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The Dangerous Edge of Things (Tai Randolph Mysteries #1)

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  522 Ratings  ·  91 Reviews
Tai Randolph thinks inheriting a Confederate-themed gun shop is her biggest headache -- until she finds a murdered corpse in her brother's driveway. Even worse, her supposedly respectable brother begins behaving in decidedly non-innocent ways, like fleeing to the Bahamas and leaving her with both a homicide in her lap and the pointed suspicions of the Atlanta PD directed h ...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published May 27th 2010)
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Tina Whittle
Apr 13, 2011 Tina Whittle rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I don't feel the least bit of qualm about popping five stars on my own book because what I'me reviewing here is not my book (exactly) but Renee Raudman's work as the narrator. A performance worthy listening to, even if you've already read the book, just to savor a true artist at work. Cadence, tone, pacing, the character nuance -- she truly, as another Goodreads reviewer noted, knocks it out of the park.
Kathy Martin
Oct 15, 2014 Kathy Martin rated it really liked it
What an interesting mystery! Tai Randolph is new in Atlanta having inherited her Uncle's gun shop. She is staying with her older brother while getting set up and organized. When she returns to his house one day, she finds a murdered young woman in a car in front of the house. Her brother has gone to the Bahamas for a work conference and is not answering his phone as quickly as Tai would like.

Tai immediately gets involved in a very complicated situation that has her dealing with her brother's em
Terry Odell
Nov 14, 2015 Terry Odell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Every once in a while you read a book and wonder how in the world you hadn't read anything by this author before. The Dangerous Edge of Things was that kind of book for me. Tina Whittle has a smart, sassy voice that fills the page with vivid descriptions, a hot Atlanta setting, and a cast of characters that will keep you turning pages. By pairing her reluctant heroine with a brain-damaged partner, she's created a combo that makes you want to read the next book. Tai Randolph inherited a gun shop, ...more
Karla Brandenburg
Nov 19, 2015 Karla Brandenburg rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Tai Randolph has inherited a gun shop, so she picks up her life and moves in with her brother while she's relocating, only to find a dead woman sitting outside her brother's house. Her brother, away at training, directs her to a hotel for her own safety, but Tai isn't so easily bossed around. When she returns to her brother's house after her police interview, she discovers a private security firm "cleaning up" details that might link her brother to the dead woman. And things only escalate from t ...more
Liz Fichera
Mar 13, 2011 Liz Fichera rated it it was amazing
What a treat of a book! I loved the pace and the layers of this mystery. The story kept me guessing till the final pages, unraveling slowly and cleverly, as a new wrinkle or plot twist was introduced. And the main character, Tai Randolph, pretty much won me over from the first pages--she was funny, spunky, and courageous. I also adored her partner, Trey Seaver. Trey was not your typical love interest either. He was believably flawed and as layered as Tai. I adored everything about him, including ...more
Jun 20, 2013 Tammy rated it really liked it
This was a very intriguing book that I just happened across. I loved Tia! She was quite a gal with lots of pluck. When she discovers a a dead body she has the usual reaction of getting sick. Then she is thrown into her brothers world of high society people who are not what they seem. Also he hires a firm who sends Trey to watch over her. He is a different guy and as you read the book you find out how different and why. They work together trying to find out how and why Eliza was murdered and they ...more
Feb 11, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing
I just finished it. This is an engaging mystery, written clean and crisp, a page turner with nary a misstep. This is not my usual genre, but I was immediately taken in by the Good Old Boys vs. New Money world that the author recreates in this Atlanta mystery. Trey, the Ice Man who heads a heady investigation into the scandals of an elite society, is an interesting character, brain damaged into a type of disorder that keeps him obsessive and logical, almost like a sexy Mr Data addicted to Pellegr ...more
Lee Ann
Aug 15, 2016 Lee Ann rated it it was amazing
Just lucked across this series, and, man oh man, am I glad! Tai is kind of a nontraditional mystery heroine, I suppose. Like Mercy Thompson running a mechanic's shop in Patricia Briggs's phenomenal paranormal series, Tai just inherited and is going to run her late Uncle Dexter's gun and Confederate relic shop. She knows her guns, but much of her revenue derives from finding Confederate relics for collectors and providing "authentic" articles (handmade, true to the period underwear) for avid reen ...more
Kathleen Smith
Feb 23, 2011 Kathleen Smith rated it really liked it
Fast-paced plot, snappy dialog, engaging characters--I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Of special note is the very intriguing (and very sexy) character of Trey Seaver, whose memories, personality, and very identity are compromised by the traumatic brain injury he suffered years ago. The book ended at exactly the right moment in Trey and Tai's relationship, and I look forward eagerly to learning how it continues to develop in the next book of the series.
May 21, 2016 Cissa rated it really liked it
While I liked Tai as a protagonist, I am not at all convinced that the plot made sense. Many of the decision points seemed fairly random to me.

