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Darker Than Any Shadow (Tai Randolph Series) Hardcover – March 6, 2012
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-- 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
From the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
Tai and her security expert boyfriend Trey agree to help out a friend at a high-stakes poetry slam competition in a downtown Atlanta club. In the midst of her friend's performance a fire breaks out in the bathroom, and in the confusion that follows Tai discovers the body of a murdered performer. Soon Tai is engaged in unraveling the mystery while at the same time struggling to understand her deepening relationship with the enigmatic Trey. The book literally sizzles with the banter and interplay among the characters as they weave their way through a clever yet fully convincing plot, leaving the reader wanting more.
Perhaps best of all, this is a book written to entertain by an author who takes her readers seriously, The protagonist, Tai Randolph, is full of wit and wry observations that are now an essential component of her character. These quips not only keep the reader chuckling but move the story forward, the sign of a fine writer. In fact, the author has a firm grasp on all elements of the craft of writing, including the larger arc of Tai and Trey's story. I want the next installment NOW!
If you have enjoyed Linda Barnes or Janet Evanovich, you will enjoy Tina Whittle.
The setting is Atlanta, Georgia, during the run-up to a major poetry slam competition. Some of the characters have known each other from childhood and others seem to have uncertain, even mysterious backgrounds. It's hot in Atlanta, and gun shop owner Tai Randolph is mentoring her long-time friend, rising poet, Rico. There are teams of competing poets as well as individual efforts and a surplus of egos swirling around as participants prepare. Then murder intrudes.
The relationship developing between our principal "investigator," amateur tho she is, Tai Randolph and her lover, Trey Seaver, is much more than casually interesting to observe. Seaver is a former cop with a high level of crisis and SWAT training, excellent skills and more than a little rigidity as regards the rules of life and the law. The almost constant battles between the lovers as they try to accommodate each other is a fascinating piece of this very entertaining novel. I recommend it strongly.
It would be best to read this book instead of listen to it with this Renee Raudman as the reader. I'll have to listen to other books by her before making a decisive review about her style.
Who knew poets could be deadly.
I enjoyed this book and its quirky charcters. Well-written with an original plot.
In their second mystery, Tai's best friend, Rico, is participating in a national poetry slam and the competition is a killer. When Rico's accused of murder, Tai's at her `"technically true"' best searching for answers in ways that sometime run counter to Trey's rule-book.
This series does not disappoint and book two's setting, a poetry slam, was fascinating. I'm looking forward to her next book in the series, Blood, Ash and Bone, which is coming out in February 2013.
Beware of plot spoiler below:
For anyone who knows someone who is affected by a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), this series is a little bittersweet. The stories are mysteries, but they also follow Tai and Trey's romance as she learns how her boyfriend was changed by his injury and he begins to come out of his shell.
TBI can kill a person's sense of self, relationships, or transform them into unrecognizable territory. Such as Trey's estrangement from Garrity, who misses his buddy and still cares for him at a distance.
Without being overdone or slowing her pacing, Whittle provides nuggets on how the TBI changed Trey. There are glimpses of his old self, mixed with the new, and Tai's realization of what he has lost and gained at the same time. Tai and Trey fit well together, especially when they have to work at it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having read the first book in the series, and the last, I knew I had to catch up with all the ones in between. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Leigh Carter
This one is a little slower to get into than Book One, but once you get into it, it is great! Still the same interplay between characters, still the same drama and mystery. Read morePublished 3 months ago by DJB
This is the 2nd book in the series, and it affirms that this series is one of my favorites. While the mystery itself is interesting, it is the relationship of Tai & Trey that will... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ctv
Tina Whittle is an excellent author! I have all of her books and can't wait for the next one!Published 5 months ago by Kim P
Stumbled across writer Tina Whittle purely by happenstance. So glad I did. Very much enjoy her style of writing and seeing the relationship develop between the two main characters,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dream It | Do It
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 11 months ago by Linda @Los Angeles
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 14 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 14 months ago by VicG
This series keeps getting better. Characters are intriguing and plots hold together. Great writing is always in demand.Published 24 months ago by Reader Leader