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TRUE CRIME DOESN'T PAY...TAXES. IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway has risked her life to take down drug cartels and other dangerous tax frauds. But going after the mob is one offer she can't refuse... He's no Tony Soprano. Still, local crime boss Giustino "Tino" Fabrizio is one shady character that Tara would love to see behind bars. He operates a security business—or so he cl TRUE CRIME DOESN'T PAY...TAXES. IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway has risked her life to take down drug cartels and other dangerous tax frauds. But going after the mob is one offer she can't refuse... He's no Tony Soprano. Still, local crime boss Giustino "Tino" Fabrizio is one shady character that Tara would love to see behind bars. He operates a security business—or so he claims on his tax forms—but his clients don't feel so secure when it's time to pay up. Problem is, no one can get close enough to nail this wiseguy for extortion. No one, that is, except Tara... Going undercover, Tara lands a waitress job at Benedetta's Bistro—which is owned and operated by Tino's wife. Being surrounded by cream-filled cannolis could be hazardous to Tara's waistline...even though the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, right? Only thing Tara can't afford to do now is blow her cover. Because serving Tino his just desserts will surely come with a price...


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TRUE CRIME DOESN'T PAY...TAXES. IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway has risked her life to take down drug cartels and other dangerous tax frauds. But going after the mob is one offer she can't refuse... He's no Tony Soprano. Still, local crime boss Giustino "Tino" Fabrizio is one shady character that Tara would love to see behind bars. He operates a security business—or so he cl TRUE CRIME DOESN'T PAY...TAXES. IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway has risked her life to take down drug cartels and other dangerous tax frauds. But going after the mob is one offer she can't refuse... He's no Tony Soprano. Still, local crime boss Giustino "Tino" Fabrizio is one shady character that Tara would love to see behind bars. He operates a security business—or so he claims on his tax forms—but his clients don't feel so secure when it's time to pay up. Problem is, no one can get close enough to nail this wiseguy for extortion. No one, that is, except Tara... Going undercover, Tara lands a waitress job at Benedetta's Bistro—which is owned and operated by Tino's wife. Being surrounded by cream-filled cannolis could be hazardous to Tara's waistline...even though the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, right? Only thing Tara can't afford to do now is blow her cover. Because serving Tino his just desserts will surely come with a price...

30 review for Death, Taxes, and a Chocolate Cannoli

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Tara Holloway is an IRS special agent who risks her life to take down dangerous tax frauds. In this book she is taking down a mobster by going undercover. Very interesting to see the methods used to find and go after tax frauds and how the IRS can get criminals behind bars for taxes when nothing else can be pinned on them.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I have read a few other books in this series. They are fun, quick reads. Fans of cozy mystery books will like this series. There is none of the blood and guts like a suspense/thriller book. Tara is always fun for laughs. Her and her relationship with Nick is a good one as well. They are kind of like Lucy and Ricky. They are great together and they keep things entertaining. Although I enjoy reading these books, I found this one just middle of the road. There was nothing too intriguing about the c I have read a few other books in this series. They are fun, quick reads. Fans of cozy mystery books will like this series. There is none of the blood and guts like a suspense/thriller book. Tara is always fun for laughs. Her and her relationship with Nick is a good one as well. They are kind of like Lucy and Ricky. They are great together and they keep things entertaining. Although I enjoy reading these books, I found this one just middle of the road. There was nothing too intriguing about the characters to really suck me into the story. Which speaking of characters, the mob in this story were scary but not that scary. Although the descriptions of the food had my mouth watering. While this book was not in my top five in this series, I still enjoy reading these books that guarantee a good time.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melody

    Kind of a clever idea. IRS special agent. Taking down bad people over tax evasion. But it lacks umph. Just a lot of sweet wine and sweet foods. I'm done now. Kind of a clever idea. IRS special agent. Taking down bad people over tax evasion. But it lacks umph. Just a lot of sweet wine and sweet foods. I'm done now.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Heidi (Yup. Still here.)

