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Dying to Know

Dying to Know

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by TJ O'Connor

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Dying is overrated. Murder is not.

Detective Oliver Tucker prefers to be the guy investigating shootings, not the guy getting shot. So when he returns as a ghost after being murdered in his home, it’s only natural for Tuck to investigate the most important case of his life—his own. Detective, solve thyself!

Piecing together cold cases, foggy


Dying is overrated. Murder is not.

Detective Oliver Tucker prefers to be the guy investigating shootings, not the guy getting shot. So when he returns as a ghost after being murdered in his home, it’s only natural for Tuck to investigate the most important case of his life—his own. Detective, solve thyself!

Piecing together cold cases, foggy memories, and eerie premonitions, Tuck fears that if he doesn’t figure out who pulled the trigger, his wife may be the next victim. Surprised to discover many earth-bound spirits chasing the same killer, Tuck’s unique perspective from the other side leads him to a chilling conclusion—it’s the living, not the dead, who are most terrifying.


2015 IPPY Award Gold Medal winner in Mystery/Cozy/Noir

“O’Connor’s debut . . . provides plenty of suspects and an eclectic mix of motives among the living."—Kirkus Reviews

"[A] great start to a new series."—Mystery Scene

“TJ O’Connor has a smash hit with his debut novel Dying to Know . . . I couldn’t stop reading.”—Stephen Frey, New York Times bestselling author

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Kirkus Reviews
A detective comes back from the dead to solve his own murder. Off early from work for a change, Detective Oliver "Tuck" Tucker investigates a noise in his house and is shot dead. He immediately returns in ghostly form to view the crime scene. His wife, Angel, a history professor involved in a nearby Northern Virginia dig, calls his partner, Bear Braddock, whom Tuck watches search the house and hide away one of Tuck's files. His captain, who thinks Bear is too personally involved to investigate the murder, assigns two other cops, one of them very suspicious of Bear, whom he suspects of having more than a friendly interest in Angel. Several Civil War–era bodies have been dug up at Kelly Orchard Farms, where a local builder who's been excavating for a bypass fumes about the fortune he'll have to spend while waiting for historians to try to determine just how important the find is. Could he be behind Tuck's death? Or, since the hit looks very professional, could the killer be a local mobster with ties to Kelly's whom Tuck and Bear had been investigating? Tuck is slow to adjust to his new status, but he slowly gains knowledge and strength. His dog, Hercule, senses his presence from the first, and eventually Angel understands that she can talk to him and becomes his partner in trying to uncover a murderer intent on making her the next victim. O'Connor's debut in the increasingly crowded ghost-detective genre provides plenty of suspects and an eclectic mix of motives among the living.

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Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
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A Gumshoe Ghost Mystery Series , #1
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5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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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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Dying to Know 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS I think I will like the next book better, because we will know more about the characters and their relationships good or bad. This kept you guessing till the end. You do not know who to trust. Can you trust all the cops? Did Tuck and Angela have a good marriage or bad? Why was Tuck murdered? What are the laws for ghosts? Their was so much Tuck and the reader has to find out. Who are the bad guys and good guys. 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
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Dying to Know - Gumshoe Ghost Mystery Book 1 Author: T. J. O'Conner Published: 1-8-2014 Publisher: Midnight Ink Pages: 386 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers and Suspense Sub Genre: Cozy Mystery, Detective, Animals ISBN: 9780738739502 ASIN: B00H3R53NW Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley . It is unusual for the murdered victim to solve their own murder, but that is what happens in Dying to Know. Oliver "Tuck" Tucker is awakened in the night after his wife hears a noise downstairs. finding no one he heads back up when he is shot dead on the stairs. He awakens to his home filled with cops, techs and his body at the foot of the stairs. The only one who can see or hear him is his Labrador Retriever, Herc. He believes he is still there to solve his own murder. It seems he can sometimes make those around him hear whispers of thoughts and with time he and his wife Angela can speak with one another. Then there is his guide on the other side. What can I say? A no nonsense mentor who pushes Tuck to learn quickly. His former partner, Theodore "Bear" Braddock, is acting strange and Tuck is wondering if he might be involved in his murder somehow. Calvin Clemens and Mikey Spence are acting like jerks making innuendos about Tucks wife and even Tuck himself and his integrity. I don't like them and want them to be guilty. T J O'Conner has developed characters you will believe in and feel strongly about. You will hate to see the story end. I picked up my iPad expecting to read a chapter or two before going to sleep. I know famous last words. I was surprised to see two hours had passed and I was reading the last page. The ending will leave you with chills.
Joey442 More than 1 year ago
I love detective stories and this one really kept my attention. Detective Oliver Tucker (Tuck) heard a noise during the night so he got up to check it out. The intruder shot him. Even though he is dead, Tuck sees himself lying there with his wife crying beside him. Even though the only one who can see or hear him is his dog, Hurcule, Tuck decides to solve his murder. That's hard for him because he can't do the things he could when he was alive. Eventually, his wife Angel is able to hear him and he makes her his assistant because she can and will do things he can't. He tried to get his partner, Bear, to work with him, but Bear couldn't hear him. When Tuck saw Bear doing some suspicious things, he decides to just watch Bear to see what he is up to. This book is well written with lots of twists and turns in the story. I was a bit confused at times about who was a good guy and who wasn't. Since often the characters were both, it took me a while to figure things out. But it was well worth the time. I loved the ending and sure didn't see that coming. This is a fun murder mystery. How can a murder be fun? Read to find out. You won't regret it. Please note I won this book in a giveaway.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago