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, and a shop chock-full of firearms doesn’t help matters.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.
Available from Poisoned Pen Press.
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Praise for The Dangerous Edge of Things
“VERDICT In this exciting series debut, Whittle provides not only an original, well-constructed plot but also a cast of unforgettable characters all somewhat flawed by life. With comparisons to Meg Gardiner and Karin Slaughter, this will appeal to readers who enjoy unusual approaches to crime fiction. Can’t wait for the next one.”
— Library Journal Starred Review
“Mystery fans will welcome wisecracking characters that aren’t trite and a twisting plot that isn’t tired.”
Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review
“Tai’s next adventure can’t come soon enough. She’s adorable, Trey is worthy of her and Whittle’s first foray into crime fiction is noteworthy.” — Kirkus Starred Review
“The Dangerous Edge of Things is a tangled tale: incredibly entertaining, well-constructed, and chock full of interesting characters. Tina Whittle is a welcome addition to the crime fiction genre, and The Dangerous Edge of Things is the beginning of a very promising, lighthearted mystery series.” —
Renee Fountain, New York Journal of Books
“Tina Whittle’s The Dangerous Edge of Things, is pure Atlanta: the faux Confederate gun shop, owned by heroine, Tai Randolph, the adult entertainment scene and glitzy Tuxedo Road. Her prose is excellent; her dialogue crisp and realistic and the plotline never wavers. A ripping good story with a gutsy heroine.” —
Gerrie Ferris Finger, author of The End Game, winner of the Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition
“A well-told tale that will keep you reading. You’ll be looking for other work by this talented author.” — Ann K. Edwards, Voice in the Dark