    Another solid read in one of my all time favorite mystery series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Teena in Toronto

    The FBI are trying to bring down Tino Fabrizio, a crime boss who had moved from Chicago to Texas. They ask the IRS to help and Tara is the Special Agent in charge of the IRS team. Tino owns a security business and it's suspected that he also robs his clients and/or forces them to give him extra money to avoid something unpleasant happening to them or their families. Some of his staff have disappeared or turned up dead in a violent way. Tara goes undercover as a waitress in Tino's wife's restauran The FBI are trying to bring down Tino Fabrizio, a crime boss who had moved from Chicago to Texas. They ask the IRS to help and Tara is the Special Agent in charge of the IRS team. Tino owns a security business and it's suspected that he also robs his clients and/or forces them to give him extra money to avoid something unpleasant happening to them or their families. Some of his staff have disappeared or turned up dead in a violent way. Tara goes undercover as a waitress in Tino's wife's restaurant, which is next door to Tino's security company. This way, Tara can see if Benedetta, his wife, is also involved and it potentially provides access to Tino's office. Nick, Tara's boyfriend who is also an IRS agent, sets up a business across from Tino and Benedetta's businesses so he can keep an eye on them. In addition, Tara is investigating a case for three elderly men who had been ripped off by a travel agency. They had been approached to go on a casino trip and had given a deposit in cash. The guy didn't show up on the day it was supposed to happen and not surprising has disappeared. I enjoyed 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. I like the characters. Tara and Nick are good together. Other characters are quirky and comical (like Tara's boss, Lobo). It is the ninth book in the Tara Holloway series (I've read the previous ones) and the eleventh 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. Blog review post: http://www.teenaintoronto.com/2016/01...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Hackel

    Tara Halloway is a gunslinger for the IRS. She always gets her man no matter what she has to do! This time she had to pose as a college student and work as a waitress, all while staying away from home, pets, and boyfriend! She hardly ever whmpers about it either! She is after a mob boss who's security company seems to have a history of getting rid of non-compliant customers, that is, ones who won't pay him protection money. Never mind about all the other nasty things he has done, Tara and crew a Tara Halloway is a gunslinger for the IRS. She always gets her man no matter what she has to do! This time she had to pose as a college student and work as a waitress, all while staying away from home, pets, and boyfriend! She hardly ever whmpers about it either! She is after a mob boss who's security company seems to have a history of getting rid of non-compliant customers, that is, ones who won't pay him protection money. Never mind about all the other nasty things he has done, Tara and crew are on the job. Apparently the best thing about the case and working in the restaurant of the mob boss's wife is the great food and the chocolate cannoli dessert. There is a lot of food in this book, and I blame Diane for the 2 pounds I gained while reading it! :) The story line is exciting with many little twists and a whopper near the end. It will keep you on the edge of your chair and reading into the night. I recommend it highly! I have loved all the Death, Taxes series, but this one is especially good. You are sure to enjoy it!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    I remember enjoying the earlier books in this series when I read them during grad school, but found this one to be disappointing. I'm not sure if it's because my tastes and mindset have changed, if cozy mysteries are not a genre I enjoy, or if the series itself is starting to drag, but there just wasn't much about this to love. The writing is mediocre, with way more tell than show for my tastes. Kelly over-explains so often and repeated the same information multiple times, as if the reader couldn I remember enjoying the earlier books in this series when I read them during grad school, but found this one to be disappointing. I'm not sure if it's because my tastes and mindset have changed, if cozy mysteries are not a genre I enjoy, or if the series itself is starting to drag, but there just wasn't much about this to love. The writing is mediocre, with way more tell than show for my tastes. Kelly over-explains so often and repeated the same information multiple times, as if the reader couldn't remember from chapter to chapter basic information like the main character changing the names in her new cell phone to protect their identities. The characters all seem pretty two dimensional and there's really not as much excitement or intrigue when you know who did the crime from the beginning. It also moved so slowly. The pacing felt off throughout the entire book, and for how many pages long it is, barely anything happened. Overall this was a pretty meh book and I don't think I'll be reading any more of the series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nese

