DEATH, TAXES, AND EXTRA-HOLD HAIRSPRAY
Lurking beneath the humor and action that characterize this series is a serious look at how a slick religious con man can fleece his flock. Noah Fischer has a nation bamboozled, and Tara’s and Nick’s determination to help his congregation see the light advances their characters in unexpected ways. As usual, the pace is quick without being frenetic, and the breezy narrative style is perfection — fun and sexy without being over the top.
IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway has a lot on her plate — her boss is out on sick leave and her usual partner, Eddie, has been temporarily assigned to fill Lu’s place. This leaves Tara in need of a new partner to tackle two large and potentially problematic cases, one involving a Texas separatist movement and the other the minister of a megachurch. When sexy Nick Pratt hooks up with Tara to work the cases, it’s clear he has more than a professional interest in her. What’s not clear to Tara is just how unprofessional her interest in him is. (ST. MARTIN’S, Jul., 352 pp., $7.99)