug cartels while obsessed with her boyfriend, Nick, a fellow agent. I thought the IRS was supposed to check your tax returns and audit you - not come after you with guns drawn? Tara is strong, assertive, and independent when she focuses on her cases. She is not afraid to confront and challenge bad guys - except when she thinks about Nick - then she becomes a weak, insecure, dependent whiner. I read this because I enjoyed the Paw and Order series by the same author, which was uniquely humorous, but this Tara Holloway fluff is not for me.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Palmer

    I somehow missed #4-7 but loved this book anyway. Tara has become funnier and a better agent over the course of the last few books. She has gone through a lot and now has a different boyfriend than the last time I read about her adventures. Unfortunately, that boyfriend is about to go undercover in a very dangerous cartel related case. Tara does not take it well unsurprisingly. Fun characters and well paced.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen

    This is a good series. I got a little behind and am playing catch up now. Tara tackles several cases during tax season while worrying about Nick and Christina undercover in a drug cartel. Everything works out in the end, of course. There were funny moments and tense ones too. I like these books.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Diane Segura

    Loved this book and the entire series. Hate to see it end.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    If you liked Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum series books, you will love these books. Diane Kelly has become one of my very favorite authors. I can't wait to get my hands on her next book!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dianna Stratmann

    As entertaining as previous books.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    3.5 Stars

  13. 4 out of 5

    Susan Moxley

    A real page turner with lots of twists and turns and lots of mystery and action to the very end of the book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Van Ngo

    Funny book title. Nothing related to sunglasses. Anyway I love to read it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Olivera

    Loved this book!! Loved the mystery, comedy, and excitement. I couldn't guess what was going to happen next. I felt like I was on a ride with Thelma and Louise. Love, Love, Loved it!!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Teena in Toronto

    IRS Special Agents Tara and Nick are still dating after almost a year and Tara is hoping things are progressing to the next level. Nick and Christina, one of Tara's friends who is a DEA agent, are assigned to go undercover to bring down the violent leader of a drug cartel. They can't have any contact with the outside world without risking their lives. Nick, though, gives Tara cell phone with the promise that he will call and text her when he can to let her know that they are okay. While they are IRS Special Agents Tara and Nick are still dating after almost a year and Tara is hoping things are progressing to the next level. Nick and Christina, one of Tara's friends who is a DEA agent, are assigned to go undercover to bring down the violent leader of a drug cartel. They can't have any contact with the outside world without risking their lives. Nick, though, gives Tara cell phone with the promise that he will call and text her when he can to let her know that they are okay. While they are gone, Tara is not surprisingly fearing for their lives. In the meantime, Tara has a job to do and some cases to take care of including a lame art gallery with major write-offs, what is purported to be an animal rescue run by two crazy cousins, a con artist who is running a fake charity to elicit funds and a thief who is making withdrawals from people's accounts that aren't his. And on top of all this, Tara keeps breaking her sunglasses and buying new ones only to have them broken! This is the eighth book in the Tara Holloway series (I've read the previous ones) and the tenth book I've read by this author. It works as a stand alone as there was enough information from the past ones so you know what's going on. I liked this book. 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 swearing and adult activity With Nick and Christina away on a mission, there is more focus on Tara and we discover, as she does, how deep her feelings have become for Nick and how dependent she is on him in her life. Blog review post: http://www.teenaintoronto.com/2015/05...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Only Tara Holloway could go to a toga party dressed in a fitted sheet, break her coccyx, and still get her man. She's also after multiple "non-profit" posers: a museum with macaroni-kindergarten art and a wildlife sanctuary that's really selling the animals to a fake hunting club nearby. With Nick gone, she partners with others in the office, including her partner Eddie and the go-to tech guy in the office. Tara's friends Special Agent Nick Pratt and DEA Agent Christina Marquez are off to infiltr Only Tara Holloway could go to a toga party dressed in a fitted sheet, break her coccyx, and still get her man. She's also after multiple "non-profit" posers: a museum with macaroni-kindergarten art and a wildlife sanctuary that's really selling the animals to a fake hunting club nearby. With Nick gone, she partners with others in the office, including her partner Eddie and the go-to tech guy in the office. Tara's friends Special Agent Nick Pratt and DEA Agent Christina Marquez are off to infiltrate El Cuchillo's drug cartel, deep undercover and definitely with no contact for who knows how long...except Nick sneaks a secret cell phone which ends up saving their lives. Good for a plot, but not terribly realistic, esp seeing as Nick's been there before. It'll be interesting to see where Kelly takes Nick/Tara's relationship from here. She certainly makes IRS Tax Agents seem like fascinating people, not pencil-pushers. I enjoy the titles of the chapters...always gives you a sneak preview of what's to come.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kay Hudson