    I picked up this book thinking it was a cozy mystery based on the cover of the book, instead I found a fast-paced thriller packed with action. In so many ways, the book is a lot like cozy mysteries- close and loving relationships, lots of good food around, and colorful characters- with the exception of graphic descriptions of the violent ways people are killed, and some sexual content. With a strong and intelligent female character who works as a special agent for IRS to expose financial crimes I picked up this book thinking it was a cozy mystery based on the cover of the book, instead I found a fast-paced thriller packed with action. In so many ways, the book is a lot like cozy mysteries- close and loving relationships, lots of good food around, and colorful characters- with the exception of graphic descriptions of the violent ways people are killed, and some sexual content. With a strong and intelligent female character who works as a special agent for IRS to expose financial crimes such as money laundering, tax evasion, etc., the series has an unusual and original theme. The book is lighthearted and is mostly about warm and fuzzy feelings in spite of dealing with some series subjects. Four and a half stars.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Janet Robel

    Entertaining with a great heroine!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    This was a really funny book. I want to read more.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    This is a priceless read. Tara Holloway is a delightful heroine.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Diane Segura

    Another entertaining book in this great series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    sharon gima

    Is a chocolate cannoli really the final dessert for the Tara series? Each of the books in the series has been fun, all with different twists and each adding to the character development of the regulars. I want more but then one of the perks of being old is that memory diminishes so that in a year or so I can grab book one and do it all over again!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Doward Wilson

    This was a new series for me, from an author I have enjoyed in another series. I have to say I enjoyed this book tremendously and am going to be reading every book in the series. Tara Holloway is an IRS Special Agent who goes after tax evaders and bad guys in general. This time she is undercover in an Italian bistro trying to nail Tino Fabrizio for laundering money, extortion and murder. Tino runs a security business and his wife and three daughters run the bistro. Tara, her tax squard, the FBI This was a new series for me, from an author I have enjoyed in another series. I have to say I enjoyed this book tremendously and am going to be reading every book in the series. Tara Holloway is an IRS Special Agent who goes after tax evaders and bad guys in general. This time she is undercover in an Italian bistro trying to nail Tino Fabrizio for laundering money, extortion and murder. Tino runs a security business and his wife and three daughters run the bistro. Tara, her tax squard, the FBI and the local Dallas PD work together to take Tino down before more murders are committed. I never thought anything dealing with the IRS could be fun or entertaining, but I was wrong. The characters are well developed and realistic. The background and setting are informative and entertaining. The murder and mystery plot are extremely well thought out and presented. This book entertained me and broadened my experience at the same time. I think both crime and cozy readers should try this series for a new and enjoyable adventure in life. I won this book as a prize from the author and this is my fair and honest review of it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Giustino "Tino" Fabrizio hasn't been claiming the threat money he extorts from his clients on his taxes, and Lu puts Tara in charge of the team liaising with the FBI and local authorities to take him down. Tara goes undercover as a college student / waitress so she can spy on him from within--at his wife's restaurant. Does the wife know Tino is a mafia-style crime boss? Is she in on it? Do their daughters know and turn a blind eye? On the plus side, she goes home from every shift laden with left Giustino "Tino" Fabrizio hasn't been claiming the threat money he extorts from his clients on his taxes, and Lu puts Tara in charge of the team liaising with the FBI and local authorities to take him down. Tara goes undercover as a college student / waitress so she can spy on him from within--at his wife's restaurant. Does the wife know Tino is a mafia-style crime boss? Is she in on it? Do their daughters know and turn a blind eye? On the plus side, she goes home from every shift laden with leftover Italian food...and usually a cannoli! She may pack on the "freshman 15" on this case. Not a nail-biter...there's really only one chapter like that, but Tara Holloway is always a good read--quick & witty...and it's a cozy mystery series where the lead character is actually *supposed* to be getting into these tricky situations so she's trained for it!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    This is a wonderful book. I enjoyed it, being a IRS Tax Agent comes with a lot of dangers when you have to go undercover to catch the bad guys. But working in an Italian Restaurant to catch the owners husband that is using his business to extort money from business and individuals come with just a few good perks. One of them every night getting to come home with dinner and a Chocolate Cannoli. Having the whole team watching your back to catch the bad guys is also a help when they guy you are dat This is a wonderful book. I enjoyed it, being a IRS Tax Agent comes with a lot of dangers when you have to go undercover to catch the bad guys. But working in an Italian Restaurant to catch the owners husband that is using his business to extort money from business and individuals come with just a few good perks. One of them every night getting to come home with dinner and a Chocolate Cannoli. Having the whole team watching your back to catch the bad guys is also a help when they guy you are dating is working across the parking lot undercover also. I loved this book and recommend it to everyone who loves a good story with a lot of interesting twist and turns,

