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

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

by Tina Whittle
4.8 11

NOOK Book(eBook)

$4.95
View All Available Formats & Editions
Available on Compatible NOOK Devices and the free NOOK Apps.
LendMe® See Details
Want a NOOK ? Explore Now

Overview

The Dangerous Edge of Things (Tai Randolph Series #1) by Tina Whittle

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 her way. Suddenly, she has to worry about clearing her own name, not just that of her wayward sibling. Complicating her search for answers is Trey Seaver, field agent for Phoenix, an exclusive corporate security firm hired to investigate the crime. Trey is fearless, focused, and — much to Tai’s dismay — utterly impervious to bribes, threats and clever deceptions. Still in recovery from the car accident that left him cognitively and emotionally damaged, Trey has constructed a world of certainty and routine. He has powerful people to answer to, and the last thing he wants is an unpredictable stranger “detecting” on Phoenix turf. Tai’s inquiry leads her from the cold-eyed glamour of Atlanta’s adult entertainment scene to the gilded treachery of Tuxedo Road. Potential suspects abound, including violent stalkers, vengeful sisters, and a paparazzo with a taste for meth. But it takes another murder — and threats to her own life — to make Tai realize that to solve this crime, she has to trust the most dangerous man she’s ever met.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615953110
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Publication date: 05/27/2011
Series: Tai Randolph Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 292
Sales rank: 597,031
File size: 573 KB

About the Author

Tina Whittle is a mystery writer working in Statesboro, Georgia. Her 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. She is a columnist and feature writer for The 11th Hour, a local alternative newspaper, and also works as a professional tarot reader.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

