Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Death, Taxes and a Satin Garter

Happy Wednesday!  I hope all of you are enjoying this beautiful sunny day!  I was awakened this morning with a crash.  I go to look (to make sure my mother had not hurt herself) and found Lil' Dickens (my youngest cat) locked in mother's bathroom.  While he was waiting to be rescued, he decided to explore (who can blame him).  He found the window and my mother's plants.  One plant now needs a new pot! The book I am reviewing today I somehow overlooked (I am not sure how it happened) when doing my reviews in August.  

Death, Taxes and a Satin Garter by Diane Kelly is the tenth book in A Tara Holloway Novel series.  Tara Holloway is a special agent for IRS Criminal Investigations in Dallas, Texas.  Her latest client is Florence “Flo” Cash who owns a local radio station.  Flo has stated on her tax returns that the station is barely breaking even since she took over its ownership.  Tara knows that Flo is being deceptive, and she is determined to get the truth.  Flo is equally determined and uses the radio to voice her displeasure.  Tara has also been assigned a special case by her boss, Lu Lobozinski.  Three women have been “catfished” and they would like justice.  Morgan Walker (an alias) dated each of the women and after three dates he asked them to a cash a check for him.  After giving him the money, they never saw Morgan again (of course). The check would then bounce, leaving each women owing the bank.  Tara has to think outside the box to catch this culprit.  During her off time, Tara is busy helping her friend, Alicia plan her wedding and organizing the bachelorette party.  This leaves little time for her relationship with fellow agent, Nick Pratt.  Read Death, Taxes and a Satin Garter to see if Tara will be able to reel in Flo Cash and Morgan Walker.

Death, Taxes and a Satin Garter was an enjoyable book to read.  I have to admit to chuckling a few times while reading this book.  I liked the investigations.  I had no clue was “catfishing” was before this novel (to me it relates to fishing).  I also cannot imagine going to such lengths to avoid paying taxes.  If Flo had put as much thought into her business, she would be wildly successful.  While Death, Taxes and a Satin Garter is a part of a series, it can easily be read alone.  We get the necessary background information needed to read (and understand) the book.  I liked Tara Holloway.  Tara comes across as a strong, determined woman.  I liked the ending, and it will make readers sigh with pleasure.  I give Death, Taxes and a Satin Garter 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it).  The book has good writing, nice pace, a little romance, and just the right amount of humor.  This book has introduced me to a whole new series to read.  I will be adding more books to my TBR list. I hope I have also introduced you to a new cozy mystery series to read and enjoy.

The next book in the series is Death, Taxes and Sweet Potato Fries. It will be out in February 2017.  There are nine other books in A Tara Holloway Novel series.  You can find the complete list on Amazon. You can follow Diane Kelly on Facebook.  I received a complimentary copy of Death, Taxes and a Satin Garter from NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.  The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.

Thank you for visiting.  May all of you have a wonderful evening.  I am off to read Mattie's Pledge by Jan Drexler and enjoy my dinner.  I will return tomorrow to review Pumpkin Picking with Murder by Auralee Wallace. Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

No comments:

Post a Comment