“Necessary Ends” By Tina Whittle: Review/Giveaway

by Cynthia Chow

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review & links to purchase it.

As the owner of a gun shop in Kennesaw, Georgia, Tai Randolph is no stranger to violence. Her familiarity with dodging gunfire has less to do with her profession than with her somewhat recreational amateur criminal investigations. Corporate security agent Trey Seaver, her partner in life and everything else, normally prefers that she refrain from life-endangering activities, but for once he is asking for her help. Just before the car accident that forced him out of the Atlanta PD’s SWAT division, Trey was involved in the murder investigation of a Hollywood producer’s wife. Trey relentlessly asserted that Nicholas Talbot killed his spouse, so when someone takes a shot at Nicholas, he immediately names Trey as the most likely culprit.

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Now that Georgia has become a tax-credit haven and second Hollywood for the film community, Nick and his brother have come to Kennesaw to film the hit werewolf television series Moonshine. In an odd twist of fate, Nick hires Trey to investigate the shooting, which also gives them a chance to reinvestigate Jessica Talbot’s death. The same brain injury that caused Trey to resign from the police also gave him the ability to become a human lie detector, forcing him to admit that Nicholas may actually be innocent. Faced with reevaluating all of his beliefs about the murder from four years past, Trey calls in Tai as a second opinion. For someone who thrives on action and danger, Tai finds being on the set with one of her favorite television heroines to be absolute heaven. Trey has a much more difficult time, as not only does it place him back in a frustrating investigation, the lies that are the mainstay of Hollywood threaten to short-circuit his truth-deciphering brain.

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A momentous occurrence will have ramifications not just in Trey’s investigative abilities but in his life, and it will be fascinating to see how it plays out. This continues to be an extraordinarily original, witty, and exceptionally written mystery series, and hopefully it will continue for years to come. Tai is an unstoppable force when she makes up her mind, and one sees the simmering chemistry between herself and Trey. Her acerbic humor and impulsiveness balance his rigid adherence to rules and structure, and together they are an outstandingly effective and skilled investigative team. Characters come alive in this fun and exuberant mystery, with the plot skillfully paced, and building towards an unpredictable but rewarding conclusion.

The novels in this series are always fun, yet they never make light of the struggles facing these undeniably damaged characters. Tai and Trey are sure to be facing considerable challenges in their near future, but when together there seems to be nothing that they cannot overcome.

To enter to win a copy of Necessary Ends, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “ends,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen May 12, 2018. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please included your mailing address. If entering via comment please be sure to include your email address.

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

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  3. Sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for the chance.


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