By TJ O’Connor
My favorite dead detective is back in all his crime solving glory. Oliver “Tuck” Tucker was murdered by an intruder, but that hasn’t stopped him from doing what he does best. He continues to solve murders and mysteries from the other side of the grave.
He is not alone in his crime fighting. His former partner Bear and his wife Angel work with him. Oftentimes Tuck’s presence has helped them, but sometimes it annoys those he left behind. They love him, but Angel especially might need to move on to seeing other men who are not dead, even though she still loves Tuck. Being the wife of a ghost wouldn’t be easy for any woman, but Angel tries to make the best of a bad situation.
As for other crime solving partners, Tuck has a legion of dead people contacting him. Some of them are helpful, some want to get revenge. Most interestingly, some of them are long dead relatives sent to look out for Tuck and help ease him into his new life among the dead. Oftentimes he learns much more about his family than he would have ever found out while living.
In Dying to Tell Tuck meets another of his ancestors. His deceased grandfather, who was an Army captain, shows up looking for answers about an Army mission gone bad from 1942. This mystery is directly related to a case Bear catches. A dead man is found in a hidden bank vault and everyone surrounding the death have secrets or are not who they seem to be.
Tuck participates reluctantly in the investigation until it hits him close to home. Angel is somehow being targeted, and the killer will stop at nothing to keep his secrets from being revealed. Can Tuck find out what is going on before it is too late for his wife?
This book is easily a stand-alone mystery. There are references to the first two books in the series, Dying to Know and Dying for the Past. They are explained without an overabundance of back-story, but enough so new readers would not be lost.
O’Connor’s characters are believable and fully fleshed out with pasts and present stories and events. He artfully weaves the dead and living characters together, using Tuck as the conduit to make it all work.
This is the third in O’Connor’s award winning Gumshoe Ghost Mystery series. His plots are varied and intricate yet fun and easy to read. They keep me guessing until the final pages. Just when I think I have the killer figured out, a monkey wrench that makes total sense makes me point to a different suspect. This delectable dead detective series is a must read for mystery lovers.
It has quickly become one on my favorite mystery series. O’Connor is an author that should be sought out if you like a well told mystery with a fabulous mix of homicides, history and humor to keep you turning pages well into the night.
Copyright © 2016 Laura Hartman
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