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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
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Published March 1st 2012 by Poisoned Pen Press
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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
Louise  Dunlap
Dec 15, 2012 Louise Dunlap 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...more
Carl Brookins

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.

The settin...more
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
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...more
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...more
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
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.
A. Jones
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!
The narrator is good, the mystery is good, but the brain-damaged boyfriend is AMAZING and makes the series completely worth reading.
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.
Interesting characters, not stereotypes.
good read, but the first book was better
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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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