Darker Than Any Shadow
A Tai Randolph Mystery
By Tina Whittle
(Poisoned Pen Press, Hardcover, 9781590585467, 250pp.)
Publication Date: March 2012
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The dog days of summer have arrived, and Tai Randolph is feeling the heat. Running her uncle’s gun shop is more demanding than she ever imagined. Her best friend Rico is competing for a national slam poetry title. And Atlanta is overrun with hundreds of fame-hungry performance poets clogging all the good bars.
She’s also got her brand-new relationship with corporate security agent Trey Seaver to deal with. SWAT-trained and rule-obsessed, Trey has a brain geared for statistics and flow charts, not romance. And while Tai finds him irresistibly fascinating, dating a human lie detector who can kill with his bare hands is a somewhat precarious endeavor.
And then just when she thinks she might get a handle on things, one of Rico’s fellow poets is murdered . . . and Rico becomes the prime suspect.
Tai pushes up her sleeves and comes to his defense with every trick in her book a little lying here, a little snooping there. Trey wants her off the case immediately. So does Rico. Every poet in Atlanta has a secret, it seems, and one of them is willing to kill to keep theirs quiet. But someone else wants her on the job, someone dropping anonymous clues and clandestine tip-offs her way. Someone with an agenda that’s looking either positively heroic . . . or downright deadly.
Will Tai’s relationship with Trey survive another foray into amateur sleuthing? And even more importantly, will she?
Tina Whittle is a mystery writer living and working in Southeast Georgia. The Dangerous Edge of Things, her first novel, debuted February 2011 from Poisoned Pen Press. Set in contemporary Atlanta, The Dangerous Edge of Things is the first book in the Dangerous Edge series featuring gun-shop owner Tai Randolph and corporate security agent Trey Seaver. Fearful Symmetry, the second book in the series, debuts March 2012.
"A brisk and smartly written entry in what is shaping up to be a winning series." —Booklist review of Darker Than Any Shadow
"A must-read if you dote on romance with a touch of wry and mystery with enough suspects to fill a football stadium." —Kirkus Reviews of Darker Than Any Shadow
"Tai’s next adventure can’t come soon enough. She’s adorable, Trey is worthy of her and Whittle’s first foray into crime fiction is noteworthy." —Kirkus Reviews starred review of The Dangerous Edge of Things
"In this exciting series debut, Whittle provides not only an original, well-constructed plot but also a cast of unforgettable characters all somewhat flawed by life. With comparisons to Meg Gardiner and Karin Slaughter, this will appeal to readers who enjoy unusual approaches to crime fiction. Can’t wait for the next one." —Library Journal starred review of The Dangerous Edge of Things
"Mystery fans will welcome wisecracking characters that aren't trite and a twisting plot that isn't tired." —Publishers Weekly starred review of The Dangerous Edge of Things
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