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Darker Than Any Shadow (Tai Randolph Mysteries #2)

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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 securi ...more
ebook, 291 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Poisoned Pen Press
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Terry Odell
Apr 15, 2016 Terry Odell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Having read the first book in the series, and the last, I knew I had to catch up with all the ones in between. I think I'd love reading this author even without a story (although this one had everything from poetry to pythons). You don't skim these books; you savor the rich imagery and the deft writing. And the characters. A hero with a traumatic brain injury who's learning to cope with his new 'after' persona, and a headstrong heroine who understands him, even when she doesn't like it. Highly r ...more
Victor Gentile
May 10, 2015 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Randolph.

From the back cover: 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 go
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Nancy
Apr 01, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this sequel to The Dangerous Edge of Things, we find Tai Randolph, gun-shop owner by day, and her boyfriend, Trey Seaver, spending one hot Atlanta evening attending a poetry slam in which her best friend, Rico, is a competitor. Hell begins to break loose when fellow poet and Rico's teammate, Lex, is found stabbed to death in the restroom. While the suspicion initially focuses on Rico, Tai and Trey begin to find more complications, including a mysterious box left by Lex and a python, along wit ...more
Genie McFate
Dec 15, 2012 Genie McFate added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys contemporary mysteries
Shelves: mystery
‘“Technically true but deliberately evasive”’ (page 103) is an appropriate description for Tai Randolph the owner of an Atlanta gun shop. Tai often skirts the edges of the truth as she looks for answers, while Trey Seaver, her boyfriend, is a security analyst who can extrapolate security scenarios and take down a human without a second thought.

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 murde
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Carl Brookins
Apr 11, 2012 Carl Brookins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The second entry in the author’s intriguing series featuring a gun shop owner and a corporate security officer is a winner. Heavily populated with interesting characters, the turbulent love affair between the protagonist informs and leavens what could otherwise have been a run-of-the-mill mystery. Indeed, the identity of the killer, while important to the story, was, to this reader, not as compelling as the characters, and the milieu. I'm not sure what I think of the title of the book.

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Ian Caithness
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, no ...more
John
While the author did a good job making the book stand alone, with minimal plot rehashing of the first book in the series, read that one ahead of this one if possible to get a better idea of the characters.
The poetry slam was one of those good ideas that didn't work as well it might've seemed when the book proposal was submitted. These poets are performance artists, which can't be re-created in a print book, so instead Whittle is left working around that in describing the feel (mood) of the event
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Sue Munson
May 24, 2015 Sue Munson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always fun to read

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 who has issues of his own to manage. But she's learning and growing and we care about her and the other main characters in these books -- and they appear to care about one another. I look forward to reading more by this author.
Jean
Feb 01, 2015 Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second in a series and also stand alone mystery. Based in Atlanta. Background a poetry slam involving Rico a bff of female protagonist. Includes her boyfriend who suffered a traumatic brain injury that altered his personality and allows him to detect when ppl are lying. A poet in the poetry slam is murdered and she discovers the body. Well written, great character development. I really like this author.
Kathy
Feb 18, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second Tai Randolph mystery in Tina Whittle's series. I enjoyed this book even more than the first one. I don't think that I had ever heard of a poetry slam before reading this book.

A poetry slam is a competition for poets. Darker Than Any Shadow revolves around poets and their competitions. This unique setting sets apart this mystery from others that I have read before. I like the characters of Tai, Rico and Trey better in this outing. They seem more human, more believable, more fle
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Will Zeilinger
Jan 12, 2015 Will Zeilinger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tina Whittle weaves an intriguing tale of mystery, crime and all the misdirections, plot twists and action to satisfy any fan of this genre! great read!
Vally Sharpe
The second of Tina Whittle's Tai Randolph series, I rated this one slightly lower than the first for a purely personal reason that has nothing to do with the quality of Tina's writing or story-telling. It has far more to do with the similar fact that I think Stephen King is one of the all-time best commercial fiction writers, but I'm not into his primary subject matter. I'm not experienced in the subculture of life around poetry slams, but if you are, you will be more than satisfied with the twi ...more
Tammy
Jun 28, 2013 Tammy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed trey and Tia again. I would definitely reAd these in order since the first one explained Trey and his uniqueness. This was a very good one too. Rico Wo is Tia's best friend is in a poetry competition but when a murder happens everyone is under suspicion. This gave us a better look at trey and Tia's relationship and her friends. Quite a quick read and interesting also. When another turns up dead it gets scarier and it has a suspenseful ending.
Diana H.
Mar 10, 2015 Diana H. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A twisty-turny plot that keeps the reader guessing right to the end.
A. Jones
Aug 13, 2013 A. Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantabulous! A great continuation to the story and another mystery I didn't figure-out. Trey Seaver is a great boyfriend and Tai is like Nancy Drew, all grown-up!
Amanda
Jun 29, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The narrator is good, the mystery is good, but the brain-damaged boyfriend is AMAZING and makes the series completely worth reading.
Cindy
Jul 10, 2013 Cindy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: could-not-finish
The premise of the story sounded really good, but it ended up feeling like a young adult book and I was not pulled in by the story.
Lark
May 12, 2012 Lark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting characters, not stereotypes.
Brashears
good read, but the first book was better
Michele bookloverforever
enjoyable. decent plot.
Karen
Oct 21, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun series.
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Tina Whittle’s Tai Randolph/Trey Seaver series — featuring intrepid gunshop owner Tai and her corporate security agent partner Trey — has garnered starred reviews in Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal. Published by Poisoned Pen Press, this Atlanta-based series debuted with The Dangerous Edge of Things, followed by Darker Than Any Shadow (2012) and Blood, Ash and Bone (2013). ...more
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Tai Randolph Mysteries (5 books)
  • The Dangerous Edge of Things
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  • Deeper Than the Grave (Tai Randolph Mysteries #4)
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