- The Sky Took Him (Alafair Tucker Mysteries, book 4) by Donis Casey
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Once again, Donis Casey takes us back to Oklahoma in the s, and with a family like the Tuckers, I always savor my visits.
The Sky Took Him (Alafair Tucker Mysteries, book 4) by Donis Casey
Probably because the Tuckers remind me so much of stories I've heard of my own grandparents and great-grandparents. Casey gives the reader a true feeling-- without going overboard-- of what life was like during that era. Although I loved the glimpses into a company dealing with early refrigeration units, Enid's Cherokee Strip celebration, and the work involved in drilling for oil, it's her characters, their behavior and their relationships from which I derive the most enjoyment in this series.
The Sky Took Him is no exception. They stole every scene in which they appeared. As each of Alafair's ten children grows to adulthood, Alafair has to get used to seeing them as grown-ups with adult feelings and reactions. I found this process with her oldest daughter, Martha, to be the most touching one so far. One scene toward the end of the book illustrates one of the strengths I find most compelling in Donis Casey's books. Martha has just been in a room with three generations of women in her family. After going upstairs, she happens to look in a mirror to check her hair: The same face she had just seen on the women downstairs was staring back at her.
Suddenly, she was struck with the idea that she was standing at the very end of a long, unbroken line of women that went all the way back to Eve, all with one great soul, moving forward through time. Yes, these books are excellent, with their tried-and-true recipes of the era, their depiction of a forgotten time, and their absorbing mysteries that Alafair insists on solving. But they're also for all of us who've ever looked into a mirror and seen a resemblance to a long line of men and women going all the way back to the dawn of time.
We've asked the same questions for millenia: May 03, Julia rated it really liked it Shelves: In the latest of the series, Alafair Tucker travels to Enid, Oklahoma from her home in tiny Boynton in the fall of to help her sister, Ruth Ann, whose husband is on his death bed. Alafair is a practical, hardworking mother of several children, and her life contrasts with that of Ruth Ann, who lives a life of privilege and enjoys the social and political scene in the Cherokee Strip. The difficulty of watching her sister's husband die is magnified when Ruth Ann's son-in-law doesn't return home as scheduled.
Lester's disappearance sets the stage for public disclosure of questionable dealings involving one of the most powerful and dangerous men in Enid and Alafair allows her natural curiosity and sleuthing abilities to uncover the source of a history of trouble for her sister's family.
I particularly enjoyed getting to know Alafair and her family in The Sky Took Him there is even a family tree included at the beginning of the book , as well as references to Oklahoma history. Nov 01, Patricia rated it it was amazing.
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Alafair Tucker leaves most of her family behind to fend for themselves when she travels to Enid, Oklahoma at the request of her sister Ruth Ann Yeager. It is an exciting time in Enid. It is a sad time at the Yeager residence but Ruth Ann insists that Martha, Alafair and Grace take some time out to enjoy the festivities.
There is more Alafair Tucker leaves most of her family behind to fend for themselves when she travels to Enid, Oklahoma at the request of her sister Ruth Ann Yeager.
Alafair does not leave her detecting skills at home. There are several mysteries in Enid for her to solve and surprisingly enough little Grace lends a hand. Martha and Alafair go home with a better understanding of each other. The Sky Took Him touches on mystery, history, family relationships and some really great sounding meals. This is the 4th Alafair Tucker mystery and the best so far. Donis Casey takes us back nearly years to an era before The Great War, to a time and place without computers and cell phones, where even hot and cold running water is not available for everyone. In this tale, Alafair and two of her daughters travel to Enid, Oklahoma to be with her sister to offer emotional support to her and her dying husband.
Much of the appeal Donis Casey takes us back nearly years to an era before The Great War, to a time and place without computers and cell phones, where even hot and cold running water is not available for everyone. The mystery, while intriguing, almost takes a back seat to the unfolding tale about the people and their lives. This audio version was well rendered by Pam Ward and only adds to the charm of this southern tale. Jan 16, Susan rated it really liked it Shelves: Farm wife Alafair Tucker and two of her daughters head off to bustling Enid, OK to help Alafair's sister, whose husband is dying.
