By Tina Whittle

The puppy days of summer season have arrived, and Tai Randolph is feeling the warmth. operating her uncle's gun store is extra hard than she ever imagined. Her ally Rico is competing for a countrywide slam poetry name. And Atlanta is overrun with thousands of fame-hungry functionality poets clogging the entire stable bars.
She's additionally obtained her brand-new courting with company safeguard agent Trey Seaver to accommodate. SWAT-trained and rule-obsessed, Trey has a mind geared for statistics and move charts, now not romance. And whereas Tai unearths him irresistibly attention-grabbing, courting a human lie detector who can kill along with his naked arms is a just a little precarious activity.
after which simply while she thinks she may perhaps get a deal with on issues, one in every of Rico's fellow poets is murdered . . . and Rico turns into the top suspect.
Tai pushes up her sleeves and springs to his security with each trick in her booklet a bit mendacity right here, a bit snooping there. Trey wishes her off the case instantly. So does Rico. each poet in Atlanta has a mystery, it kind of feels, and certainly one of them is prepared to kill to maintain theirs quiet. yet another person wishes her at the task, an individual losing nameless clues and clandestine tip-offs her approach. somebody with an time table that is having a look both definitely heroic . . . or downright lethal.
Will Tai's dating with Trey live to tell the tale one other foray into beginner sleuthing? or even extra importantly, will she?

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The gun’s ok, however the case smells like a Starbucks garbage can now. ” “What do you hold? ” “S&W Bodyguard. ” “Pistol or revolver? ” “Pistol. ” A lady after my very own center. perhaps this partnership used to be a good suggestion finally. *** My earlier searches for Lex had grew to become up in simple terms the character. yet inside seconds of pictures for magicians in South Florida, i discovered him. His identify used to be Kyle Alexander. I needed to squint to make him out, yet although the spiky black hair was once combed smartly, it was once certainly him. He used to be dressed for the level in a dismal blue silk blouse, with a black vest and black trousers. now not a touch of Goth. yet I’d have famous his expression at any place, the pointy figuring out appraisal that he dropped at the level. No ask yourself he may well rock an audience—he’d had two times the perform, in view that he was once in impact humans. “Presto chango,” I stated. i used to be correct in regards to the best hat, correct concerning the scarves and handcuffs. i used to be even correct in regards to the rabbit, a fluffy white creature instantly out of significant casting. yet I’d been unsuitable to imagine Lex hadn’t had a stunning assistant. within the video clips, she used to be petite and adorable, with rolling waves of chestnut hair virtually shellacked in position. A spangled halter gown emphasised a knock-out physique, brief and curvy. She smiled, a white and excellent smile, as lovely a diversionary tactic as ever climbed into the field and obtained sawed in part. I clicked at the incorporated hyperlink. It took me instantly to Kyle Alexander’s site. I tested his time table of appearances, which—I discovered with a prickle—had diminished to nearly not anything through the center of August. My prickle become an entire physique ripple whilst I clicked on his final scheduled functionality, a lunchtime gig in Tampa Bay the Wednesday prior to the debut occasion. I famous the main points. after which I spent twenty mins at the mobile conversing with Kyle’s final organisation, a human assets supervisor within the Bay zone who’d employed him to entertain on the corporation picnic. while I hung up, i used to be yes of 3 issues. One, the Tampa Bay convey have been Kyle Alexander’s swan tune. , no means he’d made sufficient cash operating the company magic circuit to outlive, no longer with the new meagerness of his bookings. and 3, he had survived, which intended he was once earning money another method, most likely by way of promoting stolen item via Debbie’s on-line shop. So I despatched Cummings an e mail explaining every thing with a worthwhile number of hyperlinks. I bcc’d Garrity. And Rico. And my new good friend Sloane. simply because like they constantly say, turn-about’s reasonable play. I checked my watch. in simple terms hours earlier than the open mike all started. Time to come back to the town, sell off off all my study at Trey’s, and get us out the door earlier than the curtain went up and the poetic blood activities all started. bankruptcy Thirty-three I needed to use the shop’s hand truck to do it, yet I controlled to get all my research—including Lex’s field of poetry scraps—into Trey’s foyer in a single journey. The concierge paled whilst he observed me coming. I raised my Frankie kinds mug at him, and he stared in smooth baffled horror until eventually the elevator doorways closed.

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