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The Dangerous Edge of Things by Tina Whittle

The Dangerous Edge of Things

by Tina Whittle

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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 primary and secondary characters were well-drawn and interesting.The dialog, too, was smart and entertaining, and it did a good job capturing modern Atlanta.

So, my only quibble is the plot- but in a twisty murder mystery, the plot is really important, and this one did not feel as inevitable as it needed to. Too many red herrings?

I think I got the ebook via the Kindle First program on Amazon. ( )
  cissa | May 21, 2016 |
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 employer Phoenix - a security firm. She is also introduced to Trey Seaver who is assigned to protect her. Trey is a fascinating character because he had suffered a traumatic brain injury and has had to rebuild his life with significant changes to his personality. Tai didn't know him before the injury and is pretty good at accepting Trey as he is now.

They mystery was complex and so was the relationship between Tai and Trey. I can't wait to read more books in this series to learn more about both of them. ( )
  kmartin802 | Oct 15, 2014 |
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 (I think), she impulsively catapults herself into also investigating the murder, finagling the police and security firm agents to further her goals. The handsome security agent assigned to her, former cop Trey Seaver, is a very appealing character; he is very intelligent and can focus with laser intensity and determine when people are lying, but suffered a traumatic brain injury and has very black and white responses according to a strict code of ethics and can't decipher other's emotions very well.I enjoyed the depiction of Tai's quirky personality, impulsiveness, boldness and wry wit, the development of Trey's character and the relationships between them and other characters. But, I found the story very convoluted - I'm still not sure what really happened - and I didn't find Tai's motivations believable. Maybe I just wasn't reading carefully enough. But, she has no background related to investigating (was a caretaker for her mom, and a tour guide), the police really don't seem to think her brother committed the murder, so you'd think she might leave detective work to, you know, the police or this high end security firm her wealthy brother hired. Plus she boldly rifles through everyone's files, steals evidence from the firm, lies to everyone to further her investigating, all without any explanations for these ethical character flaws. She wasn't raised by sociopaths, far as I can tell. If her motivation was supposed to be truth, justice, and righteous justice for the dead woman, it really didn't come across well. So, 3 stars for appealing characters, relationship building amongst them, and for decent writing; 1.5 stars for the mystery story and motivations. ( )
  amanderson | Jun 13, 2011 |
Atlanta gun shop owner Tai Randolph finds a dead young woman in a car. Suddenly, she's plunged into the murder, along with various members of a corporate security firm, and Tai's absent brother. Though there's an amateur sleuth, this book is edgier than a typical cozy.

I really wanted to like this debut mystery. There are some interesting characters, for instance, but the plot was plodding, overly long and somewhat dry, and frankly, dull for me.

Even so, this series has potential and I might continue with it, once the second book is released. ( )
1 vote lindapanzo | May 13, 2011 |
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 very volatile, and interesting, character. Of course, he was hot, he is the love interest after all, he's quirky and downright off, which I love. Probably due to the fact that I myself am more than a little bit off, normal characters just don't do it for me...

To read the full review on The Book Buff, click here: http://thebookbuff.blogspot.com/2011/05/dangerous-edge-of-things.html

-Kate the Book Buff ( )
  k8thebookbuff | May 5, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 144177579X, Audio CD)

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 Police Department 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. Seaver is fearless, focused, and utterly impervious to bribes, threats, and clever deceptions. Still in recovery from the car accident that left him cognitively and emotionally damaged, Seaver 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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:11:19 -0400)

Tia is still adjusting to a newly inherited Confederate-themed gun shop when she finds a murdered corpse in her brother's driveway. Potential suspects abound, including violent stalkers, vengeful sisters, and a paparazzo with a taste for meth.

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