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Title:
Deeper than the grave : a Tai Randolph mystery
Author:
Whittle, Tina, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2014.
Physical Description:
294 pages ; 23 cm.
Summary:
It's taken almost a year, but Tai Randolph has her new life together. She's running a semi-successful Atlanta gun shop catering to Civil War reenactors. Her lover, the sexy if security-obsessed Trey Seaver, is sorting out his challenges. There's not a single corpse on her horizon, and her previously haphazard existence is finally stable, secure ... and unsurprising. Then a tornado blows by a Kennesaw Mountain cemetery, scattering the skeletal remains of a Confederate hero. Assisting the bones recovery effort is a job her late Uncle Dexter would have relished, as does Tai. Does she hit the jackpot on discovering a jumble of bones in the underbrush? No. The bones reveal a more recent murder, with her deceased uncle leading the suspect list. As Tai struggles to clear Dexter's name--and save the business he left her--she uncovers deadly secrets also buried in the red Georgia clay and realizes there's a live murderer on the loose, a clever killer who has tried to conceal the crimes of the present in the stories of the past. As she risks her own life to unravel two mysteries--one from a previous century, one literally at her doorstep--Tai rediscovers her dangerous taste for murder and mayhem.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781464202629
Format :
Book

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It's taken almost a year, but Tai Randolph has her new life together. She's running a semi-successful Atlanta gun shop catering to Civil War re-enactors. Her lover, the sexy-if-security-obsessed Trey Seaver, is sorting out his challenges. There's not a single corpse on her horizon, and her previously haphazard existence is finally stable, secure... and unsurprising. Then a tornado blows by a Kennesaw Mountain cemetery, scattering the skeletal remains of a Confederate hero. Assisting the bones recovery effort is a job her late Uncle Dexter would have relished, as does Tai. Does she hit the jackpot on discovering a jumble of bones in the underbrush?

No. The bones reveal a more recent murder, with her deceased uncle leading the suspect list. As Tai struggles to clear Dexter's name - and save the business he left her - she uncovers deadly secrets were also buried in the red Georgia clay. And realizes there's a live murderer on the loose, a clever killer who has tried to conceal the crimes of the present in the stories of the past. As she risks her own life to unravel two mysteries - one from a previous century, one literally at her doorstep - Tai rediscovers her dangerous taste for murder and mayhem.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Atlanta resident Tai Randolph is trying to make a go of her late uncle's store, which sells Civil War-reenactment paraphernalia, memorabilia, and guns. Her work with Trey Seaver, friend and security expert, to beef up store security and complete the inventory of antique firearms for the ATF provides Trey with perspective as he approaches the anniversary of a traumatic accident. But on a stormy February day, a tornado touches down in a family cemetery on the outskirts of Atlanta, ripping up the tomb of a Civil War soldier. Tai is called to help look for artifacts and bones. Instead of the Civil War soldier, whose bones should be in the damaged tomb, Tai finds those of a reenactor, along with a key chain her uncle forged. Tai tangles with one of Atlanta's oldest families and a drug-dealing gang as she works to clear her uncle's name and avoid meeting up with the killer desperate to hide the crime. This fifth in the series will hold fans and new readers alike.--Muller, Karen Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Whittle skillfully intertwines Civil War relics with modern-day re-enactors and the Darknet, "like the Internet, only without the safeguards," in her intricate fourth mystery featuring Atlanta gun shop operator Tai Randolph (after 2013's Blood, Ash, and Bone). Tai's late Uncle Dexter becomes a person of interest when Tai unearths the skull of Lucius Dufrene, a man whose demise Dexter had perfect motive, means, and opportunity to execute. Trusted boyfriend Trey Seaver has installed a cache of safety and electronic surveillance equipment in her gun shop, but feisty Tai still manages to get in harm's way. Suspects abound. Is it Richard, caretaker of the wealthy Amberdecker family grounds? Or is it some unseen mafia-type, an upstart re-enactor linked to the Darknet, or even an esteemed Amberdecker? Tai and Trey have their work cut out if they're going to exonerate Dexter and live long enough to take their relationship to the next level. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

In her fourth outing (after Blood, Ash, & Bone) Tai Randolph has finally come to terms with running a Confederate-themed gun store in Atlanta. Her relationship with security specialist Trey Seaver is on track. But when Tai finds a skeleton that is not the corpse she was looking for in the Kennesaw Mountain underbrush, her life suddenly takes a left turn, and she encounters toxic secrets buried deep in the red Georgia clay. Tai is a likable heroine with no qualms about a little lying here, a little sleuthing there. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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