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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.
Tai Randolph, new owner of an Atlanta gun shop, finds a murdered woman in her brother's driveway, but he has fled to the Bahamas, left her to deal with police questions, and hired security agent Trey Seaver to watch her back. Trey is a former police detective and survivor of a debilitating accident that has left him with no long-term memory. 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. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Set in Atlanta, Whittle's tight, suspenseful debut introduces Tia Randolph, a recent Savannah transplant, who has the misfortune to discover a young woman shot to death in a car parked across the street from the house of her psychologist brother, Eric, who left that morning for a cruise to the Bahamas and whose business card was found in the victim's car. Though Tia doesn't know the woman, the police regard her and her brother with interest because they recently inherited a family gun store in Kennesaw. While the cops and a private security firm attempt to solve the murder, Tia investigates on her own. She soon realizes that not only is the Randolph name in jeopardy, but her own life is at stake. Mystery fans will welcome wisecracking characters that aren't trite and a twisting plot that isn't tired. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Tina Whittle's...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
"If you're wondering who can give Stephanie Plum a run for her money, meet Tai Randolph." (starred review)--Kirkus Reviews
"Mystery fans will welcome wisecracking characters that aren't trite and a twisting plot that isn't tired." (starred review)--Publishers Weekly