Deeper Than the Grave

It’s taken almost a year, but Tai Randolph finally has her new life together. She’s running a semi-successful Atlanta gun shop catering to Civil War re-enactors. Her relationship with the sexy if somewhat security-obsessed Trey Seaver is going smoothly. Most importantly, there’s not a single corpse on her horizon, and her previously haphazard existence is finally stable, secure . . . and utterly unsurprising.

Then a tornado scatters the skeletal remains of a Confederate hero, and Tai is asked to assist with the recovery effort. It’s a job her late Uncle Dexter would have relished, as does Tai, especially when she discovers a jumble of bones in the Kennesaw Mountain underbrush.

Her problem? The skeleton doesn’t belong to the missing soldier. Tai’s discovery reveals a more recent murder, with her deceased uncle leading the suspect list. As Tai struggles to clear Dexter’s name — and save the shop he left her — she digs up more than old bones. Deadly secrets also lie buried in the red Georgia clay.

Tai realizes there’s a 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. Will she survive yet another foray into amateur sleuthing? Will Trey? Or will the Civil War add two modern-day casualties to its death toll?

Available from Poisoned Pen Press and Amazon.

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Praise for Deeper Than the Grave

“Dark, compelling and relentless—Whittle’s street smarts and wry humor combine for a taut and tense tale starring one of mystery’s sexiest couples. Smoldering, sinister, and consistently entertaining!” — Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony, and Mary Higgins Clark Awards winner

Deeper Than the Grave hooked me from the first page: a deliciously addictive fusion of mystery, history, and combustible physical chemistry. Whittle has created an unforgettable crime-solving duo in Tai Randolph and Trey Seaver, who kept me guessing to the end as they tracked down a series of murders linked to Atlanta’s Civil War past. A thoroughly satisfying read, and I can’t wait to see where Tai and Trey go next.” — Beatriz Williams, bestselling author of A Hundred Summers

“Tai’s fourth connects murders past and present—not to mention the mystery and the hot-sheets romance—with gratifying conviction.” — Kirkus

Another stellar entry to the Tai Randolph series. The mystery is an intricate puzzle that weaves past murders to a present day death, but what stands out for me is the growth in the intimate relationship between Tai and Trey. I love these two and look forward to the next installment, not just for the mysteries which are always well done, but for the love story between two complex and somewhat damaged people who grow stronger because they’ve found one another.” — Bestselling Author Monette Michaels

“Whittle skillfully intertwines Civil War relics with modern-day re-enactors and the Darknet…in her intricate fourth mystery featuring Atlanta gun shop operator Tai Randolph…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.” — Publisher’s Weekly

“Tai Randolph is a likable heroine with no qualms about a little lying here, a little sleuthing there. In her fourth outing, Tai has finally come to terms with running a Confederate-themed gun store in Atlanta. Her relationship with security specialist Trey Seaver is on track. But when Tai finds a skeleton that is not the corpse she was looking for in the Kennesaw Mountain underbrush, her life suddenly takes a left turn, and she encounters toxic secrets buried deep in the red Georgia clay.” — Library Journal

“On a stormy February day, a tornado touches down in a family cemetery on the outskirts of Atlanta, ripping up the tomb of a Civil War soldier. Tai Randolph is called to help look for artifacts and bones. Instead of the Civil War soldier, whose bones should be in the damaged tomb, Tai finds those of a reenactor, along with a key chain her uncle forged. Tai tangles with one of Atlanta’s oldest families and a drug-dealing gang as she works to clear her uncle’s name—and avoid meeting up with the killer desperate to hide the crime. This fourth in the series will hold fans and new readers alike.”— Booklist

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