Publication Order of Alafair Tucker Mysteries Books
|The Old Buzzard Had It Coming||(2005)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Hornswoggled||(2006)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Drop Edge of Yonder||(2007)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Sky Took Him||(2008)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Crying Blood||(2011)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Wrong Hill to Die On||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Hell with the Lid Blown Off||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|All Men Fear Me||(2015)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Donis Casey was born and raised Tulsa, Oklahoma .She grew up with her siblings living with other relatives in small towns and farms. Through staying with her relatives made her to learn more about family love. She earned a degree in English from the University of Tulsa and Masters Degree from Oklahoma University majoring on Library Science. After finishing studies she lectured for a short period of time before becoming a librarian in academics for a long time at Arizona State University in Temple and University of Oklahoma where she really enjoyed doing the job. Through working as a librarian, she got interest on becoming an author and publishing her own books.
In 1988, Donis started a Scottish gift shop in Tempe that imported gift .She worked as an entrepreneur for more than ten years. However she later decided to concentrate to writing books and stories as a full time job. With the help of her husband, poet Donald Koozer, she wrote her first books, The Old Buzzard Had It Coming. She has won Arizona Book Award twice for the series Five Alafair Tucker Mysteries and also the finalist for the Willa Award and the Oklahoma Book Award. Had It Coming was named Oklahoma Centennial Book.
She has lived on Tempe, AZ, for the past two decade since moving with her husband. Since then she has written a lot stories.
During her research on geology she discovered many stories about early life in Oklahoma around 1910s and features a mother of ten.
The Sky Took Him
This book brings the past American life and Donis Casey does it very well. It’s one of the four interesting books in Alafair Tucker series. This book is complicated, but this was the life of Casey in Oklahoma early twentieth century.
During the fall of 1915, Alafair Tucker is going Oklahoma because Lester, husband to her sister Ruth Ann, is about to die. Family members are making a visit his home for last respects and Martha and Grace, her oldest and youngest daughter, accompany her .On arrival she discovers that Kenneth, Olivia’s husband, had been chosen inconvenient for an extended business trip. He doesn’t return to the date that had been schedule .Alafair learns Kenneth had vanished and Buck Collins the ruthless business man was looking for him, from the letter she had received.
Kenneth is found dead and apparently he had made a deal with Buck but it failed. So locals are convinced that buck was responsible. Alafair still doubts about it.
Casey always provides us with complicated stories and here she tries to tell us the life of early twentieth century .It’s here where Casey takes us back to 1910s in Oklahoma and She refers to a family like the Tuckers. This gives the reader glimpse about life during that era. She talks about a company that dealt with refrigeration units. Carey also tells about the changing role of a woman at Oklahoma oil fields.
Her children became adults. She then got used to their way of life, understands their behaviors and feelings. This made Alafair to learn more about them and cope up with their life. Casey tell us about Martha, Alafair oldest daughter, to be the most hardworking towards the end of the book. Martha was with women in a room who represented the three generation in her family. She goes to upstairs, and she looks in the mirror to check her hair
The Drop Edge Of The Yonder
The start of the story is from first page of the Mary’s diary. The story is based on her diary and is spread throughout the story thus makes the story so interesting.
Calvin Ross, widower, with his ten children had lived Alafair near Shaw Tucker at a small farm just outside a small town Boynton, Oklahoma. In year 1914, hot August evening .Mr. Ross’ widowed sister came to help take care of Ross’ three daughters. The girls grew fast and he was unable to control them especially when his fellow friends came by to visits him. His eldest daughter, Laura, informed him that s Billy McBride who is the young step-brother of Shaw Tucker and son of peter McBride whom are the most influential clans of Muskogee County, Oklahoma, were in love he got happy.
Billy once came by asking Ruth to go horse riding to bring his twenty-one-old niece Mary Tucker and Mary’s fifteen-year old sister to chaperon the couple, Mr. Ross did not hesitate but gave permission. They did not know it was a changing moment of their lives.
They rode the horses happily and unhurriedly while enjoying the evening so perfectly well. The sisters rode ahead of them and this give in Ruth and Billy a private time together. Suddenly Ruth spotted a swarm of bees with urge from his niece and Laura to get honey, Billy had no choice but to climb up the tree to get the honey. All over sudden gunfire were heard but they thought it was just a hunter shooting but the shooting increased with more bullets were aimed at them. The horses became anxious and Laura decided to calm them down. Billy shouted and fell from the tree badly he dropped on his knees so he could not stand but he continued to yell at the girls to get into the horses and ride back home.
Laura horse was suddenly hit by bullet and fell to the ground and soon gunshots increased towards their direction. The fourth shot got Billy’s feet. So Billy started shouting again. Mary decided to run towards her uncle but Billy refused. On seeing the situation is getting worse she asked bill to lend his horse. Billy did not answer, suddenly she heard a sharp pain over her left ear and everything went out dark.
The first chapter had started generally good but to last page it get so sad. Once again Donis Casey proves she is a real and master of storytelling.
Doney Casey surely is among the greatest authors in America .As time goes she continues to write more and interesting books.Book Series In Order » Authors » Donis Casey