Author: Diane Kelly

A former tax accountant and attorney, Diane spent several years at an international accounting firm where she had the pleasure of working with a partner later indicted for tax shelter fraud. She also served a stint as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas under an AG who pled guilty to criminal charges related to the tobacco company lawsuits. Given this work history, Diane decided self-employment might be a good idea. She also realized her experiences with white-collar crime made excellent fodder for a novel. Her fingers hit the keyboard and thus began her "Death and Taxes" mystery series.

Diane won the prestigious Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® Award in 2009 and has earned over two dozen RWA chapter awards. Her novel Death, Taxes, and a Skinny No-Whip Latte won a 2012 Reviewers Choice Award.

Diane loves to hear from readers! Visit Diane at www.dianekelly.com. While you're there, sign up for her quarterly newsletter. Find Diane on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dianekellybooks.

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Above the Paw - A Paw Enforcement Novel, #5

Above the Paw
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9781250094841
  • Release: 2016-12-06
  • Author: Diane Kelly
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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The crime-fighting duo of Megan Luz and her K-9 is back—and on the prowl. . .

WILL THEY DIG UP THE TRUTH?

When a rash of college students falls seriously ill after ingesting Molly, a “club drug” also known as ecstasy, Officer Megan Luz and her K-9 partner Brigit are tasked with tracking down the dealers. Going undercover at the university leads Megan closer and closer to infiltrating the drug trafficking ring. But when the investigation implicates her former partner and workplace nemesis, Officer Derek Mackey, Megan’s powers of discernment are put to the test.

OR ARE THEY BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE?

Thwarted when the Feds seize control of the investigation and frustrated by the lack of attention the DEA is putting into the case, Megan continues her own unofficial investigation with Brigit’s help. But when the trail leads them in an unexpected and dangerous direction, Megan and Brigit find their own lives at risk. Can the K-9 team take down those in power? Or are some criminals simply above the law—and paw?

Above the Paw is the fifth book in Diane Kelly's series featuring Police officer Megan Luz and her K-9 dog partner Brigit.


Against the Paw - A Paw Enforcement Novel, #4

Against the Paw
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9781250094803
  • Release: 2016-05-03
  • Author: Diane Kelly
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Police officer Megan Luz and her K-9 partner are on the lookout for a convict who has been unleashed. . .

PAW PATROL IS ON THE CASE

Megan has her sights set on finding a convicted burglar who’s broken his parole, and she has the perfect partner to help sniff him out. Unfortunately, her shepherd-mix Brigit’s dog bowl is already full. A Peeping Tom has been spotted in an affluent Fort Worth neighborhood?and concerned citizens are looking for a few good watchdogs…

TO COLLAR A CRIMINAL

To catch the creep, residents start enlisting volunteers to beef up their Neighborhood Watch group. Which is fine with Megan. She needs to focus on catching a burglar who’s still at large. But when the Peeping Tom patrol grows into a virtual vigilante mob, Megan and Brigit have to jump in paws first?before some very angry people take the law into their own hands…

Against the Paw is the fourth installment in Diane Kelly's Paw Enforcement series.


Death, Taxes, and a Chocolate Cannoli - A Tara Holloway Novel, #9

Death, Taxes, and a Chocolate Cannoli
  • Stars
  • Number: 9781250048332
  • Release: 2015-10-06
  • Author: Diane Kelly
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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TRUE CRIME DOESN'T PAY...TAXES.

IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway has risked her life to take down drug cartels and other dangerous tax frauds. But going after the mob is one offer she can't refuse...

He's no Tony Soprano. Still, local crime boss Giustino "Tino" Fabrizio is one shady character that Tara would love to see behind bars. He operates a security business-or so he claims on his tax forms-but his clients don't feel so secure when it's time to pay up. Problem is, no one can get close enough to nail this wiseguy for extortion. No one, that is, except Tara...