    Tara Holloway, gun-toting Special Agent of the IRS, is back in Death, Taxes, and Cheap Sunglasses. While Tara’s boyfriend, Special Agent Nick Pratt, and DEA Agent Christina Marquez are off to infiltrate a drug cartel run by the murderous El Cuchillo, Tara and her partner Eddie Barton tackle a variety of cases, including an art museum that doesn’t seem to know much about art (macaroni mosaics, anyone?), a wild life refuge that may not be as charitable as it claims, an identity thief (that one sen Tara Holloway, gun-toting Special Agent of the IRS, is back in Death, Taxes, and Cheap Sunglasses. While Tara’s boyfriend, Special Agent Nick Pratt, and DEA Agent Christina Marquez are off to infiltrate a drug cartel run by the murderous El Cuchillo, Tara and her partner Eddie Barton tackle a variety of cases, including an art museum that doesn’t seem to know much about art (macaroni mosaics, anyone?), a wild life refuge that may not be as charitable as it claims, an identity thief (that one sends Tara to a toga party—dressed in a fitted sheet), and a charity scam on Facebook. Throw in some forbidden legwork for Nick, and Tara is up to her neck in excitement. This is a series I never miss (and I love Kelly’s Paw and Order series just as much).

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is the 10th in a series about Tara Holloway who is an IRS special agent, which means she takes the hardest cases and is armed. In this book her boyfrient fellow agent Nick is sent deep undercover on a very dangerous mission. There were a few graphic details about his mission but the book followed Tara as she solved different tax fraud cases and showed her worrying and trying to help without a lot of graphic details. I really enjoyed this book and it is interesting to see the different ways This is the 10th in a series about Tara Holloway who is an IRS special agent, which means she takes the hardest cases and is armed. In this book her boyfrient fellow agent Nick is sent deep undercover on a very dangerous mission. There were a few graphic details about his mission but the book followed Tara as she solved different tax fraud cases and showed her worrying and trying to help without a lot of graphic details. I really enjoyed this book and it is interesting to see the different ways people try to get out of paying taxes and how they are caught.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tella

    Ugh Is all I can say. I dislike rating books a one star but Diane Kellys main character had it coming, I guess my expectaions were too high, but right from the beginning Tara Holloway is whiny and unprofessional. If your interested in reading this book I recommend reading the preview provided on Amazon.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Another great adventure with,Tara Holloway. Absolutely loved this book, I could not put it down. It was intense, suspenseful and made me laugh. The only bad part was when it ended. I am excited to read Death, Taxes and a Chocolate Cannoli I am sad it won't be until October.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ladyacct

    These stories are really good and I read this one as fast as I could. I didn't want to put it down till I finished. I think that the twist of IRS agent and the snark humor really does it for me and the characters catch phrase LOVE it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mary Hamm

    Not the best in the series While this one wasn't my favorite I still enjoyed it. It was a little slow and didn't build up to much. I am still looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kunni Biener

    okay, this is a trashy mystery, so with that said, did this oh so competent IRS agent need to spend most of the book pining for her boyfriend and wondering if they would get married? Tried the series, it's a one and done.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Vera

    I enjoyed this book, but as a former IRS employee, let me say you need to enjoy it as a fiction, and not as indicative of how the IRS actually works. That said, it was a fun read once I convinced myself it was just a good story.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Cousens

    I really love this series. I like the twist of being an IRS Agent and the fun humor from Tara. Ready for the next installment in the series now. :)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Josi

    I love the Tara Holloway series. These books are so good. I love her attitude and the things she says. Can't wait for the next one.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Not the best in the series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    The books in this series range from fabulous to incredibly fabulous. It's why I'm always so excited to see another one being out. Loved it! Ready for the next one due in October.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Paula Adams

    This is laugh out loud funny.

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