Death, Taxes and a Shot Gun Wedding by Diane Kelly

shotgun weddingThis was a very enjoyable read. I had no idea that it was a series when I started, and admittedly (obviously) I had not read the previous books. The author did a great job of filling in the backstory of the characters so I didn’t feel lost.

The story is about Tara Holloway, an IRS special agent. She is getting married, and starts receiving death threats.  During all of this, she is also trying to solve a case and figure out who sending the threats.

The story was interesting and I wanted to know what happened all the way along. I actually pretty much read it in one day. (It was a rainy Saturday, but still!)

I was sad to see that this is the last in the series. I think the author does a good job in wrapping it up. I will be interested to read how followers of the series feel about the conclusion.

One thing I did find interesting was around how guns were portrayed in the book. The story takes place in Texas and the main character, when packing up her home to move talks about her gun rack (that her soon-to-be husband bought her). I was like…..whaaaat? Living in Toronto, that is so far outside my wheelhouse that I found it very fascinating. The theme is repeated throughout the book, referring to a conceal and carry pouch in her purse, and talking about different gun laws. For me, that added an interesting element to the overall story.

I would highly recommend this book as a stand-alone. But I would also say you might want to check out the series. Based on the backstory of the main character, it sounds like she had some very interesting adventures.

I rated this 4/5 stars on Goodreads.

Full disclosure: I received this eARC from NetGalley for a fair and honest review. (Thanks NetGalley!)

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