Sunday 31 July 2016

Book ~ "Death, Taxes, and a Satin Garter" (2016) Diane Kelly

From Goodreads ~ Can IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway break up a clever ring of tax cheats who love money, dishonor the IRS and disobey the laws of justice?

When Tara agreed to be her best friend’s maid of honor, she knew it would be a ton of work. But planning a bachelorette party is a piece of (wedding) cake compared to her latest mission for the IRS. Her target is radio host Florence “Flo” Cash, star of “The Flo Cash Cash Flow Show.” Not only has Flo been giving her listeners shady tax advice, she’s set up an elaborate barter system that leaves Uncle Sam out of the equation - and Tara tied in knots.

While Flo flouts the IRS at every turn, Tara has yet another case to tackle: a catfishing Casanova who’s relieved several lonely ladies of their cash, credit cards and dignity. 

When her best friend’s big day arrives, it’s all Tara can do to keep from crying uncle. But when Tara snatches the bridal bouquet and her boyfriend Nick catches the satin garter, could Tara’s days of filing single tax returns be over?

Tara is a Special Agent with the IRS.  She has two cases on the go.  Florence Cash is the owner of a once thriving radio station.  She lives lavishly yet is paying herself a low salary, thus paying not a lot in taxes.  Tara knows something is up and determines that Flo is running a barter system ... giving out free advertising time on her radio station in return for stuff.  She's not cooperating and Tara is determined to bring her down.  The other case is that of a guy who is using online dating sites to attract women and then have them cash bad cheques for him.  Tara poses as a potential dater to get justice for the women he's taken advantage of.

The other focus for Tara is that her best friend, Alicia, is getting married soon (hence the satin garter reference in the title) and Tara is one of her brides maids ... which means planning the bachelorette party and helping with the wedding preparations.

I enjoyed this book and thought the two plots were interesting.  I liked the writing style ... it was funny and sarcastic. It is written in first person perspective from Tara's point of view.  Tara and Nick (Tara's boyfriend and fellow IRS agent) are good together.

It is the tenth book in the Tara Holloway series (I've read the previous ones and really enjoy this series) and the twelfth book I've read by this author.  It works as a stand alone as there was enough information from the past ones so you know what's going on.

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