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Death, Taxes, and Green Tea Ice Cream (Tara Holloway #6)

4.21  ·  Rating Details  ·  387 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
Fired. Tara Holloway can’t believe it. After all she’s done for the IRS, a few too many shots fired from her weapon and suddenly she’s public enemy number one. To add insult to injury, another agent has replaced her, and a ten-million-dollar assault case is hanging over her head. So much for traveling to Tokyo with Special Agent Nick Pratt, former partner and current boyfr ...more
Paperback, 310 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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BJ Rose
Apr 28, 2014 BJ Rose rated it really liked it
I usually start a series at the beginning of the series, but I guess my brain was out to lunch when I got this one, because I thought I was starting at the beginning. It didn't take much reading for me to figure out that there were things I should already know, so I looked it up and saw #6 in the title - big Oops!

Nevertheless, I really enjoyed Tara and her friends and co-workers, and immediately requested the first 4 books from the library (that's all they had). Even though I now know how #5 end
Sep 05, 2014 Melodie rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014
I really wasn't crazy about the previous book in this series, but liked this one much better. Tara's life isn't going so great and a lot is being dumped on her, but she keeps on plugging along. She's lost her job, the government is bringing excessive force charges against her and then there's the civil case. Things go from bad to worse, but when the chips are down you find out who you can count on. I've enjoyed this series from the beginning. Maybe a little more on the "chick lit" side than cozy ...more
This is another, cute entry in this typically quirky cozy mystery series. It's not the best book in the series, not for Tara who is facing the very serious repurcussions of her actions in the last book, and not for me as a reader because there was too little Nick and because I do happen to think Tara is somewhat guilty of what she's been accused. I also think Tara's marksmanship skills border on the ludicrous but this is a cozy mystery after all, so I guess the point is to not take anything too ...more
❂ Jennifer
Mar 03, 2014 ❂ Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Not my favorite - probably my least favorite because life dumps on Tara, but it's still a strong entry in a great series.

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Feb 08, 2014 Sunsettowers rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy, suspense
(I received this book from a Goodreads Giveaway)

I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. It wasn't even that I didn't enjoy the read, just that it was merely okay, resulting in me being unlikely to pick up this series again. The protagonist is fun (though I definitely don't think she's as awesome as Stephanie Plum, as some reviews suggested), and her romance is cute, but the big problem for me was the lack of an actual mystery in what had been billed in so many reviews as a mystery se
Kathy Steakley
Oct 03, 2014 Kathy Steakley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this girl.

Special Agent Tara Holloway is the perfect blend of clever, fun, brilliant, down-to-earth and unforgettable. Just when I think Dianne Kelly has no where new to take her character, there are surprises up and down and all around. These books are filled with action, romance, suspense and humor. Nick, Lobo, Eddie, Tara's parents and the rest of the supporting crew have such well written banter, interaction and intriguing stories it makes these novels irresistible. I'm always beyond
Feb 23, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I received a free copy of this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book, Death, Taxes, and Green Tea Ice Cream, by Diane Kelly. It was light and fun but if you’re looking for a serious murder mystery this isn’t the book for you. Tara Holloway is or should I say was a Special Agent with the IRS. The book opens with the reader learning she has just been fired from her job and she has no idea what she is going to do with her life. Does that sound familiar to anyone? But
Jan 24, 2014 Melanie rated it liked it
Full review available on AAR -

There is a trick to combining romance with other genres like mystery and suspense. You need to have more than a romance novel with a mystery tacked on, or a mystery novel that has a relationship - there has to be an actual blend of the two, in my mind. Unfortunately, I’ve read far too many that simply don’t fit the bill. While this one was a bit hit-or-miss with the mystery, the characters carried the story well beyond what I
Teena in Toronto
Sep 02, 2014 Teena in Toronto rated it liked it
Tara has recently been fired as an IRS agent because in her last case, she fired four shots into Don, a slimy dog's leg. In addition, she is being charged with using excessive force and Don is suing her for $10 million dollars in damages. She hires a lawyer and is counting the days 'til she may lose her freedom. In the meantime, her former boss gets her a job in the audit department ... she misses the action of being an IRS agent but at least she's making money again.

This is the sixth book in th
Staci Gadberry
Feb 16, 2014 Staci Gadberry rated it really liked it
I won this book in a giveaway and am so happy I did! I absolutely loved it. There was a time in the very beginning where I thought the entire book may be 'bogged down' by tax terminology and procedures, legal proceedings, etc (which really don't interest me much). However, as I read more and more, I grew to love Tara and became invested in the tax/legal procedures because I wanted to know how they would affect her in the end. This was also a book that literally had me laughing out loud at times ...more
Mar 16, 2014 Dottie rated it it was amazing
An action-packed cozy mystery that will keep you guessing! Taken from my review at

Tara Holloway has risked her life more than once while performing her duties as an IRS Special Agent, but when she shoots Don Geils, a lowlife criminal, four times in the leg during a bust, her actions are declared unjustified and she loses her job. Then the criminal, in the midst of plea bargaining, sues her for nearly twenty-five hundred dollars in doctor bills plus ten million in punitive dam
Oct 22, 2013 Chelsey rated it it was amazing
This series, along with Tara Holloway, have stolen my heart. Tara is a kick butt heroine with some series butt-stomping skills. She is fierce and passionate about what she does. This series continues to develop in a positive way, and give readers new cases and brand new characters to grip ahold of! At the start of this book, and the end of the last one, readers learn that Tara has been fired from her job, and for someone like Tara this constitutes a mental breakdown. But as always, Nick steps in ...more
Alannah Davis
Nov 23, 2013 Alannah Davis rated it it was amazing
This is the first I've read of Diane Kelly's work, and I want more!

IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway, who has been fired for the way in which she shot down a particularly odious bad guy, is one of the best series heroines I've come across in ages. She's smart, snappy, realistically vulnerable, and uses salty language. A refreshing change from the squeaky-clean, cookie-cutter gaggle of bakery shop owners and chefs that seem to be all the rage these days.

Tara's former boss gets Tara another job wit
May 19, 2016 Margaret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marvelous, funny, and clever series

Diane Kelly gives her readers a likable, honest hero. Tara Holloway is a down-to-earth IRS agent that doesn't take kindly to people who cheat other people and the IRS. This is a delightful series about the good IRS agents. Start with the first book and don't stopped until you are at latest book. This series is cute, funny with a little romance thrown in for good measure.
Nov 20, 2014 Terri rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Tara Holloway is in trouble now. She's not only fired from her job, but she is also fighting a court battle with the scumbag she shot. What will she do? Will she ever get her job back. Death, Taxes, and Green Tea Ice Cream is a cozy crime novel that can answer all of these question and much more.

As with many of the fun-loving characters who happen to be involved in investigations and law enforcement, this book does not disappoint with the combination of humor, heart and action-packed crime solv
Nancy H
Feb 03, 2014 Nancy H rated it it was amazing
I really like this series, and I could not put this one down. In this one, the main character finds herself on the other side of several lawsuits that could be debilitating to her life and to her career. Fortunately, her family and friends stood by her, plus she had a good lawyer, and somehow managed to survive what was definitely a traumatic situation. I hope the author writes a lot more of these books, and very quickly!
Kay Hudson
Sep 20, 2015 Kay Hudson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I love the Tara Holloway series, even though I've managed to fall behind. This one has cases involving counterfeit phones, fake debt collectors, and chocolate cow patties, but most of Tara's problems come from being fired (at the end of the last book), sued by the man she shot, and charged with excessive force. Somehow Kelly manages to make even those troubles funny. And I'm on to the next one!
Rosemary K
Oct 06, 2013 Rosemary K rated it it was amazing
Tara Holloway is having a really difficult time. She is fired from her job as an IRS Special Agent. The DA is filing charges against her for excessive force. The only thing going for her is her love life. Nick is there for her but what will happen if she goes to jail. This is not the way to spend the Christmas Holiday! Tara is not going to give in. She's no damsel in distress. Diane Kelly has written a story that is filled with non-stop action and adventure. I love Tara's romance with Nick. They ...more
D Nichols
Nov 14, 2015 D Nichols rated it did not like it
One of those stories told in the first person so we get all her thoughts as well as her actions. Couldn't read very much - had to give it up - just couldn't hold my interest.
Karen Leonard
Sep 21, 2014 Karen Leonard rated it really liked it
I really like these series of Tara Holloway, a gun toting IRS Special Investigation Agent. It's entertaining and informative in what goes on in the world of the IRS.
Mar 31, 2015 Vivian rated it really liked it
If you are not reading this series, you are seriously missing out on an entertaining read and some absolutely hilarious adventures with Tara Holloway, IRS special agent! Start with book one and don't stop until you get to the latest release!
Mar 31, 2015 Angela rated it really liked it
Enjoyed the story, glad that things worked out for Tara but still wondering why Brett had a reappearance in the story no matter how brief.
Nov 12, 2013 Elaine rated it it was amazing
LOVED LOVED LOVED IT. Not a big surprise there. As always. Just hate it took me so long to read it. But I finally had the wonderful pleasure of doing so. This one made me cry even, a few times. But it was so worth it. Tara was hit at every possible angle from not killing the pimp/crack selling Don Geils and was made to look as though she was the bad person for sparing his life. She actually went to another level to seek guidance and was shocked by their knowledge. One thing that Tara had from th ...more
Jul 04, 2015 Shirl rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put it down. It was fast moving and almost unbelievable
Apr 16, 2014 Jean added it
Another good read about Annie Oakley of the IRS.
Jan 26, 2015 Betty rated it it was amazing
fast moving and I love the idea of an ass kicking women
Jan 11, 2014 Gretchen rated it really liked it
These books always contain interesting cases that Tara takes on as an IRS special agent. This is a carry-over from the one before. She is being taken to court on an excessive force charge by the bad guy in book #5. Still good. Can't wait for #7.
Diana Senn
Mar 17, 2014 Diana Senn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Love it, easy to read, characters well build, scene believable. Every chapter lead to wanting more. Female sharpshooter, who's bosses could not believe in her abilities as a special agent for the irs. She can out shot just about everyone and proofs it. The bad guy tries to take her to court and the book is built around the court proceedings and still bagging the bad guys.

A women to be reckoned with, for sure a must read
Apr 28, 2014 Kim rated it it was amazing
It could only end one way, duh, but how you get there is really funny.
Dec 21, 2013 Marcella rated it liked it
This is an entertaining quick read that provides knowledge of some of inner happenings at the IRS while preparing a mystery for the Special Agents to solve. Well written although a little more female dependance on a male in her life than I usually like. The stage has been set for a series.
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