Thursday 2 November 2017

Book ~ "Death, Taxes, and a Shotgun Wedding" (2017) Diane Kelly

From Goodreads ~ For IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway, this case is personal.

Wedding bells are ringing as Tara and her soon-to-be-husband, Nick, prepare for their big day. But along with all the RSVP cards are a series of death threats from an unknown source. The culprit must be someone from an earlier investigation - a white-collar criminal with a red-hot grudge - but Tara has run across too many lawbreakers to narrow down the search. And time, like her biological clock, is ticking. 

Now, while dodging attempts on her life, Tara also finds herself embroiled in a rental scam in which a heartless crook is ripping people off left and right. Will she be able to track down the con artist and make it down the aisle in one piece? Or will "til death do us part" come before Tara can even say "I do"? 

Tara is a Special Agent with the IRS.  She has recently gotten engaged to fellow Special Agent, Nick, and they are planning their wedding.  While mailing their wedding invitations, someone tries to run Tara over.  She doesn't initially take it personally until she starts getting death threats.  Then she starts digging into her past to see who would be seeking revenge ... and that list is long.

In the meantime, Tara is looking for a scammer who is renting out apartments ... but doesn't actually own the apartments.  He's collecting the down payments and then disappearing.  The renters doesn't realize this until they go to get the keys and move in.

I've read many books by this author and I thought this one was just okay.  I liked the writing style ... it was funny and sarcastic at times. It is written in first person perspective from Tara's point of view.  As a head's up, there is some swearing.

It is the twelfth and final book in the Tara Holloway series (I've read them all and like this series).  Though it is part of a series, it works as a stand alone and you don't have to read the others to know what's going on but it helps, especially this one since it's the last one and there are lots of references to cases in the past.  I thought the "whodunnit" was a let down and was a bit disappointed that it ended that way.  And the escapade just before the wedding was ridiculous.  While I'm going to miss this series, yes, it was time for it to end.

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