The Passing of Tulee Main

June 17, 2015
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Workshopped with Kathy Helm
Edited by Peter S. Kelley
Cover design by Peter S. Kelley
Formatted by Peter S. Kelley
Published Through Tyson Creek Press, Inc.
Marketed by Peter S. Kelley
Reviewer Rating: 4.5 Stars

The Rundown

Liz Cleburne learns that Tulee Main, her ninety-one-year old mother, has suddenly died apparently of natural causes. When she was alive Tulee’s somewhat edgy and stubborn disposition didn’t always set well with family members, except for Liz who genuinely loved Tulee and cared for her whenever she was able. Odd things leading up to and after Tulee’s funeral occur, such as Liz’s husband Bart and his strange moments of feeling under the weather, as well as the unusual situations that accompany the reading of Tulee’s will. While much of the will highlights the partitioning of Tulee’s land to Liz and her sister Annbel, Liz and Bart are unaware that there are others, including family members, who have been madly scheming to take over a portion of Tulee Main’s land.


Bart grows suspicious to the odd situations surrounding Tulee’s death. One situation that seems to stand out is this fixation on Tulee’s field. One person Bart is wary of is Eb Morgan, who is always caught snooping around Tulee’s home. Bart collects random clues wishing he could get some direct answers. His search takes on an unexpected tone when Vickie, Eb’s girlfriend, seeks their assistance in locating Eb. What Vickie learns is equally unexpected when she hears of Eb’s mysterious death. Vickie is only the beginning of a flurry of evidence that Bart and Liz have to piece together to understand the truth behind Tulee’s death and her land.


Kelley relays a simply good and evil story in his debut. Kelley’s narrative presents a tale—as it says on the front book cover—that is laced with “greed, fear, death…and a few good people.” Keeping to constantly shifting character scenes, Kelley’s plot flows seamlessly from one chapter to the next. Although much of Kelley’s storyline is pretty predictable, there is a greater purpose to its design. As Kelley states, “I believe that one of our current failings is the failure to recognize good and evil in this world, much less to take a position on either. We don’t do that even when it’s standing right in front of us—on the TV, in Washington or on the nearby streets. I hope it’s obvious this tale does take a position—one that’s markedly different from what we often see—and that it may encourage you to do so more openly. I believe it’s what we all should do.”

The Recommendation

While holding to a Christian undertone, The Passing of Tulee Main is one story that has the potential of capturing the interest of quite a large audience.

The Rating Reviewer Rating: 4.5 Stars

4.5 Stars (out of 5): Highly recommended. This book is a great read. It can hold its own against any traditionally published novel in its genre, and surpasses many.

The Pros & Cons

Pros: Characterization, Plot
Cons: Predictable

The Reviewer

Anita Lock

Anita is a woman of many hats: a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and a long-time educator with degrees in Music Education and Library Science.

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Author’s Summary

“Tulee’s dead, Bart said.

Of course he’s right, the coroner will vouch for that. But how did she die? Was it her heart? A stroke? Something more sinister? Hard to say at first.

Surely, the man that went up there yesterday afternoon with all intentions of killing her believes he ‘helped her along’, as he puts it. We’ll know for sure later.

A crime, actually a series of crimes – sins, if you will – break out in peaceful Tyson County following the death of Tulee Main, the 91 year old matriarch of the Main family.

Tulee’s passing marks the beginning of a three-month struggle between Good and Evil that reaches out, tightly encompassing the close-knit family – and yesterday’s visitor as well.

The family falters once in awhile, just as anyone would. They sometimes fall short in understanding what they’re up against, just as anyone would. But they hang in  -‘keep on keepin’ on’ as the saying goes – and, in the end, they bring peace both to themselves and to their neighbors. Good People.

The others, the ‘bad guys’? Lord, they should have known enough to just leave Tyson County alone, really should have. They needed to have known that greed, fear and methamphetamine make a very toxic combination. Had they, more of them might still be alive.

Short Description

The ill thought out attempt on Tulee’s life was a mistake, a terrible mistake. There’s an old Biblical verse in Galatians saying “whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap”. That never was more true than during those three months in Tyson County, never.


Go ahead, try killing her; see what happens.

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