Synopses & Reviews
2003 Oklahoma Writers Federation: Best Unpublished Novel (Mystery/Susp), 2007 Arizona Book Award: Best Mystery/Suspense Novel, 2005 Oklahoma Book Award Finalist, 2005 Benjamin Franklin Award Nominee, & 2006 Oklahoma Reads Oklahoma Finalist for The Old Buzzard Had it Coming
2008 Arizona Book Award: Best Mystery/Suspense Novel, & 2008 Oklahoma Book Award Finalist for Drop Edge of Yonder
2010 Oklahoma Book Award, & 2010 WILLA Award, Historical Fiction for Sky Took Him
“Alafair’s sixth (The Sky Took Him, 2009, etc.) will appeal to history buffs and Hillerman aficionados.” –Kirkus Review for Crying Blood
“Powerful as a blue norther sweeping across the Creek Nation, Crying Blood is a gripping entry in Donis Casey's superb Alafair Tucker series. Casey depicts family ties that uplift and support and family ties broken by anger in a poignant, lyrical, authentic novel of early day Oklahoma.”--Carolyn Hart
Nineteen-sixteen was not shaping up to be a good year for Alafair Tucker, and finding Bernie Arruda dead in a ditch wasn’t going to help matters. She had not wanted to come to Arizona in the first place. But her daughter Blanche was suffering from a stubborn ailment of the lungs, and her best chance for a cure was dry desert air. So Alafair and her husband Shaw had bundled their sick child onto the train and made the nightmare trip from Oklahoma to Alafair’s sister in Tempe, Arizona.Yet as soon as they arrived on that bright March day, Blanche began to improve.
But Alafair and Shaw soon discover that all is not well in sunny Arizona. Elizabeth’s marriage is in tatters, tensions are high between the Anglo and Latino communities following Pancho Villa’s murderous raid on Columbus, New Mexico, and Alafair suspects her sister is involved in an illegal operation to smuggle war refugees out of Mexico and into the U.S.And now here lies Bernie Arruda on his back in a ditch, staring into eternity.
1916: Alafair Tucker had not wanted to come to Arizona, but because of her young daughter Blanche's lung ailment, she and her husband Shaw bundled Blanche onto the train and made the nightmare trip from Oklahoma to Alafair s sister in Tempe, Arizona, hoping the dry desert air would help their daughter. As soon as they arrive, Blanche begins to improve, and Alafair is overjoyed to see her witty, beautiful sister Elizabeth again. For added excitement, a Hollywood motion picture company is shooting their movie right in Tempe. But Alafair and Shaw soon discover that all is not well. Elizabeth s marriage is in tatters; tensions are high between the Anglo and Latino communities following Pancho Villa s murderous raid on Columbus, New Mexico; and Alafair suspects her sister is involved in an illegal operation to smuggle war refugees out of Mexico and into the U.S. And now here there's Bernie Arruda, dead on his back in a ditch. The night before he had been singing Mexican love songs at the party in Elizabeth s backyard. Can Alafair connect all the pieces and discover a murderer before it is too late?"
About the Author
Donis Casey is the author of six Alafair Tucker Mysteries. Her series, set in Oklahoma during the booming 1910s and featuring the sleuthing mother of ten children, has twice won the Arizona Book Award and has been a finalist for the Willa Award and the Oklahoma Book Award. Her first novel, The Old Buzzard Had It Coming, was named an Oklahoma Centennial Book. Donis was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and now lives with her husband, poet Donald Koozer, in Tempe, AZ
Readers can enjoy the first chapter of each book on her web site at www.doniscasey.com. Casey blogs each Saturday about mystery writing at www.typem4murder.blogspot.com, and about food and mysteries at www.fatalfoodies.blogspot.com.