Laying Down the Paw - A Paw Enforcement Novel, #3

Laying Down the Paw
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9781250048363
  • Release: 2015-08-04
  • Author: Diane Kelly
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Police officer Megan Luz and her K-9 partner are back-with a vengeance.

IT'S A DOG-EAT-DOG WORLD.

When a raging tornado hits Forth Worth, Megan's squad car is flipped over-and her devoted police dog, Brigit, is not amused. But that's not all that's upside-down. The streets are littered with looters-and members of a violent street gang-and no local business is safe. It's time to get back on all fours and see that the job of protecting the public is done.

BUT WHO'S LEADER OF THE PACK?

But Megan, outmanned and outgunned, has no choice but to let the gang members get away. Later, when she learns that one of them is a suspect in an unsolved murder case, Megan is determined to see that justice is served. But will she end up in the doghouse? Her investigation has her and Brigit barking up the wrong tree at every turn. Meanwhile, a killer's on the loose....who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

"Kelly's writing is smart and laugh-out-loud funny."-Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author


Death, Taxes, and Cheap Sunglasses - A Tara Holloway Novel, #8

Death, Taxes, and Cheap Sunglasses
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9781250048325
  • Release: 2015-03-03
  • Author: Diane Kelly
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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SHE LOVES HER WORK—CASE CLOSED.IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway can calculate tax penalties to the penny. But seeing the world of white-collar crime through rose-colored glasses? Priceless.Tara’s career comes with a lot of pros and cons—which is a nice way of saying that she’s kick-a$$ in her fight against professional con-artists. And she’s tough enough to deal with all the money-launderers, tax-evaders, and other such criminals who cross her path…Until her own boyfriend, Nick, joins their leagues. Now all bets are off.Nick is about to go deep undercover—and the stakes are higher than Tara could have ever imagined. It’s all part of a joint task force with the DEA to bring down a powerful, violent drug cartel. It’s going to take more than a pair of dime store shades for Tara to bring their dark deeds to light. Can she help Nick without blowing his cover…and ending up in harm’s way herself?


Premiere - Romance Writers of America® Presents, #1

Premiere
  • Number: B00PG7W9TM
  • Release: 2015-02-09
  • Authors: Sabrina Jeffries, Vicki Lewis Thompson, Sylvia Day, Cindy Gerard, Lex Valentine, Allison Brennan, Joan Johnston, Erica Ridley, Laura Kaye, Courtney Milan, Diane Kelly, Amber Lin, Monica Murphy, Katy Regnery, Harper St. George, T.L. Costa, Regina Scott, Lila Bell
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: Collections & Anthologies
  • Publisher: Romance Writers of America, Inc
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A Romance Writers of America® Collection

From Romance Writers of America® comes a never-before-published collection of tales that showcases the breadth and complexity of the world's most popular genre of fiction!

New York Times bestselling authors Cindy Gerard and Allison Brennan bring the thrills in their tales of romantic suspense.

New York Times bestselling authors Sabrina Jeffries and Courtney Milan take you on a trip back in time with lush stories of historical romance.

New York Times bestselling authors Vicki Lewis Thompson and Joan Johnston show the wonder of contemporary romance, while New York Times bestselling authors Monica Murphy and Laura Kaye's New Adult romances delve into the evolving Millennial perspective.

And editor and #1 New York Times bestselling author Sylvia Day's tale of angels and sizzling desire takes readers to the edge with paranormal romance.

From the first love of Young Adult romance to tales of second chances, LGBT romance to the realms of the supernatural, contemporary to historical, suspense to inspirational, the genre of romance has a story for every reader and this blockbuster inaugural collection from Romance Writers of America showcases it all!

