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Death, Taxes, and Hot-Pink Leg Warmers

(Tara Holloway #5)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  574 ratings  ·  50 reviews
It’s bad enough that Tara has to go on trial against the mortgage-frauding “Tennis Racketeers” who cheated banks and homeowners out of millions in between doubles matches. Now she has to go undercover—in a strip club—to strip the sleazeball owner of his indeed illegal livelihood. At least she’s working as a bookkeeper, not a pole dancer. And who needs tips when her ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was ok

From the book jacket: It’s bad enough that Tara has to go on trial against the mortgage-frauding “Tennis Racketeers” who cheated banks and homeowners of millions in between doubles matches. Now she has to go undercover – in a strip club – to strip the sleazeball owner of his indeed illegal livelihood. At least she’s working as a bookkeeper, not a pole dancer. And who needs tips when her undercover crush, Special Agent Nick, is the club’s bodyguard?

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This is book five in the series
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Another hilarious installment in this series. I love spending time with IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway, who can't seem to stay out of trouble in the line of duty.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine.

Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge
I really enjoyed this book! Tara's cases were interesting and I love the relationship between Tara and Nick. I really wish the book had ended about a chapter before it did since I did not like what happened at the very end. Luckily I am reading the next book later this month so I will see what happens next!
K.C. Hilton
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG! That ending! Damn good stuff! A+++ Well done, Kelly.
Tina Axell
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Lucky me, I started reading this series just a couple months ago and was able to finish one book and dive right into the next. Now I will have to wait a couple of months for the next installment to be released...and what a cliffhanger Ms. Kelly has left on this one! Can't wait to meet up with Tara and Nick again!
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is probably one of my favorite within the series... I can't wait to read the next one!! :)

Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A good book, as both series has been. APL
Diane Segura
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Funny and entertaining. Loved this book.
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lou is one of my favorite characters in this series.
Sylvia McIvers
I usually enjoy this series. This book, not so much.
There's a double plot, The Tennis Racketeers cheating on real estate mortgages and a strip club dealing drugs & not paying taxes on that income.

There's some lovely snark at the rich racketeers, some lovely pathos at the club, and the humor seems to be directed at Tara's fat, fat boss deciding to get some exercise in, wait for it, hot pink legwarmers & clothing several decades out of date. Bleah. Although the other context where the
Chelsey Wolford
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Tara Holloway and I are best friends. I am serious. If she were a real character, we would be the best of friends. Diane Kelly is a phenomenal writer and I agree with many other reviews I have read in saying that this is the best book in the series yet. Diane writes this fast-paced lifestyle and these characters that all feel real. I have never been so interested in tax evasion before this series! The only thing that I always hate about her books is that I am left wanting more, and in this case ...more
Lynn Spencer
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, chick-lit
4.5 stars This is one of the more entertaining installments in the Tara Holloway series. Yes, some of the tired old gags are still there but they're not relied upon quite as heavily this time around. In their place, we get some real storytelling and it's good stuff.

First of all, those who have been reading the entire series are going to want to know which guy Tara ends up with. This book pretty much resolves it - at least for now. I'm not usually a fan of love triangles. However, the author
My Book Addiction and More MBA
I liked the general plot of this book- going undercover to catch the bad guys, while dealing with the day to day of the usual casework, throw in a hot partner and there ya go. I didn’t know this was a 3rd or 4th book of a series, or I would have been aware of the fact the main character is in the IRS, and talks way too much about taxes and people getting over on the government. I, myself, am not a fan of taxes, so that was a bit distracting to me and decreased my level of enjoyment a bit. Most ...more
Teena in Toronto
Jul 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Tara is an IRS agent and has two cases on the go. Four men dubbed the "Tennis Racketeers" have ripped off desperate homeowners and taken their homes. Tara and her partner, Eddie, investigate and testify at the trial. In the other case, Tara becomes an undercover bookkeeper at a strip club where it's suspected the slimy owner is dealing drugs. Nick, Tara's new boyfriend and fellow IRS agent, is also working undercover at the club as a bodyguard,

This is the fifth book in the Tara Holloway series
May 30, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was so not as good as the last 4 were. I've come to really enjoy this series and was kind of disappointed with the events in this one.

Like for example the major killer cliffhanger. Why oh why did she do that to me! Then there was the fact that I hated most of the secondary characters in the book mainly the strip club workers.

Also the overly happy ending to the romances in the book were annoying. Oh and the build up towards Nick and Tara's special night really lead to disappointment
❂ Jennifer
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Well, I'm not sure about then ending, but the rest of this book is excellent! Great characters, snappy dialogue and excellent story lines.