I will especially mention the climax, when the gun inventory on the scene did not seem to match up with where particular guns were at that time, and that was important.

Phoenix as a business was also not plausible- both too casual about letting temps into high-level meetings, AND far more formal than is realistic for anything other than banks.

Most of the p
Victor Gentile
Mar 24, 2015 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing
Tina Whittle in her new book, “The Dangerous Edge of Things” Book One in the Tai Randolph Mystery series published by Poisoned Pen Press introduces us to Tai Randolph.

From the back cover: Tai Randolph thinks inheriting a Confederate-themed gun shop is her biggest headache — until she finds a murdered corpse in her brother’s driveway. Even worse, her supposedly respectable brother begins behaving in decidedly non-innocent ways, like fleeing to the Bahamas and leaving her with both a homicide in h
Jun 01, 2016 Laurel rated it really liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. There were glaring inconsistencies that made me want to put it down, yet I kept reading. When the author tells us in the beginning of a book that a character always uses the same password, but later they can't get into his computer because no one, not even the sister who knows his password weakness, knows what the password is.... Not to mention that cops and suspects have instant relationships, and the company is the story is supposed to be an elite securit ...more
Aug 24, 2011 Fran rated it it was amazing
Best Book I have ever read.
Fran Johnson
Feb 02, 2011 Fran Johnson rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
I love it.
Dec 29, 2015 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
This one was not terrible but not fantastic either. I found that I just never connected with the protagonist, Tai Randolf, nor her 'sidekick' Trey Seaver. Tai's actions and reactions just always seemed a little off. E.g. a woman is found murdered outside her brother's home (where she is also temporarily staying). A little later strange, armed, men show up and she makes coffee for everyone. Also, she's staying at a hotel 'for protection' but meanwhile spends an entire day on her own at her gun sh ...more
Larissa Reinhart
Tina Whittle's first in the Tai Randoph Mystery series starts with a body in Tai's driveway. A body tied to her brother. A brother with whom Tai has just inherited a gun shop in Kennesaw, Georgia, where a quirky, old law has mandated everyone must own a firearm. That alone keeps your eyes on the page, but Tina's wonderful sense of character, engaging writing, and riveting plot intricacies keeps you glued to the DANGEROUS EDGE to the end. Readers will love Tai's sassy and intrepid personality, an ...more
Jan 28, 2011 Annmarie rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, contemporary
I read an advance reader's copy of this, later edits of the book might occur.
Tai has just moved from Savannah to Atlanta after co-inheriting her uncle's gun shop, and promptly finds a dead young woman slumped over in a car parked in front of Tai's older brother's house. Tai's brother is away at a work seminar in the Bahamas, and had recent contact with the dead woman, so the police are looking in his direction. When her brother hires a security firm to protect Tai and to investigate the murder
Apr 03, 2011 Joan rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I got this book in at the library in Large Print, which is great for tired eyes. I was skimming through it and found myself intrigued by the story and the characters. I'm maybe 1/3 of the way through it, and while I find the heroine's reactions to being involved in a murder investigation a bit too pat, I'm enjoying it. Tai Randolph has just inherited a firearms shop in Atlanta, when she discovers a woman's body in a car parked at her brother's house. Brother has taken off for a seminar in the Ba ...more
Feb 07, 2011 Heatheraine rated it really liked it
THE DANGEROUS EDGE OF THINGS by Tina Whittle is a fantastic murder mystery with a cast of lively characters. The main character, Tai, is a sassy woman with a flair for disregarding authority. She is hooked into helping solve the mystery of a murder that happens in her brother’s driveway.
Watching crime shows one loses the gut reactions of how it would really feel seeing a dead person. But in the first chapter Tai shows a very real reaction to the gore.
The tone of the book is set right away thro
Jane Niemeyer
Mar 20, 2011 Jane Niemeyer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Dangerous Edge of Things by Tina Whittle
Wow, another strong female crime character!! There is more mystery than meets the eye in this book. First off we have a dead body in the opening scene and the fun begins. Tai Randolph has just inherited a gun shop in Alabama form her dead redneck uncle. Her brother is a mysterious character involver with a high end security firm called Phoenix. Her partner in this book turns out to be Phoenix employee who is an ex-cop with serious neurological issues.
Apr 09, 2011 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really, really liked this book a lot. Tai made for a believable protagonist, not all Southern gooey, nor hardboiled - more of an ordinary Jane who finds herself stuck in the middle of a very nasty situation. The supporting characters are well-drawn and distinctive, although the slightly convoluted plot made keeping them straight a bit difficult at times ("Jake? Who's he exactly?"). The one whom I found the least relevant was Tai's brother Eric; ironic, since it was her connection to him that g ...more
Feb 20, 2011 Jane rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
What a great debut mystery. Some reviews have compared the protagonist to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum but I think that's doing a disservice to this character and author.

