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Deeper Than the Grave by Tina Whittle

Deeper Than the Grave

by Tina Whittle

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Tai is preparing the gun shop she inherited from her Uncle Dexter for an audit when she and her boyfriend Trey are asked to help search for bones gone missing after a tornado destroys a local family's mausoleum. Rather than the remains of a missing civil war hero, Tai discovers the skull of a man murdered two years ago and buried with Uncle Dexter's keys.

Determined to prove Dexter's innocence, Tai and Trey uncover evidence of a drug trafficking ring, learn about the black market for civil war artifacts and discover that even long buried civil war heroes can have secrets.

The mystery is well told and moves along at a brisk pace, introducing a range of interesting characters along the way, but it is Tai, Trey and their struggles both internal and as a couple that proves most compelling. This is the third book in the series but can be read as a stand alone story, but with characters this well-drawn, I'm looking forward to the next book.

Note: this review is based on an ARC received from the publisher ( )
  astraplain | Oct 28, 2014 |
Tai gets swept into a complicated situation when she is called in by a friend of her uncle's to try to find some bones a civil war hero after a tornado destroys his fancy mausoleum. Tai's search has her recovering much more recent bones. The bones belong to Lucius Dufrene and the last person to see him alive might have been her late Uncle Dexter. Tai has to get involved to clear her uncle's name.

Tai's investigation has her looking at the black market in civil war memorabilia, a drug traficking ring, and some of the best families of the Old South. While she is doing this, she is also worried because Trey is nearing the anniversary of the accident that caused his traumatic brain injury. Previous years have had him shutting down and retreating to his apartment for the day. Tai doesn't know what she can do to help him.

Both Tai and Trey are damaged people who have build nice solid brick walls to protect themselves. However, being in a relationship means that they both have to break down their walls. This isn't an easy or pain-free project for either of them.

I enjoyed the mystery and really enjoyed watching Tai and Trey's relationship develop. Fans on non-standard detectives will find much to enjoy in this series. ( )
  kmartin802 | Oct 16, 2014 |
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It's taken almost a year, but Tai Randolph has her new life together. She's running a semi-successful Atlanta gun shop catering to Civil War reenactors. Her lover, the sexy if security-obsessed 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 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.… (more)

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