for the Past,
the second in the Gumshoe Ghost Mystery series, starts off
with a bang. Professor Angela Hill-Tucker, widow of ghost
detective Oliver “Tuck” Tucker, is raising money
at a charity ball. It is being held at The Vincent House in
Virginia. While dancing, Stephanos Grecco is shot dead by
an unseen shooter. In addition, all the money raised is gone!
Tuck may be dead – but he still has his detective instincts.
He starts searching the house and finds himself back in 1935
in the company of the original owner of the house –
Vincent Calaprese. This ghostly gangster has a job for Tuck.
He wants him to find a guy named Benjamin and wants his book
back. Looks like Tuck has several cases to solve. Tuck may
need the help of his wife, and some former police associates.
Luckily, they can usually hear him – even if they don't
like to admit it.
to ponder: Was the murder used to cover the theft of the donations?
Who is Benjamin? Did the shooter kill the right person?
a great premise for a mystery series. A ghost detective that
helps solve old cases and rights old wrongs. Throw in a little
time travel and you have a monster read. The story grabbed
me at the first page and held me until the very end. It has
touches of Dashiell Hammett's detective – Sam Spade.
The story is very well-plotted and mystery lovers will enjoy
trying to figure out whodunit. This was a page turner of a
read for me. I couldn't put it down once I started reading
it. I am looking forward to reading about Tuck in the next
Gumshoe Ghost Mystery. So, if you like a good detective mystery,
then you should be reading Dying for the Past.