To ask other readers questions about Darker Than Any Shadow , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Darker Than Any Shadow. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Feb 18, Debra Daniels-zeller rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction , mystery. I found this book on the "best bets" shelf at the library and I immediately got into the story because I liked the character Tai Randolph. I am not a poetry fan so the passages about the setting and details about poetry and poetry slams bored me. If not for Tai and her boyfriend Trey Sever I might have stopped reading.
Trey Sever is SWAT trained, rule obsessed and his brain is damaged from an accident so he can tell when someone is lying from the "tells" on their faces. Trey was the more compell I found this book on the "best bets" shelf at the library and I immediately got into the story because I liked the character Tai Randolph. Trey was the more compelling character but his rule-obsession is a big conflict for Tai who continually breaks rule. These characters were so compelling I'd read another book just to find out what's up with them.
I didn't really care one way or another about Rico and please don't bring poetry into the next installment.
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SWAT-trained and rule-obsessed, Trey has a brain geared for statistics and flow charts, no The dog days of summer have arrived, and Tai Randolph is feeling the heat. With sequels, the characters are established as are the relationships, the setting, the precursors to the novel. I have decided to treat this novel as being independent of the earlier novel.
It will be random. Within the first quarter of the book, I found myself connecting more with Trey Seaver as a character than I did with Tai. Trey, as a character, is organised, single-minded and focused. Unlike other readers, I found Trey a thoroughly engaging and interesting character because he approaches the plot of the novel like one should — with method and purpose.
Most people are organised but this is an ultra- version of organised. As mysteries goes, this is one of the most interesting and enjoyable books I have read in the genre. The characters are well-defined and each one is explored and examined in the critical manner that is expected of the amateur detective. Tina Whittle has achieved that with perfection. Jun 18, Sally Handley rated it it was amazing. Great follow-up to the first book in the series. Tai just can't stay out of trouble. Her relationship with Trey is hot and fun to watch evolving.
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Better and better Each book is not only a wonderful whodonit but also the fine weaving of intricate characters with wondrous unexpected glimpses deep into their souls. May 08, Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing. From the back cover: The dog days of summer have arrived, and Tai Randolph is feeling the heat. Who would have thought that a poetry competition would be deadly? I mean, come on, poetry? All you have to do is keep your meter and rhyme the last words in your sentences and not even that so much anymore. Tina Whittle has given us a great detective in Tai as she works to clear her friend of murder charges and then actually figure out who did the murder and why.
Danger, excitement, a mysterious box, a python and murder all figure into this highly complicated plot. I am so looking forward to the next book in this series. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Shelves: mystery. Tai often skirts the edges of the truth as she looks for answers, while Trey Seaver, her boyfriend, is a security analyst who can extrapolate security scenarios and take down a human without a second thought.
Beware of plot spoiler below: For anyone who knows someone who is affected by a Traumatic Brain Injury TBI , this series is a little bittersweet. The stories are mysteries, but they also follow Tai and Trey's romance as she learns how her boyfriend was changed by his injury and he begins to come out of his shell.
Tai and Trey fit well together, especially when they have to work at it. Apr 11, Carl Brookins rated it really liked it. Heavily populated with interesting characters, the turbulent love affair between the protagonist informs and leavens what could otherwise have been a run-of-the-mill mystery.
Indeed, the identity of the killer, while important to the story, was, to this reader, not as compelling as the characters, and the milieu. I'm not sure what I think of the title of the book. The setting is Atlanta, Georgia, during the run-up to a major poetry slam competition. Some of the characters have known each other from childhood and others seem to have uncertain, even mysterious backgrounds.
There are teams of competing poets as well as individual efforts and a surplus of egos swirling around as participants prepare. Then murder intrudes. Seaver is a former cop with a high level of crisis and SWAT training, excellent skills and more than a little rigidity as regards the rules of life and the law. The almost constant battles between the lovers as they try to accommodate each other is a fascinating piece of this very entertaining novel.
I recommend it strongly. In this sequel to The Dangerous Edge of Things, we find Tai Randolph, gun-shop owner by day, and her boyfriend, Trey Seaver, spending one hot Atlanta evening attending a poetry slam in which her best friend, Rico, is a competitor. Hell begins to break loose when fellow poet and Rico's teammate, Lex, is found stabbed to death in the restroom. While the suspicion initially focuses on Rico, Tai and Trey begin to find more complications, including a mysterious box left by Lex and a python, along wit In this sequel to The Dangerous Edge of Things, we find Tai Randolph, gun-shop owner by day, and her boyfriend, Trey Seaver, spending one hot Atlanta evening attending a poetry slam in which her best friend, Rico, is a competitor.
While the suspicion initially focuses on Rico, Tai and Trey begin to find more complications, including a mysterious box left by Lex and a python, along with some stolen property. I like this second Tai Randolph book in that the characters of Tai, Trey, and Rico are fleshed out more. We also get to see more of how Trey, a former cop, deals with his frontal brain-lobe damage brought on by a car accident a couple of years before. Trey's heightened sensitivities most notably he can tell whether someone is lying and straight-as-an-arrow persona meshes well with Tai's more impulsive nature and her tendancy to snoop where she's not supposed to.
View 1 comment. While the author did a good job making the book stand alone, with minimal plot rehashing of the first book in the series, read that one ahead of this one if possible to get a better idea of the characters. The poetry slam was one of those good ideas that didn't work as well it might've seemed when the book proposal was submitted. These poets are performance artists, which can't be re-created in a print book, so instead Whittle is left working around that in describing the feel mood of the event While the author did a good job making the book stand alone, with minimal plot rehashing of the first book in the series, read that one ahead of this one if possible to get a better idea of the characters.
These poets are performance artists, which can't be re-created in a print book, so instead Whittle is left working around that in describing the feel mood of the events; sorry, even that felt like a cop out.
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I didn't feel she did a great job handling Rico - giving a couple of examples of where he and Tai had "been there for each other" in the past would've helped. She's probably the closest fit of professional narrators available for the series. This is the second Tai Randolph mystery in Tina Whittle's series.
I enjoyed this book even more than the first one. I don't think that I had ever heard of a poetry slam before reading this book.
A poetry slam is a competition for poets. Darker Than Any Shadow revolves around poets and their competitions. This unique setting sets apart this mystery from others that I have read before. I like the characters of Tai, Rico and Trey better in this outing. They seem more human, more believable, more fle This is the second Tai Randolph mystery in Tina Whittle's series. They seem more human, more believable, more fleshed out. I really enjoyed the mystery aspect of it. I was surprised by who the murderer was and surprised by the motives of the murder.
So all in all a good read. I'm looking forward to more in this series. Jun 21, Vally Sharpe rated it liked it. The second of Tina Whittle's Tai Randolph series, I rated this one slightly lower than the first for a purely personal reason that has nothing to do with the quality of Tina's writing or story-telling.
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It has far more to do with the similar fact that I think Stephen King is one of the all-time best commercial fiction writers, but I'm not into his primary subject matter. I'm not experienced in the subculture of life around poetry slams, but if you are, you will be more than satisfied with the twi The second of Tina Whittle's Tai Randolph series, I rated this one slightly lower than the first for a purely personal reason that has nothing to do with the quality of Tina's writing or story-telling.