Book Review: “The Dangerous Edge of Things” by Tina Whittle

March 23, 2015 at 11:10 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Tina Whittle in her new book, “dangerous Edge of Things book coverThe Dangerous Edge of Things” Book One in the Tai Randolph Mystery series published by Poisoned Pen Press introduces us to Tai Randolph.

From the back cover:   Tai Randolph thinks inheriting a Confederate-themed gun shop is her biggest headache — until she finds a murdered corpse in her brother’s driveway. Even worse, her supposedly respectable brother begins behaving in decidedly non-innocent ways, like fleeing to the Bahamas and leaving her with both a homicide in her lap and the pointed suspicions of the Atlanta PD directed her way. Suddenly, she has to worry about clearing her own name, not just that of her wayward sibling. Complicating her search for answers is Trey Seaver, field agent for Phoenix, an exclusive corporate security firm hired to investigate the crime. Trey is fearless, focused, and — much to Tai’s dismay — utterly impervious to bribes, threats and clever deceptions. Still in recovery from the car accident that left him cognitively and emotionally damaged, Trey has constructed a world of certainty and routine. He has powerful people to answer to, and the last thing he wants is an unpredictable stranger “detecting” on Phoenix turf.

Tai’s inquiry leads her from the cold-eyed glamor of Atlanta’s adult entertainment scene to the gilded treachery of Tuxedo Road. Potential suspects abound, including violent stalkers, vengeful sisters, and a paparazzo with a taste for meth. But it takes another murder — and threats to her own life — to make Tai realize that to solve this crime, she has to trust the most dangerous man she’s ever met.

This is a great way to start a mystery series and a great character to start with. Tai is not a Private Investigator, she is not a lawyer, matter of fact she is not any of those professions we have come to identify with mysteries. I suppose it is this not identifying that sets her, not only apart, but up for the challenge. What would you do if you came home one day and found a murdered person in the driveway? Now she has to get involved to clear her name with the police department because they think she did it. Since she doesn’t know, really, what she is doing she has to team up with Trey. This is quite a relationship as both of them are damaged characters. Danger, excitement and murder all figure into this highly complicated plot. “The Dangerous Edge of Things” is loaded with twists and turns that will leave you guessing all the while you are flipping pages to find out what happens next. I am so glad I found Ms. Whittle and am so looking forward to the next book in this series.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Poisoned Pen Press.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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