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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
A standard epitome for a detective novel is intelligent detective work, clues, truth and justice. Throw in a supernatural twist with a first person point-of-view for its narration, reading Dying to Know: A Gumshoe Ghost Mystery by TJ O'Connor is absolutely satisfying and got me hooked from start to finish. The story centers on 40-year-old Detective Oliver Tucker, who is murdered by an intruder in 2 a.m. in the morning in his own house. Fearing for the safety of his wife, Angela, and driven by his natural instinct as a detective, Tuck investigates his own murder, something that is not easy to do since he has limitations as a ghost.
As it turns out, secrets begin to reveal themselves and he starts to doubt everything that he ever knew. He even questions his wife’s loyalty and his friendship with his partner, Detective Theodore ‘Bear’ Braddock. The story kept me on my toes; it really does make one ‘dying to know’. The straightforward prose balances the well-written plot nicely, and all the characters are developed as they should. Tuck is easily a likeable protagonist and I even love his dog Hercule, who also has a significant part in helping his family when needed.
As with all detective stories, the pay-off at the end needs to live up to the ride that brought us there, and O'Connor gives readers just that. On the whole, Dying to Know is an excellent read. Fans of the genre will definitely enjoy the roller coaster ride of supernatural, mystery, emotion and suspense. I definitely look forward to the next book in this series.