BOOK INDUSTRY REVIEWS
Over My Dead Body (overmydeadbody.com) book review website:
Reviewed by Cherie Jung
"For nearly four decades, a rumor had dogged the author's family. Did his grandfather have something to do with his grandmother's death? Was she, in fact, murdered? Or did she die in the way he had been told? PEEPEYES chronicles Mr. Tucker's search for answers.
The unraveling of the mystery surrounding Nell Tucker's death makes for fascinating reading. It's not just a story about one family and what happened a long time ago. It's about a time and place in our history as a nation. Kudos to Mr. Tucker for beginning his quest to know the truth, or as much of it as he could uncover, regarding his grandmother's death and for continuing the quest even when he wasn't sure he would find the answers he was looking for or like the answers he found.
Reading PEEPEYES brought back memories of my own family's tainted history. We know that one of my distant uncles was hanged as a horse thief and that my great-great or maybe great-great-great grandmother once hid Jesse James under the floor boards of her kitchen when the sheriff came a callin'. (But we don't know if she hid him willingly.)
I think most readers will find PEEPEYES mesmerizing and inspiring tale. It is a journey of discovery.
In the author's own words, he describes the reason for this book. "I wanted to describe an individual (myself) experiencing the discovery of how an extraordinary, bizarre mystery happened in a rather normal, Midwest family."
"Great entertaining narrative! The mystery thickens as you go along! The historical and sociological backgrounds have transformed a personal sad story into a page of American Middle West History. It is also a description of what man can do to achieve his egotistical goals. That's universal and timeless."
"How brave it was of Dwain Tucker to put so much thought, time, and energy into looking for something he didn’t want to find! His intention to uncover evidence to disprove a family murder rumor led him to the discovery of numerous family secrets, both good & bad.
Many in Dwain Tucker’s family learned everything they knew from the school of hard knocks & he was so honest in his portrayal of the “colorful” characters in his family. His attempt at imitating the dialect used by the people of that place & time is both humorous & accurate."