"An amusing investigative tale"
Arthur Riley informs financial consultant Maggie Connor
that she is trouble and heading towards being fired form
her job at Hamilton Securities. Maggie has plenty to worry
about as she maxed her credit cards to the limit so her
parents could afford a retirement home on Florida.
Meanwhile, Arthur hates Maggie almost as much as he loathes
his estranged father-in-law multimillionaire Cleon
Cummings. Arthur plans to kill both of them and inherit
IRS Agent Tim Gallen completes a two-year investigation
into Cleon's finances that will result in an indictment on
income tax evasion charges. Cleon tries to bribe Tim, who
reports it to the authorities, but no one returns his
call. However, Cleon dies that night in what appears a
homicide. This leaves Maggie and Tim in trouble with the
law and their employers.
A TAX DEDUCTIBLE DEATH is an amusing investigative tale
with several twists and turns that will surprise the
reader. Though too much of Tim's difficulties depend on
coincidences, the story line is fun to follow. Maggie
struggles with a money problem and someone trying to kill
her, but retains her eccentricity throughout the plot. On
the other hand, Tim 'by the books' is not sure what
happened to his perfect world, but it crashed rather
quickly. Cleon and the odious Arthur round out the key
players with their own brand of peculiar behavior. In her
debut novel, Malinda Terreri provides a wonderful mystery
due to an outlandish yet realistic group of players.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted August 19, 2001