The tenth Alafair Tucker Mystery, Forty Dead Men, hit the streets on February 6, 2018. I am particularly proud of this book, which deals with the psychological effects of warfare on a veteran of the First World War. They called it shell shock back then. Now we call it PTSD. The early reviews have been stellar. Publishers’ Weekly starred review of Forty Dead Men says “Casey expertly nails the extended Tucker family—some 20 people—and combines these convincing characters, a superb sense of time and place, and a solid plot in this marvelously atmospheric historical.” Of course I copy all of my nice reviews to the “Reviews” pages of this website. Click above if you’d like to see what others have said about any or all of my books, or click here for the reviews for Forty Dead Men.
And even more good news! Forty Dead Men has an early eBook release from Barnes & Noble. It is first on the list under Nook First Look!
My first post-publication event will be at Clues Unlimited Bookstore in Tucson, Arizona, on February 10 at 2:00 p.m. I hope all my southern Arizona friends will drop by to help me celebrate!
The official launch party for Forty Dead Men will be at Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona, on February 24 at 2:00 p.m., when Poisoned Pen Press hosts Yours Truly, Dennis Palumbo (signing Head Wounds, A Daniel Rinaldi Mystery) & Priscilla Royal (signing Wild Justice, A Medieval Mystery) for a three author signing party! We will also be remembering Fred Ramsay, my fellow Poisoned Pen Press author and often launch-partner, who passed away late last year. He is much missed.
Would you like to know what some of my favorite reads for early 2018 have been? You’re in luck! Lesa Holstine hosted me at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore blog site where I was able to expound on just that topic. If you’re looking for good reads, these will fill the bill. Check it out here.
And finally, one of the books I tagged as a great read was Tim Hallinan’s Fools River. I love Tim’s Poke Rafferty books, and when I said so, he responded by writing a Facebook post that said “I love Donis’s books about Alafair Tucker, an early 20th-century rancher/farmer, wife, mother of nine, and occasional detective –as the need arises. The prose is immaculate, you can feel the heat and the dust, Alafair’s heart is enormous and always rings true, and the mysteries invariably rope in a great lineup of supporting characters who seem to have actual lives outside the boundaries of the story.
Her new one is called FORTY DEAD MEN, and there’s a piece about it on the Poisoned Pen site. Here’s what I loved best out of the things she said about FOOLS’ RIVER: ‘I’ve been following Poke, Rose, and Miaow since ‘A Nail Through the Heart,’ first in the series. It’s been deeply satisfying to see these three solitary souls cohere into a true family over the course of eight novels. I care what happens to Poke and his family and friends as though they are real people.’ That’s how I feel about them — they lead real lives without me, and I just drop in on them from time to time.”
When the great Timothy Hallinan says nice things about you, it will make your day, believe me.
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