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The Old Buzzard Had It Coming

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Published: January 2017
Published: January 2017
Published: September 2005
SKU: 9781464208508
SKU: 9781590581834

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With an introduction by Donis Casey.

"A tale full of wit, humor, sorrow and, more important, the truth." —TONY HILLERMAN, New York Times bestselling author

Alafair Tucker is a strong woman, the core of family life on a farm in Oklahoma where the back-breaking work and daily logistics of caring for her husband Shaw, their nine children, and being neighborly requires hard muscle and a clear head. She's also a woman of strong opinions, and it is her opinion that her neighbor, Harley Day, is a drunkard and a reprobate. So, when Harley's body is discovered frozen in a snowdrift one January day in 1912, she isn't surprised that his long-suffering family isn't, if not actually celebrating, much grieving.

When Alafair helps Harley's wife prepare the body for burial, she discovers that Harley's demise was anything but natural—there is a bullet lodged behind his ear. Alafair is concerned when she hears that Harley's son, John Lee, is the prime suspect in his father's murder, for Alafair's seventeen-year-old daughter Phoebe is in love with the boy. At first, Alafair's only fear is that Phoebe is in for a broken heart, but as she begins to unravel the events that led to Harley's death, she discovers that Phoebe might be more than just John Lee's sweetheart: she may be his accomplice in murder.

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  • Case Count: Paperback: 12, Paperback Large Print: 12
"A promising debut, with homespun Alafair starring as a countrified Miss Marple." — Kirkus Reviews
"Life on the Oklahoma frontier in 1912 was anything but easy, yet Casey's sweet-tempered debut manages to make readers nostalgic for simpler times... the appealingly homey world Casey creates rings true. With so much going for her, readers will be right pleased to see a sequel." — Publishers Weekly
"Set in 1912 Oklahoma, this first novel, which was named the Best Unpublished Mystery of 2004 by the Oklahoma Writers' Federation, should please even the most demanding fans of historicals with its authentic situations, fully drawn characters, and clever plotting." — Library Journal
"Donis Casey's debut mystery is as vivid and unforgettable as a crimson Oklahoma sunset. The Old Buzzard Had It Coming is a book to savor, lyrical, authentic, and heartwarming." — Carolyn Hart, award-winning author
"Under Donis Casey's gifted hand and shrewd historic eye, Tucker adds solving a mystery to her busy schedule. It all could easily have gone soft and cute, especially the many long visits to the Tuckers' fellow farmers. But by avoiding the built-in traps, Casey has produced a sharp and suspenseful first novel." — Chicago Tribune
"As an Okie farm boy of the dust bowl depression days, I can testify that Donis Casey sounds like she's been there and done that. She gives us a tale full of wit, humor, sorrow and, more important, the truth. Her Alafair Tucker deserves to stand beside Ma Joad in Literature's gallery of heroic ladies." — Tony Hillerman, New York Times bestselling author
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