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 re-enactors. 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...Read more...
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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 re-enactors. 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 were 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.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-09-15
- Reviewer: Staff
Whittle skillfully intertwines Civil War relics with modern-day re-enactors and the Darknet, “like the Internet, only without the safeguards,” in her intricate fourth mystery featuring Atlanta gun shop operator Tai Randolph (after 2013’s Blood, Ash, and Bone). Tai’s late Uncle Dexter becomes a person of interest when Tai unearths the skull of Lucius Dufrene, a man whose demise Dexter had perfect motive, means, and opportunity to execute. Trusted boyfriend Trey Seaver has installed a cache of safety and electronic surveillance equipment in her gun shop, but feisty Tai still manages to get in harm’s way. Suspects abound. Is it Richard, caretaker of the wealthy Amberdecker family grounds? Or is it some unseen mafia-type, an upstart re-enactor linked to the Darknet, or even an esteemed Amberdecker? Tai and Trey have their work cut out if they’re going to exonerate Dexter and live long enough to take their relationship to the next level. (Nov.)