Plus tales from:

Lila Bell

T. L Costa

Diane Kelly

Amber Lin

Katy Regnery

Erica Ridley

Regina Scott

Harper St. George

Lex Valentine


Paw and Order - A Paw Enforcement Novel, #2

Paw and Order
  • Stars
  • Number: 9781250048356
  • Release: 2014-12-30
  • Author: Diane Kelly
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Police officer Megan Luz and her loyal K-9 partner Brigit are back on the beat—and under the gun—when the local rodeo show goes to the dogs…OUT OF THE DOGHOUSEAfter capturing the notorious Fort Worth "Tunabomber," Megan and Brigit are practically celebrities. Which is why the police chief lassoed them into doing rodeo duty —mostly as a public relations stunt for the department. Megan’s not a fan of calf roping, bull riding, or goat milking contests. But when a  thief appears to be working the circuit, her trusty K-9 partner starts sniffing for clues…INTO THE FIRE HYDRANTThe culprit is "Robin Hood," a young Texas golddigger who steals from the rich to give to the poor—namely, herself. With Brigit hot on the trail, Megan has to juggle her on-again off-again reputation in the FWPD with her on-again off-again relationship with sexy bomb-squader Seth Rutledge. This time, Megan is determined to rope in her suspect and her man…before chaos, and/or her trusted furry partner, is unleashed."Readers should be prepared for a laugh fest. Diane Kelly is first class."—Night Owl Romance


Paw Enforcement - A Paw Enforcement Novel, #1

Paw Enforcement
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9781250048349
  • Release: 2014-06-03
  • Author: Diane Kelly
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Paw Enforcement introduces police officer Megan Luz and her loyal K-9 partner Brigit--two Fort Worth cops who are worth their weight in kibble.

SHE'S ON A SHORT LEASH.

Officer Luz is lucky she still has a job after tasering a male colleague where it counts the most. Sure, he had it coming--which is why the police chief is giving Megan a second chance. The catch? Her new partner can't carry a gun, can't drive a cruiser, and can't recite the Miranda Rights. Because her new partner is a big furry police dog. So that's what the chief meant when he called Megan's partner a real b*tch…

WILL FATE THROW HER A BONE?

With Brigit out on the beat, Megan is writing up enough tickets to wallpaper the whole station. But when a bomb goes off at the mall's food court, it's up to Megan and Brigit to start digging--and sniffing--for clues. With the help of dead-sexy bomb-squad expert Seth Rutledge and his own canine partner named Blast, Megan finds herself in a desperate race to collar a killer. Will justice be served--or will she end up in the doghouse?

"Readers should be prepared for a laugh fest. Diane Kelly is first class."--Night Owl Romance


Death, Taxes, and Green Tea Ice Cream - Death & Taxes Series, #6

Death, Taxes, and Green Tea Ice Cream
  • Stars
  • Number: 9781250023087
  • Release: 2013-10-01
  • Author: Diane Kelly
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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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 boyfriend. Tara’s stuck in Texas, and using green tea ice cream to soothe her disappointment, as well as the terrifying prospect of a life behind bars.

 

Tara’s former boss, Lu “the Lobo” Lobozinski, has a plan—to stick Tara in auditing, where she can’t possibly get into trouble. But between bumping into a college frenemy whose family business is under audit, Tara’s stubborn determination to keep an eye on Nick behind the scenes, and her new long-range rifle, she’s about to get a taste of just how dangerous her life can be, in Death, Taxes, and Green Tea Ice Cream from Diane Kelly…


Death, Taxes, and Hot Pink Leg Warmers - Death & Taxes Series, #5

Death, Taxes, and Hot Pink Leg Warmers
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9781250023070
  • Release: 2013-06-04
  • Author: Diane Kelly
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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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 undercover crush, Special Agent Nick, is the club’s bodyguard?

