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Dying to Know (A Gumshoe Ghost Mystery) Paperback – January 8, 2014
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About the Author
As an international security consultant and former government agent, TJ O'Connor has conducted security consulting, investigations, and anti-terrorism operations around the world. Today, he provides independent security consulting to government agencies and private businesses. He lives in Winchester, Virginia and can be visited on online at http://tjoconnor.com/.
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I am not usually a mystery reader but I enjoyed the story very much. I loved the location since it was all areas I am very familiar with. The characters were very enjoyable and Tuck was my favorite. For a dead guy he was very funny :)
I had the bad guy figured out pretty early but that did not take away from the story at all. I have already ordered the next in the series !
Tuck was killed right off the bat. His memory is not the best. The only one who he can see and talk to is his dog. He finally can communicate with his wife. She keeps saying its her fault. His partner is being sneaky and to friendly with his wife. Angela at times is glad that he is back but also hides things and wants privacy.
Dr. Angela Tucker works for the University and she is also supposed to look at area that new highway was going to build but some bones and artifacts were found she needs to help decide what should be best for the site. She stays in the bedroom while Tuck goes to investigate the noises downstairs. After she hears her husband being shot she lets the dog out and saves her. A lot of people are getting hurt around her.
Bear is Tuck's partner but he was hiding some files that Tuck had before the crime scene comes into the house. He also searches the house that night.
Their are plenty of secrets, lots of action, mistrusting everybody. The two cops working the murder think that Angela and Bear are having an affair. Tuck does not believe his partner and wife were. Tuck is jealous and is questioning it after some facts come out.
Lots of twists and turns so you feel lost for most of the book. It is a clean read. I definitely want to read more of this series and see where it will take us next.
I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest opinion of it by Netgalley and Midnight Ink
01/08/2014 Published Midnight Ink 384 pages ISBN-10: 0738739502
Secrets between Angel and Bear drive him to distraction. Bear's sneaky actions lead Tuck to believe his partner may have additional secrets, especially when he sees Bear meeting with less than upstanding citizens. As the investigation moves forward, Tuck's sudden shifts from the present to the past or the present to the impending future, at the touch of an object, have him realizing that his murder isn't a simple case of home invasion. When Tuck discovers the reasons behind all of the chaos may stem from the archaeological dig site his widow is part of, he fears that she may be in danger. Tuck's shooter may not have been after him at all. This is cemented when other spirits come to him with information that connects his murder to the past, present, and future murders of others.
In the land of the living, how can the ghost of a former detective break the case of his own murder wide open? And will anyone he can help be willing to believe?
I received a copy of Dying to Know through NetGalley last year and, like so many other books I have, it got buried on my Kindle. When Great Escapes Book Tours announced the tour for Book 2 in the series, Dying for the Past, I recognized the look of the cover and found Tj on Goodreads to see what Book 1 was. Sure enough, I had it on my Kindle to read. What a great way to kick me into reading not only Book 1 but Book 2, as well. I really regret not reading it before now.
Dying to Know is a great mystery filled with twists, turns, and suspense. I love the idea behind a detective who is murdered and comes back to solve his own case. Tuck takes his reintroduction to the world pretty well considering he's part of a world that shouldn't be able to hear or see him. After he begins to figure out what he can and can't do, Tuck is able to communicate with Angel, and then the investigation really gets rolling. With his abilities to investigate and snoop undetected, he and Angel are able to start getting to the bottom of what is going on, and neither can believe what they discover. I was able to suspect early on who was responsible for the chaos in Dying to Know, but that knowledge didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book. After all, just because I thought I knew who it was doesn't mean that I knew why or how everything related and intertwined.
Tuck is written with humor and wit. Some of the lines that come out of his mouth, or his antics, give the story a less tragic feel, yet it doesn't detract or make the story unbelievable. Angel is a grieving widow but the author doesn't dwell or overdo the emotions. She is a strong woman and is written as such. Bear is the partner that every cop should aspire to have. His partner is killed, he feels guilty, and does anything and everything he can to find the murderer. These three characters are written with excellence and depth.
The plot flows along nicely and is very smooth. The events unfold rather quickly and they envelope the reader. I was pulled in from the very beginning of the book. I was entertained throughout and the author's writing kept me engaged, not wanting to put the book down.
Very enjoyable read!!
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