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Dying for the Past: A Gumshoe Ghost Mystery    by TJ O'Connor order for
Dying for the Past
by TJ O'Connor
Order:  USA  Can
Midnight Ink, 2015 (2015)
Softcover, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Former detective Oliver 'Tuck' Tucker (now a ghost detective), is trying to show that ghosts know how to have a good time. He is attending a classy charity ball organized by his wife Angela. However his mood quickly changes when a prominent philanthropist is murdered on the dance floor.

Tuck, with his police background, is anxious to solve the murder. He wants to help his former detective partners as well as his lovely wife - who knows that he has come back as a ghost, and has trouble not talking out loud to him. Word gets around that there is a book that names several modern day spies and their dirty secrets. The main thrust of the investigation revolves around this book. Deceased gangster Vincent Calabrese kept this journal, which reveals secrets from the Russian mob and 1939 gangsters.

Tuck realizes that his family's past is revealed in the pages of the hunted volume. He is still trying to get used to being a ghost and is not too sure he is pleased with his situation. His research makes him wonder if being a ghost is hereditary!

We have met Tuck before when he solved his own murder. The reappearance of his ghost is fun as TJ O'Connor, author of Dying for the Past, reintroduces Tuck to those who will quickly welcome him back to the land of the living (even though he can't be seen).

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