  17. 4 out of 5

    Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews

    I love this series and this book was no different. The witty dialogue, dangerous situations and even the romance make it one of my favorites. It doesn't hurt that it is set in Dallas (close to where I live) and involves the IRS (I work for a CPA so can relate a bit more). Oh and this book made me hungry when it mentions chocolate cannoli's from Tara's most recent undercover work. I enjoy Tara and Nick's relationship and can't wait to see where it goes. I love this series and this book was no different. The witty dialogue, dangerous situations and even the romance make it one of my favorites. It doesn't hurt that it is set in Dallas (close to where I live) and involves the IRS (I work for a CPA so can relate a bit more). Oh and this book made me hungry when it mentions chocolate cannoli's from Tara's most recent undercover work. I enjoy Tara and Nick's relationship and can't wait to see where it goes.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Vivian

    As always, another great addition to the series. This time Tara is up against a dangerous mobster as well as a conman cheating the elderly out of prepaid vacations. The author toggles between the two cases in a way that doesn't annoy the reader. I thoroughly enjoy the cast of characters in this series - love the undercover work in this book. Who knew the IRS was so much fun? But a warning - don't read this on an empty stomach because an integral part of the story involves Italian food!!! As always, another great addition to the series. This time Tara is up against a dangerous mobster as well as a conman cheating the elderly out of prepaid vacations. The author toggles between the two cases in a way that doesn't annoy the reader. I thoroughly enjoy the cast of characters in this series - love the undercover work in this book. Who knew the IRS was so much fun? But a warning - don't read this on an empty stomach because an integral part of the story involves Italian food!!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Enjoyed the story though it did take longer than I anticipated to read it. The characters from previous books are progressing quite nicely, glad that Nick and Tara are still a couple and life is going along smoothly other then having to deal with an occasional case that keeps them apart. Looking forward to the next book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nancy H

    These books are always good, and it is always interesting to see what undercover operation Tara has to do in her job as Special Agent for the IRS. The latest here is not only entertaining, but the descriptions of the Italian food, especially the cannoli, made me hungry!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Linda Quick

    Another winner in the Tara Holloway series. The author has mastered the genre and blends mystery and humor together perfectly. It's a stand alone novel, but you really owe it to yourself to read all the books in the series. Another winner in the Tara Holloway series. The author has mastered the genre and blends mystery and humor together perfectly. It's a stand alone novel, but you really owe it to yourself to read all the books in the series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jocelyn Jacobson

    Not a series to be read again. Just not as interesting as most cozies where you are trying to figure out the murderer. You know the target all along.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    Great mystery

  24. 5 out of 5

    Josi

    Another great Tara Holloway book. I love this cast of characters. The mystery was great and she didn't have to use her gun. Ready for the next one. Another great Tara Holloway book. I love this cast of characters. The mystery was great and she didn't have to use her gun. Ready for the next one.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Reva

    Very cute Series. Looking forward to reading more.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Similar to a Stephanie Plum mystery but not as slapsticky.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kay Hudson

    Just as funny as ever, as Tara goes undercover as a waitress at an Italian bistro run by a mobster's wife. Just as funny as ever, as Tara goes undercover as a waitress at an Italian bistro run by a mobster's wife.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Overall loved the story. Gave it 3 stars because the build-up took too long and things wrapped up too quickly at the end.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ginny Tata-Phillips

    Another fun special IRS agent read from Diane Kelly!

  30. 5 out of 5

    BooBooKitty

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