Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Review & 2 #Giveaways ~~ Dying for the Past (A Gumshoe Ghost Mystery, Book 2) by Tj O'Connor

~~ Welcome to my review of Dying for the Past by Tj O’Connor ~~

About Dying for the Past:

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.

2nd in Series
Paperback: 408 pages
Publisher: Midnight Ink (January 8, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0738742069

My Review:

Here is the link to my review of Book 1:

**There may be Book 1 spoilers**

Our beloved departed former detective, Oliver "Tuck" Tucker is back.  Instead of going wherever spirits go after their mission on earth is completed, Tuck is still stuck on earth in the spiritual plane - able to see everything, mostly unable to participate.  Solving his own murder in Book 1 didn't whisk him away to parts unknown.

While attending a gala hosted by his wife, Angel, Tuck watches the spirit of a gangster from long ago stroll through the ballroom - curious, indeed.  Then, a very wealthy philanthropist is murdered in cold blood right in the middle of the dance floor.  The ghost of the gangster disappears. Book 2 begins.

The only guilty party that the cops can come up with appears to be a shot in the dark.  As the investigation moves forward, the suspect quickly becomes less likely.  So who did it if the person they have in custody didn't?  The suspense behind the murder thickens as more key players come on scene.

Poor Nic is back on the chopping block and the FBI wants to take over the case.  It's again, up to Tuck to investigate the only way he can now - stealthy and quite ninja-like since, well, very few people can hear him and even less than that can see him.  What his finds are ties to the Russian mob, a too-gung-ho federal agent from the US Attorney's office, deadly - and undead - gangsters, and curious things about his family's history.

Dying for the Past is a great mystery filled with so many twists and turns that you'll swear you were riding a rollercoaster.  I loved Book 2 as much as Book 1.  Tuck is still a wiseguy and a scene between him and Bear (who was still mostly in denial) had me laughing out loud - "Captain and Tennille?" (pg. 123).  I love the wit and humor and am glad the author kept up with it in Dying for the Past.  The red herrings tossed in were well placed diversions and, unlike Book 1, it wasn't as easy for my to pick out "who dun it."

As with Book 1, the creativity of this book will draw the reader in from the very beginning.  The plot flows along nicely and is very smooth.  The events unfold rather quickly and they envelope the reader.  The characters are written with depth and emotion, are completely lovable, and relatable.  I was entertained throughout the entire 395 paperback copy of the book and the author's writing kept me engaged, not wanting to put the book down.

Very enjoyable read!!

Paperback review copy courtesy of the author, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:


…love this series it really pulls you in… Definitely a great new series I will soak up as much as possible!
~Community Bookstop

The end of the book was such a hoot. You tore from one event to the next, all of it culminating in the big bang ending. I wanted to read the end, yet I didn’t want the story of Tuck and his gang to be over.
~fuonlyknewLaura’s Ramblins and Reviews

Meet the Author:

Tj O’CONNOR IS THE 2015 GOLD MEDAL WINNER OF THE INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS BOOK AWARDS FOR MYSTERIES and the author of Dying to Know and Dying for the Past, available in books stores and e-books from Midnight Ink. His third paranormal mystery,DYING TO TELL, will be released January 2016. He is currently working on a traditional mystery and a new thriller. 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 has 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 Lab companions in Virginia where they raised five children. Dying to Know is also aForeword Review’s 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award finalist.

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Kaye Killgore said...

This looks like a good series. New author to me

Sapphyria said...

I loved it, Kaye! Good luck in the contests :)
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