Diane Kelly Books

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Diane Kelly is a financial expert that writes cozy mysteries. She worked as a state assistant attorney general and tax advisor before abandoning her pursuit of white-collar criminals in favor of a career in publishing.

Order of Tara Holloway Series

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1 Death, Taxes, and a French Manicure 2011 Description / Buy
2 Death, Taxes, and a Skinny No-Whip Latte 2012 Description / Buy
3 Death, Taxes, and Extra-Hold Hairspray 2012 Description / Buy
4 Death, Taxes, and a Sequined Clutch (Short Story) 2012 Description / Buy
5 Death, Taxes, and Peach Sangria 2013 Description / Buy
6 Death, Taxes, and Hot-Pink Leg Warmers 2013 Description / Buy
7 Death, Taxes, and Green Tea Ice Cream 2013 Description / Buy
8 Death, Taxes, and Mistletoe Mayhem (Short Story) 2013 Description / Buy
9 Death, Taxes, and Silver Spurs 2014 Description / Buy
10 Death, Taxes, and Cheap Sunglasses 2015 Description / Buy
11 Death, Taxes, and a Chocolate Cannoli 2015 Description / Buy
12 Death, Taxes, and a Satin Garter 2016 Description / Buy
13 Death, Taxes, and Sweet Potato Fries 2017 Description / Buy
14 Death, Taxes, and a Shotgun Wedding 2017 Description / Buy
15 Death, Taxes, and Pecan Pie (Short Story) 2017 Description / Buy

Order of 12 Days Of Christmas Short Stories

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1 Five Gold Smuggling Rings (Short Story) 2013 Description / Buy

Order of Paw Enforcement Series

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1 Paw Enforcement 2014 Description / Buy
2 Paw and Order 2014 Description / Buy
3 Laying Down the Paw 2015 Description / Buy
4 Upholding the Paw (Short Story) 2015 Description / Buy
5 Against the Paw 2016 Description / Buy
6 Above the Paw 2016 Description / Buy
7 Enforcing the Paw 2017 Description / Buy
8 Love Unleashed (Short Story) 2017 Description / Buy
9 The Long Paw of the Law 2018 Description / Buy
10 Paw of the Jungle 2019 Description / Buy
11 Bending the Paw 2020 Description / Buy

Order of House-Flipper Mystery Series

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1 Dead as a Door Knocker 2019 Description / Buy
2 Dead in the Doorway 2020 Description / Buy
3 Murder With a View 2021 Description / Buy
4 Batten Down the Belfry 2022 Description / Buy
5 Primer and Punishment 2023 Description / Buy

Order of Busted Series

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1 Busted 2019 Description / Buy
2 Another Big Bust 2020 Description / Buy
3 Busting Out 2020 Description / Buy

Order of Mountain Lodge Mystery Series

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1 Getaway With Murder 2021 Description / Buy
2 A Trip with Trouble 2022 Description / Buy

Order of Southern Homebrew Mystery Series

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1 The Moonshine Shack Murder 2021 Description / Buy
2 The Proof Is in the Poison 2022 Description / Buy

Order of Diane Kelly Standalone Novels

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1 Love, Luck, and Little Green Men 2013 Description / Buy

Order of Diane Kelly Short Stories/Novellas

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1 A Sappy Love Story (Short Story) 2016 Description / Buy
2 Wrong Address, Right Guy (Short Story) 2019 Description / Buy

Order of Cozy Case Files Mystery Sampler Series

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1 A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 1 2017
2 A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 2 2017 Description / Buy
3 A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 3 2017 Description / Buy
4 A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 4 2018 Description / Buy
5 A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 5 2018 Description / Buy
6 A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 6 2019 Description / Buy
7 A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 7 2019 Description / Buy
8 A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 8 (Short Story) 2020 Description / Buy
9 A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 9 2020 Description / Buy
10 A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 10 2020 Description / Buy
11 A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 11 2021 Description / Buy
12 A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 12 2021 Description / Buy
13 Cozy Case Files, Volume 16 2022 Description / Buy
14 Cozy Case Files, Volume 17 2023 Description / Buy

Diane Kelly Anthologies

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1 Writers Crushing COVID-19 2020 Description / Buy
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The Mansfield Texas Citizens Police Academy graduate is best known for the Tara Holloway and Paw Enforcement novels. Diane does not downplay the challenges associated with writing long-running series.

