A Day in the Life of DEA Agent Christina Marquez by Diane Kelly

Death, Taxes, and Cheap SunglassesHey, there. I’m Christina Marquez, a bad-ass agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration in Dallas, Texas. I go after drug dealers with a Glock in one hand, a mascara wand in the other. Who says you can’t look good when taking down bad guys?

You may remember me from earlier cases I worked with IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway. Because those who sell drugs rarely report their ill-gotten gains to Uncle Sam, the DEA and IRS often work hand-in-hand to go after drug dealers. If we can nail the bad guys for both drug crimes and tax evasion, we can keep them behind bars as long as possible and make the world safer for law-abiding citizens like you.

Together, Tara and I have taken down a drug-dealing ice cream man, a killer running a cross-border crime ring, and the owner of a strip club who was both a pimp and a drug distributor. With our lip gloss and painted fingernails, Tara and I might not look so tough. But make no mistake. We always get our man.

Right now, I’m going deep undercover with Nick Pratt, a senior special agent with the IRS who also just happens to be Tara’s boyfriend. I know it will be hard for Tara and Nick to be apart. The two are crazy for each other. But they’re dedicated law enforcement agents. Duty calls before booty calls.

Nick and I will be deep undercover and unable to communicate regularly with Tara or anyone else from our real lives. But what if we run into trouble? I have to admit, as brave as I try to be, infiltrating this cartel has me terrified. Especially since this branch is headed up by El Cuchillo–translation: The Knife. He’s slashed more throats than we can count.

What if El Cuchillo figures out we’re feds? I can only imagine what he’d do to us . . .


You can read more about Christina and Nick’s undercover assignment in Death, Taxes, and Cheap Sunglasses, the 8th book in the “Tara Holloway” romantic mystery series, published by St. Martin’s Press. The first book in the series is Death, Taxes, and a French Manicure.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 12 p.m. eastern on March 19 for the chance to win a copy of Death, Taxes, and Cheap Sunglasses. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Two lucky commenters will be randomly selected. Winners will be notified within 48 hours after giveaway closes and you will have three days to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected. Make sure to check your SPAM folder.

About the author
A former Assistant Attorney General and tax advisor, Diane Kelly inadvertently worked with white-collar criminals. Lest she end up in jail, Diane decided self-employment was a good idea. Her fingers hit the keyboard and thus began her award-winning Death and Taxes romantic mystery series. A graduate of her hometown’s Citizen Police Academy, Diane Kelly also writes the hilarious K-9 cop Paw Enforcement series. Sign up for Diane’s newsletter at www.dianekelly.com. “Like” Diane on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.

102 responses to “A Day in the Life of DEA Agent Christina Marquez by Diane Kelly

  1. Sounds exciting! I will have to get started on this series! Thanks for the chance!

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  2. Pat Walker Pinkston

    Sounds like a terrific book. Need to get caught up on this series.

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  3. mary robinson

    I really want to read this one Thank you!

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  4. Barbara Hackel

    I LOVE Tara and her escapades as she brings in the tax evaders! I especially like her marksmanship with a firearm! She is Texas through and through. Each book is a delight and I can hardly wait to read this newest one. Thanks Diane and Dru for making it possible to win a copy.

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    • dianekellyboks

      Thanks so much, Barbara! I LOVE writing these books! Tara is a fun person to spend the day with. She tells me to get her in as much trouble as possible . . . : )

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  5. kayekillgore

    I love, love, love this series (and her other series). Tara is awesome.

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  6. Sounds like a good series with plenty of humor.

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    • dianekellyboks

      It’s fun to juxtapose the humor with the suspense. (Wow, can’t believe I used a big word like “juxtapose” before my morning coffee! I must be more awake than I thought!)

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  7. Oh my, I’m already terrified! Sounds like an exciting read.

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  8. Sharleen Wells

    Sounds like a great aeries. Can’t wait to read it

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  9. hope to win sounds like a good read and thanks for having the giveaway

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  10. Sounds very interesting!

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  11. This cover is so awesome….especially the rough winter we had…..
    Thanx for the giveaway….

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    • dianekellyboks

      I have the best cover artists! They do a great job of capturing the tone of the books and making eye-catching covers.

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  12. Debbie Carnes

    sounds wonderful and exciting, would love to win/read this

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  13. cute, title, looks great and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

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  14. I would love to read this book—thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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  15. Patricia Allen

    What a fun book, can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

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  16. Yes please Dru, I’d like to enter the contest. I’ve read all the books in the series other than this one and it appears that neither the Brooklyn nor Queens County Libraries has planned to order it. I really want to read it.

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  17. I have wanted to read this book since I first heard about it! The title and cover are an irresistible combination! Thank you for the chance to win a copy!

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    • dianekellyboks

      I have a lot of fun coming up with these titles. People have given me very funny suggestions, too!

