Death, Taxes, and a Sequined Clutch

A Tara Holloway Novel

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DIANE KELLY
DEATH, TAXES, AND A SEQUINED CLUTCH
A Death and Taxes Novella

IRS special agent Tara Holloway isn't going to let a perfect opportunity to collect pass her by. Especially when she can do it in sequins and a bedazzled hip holster ...

Death and taxes wait for no woman. And if anything can take Tara's mind off gorgeous temptation Nick Pratt, her new coworker, it's a case at her old accounting firm—involving none other than the arrogant womanizer who humiliated her years ago. Taking down brothers who've lied and cheated their way into millions is a professional satisfaction, but catching Nathan Jamison with his pants down is the most fun Tara can have without Nick. That is, until the bullets start flying...

Don't miss the rest of Diane Kelly's series. Who knew the IRS could be so much fun?

DEATH, TAXES, AND EXTRA-HOLD HAIRSPRAY

DEATH, TAXES, AND A SKINNY NO-WHIP LATTE

DEATH, TAXES, AND A FRENCH MANICURE

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St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Oct 30, 2012
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9781466816992
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English
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Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
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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.

Praise for USA Today bestseller Connie Shelton and the Charlie Parker mysteries:

"Charlie is...just what readers want in an amateur sleuth." -- Booklist

 

"Tension is fast paced..." -- Bookwatch

 

"A well written by-the-book who done it that will enthrall purists." --Midwest Book Review

 

 

Charlie and Drake begin the snowy winter with plans for a dream Christmas honeymoon in a secluded mountain cabin. They will stay three months and operate a helicopter skiing service at the famed Taos Ski Valley, while Charlie works long-distance with her brother's RJP Investigations for the duration of the ski season.

 

No sooner have they settled into their cozy cabin than the mysteries begin to pile up. Drake's assistant, Eloy Romero, is accused of a murder and the evidence looks damning. Charlie agrees to look into the case and finds herself and her sidekick pooch, Rusty, drawn into the world of the Taos art community, entangled with ties to the Catholic church and a fortune in stolen religious artifacts.

 

Here is what others have said:

 

"Shelton again has done a superb job in bringing New Mexico to life in her colorful, vivid description... Readers can only hope the likable characters, fast-paced plots and local color will continue."  -- Albuquerque Journal

 

"Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes." -- The Midwest Book Review

Search words: romantic suspense, mystery series, Charlie Parker, Connie Shelton, Christmas mysteries, Christmas stories, holiday stories, religious artifacts, romance, dogs in mysteries, pet sleuths, cozy mystery series

Praise for USA Today bestseller Connie Shelton:

 

“This novel offers memorable details . . . and an edgy, paranoid atmosphere.” –Booklist

 

“Connie Shelton has another winner.” –The Book Report

 

“Charlie is a good detective and a pleasant companion to unravel a mystery with.” –Mystery News

 

“The best of the series. Memories Can Be Murder demonstrates Connie Shelton’s talent as the audience will find a night with Charlie is an exciting evening.” –Harriet Klausner, online reviewer

 

While stowing boxes away in her attic in preparation for her fiancé’s move-in, Albuquerque CPA Charlie Parker uncovers chilling information about her father — and his work as a scientist during the Cold War years. Worse, she now suspects the fatal plane crash that killed both her parents was murder, and that her father's employer squashed the investigation.

 

Determined to solve the fifteen-year-old crime, Charlie quickly learns that asking questions is dangerous. Soon, dead ends — and dead bodies — have her worried she's next on the hit list. But what secret is worth killing for after all this time? And who is worried enough to go to murderous lengths to keep the door to the truth closed? The shocking answers are tied inexorably with the past — and present — and just might cost Charlie her future.

 

"Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes." --The Midwest Book Review


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"Another delicious read for the beach!" -- The Pilot, Southern Pines, NC

"Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes." --The Midwest Book Review

Tucked into the mountains and valleys of northern New Mexico are the hidden towns, little enclaves of history and tradition--and secrets.

It is to one of these towns, Valle Escondido, that Charlie and her office assistant Sally Bertrand go for a July 4 weekend getaway. But almost immediately after their arrival they receive upsetting news and suddenly Charlie has a new mystery to solve.

Meanwhile, Drake Langston, the handsome helicopter pilot that Charlie met in Hawaii (Vacations Can Be Murder) is still in her life. He's coming to New Mexico for a visit, with the idea that he might convince her to move to Hawaii rather than continuing a long-distance relationship.

The plots intertwine and Charlie finds herself sifting through the clues to discover the hideous secrets harbored in Valle Escondido, while she wrestles with the decisions about her personal life as well.

Here is what others have said:
"A good story and a challenging puzzle." -- Robert O. Greer for National Public Radio

. . . and for the earlier books in this series from USA Today bestseller Connie Shelton....

"Good selection for all collections." -- Library Journal

"Charlie is a fabulous amateur sleuth!" -- Midwest Book Review

"Tension is fast-paced in this involving account" -- Bookwatch

Search words: bestselling mystery series books, crime fiction, New Mexico mystery, Charlie Parker, female sleuths, romantic suspense, pet sleuths, mystery books cozy, mystery books with dogs, mystery books in series, mystery and romance, female sleuth cozy mystery, books set in New Mexico

From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Gemma Halliday...

 

Her name is Bond. Jamie Bond. And she is licensed to kill any pre-nup you can throw at her.

