In the autumn of 1915, Shaw Tucker, his brother James, and their sons go hunting. Instead of a quail, Shaw's dog, Buttercup, flushes an old boot...containing the bones of a foot. Buttercup then leads the men to a shallow grave and a skeleton with a bullet hole in the skull. That night, Shaw awakens to see a pair of moccasin-clad legs brushing by his tent flap. He chases the intruder, but he has disappeared. His concern is justified when he realizes that someone - or something - has followed him home.
Dread turns to relief when he captures a young Creek Indian boy called Crying Blood. Shaw ties the boy up in the barn, but during the few minutes he is left alone, someone thrusts a spear through Crying Blood's heart. The local law is on the killer's trail, but Shaw Tucker has a hunch...
Only Shaw's wife Alafair might be able to forestall his dangerous plan. So Shaw sends her on a wild goose chase so he can confront the killer...
|Publisher:||Poisoned Pen Press|
|Series:||Alafair Tucker Mysteries Series , #5|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Donis Casey is the author of ten Alafair Tucker Mysteries: The Old Buzzard Had It Coming , Hornswoggled , The Drop Edge of Yonder , The Sky Took Him , Crying Blood , The Wrong Hill to Die On , Hell With the Lid Blown Off , All Men Fear Me , The Return of the Raven Mocker , and Forty Dead Men . This award-winning series, featuring the sleuthing mother of ten children, is set in Oklahoma during the booming 1910s. Donis has twice won the Arizona Book Award for her series, and been a finalist for the Willa Award and a seven-time finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award. Her first novel, The Old Buzzard Had It Coming , was named an Oklahoma Centennial Book in 2008. Donis is a former teacher, academic librarian, and entrepreneur. She lives in Tempe, Arizona.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
CRYING BLOOD by Donis Casey is an interesting,exciting historical mystery set in 1815 Oklahoma territory. It is the fifth in the "An Alafair Tucker Mystery" series,but can be read as a stand alone. Others in An Alafair Tucker Mystery series:The Old Buzzard Had It Coming,Hornswoggled,The Drop Edge of Yonder,and The Sky Took Him.All published by Poisoned Pen Press.This is a fast paced,action packed mystery with a little supernatural. Shaw Tucker and some of his family members are out quail hunting when one of their dogs come across buried bones and a snake necklace. They take the bones back to Shaw's place,while waiting for the sheriff.Shaw keeps the snake necklace and is plagued by seeing snakes and a strong feeling. The bones and the murder of a young Creek boy leads Shaw on a mission that finds one woman's deception. A woman whose first husband dies,her second husband abandons her and her sons.Two of her son's are scattered in foster care,to save them,she sells her homestead to Shaw's step father,who was friends with her second husband,and she remarry's. Shaw's quest for justice and to find answers leads him to a "haunt",a young boy's murder,and his and one of his son's confrontation with the "haunt". The true story will finally come out of the abandoned husband and the death of two boys and a husband.This story will appear to not only historical mystery readers for also to history buffs and suspense readers. You will find in the back of this intriguing story a section of information on hog butchering in the early days, favorite old time recipes, the history of Indian territory and land allotment as well as a guide to Creek pronunications. This is a fast paced,well written story with attention to details and history. A must read. This book was received for the purpose of review from Net Galley and the publisher and details can be found at Poisoned Pen Press and My Book Addiction Reviews.
I enjoyed meeting up with the Tucker's once again. The details of how life was lived in the year 1915 and the story line were extremely engrossing and eye-opening. Donis always keeps you in suspense until the very end and you can't put down this book until you've turned the last page. Read this one and then go back and read the rest of the series...you won't be disappointed.
Delightful historical tale set in Oklahoma in 1915. As a history devotee I was impressed with the detail into which Donis Casey describes life in Oklahoma in 1915. I don't imagine that people today have any idea how much work it was to run a household one hundred years ago. In addition to the incredible detail and emphasis on how important hog butchering was to a Prairie family during the story, she also provides amazing detail at the end of the book. People did not waste anything. Every single part of a hog was utilized to keep that family alive during the winter months. What a fabulous reminder of what life was like. This book really got me thinking about how we live today and how much we waste. And about how much better for everyone the simple things in life were. Such an eye opener! But of course this book starring our sleuth and family matriarch Alafair Tucker is an excellent mystery as well. Crying Blood was the name of a young Creek boy who follows Alafair's husband Shaw back to the family homestead after a short-lived hunting trip. Shaw, his brother and several of their sons go on a short hunting trip to a deserted haunted homestead owned by their stepfather. They encounter a skeleton that has been uncovered due to recent flooding. The discovery of the skeleton sets off a chain of events that provide closure to events that happened ten years earlier. The story has an abundance of characters however it is easy to follow as everyone has role to play. It also helps that Donis Casey has provided a list of the characters at the beginning of the book for reference. Families were very large in agricultural areas one hundred years so it is very realistic that Alafair's extended family is quite vast! Twists and turns are easy to follow and lead to a very satisfying ending. I would highly recommend this book and if you can, get your children to read it, it will open their eyes to how "easy" they really have it these days! It is also an excellent way to learn or relearn American history.
In 1915 Oklahoma, Shaw Tucker, accompanied by his dog Buttercup, is hunting in nearby woods when his canine finds a human skeleton with a bullet hole between the bones of the eye sockets. Shaw knows he has found the remains of a murder victim. A few weeks later, Shaw caches a teenage boy on his ranch. The lad explains he is Crying Blood searching for those who murdered his brother. Not sure what to do with Crying Blood, Shaw locks the adolescent in his barn before going to sleep as he will decides in the morning. The next day, Shaw finds the youngster dead with a lance protruding through his heart. Feeling guilt and a belief he owes the siblings, Shaw and his wife Alafair investigate the two homicides. The latest Tucker historical mystery (see The Drop Edge of Yonder and The Sky Took Him) is a terrific entry that provides readers with a deep look at Oklahoma inside of the two mysteries that haunt Shaw. The story line starts a bit slow, as the time and place as well as the cast and the homicides have to be set, but once done accelerates rather quickly. Armchair traveling readers will appreciate a visit to the Sooner State just a few years after the Oklahoma and Indian Territories were consolidated into a state. Harriet Klausner