Thursday, November 6, 2014

Deeper Than the Grave: A Tai Randolph Mystery-Tina Whittle

Deeper Than the Grave: A Tai Randolph Mystery
Tina Whittle
Poisoned Pen, Nov 4 2014, $24.95
ISBN 9781464202643

In Atlanta, gun shop owner Tai Randolph’s best customers are Civil War reenactors.  To ensure her safety after some recent incidents, her boyfriend, former SWAT cop and current security consultant, Trey Seaver has hooked up all sorts of protective measures. 

A tornado rips though a historical cemetery on Kennesaw Mountain scattering the remains of a Confederate soldier.  Helping with the recovery, Tia finds bones including a skull nearby.  However, these do not date back to the 1864 Civil War battle on Kennesaw Mountain, but instead belong to recently murdered Lucius Dufrene.  As the police investigate, Tai's late Uncle Dexter, who bequeathed the shop to his niece, is a prime suspect.  Refusing to allow the reputation of her uncle to be destroyed especially with Dexter unable defend himself; Tia rushes in with her own inquiry while deliberate Trey has her back.

The fourth Tai Randolph finder mystery (see Blood, Ash, and Bone; The Dangerous Edge of Things and Darker than Any Shadow) strengthens an excellent modern day murder whodunit with Civil War history and pseudo-history.  Once again the immovable Tai dives head first into danger while her irresistible force has her “sidekick” trying to perform the impossible keeping her safe.

Harriet Klausner

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