Catching cheating husbands became Jamie Bond's life when her father was shot and wounded on the job, forcing Jamie to take over the family business: The Bond Agency. But three years later, the P.I. is shocked when the gun that wounded her father surfaces during a high-profile murder trial. Is this the connection Jamie's been waiting for to finally nail her father's shooter? But, oddly enough, Derek Bond doesn't seem interested. In fact, if Jamie didn't know better, she'd say he's even trying to stop her from looking into it. Along with her team of bombshell investigators, Jamie suddenly finds herself in the middle of a cold case that's heating up the media, dodging old grudges and new enemies, and questioning the motives of those closest to her. If she can live with the truth, the secrets Jamie uncovers may just bring down more than a marriage this time.

The Jamie Bond Mysteries:
Unbreakable Bond (book #1)
Secret Bond (book #2)

Lethal Bond (book #3)
Bond Bombshell (short story)

Here's what critics are saying about Gemma Halliday's books:

"A saucy combination of romance and suspense that is simply irresistible."
- Chicago Tribune

"Stylish... nonstop action...guaranteed to keep chick lit and mystery fans happy!"
- Publishers' Weekly, starred review

"Smart, funny and snappy… the perfect beach read!"
- Fresh Fiction

'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.

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling series!

Maddie Springer is all about fashion. So when her best friend Dana's movie star boyfriend, Ricky Montgomery, becomes a contestant on the ballroom dance reality hit, Dancing with Celebrities, she is over the moon at the thought of visiting the sparkly, spandexy costumes on the set. That is until Ricky's dance partner is found dead in his dressing room... in the nude! Suddenly the police suspect him of murder, Dana suspects him of cheating on her, and the reporters at the L.A. Informer, Hollywood's most notorious tabloid, have dubbed him "Dancing Death." Now it's up to Maddie to clear his name as she wades through a misfit cast of reality show dancers to find out just who has a grudge against the show's star... and who is in danger of taking their final bow next!

Other Books in the High Heels Series:
#1 Spying in High Heels
#2 Killer in High Heels
#3 Undercover in High Heels
#3.5 Christmas in High Heels (short story)
#4 Alibi in High Heels
#5 Mayhem in High Heels
#5.5 Honeymoon in High Heels (short story)
#5.75 Sweetheart in High Heels (novella)
#6 Fearless in High Heels
#7 Danger in High Heels

#8 Homicide in High Heels

#9 Deadly in High Heels

What critics are saying about The High Heels Mysteries:

"A saucy combination of romance and suspense that is simply irresistible."
- Chicago Tribune

"Stylish... nonstop action...guaranteed to keep chick lit and mystery fans happy!"
- Publishers’ Weekly, starred review

"Smart, funny and snappy…the perfect beach read!"
- Fresh Fiction

"A roller coaster ride full of fun and excitement!"
- Romance Reviews Today

"Gemma Halliday writes like a seasoned author leaving the reader hanging on to every word, every clue, every delicious scene of the book. It’s a fun and intriguing mystery full of laughs and suspense."
- Once Upon A Romance

What readers are saying about The High Heels Mysteries:

"Do you like Janet Evanovich, James Patterson, Sue Grafton, J.D. Robb, or Stephanie Bond? Then you'll LOVE Gemma Halliday's High Heels series!"
- Nikki

"The high heels books are one part Fashion Police's Joan Rivers, one part Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, and one part Agatha Christie cozy - which all add up to pure fun."
- Jessica

"Laugh out loud fun! Lucy and Ethel have met their match with Maddie Springer and her sidekick Dana."
- Alexandra

"If you like Dancing with the Stars, you're going to love this book! It's the funniest take on the TV show I've ever seen!"
- Debra

 

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling series!

L.A. shoe designer Maddie Springer hasn't seen her father since he reportedly ran off to Las Vegas with a showgirl named Lola. So she's shocked when he leaves a desperate plea for help on her answering machine—ending in a loud bang. Gunshot? Car backfire? Never one to leave her curiosity unsatisfied, Maddie straps on her stilettos and, along with her trigger-happy best friend, makes tracks for Sin City in search of her MIA dad.

Maddie hits the jackpot, all right. She finds not only her dad, but also a handful of aging drag queens, an organized crime ring smuggling fake Prada pumps, and one relentless killer. Plus, it seems the LAPD's sexiest cop is doing a little Vegas moonlighting of his own. In a town where odds are everything, Maddie bets it all on her ability to out-step a vicious murderer. She just hopes her gamble pays off…before her own luck runs out.

Other Books in the High Heels Series:
#1 Spying in High Heels
#2 Killer in High Heels
#3 Undercover in High Heels
#3.5 Christmas in High Heels (short story)
#4 Alibi in High Heels
#5 Mayhem in High Heels
#5.5 Honeymoon in High Heels (short story)
#5.75 Sweetheart in High Heels (novella)
#6 Fearless in High Heels
#7 Danger in High Heels

#8 Homicide in High Heels

#9 Deadly in High Heels

What critics are saying about Killer in High Heels:

"This amusing whodunit scores big. Maddie's winning return, with her bold comical voice and knack for thinking fast on her strappy slingbacks, will elicit cheers from fans of the growing chick mystery field."
~ Publishers' Weekly

"Blending romance and humor, Maddie and her madcap friends are an enjoyable treat."
~ Parkersburg Sentinel

"Readers who crave light mystery mixed with romance will love this book!"
~ Fresh Fiction

"KILLER IN HIGH HEELS is 'packing' with action, hilarity, danger, almost-sex, and fashion wows and woes. Gemma Halliday gives the reader nothing but pure indulgence and fabulous fun!"
~ Once Upon a Romance

"This is a first-rate, humorous mystery and one you can't help but grin and giggle all the way through."
~ Romance Reader at Heart

"KILLER IN HIGH HEELS is a humorous, delectable romp you won't want to miss!"
~ Romance Junkies

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