I enjoy the way the author goes between two or more story lines in these books, each story lines is a nice break from the other and it keeps things interesting. The main plot line was intense, so the secondary plot offered a breather and I enjoyed reading about the individual agencies working together.

The sexual tension between Nick and Tara is excellent and
Nov 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
While I didn't like this book as much as the previous two entries in the series it was still an enjoyable book overall. This time around Tara and the gang are out to bring down a club owner who may or may not be running drugs and prostitution out of his business. On the personal front, Tara and Nick are finally free to explore their relationship, but with some limitations. I found those limitations annoying and rather than ratcheting up the sexual tension I actually think this plot point ...more
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the fifth book in the series, and Diane Kelly does not disappoint. This book has Tara working twice as hard as normal, literally. They are investigating the "Tennis Racketeers" who bilked unsuspecting people out of millions with their mortgage scam, and working undercover at a strip joint who may be serving more than pole dances and alcohol. Tara is working as a bookkeeper at the joint, while Nick is a security/bouncer, and Christina is working as a cocktail waitress. Lobo has started a ...more
Kay Hudson
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I love Kelly's Tara Holloway series. In this book, Tara is going after mortgage fraud by day, working undercover (as a bookkeeper) at a strip club by night, and thinking about getting together with Nick Pratt just about all the time. Full of secondary characters we've come to know (including Christina the DEA agent) and a few new ones.

Each of these books has at least one scene that truly makes me laugh out loud. In Hot Pink Leg Warmers, that scene involves a Vietnamese grandmother with OCD and
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
OH MY GOSH!!! This is the best one yet. Lobo did not fail to impress AT ALL. Nick and the 'stach, oh my. I think I may have had a few hot flashes. Loved Tara's names for everyone at the club, to include Swiss Cheese, BAWAHAHA!!! Don't forget the flying turkey, so not expected. Really loved how the reunion went, so fitting for them. But the heat...I am not saying any more, but holy smokes, it was SMOKING!!! I am so happy!! And it wasn't even me, but a girl can dream right? But the two words were ...more
Jul 11, 2013 rated it liked it
I don't understand why many people classify this as a cozy mystery... It read more like a Stephanie Plum novel with a lot of procedural elements and graphic sex scenes. I was surprised by that! The book was witty and moved along pretty quickly but I felt myself drifting at all the court room scenes. Maybe it's because I am In court all the time in my line of work, but I will say that I thought it was nice to read a book where the laws, court scenes, procedures, etc. were all represented pretty ...more
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I didn't know whether to envy or pity poor Tara when the Lobo gifted her with a pair 80s style leg warmers...but they seemed to come in handy (and become a This novel is my favorite so far as I couldn't turn the pages fastest enough or get enough of the one-month-Nick-Tara love trial. TORTURE! Tara and her trigger-happy turkey-tossing-self is my new hero. The story is full of funny one-liners and even funnier characters (machine-gun-sneezer). Diane Kelly left me speechless on the ...more
Jun 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
*I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads*

I really liked this one, although Tara's reasoning for her actions near the end are questionable. I did like the overall story and humor. The ending did make me sit up and say "Wait! Where's the next one!". I really like this series and author. What was really great was Diane signing the book. She's right "A good book is ALWAYS in fashion", especially if that includes pink leg warmers. :D
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, cozies
Love this series! although for a cozy it got a little risque there near the end when Tara and Nick finally hook up! interesting twist in the end so I can't wait to read the next book to see what happens!
Matthew Cousens
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: x_tara-holloway
Love this series. In this book we answered the lingering question of which man Tara will choose to be in her life. I didn't see the twist on the very last page coming. Now where will the plot go in future books? I can't wait to find out!
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, romance
Tara, Nick, Christine and the gang are hip deep in it this time. While Tara is busy with one case, she's also undercover in a strip club. Lots of action, innuendo, and law breaking going on.

I can't wait for the next book in this series to make its appearance.
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another great adventure with Tara and the gang. Tara totally went off the deep end at the end of the assignment which painted her in a very very bad light. And of course there's a cliff hanger that makes automatically jump in to the next book to find out what happens
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I like this series and I like these characters. This one involves two cases, one a trial on a mortgage company scam, and the other a drugs and prostitution bust at a strip club. Also, we find out whether Tara and Nick get together or whether she chooses to go back with Brett.
Liz Lipperman
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Love this series. This author knows how to keep the reader turning the pages and laughing like crazy. The other Tara Holloway adventures were great, but this on is my favorite. Can't wait for the next Holloway adventure.
Jun 18, 2013 added it
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Award-winning author Diane Kelly writes romance and romantic mysteries featuring feisty heroines, quirky sidekicks, and sexy leading men, with humor that leaves readers laughing out loud.

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