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R. EARL MUIR

Author & Storyteller

I’ve always been passionate about storytelling and impressed by the influence it has on people and the decisions they make in life.  I love engaging with the projects I work on, diving headfirst into the research, investigation, and production of stories I feel are worth writing about.  I am a curious and proactive Author.


I am a lifelong resident of Birmingham, Alabama, and I love my city.  It has an interesting history.  Some of it is glorious and some of it very ugly.  That history, both good and bad, makes it what it is today and creates a great backdrop for the stories banging around in my head.  I use my past experience as a Police Officer and Detective with my passion for history, especially that of my beloved city, weaving the past and present into compelling stories of crime and intrigue.

 
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AVAILABLE NOW!

June 2021

Bombingham became the shameful moniker used by the national media for Birmingham, Alabama during the Civil Rights movement of the mid-twentieth century.  In the span of three years more than fifty bombs exploded throughout the city in churches, homes and gathering places of the civil rights organizers.  Fifty years later the Civil Rights district in downtown is now designated as a National Monument and attracts tourists from around the world.  The city is recognized as a progressive, peaceful modern city that uses its ugly past to teach tolerance and promote inclusiveness.

On a quite Sunday morning as preparations were underway to celebrate the fifty-eighth anniversary of the most horrific of those bombs at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, where four young girls were killed and many others injured, Birmingham is suddenly thrust back into chaos under a threat that has not been seen since the days of the struggle for civil rights.  Lt. Fay Findlay and the Special Crimes Unit of the Birmingham Police Department team with the FBI and other federal agencies in a frantic race to quell the threat to not only save the city but the entire nation from a radical domestic terrorist organization that has been planning and preparing for decades.

Cover Photo Credit: Butch Oglesby Photography

 
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MAGIC CITY MURDER DÉJÀ VU

On December 4th, 2017 the body of a young girl is discovered floating in Eastlake Park in Birmingham, Alabama.  Lt. Fay Findlay, head of the Special Crimes Unit of the Birmingham Police Department, encounters a case from the history books when she realizes the evidence is strikingly similar to an infamous murder from the same date and place that occurred in 1888.

            The City of Birmingham was just seventeen years old when the Hawes murders brought the young industrial city into the national headlines.  That crime gripped the city and the nation for months and brought about what is described as Birmingham’s darkest day. 

Now, one hundred and twenty-nine years later, the crime is once again in the news as the Special Crimes Unit investigates the current case that is hauntingly similar and seems to be intrinsically intertwined to the one from more than a century ago.  We follow Findlay and the SCU team as they investigate the crime and learn how each detective’s own history contributes to the unit’s success as one of the best in the nation as they try to unravel the mystery through an historic tour of the Magic City’s past and present. 

The author parallels the two crimes and investigations giving the reader a perspective of the detective’s personal and professional lives, which ultimately impacts the investigation with twist.

Cover Photo Credit: Larry O. Gay

 
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June 2022

R. Earl Muir is extremely proud and excited to announce his latest work TIMELESS Magic City. 

“The timeless in you is aware of life's timelessness. And knows that yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is today's dream.”   

― Khalil Gibran, The Prophet

 
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Virginia Woolf

“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works”

 
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Storyteller at Heart


R. Earl Muir is a lifelong resident of Birmingham, Alabama, where he lives in a downtown loft with his wife, Pam and his writing partner, Harvey the Downtown Doxie (check out his FB Page).

His past experience as Police Officer and Detective provide an insight to the inner workings of solving crime as presented in his first novel, Magic City Murder Déjà Vu and the follow-up novel, BOMBINGHAM: Day of Reckoning (June 2021), the second in the Lt. Fay Findlay series.


His passion for his city and its history are evident as he weaves stories of crime and police work with historical  references and backdrops taking the reader on a tour of the city both past and present.

 

Upcoming Events

  • AUTHOR EVENT Presented by Shades Creek Press FREE!
    Nov 16, 2021, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Birmingham, 217 20th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
    Please join us for an evening with authors, R. Earl Muir and Reymond G. Johansen for a roundtable discussion of their books, writing process and future projects. Questions from the audience encouraged. Wine, beer and Books! Come spend a fun evening with us.
 
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If you'd like to get a signed copy of Magic City Murder Déjà Vu you can order your copy now.   Simply fill out the contact form below and make sure to include your email and shipping address.  Put ORDER in the subject line and tell us how many copies and what type (Hard or Soft Cover) in the comments sections. Hardcover ($28.95) or Softcover ($24.95). Once your order is received you will receive an email invoice that you can pay securely online.  Once your order is paid, your book(s) will be shipped to you ($7.50 Shipping fee in the Continental USA). Books are available wherever books are sold.  

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"Every secret of a writer's soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large  in his works."

-VIRGINIA WOOLF-