Tai Randolph has moved to Atlanta to take over the gun shop her uncle left her. Tai's plans are sidelined when she discovers the body of a young woman who has been left for dead in her car. The car is in her brother's driveway and Tai begins to investigate because she is worried her brother is somehow involved. Her investiga
Genie McFate
Dec 01, 2012 Genie McFate added it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: mystery
Tai Randolph has just inherited a gun shop from her politically incorrect uncle, when she finds a dead woman in her brother’s driveway. The Atlanta PD responds and Tai immediately finds herself a suspect in the woman’s death, along with her brother, who has left town. To clear her name and her brother’s, Tai immediately butts heads with Trey Seaver, a corporate security agent. To Trey, rules are a requirement. Except, when certain dangerous triggers occur.

Tightly written with great surprises, no
Kate L
May 05, 2011 Kate L rated it liked it
I seem to be in the minority on this one, I didn't really find this book all that great. It was competently written, I can't say there was really anything bad about it specifically, it just lacked a certain pizazz. I didn't love Tai, I wasn't all that intrigued about the mystery and the dialogue didn't wow me. The one bright shining light of the book was Tai's partner, Trey. After a head injury, he is left with a severe lack of social skills, which combined with his deadly training makes him a v ...more
Jerry Walch
Apr 18, 2016 Jerry Walch rated it liked it
This was a good read but it could have been better if Tina Whittle had taken a gender neutral perspective in telling the story instead of telling it from her female protagonist's point of view. I find that this is a common short coming of most thrillers written by female authors and the reason I read so few of them, there are exceptions to that rule but they are few and far between.
Apr 19, 2012 Angie rated it liked it
The cover quips: "If you're wondering who can give Stephanie Plum a run for her money, meet Tai Randolph." Eh. Not quite. If you want to compare this novel with One for the Money, The Dangerous Edge of Things will be left panting. It's not that it's bad, per se, but it's not good either. The story is choppy and the characters are shallow. There were moments when you caught glimpses of what the characters could have been had the author given a little more effort, however, they never got the chanc ...more
Toni Deal
Oct 02, 2014 Toni Deal rated it it was amazing
I read this book right after it came out and got immediately engaged with the characters. Trey is obviously a man who women dream of, straight to the point, but mysterious too. Tai you can't help but love and feel a little of yourself in her too. I wait anxiously for future books and know that Ms. Whittle knows what a southern girl is capable of.
Oct 09, 2014 Terri rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
First of a series, it explains things I wanted to know, since, of course, I read a later book first. Book has a lot of tension with the unusual male 'good' guy (read for yourself), and the leading lady. Never thought I'd like a book about a gunshop owner, but I do. Looking forward to continuing the story with the 2nd in the series.
Jan 31, 2015 Jean rated it really liked it
Excellent reading, a thriller with a complicated plot. Tai has arrived in Atlanta planning to temporarily stay at her brother's home while he is out of town. After taking him to the airport, a body is found in a car across the street. She learns there are many things she does not know about her brother.
Apr 24, 2016 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read book three in the series and thorougly enjoyed it. I decided I needed to get book one and start at the beginning. Dangerous Edge of Things did not disappoint. I learned how Tai acquired the gun shop, and learned more of Trey's background. My plan is to read the entire series. I hope Tina Whittle keeps the Tai Randolph stories coming!
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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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