Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Review: Deeper Than the Grave (Tai Randolph Mysteries #4) by Tina Whittle

  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (Nov. 4 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1464202648
  • ISBN-13: 978-1464202643

Book Description

 It s taken almost a year, but Tai Randolph has her new life together. She s running a semisuccessful Atlanta gun shop catering to Civil War re-enactors. Her lover, the sexy-if-securityobsessed 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."

About the Author

 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). The fourth book in the series — Deeper Than the Grave — releases in November 2014.

A nominee for Georgia Author of the Year in 2012, Whittle's short fiction has appeared in The Savannah Literary Journal, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, and Gulf Stream, which selected her story “Lost Causes and Other Reasons to Live” as the 2004 winner of their Mystery Fiction contest. When not writing or reading, she enjoys golf, sushi, tarot reading, and spending time with her family (one husband, one daughter, one neurotic Maltese and four chickens).

My Review

Deeper Than the Grave is the fourth book in the Tai Randolph Mystery series by author Tina Whittle. Once again, we are back in Atlanta at the gun shop Tai inherited from her Uncle Dexter. Tai's boyfriend Trey Seaver is back as well. They are both fascinating people and make the Tai Randolph series stand out from others. Their relationship evolves and progresses with each novel in the series.

 Amidst dealing with false alarms at the gun shop, a tornado rips through the area. The tornado churns through the Kennesaw Mountain cemetery exposing bones from the past. But some bones aren't from as far back as the grave marker states. The bones in the grave of Civil War
Private Braxton Amberdecker are not his but from a more recent time. And the evidence points to Uncle Dexter. Can Tai figure out who the real murderer is before she possibly could lose her shop? 

Deeper Than the Grave is filled with twists and turns. The South of the past is intertwined with the modern South. Very interesting read. Always a pleasure to read a well written murder mystery.

Deeper Than the Grave can be read as a stand alone novel however I recommend reading the first three books so that you can fully understand the relationship between Tai and Trey. Already looking forward to Tina Whittle's next book.

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