Well if you ever sit back and think about the good old days of the past with the simpler life think again. This book depicts just how hard it was far..Show More »ming and keeping house in Oklahoma in 1912. Dawn to dusk chores and oh my the cooking for these very large families! Alafair is a smart hard-working good neighbor who keeps her family on track and solves crimes on the side. Fascinating look at life in rural Oklahoma-mules and wagons as transportation--and dinners that include 3-4 pies! Recipes are included at the end of the book. An interesting first book of a series which I enjoyed.
Let me start out by saying that the narration for this book was terrific. Pam Ward really captured the timing and feel of the story. Up until the la..Show More »st hour of the recording I was wishing I had 6 stars to award for a review--I thought it was that good. Then as the story wound down I became increasingly less enchanted with the whole thing. I have read reviews from people who loved the first book but liked the second book (this book) in the series less so. I thought they were silly. To my mind book 2 was definitely better--then it all changed. I won't elaborate with plot spoilers or where I think it went wrong because that will ruin the story. It's a good book and worth a listen. 1913 rural Oklahoma farm and town life are beautifully described. It just left me wondering and feeling a bit hornswoggled myself!
PS-- there are more recipes at the end of this book too.
I loved this story of 1914 farm life set in the heat of August in Oklahoma. All in all it was a compelling mystery and most importantly, solid and be..Show More »lievable. There was enough spookiness, danger, and uncertainty to keep me guessing. That said-- what I loved the best about the book was the slice of family life wrapped up in the telling of the mystery. I find the daily lives of these people fascinating. The translation of old terms used in the book and the recipes at the end of the story really added charm and texture to the listening experience. As always Pam Ward did a perfect job of narration. A recommended pleasure!
This is the fourth book in the cozy Oklahoma mystery series set in the early 1900's of prairie America. The author captures the feeling of homey, down..Show More » to earth life through sensible unflappable main character Alafair Tucker. The story telling sets the stage nicely and transports the listener back to another time in American history. Life is surely slower in 1915 and this book tends to plod a bit. That said, I still enjoyed the story, Alafair's detecting, and the fun collection of recipes at the end of the book. Pam Ward's narration was as spot on as it always is bringing Alafair to life. A pleasant listening experience.
This is the fifth book in the historic mystery series set in early 1900s rural Oklahoma. The stories are carefully researched have a strong feeling o..Show More »f authenticity. When you listen to Donis Casey's writing it is like stepping back in time to a different way of life. I love hearing about these huge hardworking happy farm families.
Pam Ward's narration was excellent as always. Her timing and tone of voice captured the action and the feel of the era depicted. She sounds just the way I picture Alafair--such a happy thing when this happens with an audio recording.
This installment in the series was set in the abundance of the fall farm harvest season. It had enough ghosty spookiness to keep the book well grounded in the mystery genre. Perfect for a Halloween/late fall listen. Recommended if you enjoy historic mysteries set in America on the cozy end of the sliding scale.
I look forward to the books in this historic mystery series because they are so evocative of farm and family life in early 1900s Oklahoma. To me, boo..Show More »k 6 just was not up to the previous five books in the series.
Much of this difference was due to formatting. This book is very choppy--comprised of 104 (!!!) short chapters--some only 3 minutes long. I checked and the previous books all had an average of 8-10 chapters and the total book lengths were all similar. This format change really had a profound effect on the ability of the book to grab and hold the attention. The action and flow of the story are ruined by all the stops and starts and odd pauses and announcements for the endless chapter titles. Many of these frequent breaks make no sense in the story line and as such are unnecessary distractions.
Further, rather than Casey's usual fluid and smooth story telling we have many awkward flashbacks and uneven character development. The wonderful family interaction and varied and complex characters are missing from this installment. I found myself unable to maintain interest in the mystery and really couldn't care less who did what and to whom. This is a terrible thing to say about a mystery--I know and I am disappointed. I can't seem to bring myself to finish the book. The 2 star rating is only because I love the series--if not for that it would have been all one stars. I hate wasting my time reading rough, unedited drafts.