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  18. Sounds like a fun read. If you bust an ice cream man – you must be tough. thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book.

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  19. Sounds engaging! Thanks for this opportunity!

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  20. Christi King

    I love this series…it makes me laugh. I can’t wait to read #8. I live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, where the action takes place, so it’s fun recognizing the places and landmarks in the books. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

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    • dianekellyboks

      So glad the books gave you some laughs, Christi! When I became a writer, I thought “why do I want to do this?” And my answer was – to make people laugh! I love putting in the local flavor, too.

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  21. Sounds like a good read. Thanks for the chance to win it!

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  22. Looking forward to obtaining a copy of this book to read based on your blog. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Mary Jane Hopper

    Sounds like a fun book to read, definitely adding this to my TBR list.

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  24. Can’t wait to read

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  25. Thanks for all the nice comments, everyone! I’m in Las Vegas right now attending the Police K-9 conference for my Paw Enforcement K-9 series. I’ve met several female law enforcement officers in various branches. Hooray for strong women!

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  26. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this series. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  27. Linda Currier

    I love Tara’s books. Just finished Death, Taxes and Cheap Sun Glasses. It was great. Looking forward to Tara’s next adventure.

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  28. peggy clayton

    Just love the title of the book as I always buy cheap sunglasses in fact i wore a pair to my step-daughters wedding they don’t know the price i do and when they went to take a family photo she much doesn’t like me but the photogopher as i call them said Peggy please take off those sunglasses i had never met her to know my name i was shocked i took them off and threw them behind me and my future step son in law jumped as any good man does to pick them up and i said that’s ok they’re just a pair of cheap sunglasses everyone laughed i asked anything else as i am totally disabled i wanted her to say some other comment about my body or that i was leaning on my hubby instead of being in my wheelchair! Would love to read your book and even better if i won a print copy thanks so much…

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  29. Sounds like a fun read.

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  30. I love everything Ms. Kelly writes. She has a great sense of humor. This is one of my favorite series! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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  31. MaryAnn Forbes

    Sounds like a great mystery– right up my alley. Thanks for the chance to win Death, Taxes and Cheap Sunglasses.

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  32. Oh this book looks interesting thanks for the chance to win

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  33. An interesting feature and giveaway.

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  34. Always a fun series. Congrats on the new one

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    • dianekellyboks

      Thanks! I just finished the next book, Death, Taxes, and a Chocolate Cannoli. It will be out in early October. It involves a mobster and lots of yummy Italian food!

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  35. I loved the other books in this seris.

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  36. Going undercover with someone else’s boyfriend could prove interesting. I’m anxious to read the book. Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  37. Donna Townsend

    This is by far , the best series ever! Smart, sassy and fun!

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  38. Thanks for introducing me to a new series.

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  39. Deep undercover? I’d rather be deep under my covers in bed!

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  40. Would love to win and read

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  41. sounds great, gl2all

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  42. Great series. Thanks for the chance to win. This sounds like another winner.

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  43. This mystery series is new to me and it sounds like a great book.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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  44. This was a great book! Of course Diane always delivers with her “Death, Taxes, and …” series!! This adventure kept me on the edge of my seat from the first paragraph!! I love, love, love Tara Holloway! I’m already looking forward to the next book.

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  45. Sounds like a good book would love to win.

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  46. This sounds like the story of my life, j/k. I love the title; it brings to mind a certain song. I can’t wait to read this. Thanks for the chance for a print copy.

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  47. Sounds good and fun to have Christina and Nick undercover. Thanks for the chance to win.!

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  48. Vivian Shane

    I love this series – laugh-out-loud hilarious! Love your writing style, Diane – always brings a smile to my face. Thank you for an opportunity to win!

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  49. Cynthia E. Blain

    Thank you for letting us all know about book 8 in this series. I read one Paw Enforcement book and have the first two on my bookshelves in this series, so I need to get all the rest ordered and read so that IF I were lucky enough to win this one, I will be up to date. I love to read in order and so that is why my Amazon orders are rather large each month. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    Have a great weekend.

    Cynthia B

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  50. Sounds delightful! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  51. Sounds like a great book. Love the chance to read it.

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  52. Exciting read.

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  53. Would love to read, thanks.

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  54. Love the title. Tell me more.

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  55. conniepsaunders

    I love romantic suspense! Thank you for the chance to start a new series!

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  56. Cheap sunglasses….are there any other kind. Lol
    It’s tax time again…..Just want to read this book THANKS

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  57. Love reading Tara Holloway’s adventures!!

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  58. Love the humor and sass.

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  59. Anita Yancey

    I love the name of the book, and it sounds like a fun read. Thanks for having the giveaway.

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  60. Linda Langford

    I’ve read several books by Diane Kelly because they make me laugh!! Love the titles to her books, too! Thanks!

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  61. Thanks Diane for commenting and interacting with my readers.

    Contest is closed.

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