With so many hot bodies on display, Tara agrees to join her boss, Lu “the Lobo” Lobozinski, in her daily workouts at the Y. Lu’s on a health kick after recovering from cancer, and she’s pulled her leotards, tights, and hot-pink leg warmers out of mothballs. Which is okay with Tara. If she hopes to put Mr. Geils behind bars, grab the tennis boys by the balls, and lock lips with the unsuspecting Nick, she needs to be in the best shape of her life…


Death, Taxes, and Peach Sangria - Death & Taxes Series, #4

Death, Taxes, and Peach Sangria
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: B008PBYVMO
  • Release: 2013-01-29
  • Author: Diane Kelly
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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When it comes to exposing tax fraud, Tara and her partner Eddie are really cleaning up. From their brilliant takedown of the disappearing “Tax Wizard” to their perfectly planned downfall of the “Deduction Diva,” they’ve earned the respect of their peers at Criminal Investigations. Now Tara’s ready to celebrate with an ice-cold pitcher of peach sangria—even if her next case is totally the pits…

Tara’s looking forward to a challenge but, back at the office, everyone’s looking for love. Her boss Lu “The Lobo” Lobozinski and office virgin Josh Schmidt are signing up for an online dating service, and—to Tara’s dismay—so is her crush, Special Agent Nick Pratt. Tara’s trying to act chill. But when she learns that her next case involves cash-funneling to terrorists, it’s not just her love life that’s on the rocks. It’s her life, period.


Death, Taxes, and Extra-Hold Hairspray - Death & Taxes Series, #3

Death, Taxes, and Extra-Hold Hairspray
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780312551285
  • Release: 2012-06-26
  • Author: Diane Kelly
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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When you’re an agent for the IRS, it’s always tax time. And this season, Tara is up to her neck in work with two very knotty cases. One involves a charismatic minister who’s using his mega-church as a tax shelter. The other is a crazy militant who’s trying to turn Texas into a separate country. With her boyfriend out of town and her partner reassigned, Tara is on her own—and things are getting hairy.

If dealing with the Lone Star State isn’t enough, Tara has other new issues to take into account: There’s a sexy new agent named Nick, who’s got her head in the clouds...and Tara’s boss, Lu, who’s having a hair problem of epic proportions: not even her Chinese contraband industrial-strength hairspray is enough to keep her signature strawberry blonde beehive from falling flat. Can Tara help Lu find a wig—and keep from wigging out over Nick? Love, updos, taxes—this time, Tara’s got a whole lot of kinks to iron out…


Death, Taxes, and a Skinny No-Whip Latte - Death & Taxes Series, #2

Death, Taxes, and a Skinny No-Whip Latte
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780312551278
  • Release: 2012-02-28
  • Author: Diane Kelly
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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IRS Agent Tara Holloway is after a violent criminal running a cross-border money-laundering operation. After her partner is threatened, Tara must risk everything - her career, her safety, and her life itself - to ensure that justice is done. All while counting calories!


Death, Taxes, and a French Manicure - A Tara Holloway Novel, #1

Death, Taxes, and a French Manicure
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9780312551261
  • Release: 2011-11-01
  • Author: Diane Kelly
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Tara Holloway has got your number. A special agent on the IRS’s payroll, she’s dead-set on making sure that money crimes don’t pay…

Tax cheats, beware: The Treasury Department’s Criminal Investigations Division has a new special agent on its payroll. A recovering tomboy with a head for numbers, Tara’s fast becoming the Annie Oakley of the IRS—kicking ass, taking social security numbers, and keeping the world safe for honest taxpayers. Or else.

Tara’s latest mission finds her in hot pursuit of ice-cream vendor Joseph “Joe Cool” Cullen. Along with frozen treats he’s selling narcotics—and failing to report his ill-gotten gains on his tax returns. Over Tara’s dead body. Then there’s Michael Gryder, who appears to be operating a Ponzi scheme…with banker Stan Shelton…whose lake house is being landscaped by Brett Ellington…who happens to be dating Tara. If following that money trail isn’t tough enough, now Tara must face a new conundrum: Should she invest her trust in Brett—or put him behind bars? New love always comes at a cost but justice? Priceless.