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Friday, July 22, 2016

Book Review: The Double Life of Tutweiler Buckhead by Miriam Pia

The Double Life of Tutweiler Buckhead
by Miriam Pia 
Genre: urban fiction, magical realism,
crime fiction, mystery
Publisher: SBPRA
Date of Publication: 2015
ISBN: 978-1628572254
Number of pages:300
Word Count: 95,000
Frustrated by the audacity of local villains, the sheriff of Marion County turns to the mayor. Urban fiction set in a real city, The Double Life of Tutweiler Buckhead takes some of the charm of vigilante comic book heroism and mixes it with the nitty gritty of contemporary crime fiction.

A band of champions searches for the missing pieces in the evil plot of a local drug kingpin in The Double Life of Tutweiler Buckhead: An Adventure in Indianapolis.

Ideal for those who love events of the outside world and the workings of the mind – characters’ actions and thoughts are portrayed in this contemporary novel – with just a touch of magic.

An eclectic cast of characters brought together to to solve the problem of a drug ring in the city of Indianapolis. A priest, a thief, the Mayor, an attorney and a multi-talented bounty hunter are the central players in this read.

In honesty, I started and stopped reading this book several times before deciding to continue in earnest to finish the story. I found myself rereading sentences and skimming other parts. I liked the characters and was anxious to see how the use of them and their "dabbling" in the paranormal played out in their quest to identify and eliminate the problem of a drug lord in the "Circle City". The story was told from a narrator's point of view (in my opinion). The author randomly inserted phrases such as "Dear Reader,..." "Now, Reader..." and "We won't go into them now Reader, but don't feel bad...". As if the narrator had the full story and was parceling the info out at his leisure.

The biggest hurdle for me was the awkward sentence structure. Perhaps intentional but I found it distracting. Example "She hopped back into her vehicle, which was intended to blend in with the neighborhood and because of that it was a sports car first put onto the market 2 years earlier." The next frustration was the addition of peripheral characters that were glossed over or deliberately shrouded. (For confusion or effect? I couldn't tell)

The paranormal aspect was almost non-existent. The beginning gave you thought that more "powers" would be at play but most of the vigilante actions came from straight investigative and criminal abilities. There was much description about the inner workings of the police, criminals and a priest's desire to help the community which was interesting but not enthralling unless you were looking for a straight crime book.

I am inclined to think this is a first venture for the author in the paranormal realm and with a bit more inclusion of that could have made for a fun read. The premise of the story had great merit but the organization and sentence structure left me wanting. Perhaps it is just my opinion and preference but I felt more confused than interested.

Getting 2.5 "shady" sheep

Jeanie G

About the Author:
Miriam Pia has been writing for decades, including over ten years as a professional. Most of her work was done without a byline and as a ghostwriter. This is the author's first published novel.

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