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The Old Buzzard Had It Coming

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

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Hornswoggled

Hornswoggled is a tremendous novel from a gifted writer. Donis Casey’s voice flows like tea syrup, transporting you effortlessly to the Oklahoma frontier. If you fondly recall The Walton’s clan, you’ll adore Hornswoggled’s richly drawn characters. A welcome invite to your great-grandmother’s front porch swing. — Julia Spencer-Fleming, Edgar finalist and author of All Mortal Flesh

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The Drop Edge of Yonder

With an uncanny knack for solving mysteries, the fiercely protective Alafair almost loses her life in the final confrontation with the killer. In this third in a series, set on a farm in 1914 Oklahoma, Casey lovingly protrays the Tuckers’ close extended family, immersing the reader in both the domestic aspects and the harsh realities of everyday farm life. — Sue O’Brien for Booklist Magazine

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The Sky Took Him

As her readers will recognize, Alafair’s strong psychic abilities are a integral part of the story, and in a delightful almost off hand style, Casey reveals that Alafair’s youngest daughter Grace, still a toddler, shares her mother’s psychic insights. Casey’s books are a nice combination of historical settings, a strong capable woman as protagonist, and a pleasant portrayal of a loving extended family. — Woodstock’s Blog, Books Update, August 20, 2008

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Crying Blood

Crying Blood begins with a simple hunting trip by a father, his brother and their sons.  It then evolves into a great mystery.  A skeleton, a ghost, a murder, and a manhunt!  How does this everyday family in the early years of the 1900′s in Oklahoma help solve the mystery?  You are drawn into the lives of Shaw and Alafair Tucker and their large and extended family.  The interaction between the family members is very well written.  You feel as though this is a real family struggling to live and survive.  Their reactions to the events they are drawn into are the same reactions I think you or I would have.  I liked that the author gave us (and not the characters) the whole story of the mystery after the end of the book.  It tied everything up in a neat little bow. — Christy Gibbon on Goodreads, Oct. 31, 2010

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