It takes a deft hand to skillfully explore and pace overarching plots and subplots when she doesn’t know how many books any given series will have. She has learned to explore each character’s personal growth and romantic adventures carefully, providing enough information to keep readers interested but not so much that the story runs dry before the series is ready to end.

Another challenge is keeping things fresh. When a story starts to grow stale, the author takes that opportunity to transition to a new series with fresh concepts. Diane loves writing at their cabin in the Blue Ridge mountains because it isolates her from distractions. Her goal is to write every single day, even on the weekends.

Diane gets most of her work done between mid-morning and late afternoon. If the weather is nice, she will settle in a lounge chair outside that encourages her creative juices to flow.

Every so often, various obligations will get in the way, forcing Diane to take breaks. That includes chores and the business aspects of her publishing career. However, she doesn’t obsess over those days when writing isn’t possible. Although, she also understands how easily deadlines can sneak up on her.

For that reason, whenever she settles down to write again, Diane will try to compensate for the days she missed. She looks forward to those moments when she completes a manuscript, performs the necessary revisions, and then submits the final product to her editors, whom she credits for providing insightful suggestions.

Humor plays a pivotal role in the author’s stories. Diane describes her books as ‘Light Entertainment.’ She may address social issues from time to time, especially when she bases a novel on reports from the news.

But ultimately, she wants her readers to have a good time. Initially, Diane wanted to write books with feisty female leads that met their match in an equally strong male protagonist. Later on, she discovered that her voice thrived in the romantic mystery genre. This compelled her to study literary comedy in the hope of injecting humor into her work.

Along the way, Diane realized that a skillful writer could weave humor into every book, regardless of the genre.

Diane Kelly Awards

Diane’s accolades include the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart and Reviewers Choice Awards.

Best Diane Kelly Books

When the author isn’t penning cozy mysteries, you will find her helping young writers. Diane Kelly’s best books include:

Death, Taxes, and A French Manicure: The Treasury Department’s Criminal Investigations Division is lucky to have Tara. The special agent has an unparalleled understanding of numbers. Honest taxpayers have nothing to fear from her.

On the other hand, people like Joseph Cullen should keep an eye out for Tara. Joe looks like an ordinary ice cream vendor, at least on the surface. But in truth, his earnings originate from the narcotics he sells.

But Tara has Joe in her sights. She’s equally determined to bring Michael Gryder to justice. Tara won’t let his Ponzi scheme succeed. Meanwhile, Brett Ellington is complicating things. The fellow is dating Tara.

On its own, that isn’t an issue. But unfortunately, he’s also landscaping Stan Shelton’s lake house. Shelton and Gryder are working together on Gryder’s Ponzi scheme.

Paw Enforcement: Megan was in trouble. After tasering a male colleague, she wouldn’t have blamed the police chief for booting her off the force, even though the colleague in question had it coming. But the police chief had other plans.

He wanted Megan to take on a new partner. When the police chief first floated the idea, Megan thought she knew what to expect. But then the dog walked in and changed everything. Now, Megan and Brigit must join forces with an attractive bomb squad expert to find the culprit responsible for a bomb that went off in a food court.

Fortunately for Megan, Brigit’s nose has no equal.

When Does The Next Diane Kelly book come out?

The next book by Diane Kelly is Primer and Punishment and will be released on February, 21st 2023. It is the newest book in the House-Flipper Mystery Series.

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