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Death, Taxes, and a French Manicure by Diane Kelly
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This is a combination romance/mystery. It has as the main character IRS special agent Tara Holloway. It's more in the cozy genre, but Tara is a good shot, former tomboy who wears designer labels (bought at steep discount), and sports a french manicure. This first book in the series has Tara paired up with a female DEA agent to take down a drug dealing ice cream vendor. It gives Tara a gal pal, but the really big case is Tara's pursuit of a slick guy who may be running a Ponzi scheme. It just so happens some of the evidence makes it look like Tara's new boyfriend may be part of the scheme. Is Brett a good guy, or is he a con artist too? That's what Tara must wrestle with in her personal life, while she untangles the maze of evidence against the bad guys in her professional life as IRS agent. This is a quick, enjoyable, "don't have to think too hard" read. I thought her characters believable for the genre.There's humor, there's sex, and a mystery. As satisfying as the chicken fried steaks and Mom's cherry pie that Tara's Texas mom serves up.
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