Reckoning and Ruin

Tina Whittle (Author)


Reckoning and ruin. That's what Savannah is to private eye Tai Randolph who's gladly rebooted her life in Atlanta and is celebrating several landmarks. A year running the Confederate-themed gun shop she inherited with its busy schedule of reenactments. A year with her sexy, ex-SWAT-team lover, Trey, who's having to reboot his own life and brain after a terrible auto accident. A year of confronting a checkered list of villains. One of those convicted criminals is her cousin Jasper, whose disreputable family was a big part of Tai's childhood in Savannah.

But here comes Jasper again, complete with a fancy, high-priced new lawyer and a scheme that will surely ruin Tai and Trey financially. Jasper, the leader of a white militia splinter group too violent for even the Klan, must be up to something worse than wrecking Tai's life. When other witnesses against Jasper start turning up dead, she decides she has to take him down once and for all.

Soon she's back in Savannah and deep in familiar troubles. She's forced to confront old memories and older ghosts. Worst of all, her relationship with Trey starts to fray, and she realizes that chasing the truth might cost her the man she loves.

Product Details

Poisoned Pen Press
Publish Date
April 05, 2016
5.5 X 1.0 X 8.4 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Tina Whittle is a mystery writer living and working in the Georgia Lowcountry. The Dangerous Edge of Things, the first novel in her Tai Randolph series, debuted February 2011 from Poisoned Pen Press. Described in Publishers Weekly as a "tight, suspenseful debut," this Atlanta-based series has garnered starred reviews in Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal.


"This is a fine murder mystery that does all the things it should do, opening special windows on character, behavior, legal issues, and investigative procedure in ways that distinguish it from others in the genre. For all that, the reader's journey inside of the relationship between Tai and Trey, so fraught with the possibility of disaster, so filled with longing, is the solder that binds the pieces together and also the novel's beating heart."--Philip K. Jason "Southern Literary Review "
"The fifth installment in the Randolph series takes Tai back to her hometown of Savannah, where she's forced to confront her own dark past and the family she worked so hard to leave behind. The focus is on character here: Tai, her troubled boyfriend, her disreputable family. The story is smartly constructed, but it's the people - portrayed with subtlety and depth - who keep us glued to the page. Fans of the series will enjoy this one very much."--David Pitt "Booklist "
"Reckoning and Ruin is an engrossing read. Well written and pithy, I recommend it."--Dr. Cynthia Lea Clark "Futures Mostly Mystery Magazine (FMAM) "
"Headstrong and determined, a woman trying to leave her past behind is forced back to her Savannah home to confront her biggest adversaries: her family....Those enamored of Tai will enjoy the way [the backstory] drives the plot, which is most likely to appeal to those with a strong investment in the heroine."--Kirkus Reviews
..".this unique mystery highlights fascinating characters and the Low Country Savannah setting. The result is a compelling and outstanding mystery series."--Kings River Life
"Tai Randolph has to deal with one peril after another in Whittle's twisty fifth novel featuring the Atlanta gun shop owner (after 2014's Deeper than the Grave)....Readers should be prepared for a shocker of an ending."--Publishers Weekly