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The appealing Atlanta odd couple of redneck gun shop operator Tai Randolph and Trey Seaver, a cop turned Armani-clad corporate security expert, enter the world of high-stakes poetry slams in Whittle's exuberant second mystery (after 2011's The Dangerous Edge of Things). . . . A passel of colorful characters, more plot twists than the reticulated python who has a key cameo, and plenty of atmosphere make this one a winner.
-- Publisher's Weekly
Darker than Any Shadow offers an intriguing mystery with plentiful suspects, but equally important to this novel is the developing relationship between Trey and Tai, [who] wonders if Trey will ever be capable of returning her love and offering her a place in his highly systemized life. The emotional depth of this second Tai Randolph Mystery argues favorably for the next installment in Whittle's series.
-- Carol Thomas, National Examiner
As mysteries goes, this is one of the most interesting and enjoyable books I have read in the genre. . . People who enjoy thrillers, murder mysteries and detective novels will no doubt find themselves in good company with Tina Whittle's novel, but those outside of that genre may very well surprise themselves in how easily they get into it. It's a novel that is extremely easy to get into and you finish it before you know it. That's what makes a novel so great - you get lost in the world, the characters, the plot. Tina Whittle has achieved that with perfection.
-- Ian Caithness, Dead Ink
Whittle shows herself to be a deft plotter with outstanding unraveling skills. She maintains tension, with appropriate moments of relief. There's nothing cozy about Darker Than Any Shadow; it's edgy all the way. Notwithstanding the female protagonist, both male and female readers will enjoy the strong story, deep characterizations ,and inside look at competitive performance poetry, a world not often used in mainstream fiction. If you enjoy a good mystery, don't miss Darker Than Any Shadow by Tina Whittle
-- Mary Beth Magee
"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
"Whittle brings back the intrepid gun dealer Tai (The Dangerous Edge of Things) in a dynamic sophomore outing. With its psychological edge, smoldering romantic tension, and the Atlanta setting, she's got a unique and appealing series underway." ---Library Journal review 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
Why set a murder mystery at a poetry competition?
Because that's where the professional performance poets are, and let me tell you, I've never met a more fascinating bunch of cutthroat geniuses in my life. I assure you that's a compliment, and that every performance poet I know would take it as such. These are not your English teacher's wandering-lonely-as-a-cloud poets - the poets are out for blood, and they use words as weapons, sliding and dicing and eviscerating with consonants and vowels. Imagine a duel where rhymes fly like bullets, and you've got a poetry slam. Add a little lust and a lot of fame and fortune, stir in a sultry Southern night in Atlanta, and you've got flashpoint.
That's why I set Darker Than Any Shadow at the stage of a poetry competition - because I couldn't think of a place more like to inspire a crime of passion.
A sassy southerner (and former debutante), Tai Randolph breezes in to town after her uncle leaves his gun shop to her in his will. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Linda Gaddy
This series is always fun to read. Tai Randolph probably takes too many chances or takes actions without considering their effects on those around her, particularly her boyfriend... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sue Munson
Tina Whittle in her new book, “Darker Than Any Shadow” Book Two in the Tai Randolph Mystery series published by Poisoned Pen Press gives us another adventure with Tai... Read morePublished 4 months ago by VicG
This series keeps getting better. Characters are intriguing and plots hold together. Great writing is always in demand.Published 14 months ago by L. Rogers
I think this book is my favorite so far in the Tai Randolph mystery series because it centers around Rico, Tai’s metro sexual friend, and a murder during a slam poetry contest. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Leigh Trammell
Tai is a very believable, everyday character who gets into lots of trouble on a regular basis. Having a boyfriend like Trey really comes in handy.Published on August 14, 2013 by Judy Porter
If you want a fast-moving mystery with a happy ending, this is it. Violence, perverts, an assortment of ne'er-do-wells, but no heart-pounding drama. Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by Beth
Not a bad story. But the reader's southern accents are off and rather unpleasant. The writing is good however, the author IMO spends too much time doing the fashion show intro for... Read morePublished on May 22, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I like guns, I like mysteries and I like humor with romance. She has it all. the characters are interesting and I'm becoming attached to the characters like Rico the poet and I... Read morePublished on April 29, 2013 by Karen