Death, Taxes, and Pecan Pie

A Tara Holloway Novel

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People are going a little nutty in this new case for IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway!

Tara is looking for a fun, relaxing time with her family at Pecan Palooza: a full-day festival dedicated to celebrating the nut that put the tiny town of Pecan Crossing on the map. Between a parade, carnival games, rides, the Pecan Princess pageant, and several pecan bake-offs, Tara wants quality time with her fiancé Nick before their upcoming nuptials.

But when a mysterious woman in a hat shows some suspicious behavior and the bake-off winners don’t look that surprised when they win...could the competitions be rigged? Despite the lack of evidence, Tara is determined to dethrone the cheaters and make sure the actual winners can have their pie and eat it too.

A lead-in to the series finale, Death, Taxes, and Pecan Pie is a sweet treat!

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St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Published on
Oct 3, 2017
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Pages
90
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ISBN
9781250094926
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
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'Tis the season for death, taxes, and maybe even love under the mistletoe...

Death, Taxes, and Mistletoe Mayhem is a brand-new holiday novella from award-winning author Diane Kelly!

Christmas is fast approaching when IRS Special Agent Tara is assigned a new case involving a jewelry wholesaler who's repeatedly claimed large theft losses on her tax returns. Was Nadine Gramercy really robbed, or were the thefts a mere ruse to pocket tax-free profits? Tara believes Nadine belongs at the top of Santa's "naughty" list. Her investigation takes her to Chisholm Trail mall, where she meets Fort Worth Police Officer Megan Luz and her fluffy K-9 partner, Brigit. Though Megan believes Tara is barking up the wrong tree, she agrees to provide backup if a bust goes down. Moreover, they decide to team up as matchmakers to find love for Chris Rasmussen, a pediatric nurse who moonlights at the mall playing Santa Claus. Chris has a warm heart and a body that's hot enough to melt to the polar ice caps. This sexy-yet-sad shopping mall Santa was recently dumped by his fickle fiancée, leaving the not-so-old elf more jilted than jolly. Can Tara and Megan solve the crime...and lift Santa's spirits in time for Christmas?



Look for Death, Taxes, and Green Tea Ice Cream—available now!—from St. Martin's Paperbacks.



Praise for Diane Kelly's Tara Holloway novels:

"Smart, sassy, and so much fun!"—New York Times bestselling author Gemma Halliday

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

"Tara Holloway [is] a kindred spirit to Stephanie Plum: feisty and tenacious...laughs and nonstop action."—RT Book Reviews





ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Diane Kelly is a former CPA and tax attorney, who had several brushes with white-collar criminals during her career. When she realized her experiences made excellent fodder for novels, her fingers hit the keyboard and thus began her Special Agent Tara Holloway romantic mystery series. 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. Diane's fiction, tax, and humor pieces have appeared in True Love Magazine, Writer's Digest Yearbook, Romance Writers Report, Byline Magazine, and other publications.

From USA Today bestelling author A. Garnder...

When Poppy Peters takes an internship in Paris working for a top pastry chef, she realizes that bakery life isn't all cupcakes and frosting. The sous pastry chef dislikes foreigners, her mentor only speaks French, and to top that all off she finds the groom of the wedding she's catering dead in his own backyard. But Lord Dovington wasn't just a handsome royal waiting to sweep his bride-to-be off of her feet. He was also a well-known playboy with a long line of vengeful exes.

 

Now, as one of the prime suspects, Poppy must prove she's innocent . . . and that her recipe for chocolate macaroons isn't to blame. But the clock is ticking, and with a missing diamond, a break-in, and a hot batch of reporters on her tail, Poppy has a lot of sifting to do. Will she find the killer before she too gets baked?

 

**Recipes Included**

 

 

Poppy Peters Mysteries:

Southern Peach Pie & A Dead Guy (book #1)

Chocolate Macaroons and a Dead Groom (book #2)

Ice Cream Bombes and Stolen Thongs (short story in the "Killer Beach Reads" collection)

 

What critics are saying:

 

"A sweet and satisfying mystery that will leave you hungry for more! A. Gardner's Poppy Peters Mysteries have earned a place on my keeper shelf!"

—Gemma Halliday, New York Times & USA Today bestselling mystery author

 

"I defy anyone to read this and not want a piece of pie. This is a book that can probably be finished in one sitting which is a good thing, because it will give you time to try your hand at something to satisfy those cravings. I do know that I plan to bring fresh baked cookies and a glass of milk with me when I read the next book in this series."

—Madderly Review

 "One of the best perks of summer is eating a warm slice of Georgia peach pie. Throw in a murder and you’ve got the makings of a juicy cozy mystery. Southern Peach Pie and a Dead Guy: A Poppy Peters Mystery by debut author A. Gardner is a delicious e-book."

—MomTrends, Ebook Pick for Summer

 Book Five in the harrowing and heartwarming Supper Club Mystery series by New York Times bestselling author Ellery Adams!

 

“Sprinkled with delightful characters and topped off with a dash of suspense.” —Romantic Times Book Reviews

 

Librarian James Henry and the supper club will have more than enough food for thought trying to count calories and catch a killer . . .

 

Reluctantly visiting humble Quincy’s Gap to create a special wedding cake, celebrity chef the “Diva of Dough” is not nearly as sweet as her delectable confections, and it’s just a matter of time before she alienates everyone she meets. When her corpse is discovered, covered in cake batter no less, there are more than a few locals who think she got her just desserts. And despite their own distaste for the woman, James and his friends know they have to rise to the occasion and solve the murder.

 

With clues and suspects few and far between, the supper club members realize that catching the culprit will be anything but a cake walk. And when a second victim turns up dead, they’ll have to quickly discard any half-baked notions about the killer . . . before they all get iced.

 Includes mouthwatering recipes!

 

This is a brand-new, fully revised edition of a book originally published under the name J. B. Stanley.


Praise for the Supper Club Mystery Series:

 

“Heavy on fun, light on gore, this savory mystery comes complete with yummy recipes.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Foodies will love the recipes and fans the new adventures of the five friends.” —Kirkus Reviews

 

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