The Dangerous Edge of Things: A Tai Randolph Mystery 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
KarleeB More than 1 year ago
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 there. Trey Seavers is her "personal protection" agent, assigned to follow her around and keep her out of trouble. Trey, an ex-cop with a traumatic brain injury, is a very black and white kinda guy. His points of reference have changed since the accident, so he is strictly business in order to keep focused. Watching Tai is anything but a straightforward assignment, and she disrupts his orderly routines. The mystery escalates as more bodies fall in the wake of whatever is going on, and Ms. Whittle takes us on a wild ride of espionage, cover-ups and betrayal, presenting us with a host of guilty parties all eligible to be murder suspects. I especially liked the pairing of Tai, a somewhat free-spirited loose cannon, with the orderly, OCD Trey, the way they counterbalanced each other and complimented each other. A well laid out whodunit that kept me reading.
CarterkidCO More than 1 year ago
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, but she discovers a dead body, and things escalate from there. Trey Seaver was injured in an accident, and although he's a to-die-for hunk of a guy, his brain doesn't work the way it used to, which frustrates him—and Tai. I was given a copy of the book with a request for an honest review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
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 her lap and the pointed suspicions of the Atlanta PD directed her way. Suddenly, she has to worry about clearing her own name, not just that of her wayward sibling. Complicating her search for answers is Trey Seaver, field agent for Phoenix, an exclusive corporate security firm hired to investigate the crime. Trey is fearless, focused, and — much to Tai’s dismay — utterly impervious to bribes, threats and clever deceptions. Still in recovery from the car accident that left him cognitively and emotionally damaged, Trey has constructed a world of certainty and routine. He has powerful people to answer to, and the last thing he wants is an unpredictable stranger “detecting” on Phoenix turf. Tai’s inquiry leads her from the cold-eyed glamor of Atlanta’s adult entertainment scene to the gilded treachery of Tuxedo Road. Potential suspects abound, including violent stalkers, vengeful sisters, and a paparazzo with a taste for meth. But it takes another murder — and threats to her own life — to make Tai realize that to solve this crime, she has to trust the most dangerous man she’s ever met. This is a great way to start a mystery series and a great character to start with. Tai is not a Private Investigator, she is not a lawyer, matter of fact she is not any of those professions we have come to identify with mysteries. I suppose it is this not identifying that sets her, not only apart, but up for the challenge. What would you do if you came home one day and found a murdered person in the driveway? Now she has to get involved to clear her name with the police department because they think she did it. Since she doesn’t know, really, what she is doing she has to team up with Trey. This is quite a relationship as both of them are damaged characters. Danger, excitement and murder all figure into this highly complicated plot. “The Dangerous Edge of Things” is loaded with twists and turns that will leave you guessing all the while you are flipping pages to find out what happens next. I am so glad I found Ms. Whittle and am so looking forward to the next book in this series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Poisoned Pen Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TitaniumBabe-2 More than 1 year ago
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, not only does Whittle give us a wonderful mystery tied to the woman’s death at the beginning of the book, we also learn the reasons for Trey’s uniform life. Whittle leaves us eager to learn more about Tai and Trey, and their next adventure in Darker Than Any Shadow. I would have provided more details about the plot of The Dangerous Edge of Things, but I don’t want to spoil the surprises of this excellent kick off to a new series.
wizkids32 More than 1 year ago
Awesome book love the main characters well written. Great and Awesome Tai and Trey are the best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fun read. Loved the characters, especially Rico and Trey. And I don't think Tai Randolph is anything like Stephanie Plum--she's smarter.
MaryBethWrites More than 1 year ago
Tai Randolph has a problem-she's found a body in a car across the street from her brother's driveway. Add to that the unexpected presence of representatives from a local security firm pushing her around, and she's definitely having a bad day. Tina Whittle takes readers on a thrill-ride through the underside of corporate Atlanta in "The Dangerous Edge of Things," her debut novel from Poisoned Pen Press. Her heroine possesses strong opinions about a lot of things, not all of them based on fact. Tai has many lessons to learn along the way to the solution of the murder. Whittle's cast includes Trey Seaver, a former police officer working for Phoenix Corporate Services. He comes on like a stone man because of past injuries, but there's a heart inside the tough shell. Tai's brother Eric misses the excitement of the murder by being away on a cruise; his return brings more questions to the situation. Rico, an old friend of Tai's, provides moral and technical support as she investigates. Trey's former APD partner, politicians, socialites, a masseuse/mystic, strippers and all sorts of "company" goons interact with Tai as she tries to get to the truth. Oh, and she's inherited a gun shop but hasn't been approved yet to carry a gun. Plots and subplots intertwine in "Edge" and create one of those books that can make you lose track of time. Tai has left her "ghost tour" business to return to Atlanta because of the inheritance. She and Eric face off on a regular basis. Trey's brain injuries have left him with a different way of processing the world, challenging Tai's relationship skills. Eric is toeing the company line, even as he looks like a murder suspect. Secrets must be uncovered and the innocent vindicated, but can Tai and Trey accomplish the job in time to save their own lives? Whittle indicates that this book constitutes the first in a series. She's built a good platform from which to expand. Her characters possess sufficient complexity to bring the reader back without being so complicated that the reader gets confused. The relationships and situations are resolved to a satisfying point without coming to a dead end. There is some strong language interspersed in the story and a little bit of sexual overtones, but nothing outrageous. If you're looking for a new mystery author to follow, I recommend Tina Whittle. She tells a great Southern story while avoiding cloying stereotypes. I look forward to the next installment in the series. This review is based on a review copy of the book provided by the author.
Georgia_Historian More than 1 year ago
If you want witty repartee, a wry world view, and a heroine with feet of clay, then Tai Randolph is your gal. We first meet Tai soon after she has discovered a dead woman in a parked car in front of her brother's house in a trendy section of Atlanta. Questioned by police, manipulated by her brother, forced to try and justify her indeterminate status, Tai ends up staying at a luxury hotel in Buckhead. There she meets Trey, an intriguing, handsome, and ultimately quite different security operative. Fighting her growing attraction to Trey, and realizing that the police investigation will go nowhere, Tai takes it upon herself to solve the young woman's death. The plot is clever, the main character is complex and well realized, but most importantly this is one of the funniest books I have read in a long time. Tai Randolph's irreverent thoughts and observations will keep you chuckling though the most stressful of police interrogations. I can not recommend this book highly enough, and I impatiently await book number two
HopeULikeIt More than 1 year ago
The Dangerous Edge of Things is one of the most original books I have ever read. The characters are from Georgia, but the dialogue is not dripping with southern cliches like "ya'll" and "ain't". It represents the melting pot that the south has become in 2011 with educated southerners with dignity, pride, and a flair for sophisticated hospitality. Tai, the heroin, is a strong female with a desire for the truth, and Trey is a man that knows what he is, literally, but has no emotional attachment to his future. This mystery novel keeps you guessing until the very end. The descriptive way that Tina set's the stage, you truly feel like your part of the story. I read the book so fast the first time, that I had to read it again just to see all the finer details that were so cleverly hidden to keep me guessing. I was almost surprised again the second time through. At times I laughed out loud which kept me wanting to see more. I would recommend this to women that want a strong feminine character, to men who want action (who can go wrong with a ferrari chase scene), and anyone who wants a great book that gets you out of the daily routine of everyday life. I can't wait for the next book.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Tai Randolph recently moved from Savannah to the Atlanta area as she her brother Eric inherited a gun store in the northern suburb of Kennesaw. Her sibling the psychologist goes on a cruise so she house sits his home. However, she notices a woman in a parked car across the street from the house. Tai goes to see if the woman is okay only to find her dead as someone shot the victim who also has Eric's business card. She calls the police who place the siblings on the top of their list of suspects due to the gun store and Eric's departure. Not one to sit idly by, Tai investigates at the same time experienced rivals from APD and private security detective Trey Seaver, hired by Eric to protect his sister, make inquiries. Trey has no long term memory since he had an on the job as a cop injury. Meanwhile Tai concludes she and her brother, when he comes home, are in trouble from an unknown adversary who may be willing to kill the siblings and she figures the cops and the private sleuth could not care whether she and Eric live except if it muddles their respective "lucid" case. The first Tai Randolph amateur sleuth is a terrific suspense thriller due to the cast especially the two terrific T, Tai and Trey. Each has personal issues that enhance a strong whodunit. Eric's exit adds to the fine Atlanta tale as his sister and his hired gun want to know why he suddenly left town; while the cops believe they know why he fled to the Caribbean. This is a winning murder mystery. Harriet Klausner