But Ruth Ann has more than one problem. Her young son-in-law has not returned from his business trip, and apparently he owes money to a crooked businessman in town. Alafair has a premonition that he's dead, and when she finds his body things get even worse. The crooked businessman is immediately suspected, especially when there's a contrived oil-field disaster at a dr Farm wife Alafair Tucker and two of her daughters head off to bustling Enid, OK to help Alafair's sister, whose husband is dying.
The crooked businessman is immediately suspected, especially when there's a contrived oil-field disaster at a drilling the dead man co-owned. Alafair, however, has never trusted easy solutions. This charming historical series--the current volume is set in should be on top of everyone's list. May 03, Rita rated it it was amazing. I've heard this author speak a couple of times and am always impressed. I finally got this book and I'm so glad. I started to get a different one but while we were talking she mentioned this one is set in Enid, Oklahoma in I had family there then.
I love reading about places and times that correspond to my family. Throwing in fantastic characters, a great plot and some mystery make this a great book. I'm anxious to go back and start the series at the beginning and work my way through. Casey I've heard this author speak a couple of times and am always impressed. Casey really gets into the characters heads and the times and brings them to life. I didn't feel lost reading the fourth in the series but if you are just starting why not start at the beginning? Jul 14, Phillis rated it really liked it. Book 4 of the Alafair Tucker series.
Alafair goes out of town to give some comfort her sister who's husband is dying. While there her sister's daughter's husband is found dead. Alafair is on the hunt again, to find a killer. Alafair brought her oldest and youngest daughters with her. The married daughters and Alafair's husband and sons stayed on the farm because it is harvesting time. The year is I really liked this series. A 5th book has been published this year and I have it on my list t Book 4 of the Alafair Tucker series.
A 5th book has been published this year and I have it on my list to read as soon as I can get it from the library. Apr 18, Karen rated it liked it. This is an historical mystery that was so slow going I almost gave up. It has a nice cast of characters and the historical details are a plus. I enjoyed the plot too, especially the killer. So why did it take me months to finish?
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I felt uncomfortable with the characters, having not read any of the previous books, and the time and place being so very foreign to me. There is no swearing or violence in it. I will pass it on to my Mother and see what rating she gives it. I will try another in the se This is an historical mystery that was so slow going I almost gave up. I will try another in the series if one crosses my path.
Dec 03, Pat Walker rated it liked it. This book included some additional historical facts in the afterward regarding the Cherokee strip, the Oklahoma land run, and prominent figures in Enid Oklahoma at that time. The mystery is a little weak but enjoyable all the same. Mar 13, Deb rated it really liked it.
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Started this book this afternoon and decided it was a good day to finish too. I really enjoyed the first book of the series, and liked this one as much. The in-betweens were ok. The historical information was very interesting and I will be looking into the Oklahoma land rushes a bit more. I have come to love the Tucker family, they are folks I could call family. Sep 06, Connie rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is another wonderful book in the life of the Tucker family. Although I enjoy the mysteries and the history of Oklahoma, in my opinion, Donis Casey does a wonderful job of describing family relationships.
In this book, the relationship of Martha and Alafair is exquisite in its description. If you happen to be a "first-born" daughter, I'm sure you can relate. May 14, Nicole rated it liked it Shelves: I liked how this one moves to a new location and introduces the history of the land rush in Oklahoma.
The concept of a Sooner was very nicely worked in to explain why a town leader is considered a villain. Jul 29, Cynthia rated it liked it. I missed the interaction of the whole family in this fourth book in this series and got a little bogged down in history of the oil industry in Oklahoma.
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As always though, protagonist Alifair Tucker is engaging and I couldn't guess "who done it". I've read the whole series and will continue. May 16, Ann Costello rated it really liked it. Part of a mystery series.
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