Donis Casey has written a wonderfully atmospheric mystery, set in 1912 Oklahoma, in a typical farming community, where everyone know everyone else's ..Show More »business. The Shaw and Alafair Tucker family are the central characters, with their 9 surviving children. When a no good neighbor man is found frozen to death, Alafair gets drawn into the mystery of his death. Her daughter, Phoebe, is "sweet" on the dead man's son, and Alafair fears that she may be involved in his death somehow.
The times are well drawn out in this story. Descriptions of farm and family life are vividly depicted, right down to the smell of the beans and cornbread. The mother, Alafair, is bound and determined to protect her surviving family, where family life involves everyone doing their part to keep life running well on the farm. The downfalls of less than honorable community members is deftly drawn out in this mystery also. Truly, a fun and intricate historical mystery. Looking forward to the second book in this series!!
This is the second Alafair Tucker mystery, set in 1913, Oklahoma. Though it sparkles in historical atmosphere, language, and family life, it doesn't ..Show More »quit live up to the first book in this series. That said, I definitely enjoyed Alastair's detecting to protect her large family.
Alice, one of Alastair and Seth Tucker's eldest daughters is bound and determined to marry the widowed barber, Walter. Alafair is just as determined to protect her daughter from someone with a reputation for chasing women, even when he was married. AND, his first wife was murdered just a few months ago. No one has been charged with her murder , and Alafair is not at all convinced that Walter is completely innocent of any wrongdoing.
This is more than an historical mystery. The family, and community life, is quit compelling in and of itself. There are some yummy recipes at the end of each of Casey's books also. Suggest for all cozy, history, and women's fiction readers.