Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Review: Dying for the Past (Gumshoe Ghost mystery #2) by T.J. O'Connor

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3292 KB
  • Print Length: 410 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0738742066
  • Publisher: MIDNIGHT INK (Jan. 1 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00QVLB9N4

Book Description

 Dying is not for the faint of heart . . . . . . Neither is the murder of a mysterious philanthropist with ties to the Russian mob and 1939 gangsters.

At an A-list charity ball organized by his wife, Angela, former detective Oliver "Tuck" Tucker is doing his best to prove that ghosts know how to have a good time--until a man is murdered in cold blood on the dance floor.

Never one to let a mystery go unsolved, Tuck is on the case with help from Angela and his former police-detective partners. Together, they must be the first to read "the book"--deceased gangster Vincent Calabrese's journal that names names and reveals the dirty secrets of several modern-day spies.

As Tuck learns the book's secrets, he begins to unravel his own family's wayward past, leading to the question--is being a ghost hereditary? Even while chasing a killer, the biggest challenge Tuck must conquer is how to be back amongst the living . . . but not one of them.

About the Author

 Tj O’CONNOR IS THE AUTHOR OF DYING TO KNOW and DYING FOR THE PAST, the first two books in a series from Midnight Ink. Dying to Know is available in books stores and e-books. Dying for the Past releases January 8, 2015! Tj is an international security consultant specializing in anti-terrorism, investigations, and threat analysis—life experiences that drive his novels. With his former life as a government agent and years as a consultant, he’s lived and worked around the world in places like Greece, Turkey, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, and throughout the Americas—among others. He was raised in New York's Hudson Valley and lives with his wife and three lab companions in Virginia where they raised five children. Dying To Know is the first of seven novels to be published. The first sequel in the series, Dying for the Past, hits bookstores in January, 2015. Learn more about Tj’s world at and on Facebook at and catch up on his blog at

My Review

Dying for the Past is second book in T.J. O'Connor's Gumshoe Ghost Mystery series. While I am not a huge fan of paranormal mysteries, I did read the first book book in the series which I enjoyed. I enjoyed reading Dying for the Past as well. While it is the second book in the series, Dying for the Past can also be read as a stand alone novel.

The main character in Dying for the Past is Oliver Tucker or Tuck. Tuck is a ghost who can only be seen by his wife Angela, his dog Hercule and by his former detective partner, Bear (Bear thinks it is just in his head). I enjoy the Virginia setting. The murder mystery kicks off at a gala hosted by Tuck's wife Angela who is a history professor. The guest of honor is shot and disappearing funds...the mystery is off and running.

The book Dying for the Past is filled with interesting characters...dead and alive. There are plenty of plot twists and what with the FBI, Russian mob and gangster ghosts! Entertaining mystery that kept me guessing to the end!

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