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The Drop Edge of Yonder: An Alafair Tucker Mystery #3 (Alafair Tucker Series)

The Drop Edge of Yonder: An Alafair Tucker Mystery #3 (Alafair Tucker Series) [Kindle Edition]

Donis Casey
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Who killed Uncle Bill? Alafair Tucker is desperate to find out. One August evening in 1914, a bushwhacker ended a pleasant outing by blowing a hole in Bill McBride, kidnapping and ravaging Bill’s fiancée, and wounding Alafair’s daughter Mary. Does Mary know who did the low-down deed? If she does, the bullet that grazed her knocked that information right out of her head. All she remembers is that it has something to do with the Fourth of July.

Or is there more? The answer seems to be floating piece by tiny piece to the surface of Mary’s consciousness. Several malicious acts testify to the fact that Bill’s killer is still around and attempting to cover his tracks. The question is, can Mary remember before the murderer manages to eliminate everyone who could identify him?

The law is hot on the bushwhacker’s trail. Alafair thinks there is little she can do to help the sheriff, but that will never stop her from trying. She has no qualms about driving Mary to distraction with her persistent snooping and constant hovering. If there’s a chance she can protect Mary from further harm or help her remember, she’ll do anything she can. Even confront a vicious killer.

About the Author

Born and raised in Tulsa, Donis Casey is a third generation Oklahoman. She and her siblings grew up among their aunts and uncles, cousins, grandparents, and great-grandparents on farms and in small towns, where they learned the love of family and independent spirit that characterizes the population of that pioneering state. Before retiring to devote herself full-time to writing, Donis was a schoolteacher, an academic librarian at the University of Oklahoma and later at Arizona State University, and owner of a Scottish import gift shop. Donis and her husband live in Tempe, Arizona. The Drop Edge of Yonder is the third novel in her series featuring the indomitable Alafair Tucker and her family, following The Old Buzzard Had It Coming and Hornswoggled.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 398 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1590584465
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (15 Oct 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003WMA7EC
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars once again enchanting 27 Jan 2014
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I simply cannot put these books down and am working my way through the series one after another. It's a delight to read such beautiful books set many years ago written in such a charming way. What a lovely break from books containing endless bad language and violence. Yes I will go back to reading thrillers when I have read all of these tales but that's a few weeks away yet and I am enjoying this series very much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Delightful Mystery! 26 Nov 2007
By Randy Edmond - Published on
Donis Casey has done it again! THE DROP EDGE OF YONDER is the best mystery I've read this year, and I read lots of mysteries. This book has it all: a gripping plot in a great setting with well developed characters. And like the first two books in the Alafair Tucker series, THE OLD BUZZARD HAD IT COMING and HORNSWOGGLED, THE DROP EDGE OF YONDER has lots of heart. In fact, it has more heart than most novels and certainly more than most mysteries. Reading it is like visiting family that you love and have missed.

Like the first two books, THE DROP EDGE OF YONDER is set on the Tucker farm just outside of the small town of Boynton, Oklahoma, a few years after Oklahoma was admitted as a state in 1907. Like the author, I'm a third generation Oklahoman, and my maternal grandparents owned a small farm not far where the story takes place. My mother who grew up on the farm loves the Alafair Tucker books and vouches for their accuracy.

If you read just one mystery this year, make it this one. I assure you that you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating tale of love, mystery, and murder 13 July 2011
By Sherry D. Hooker - Published on
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The Drop Edge of Yonder starts out with a page from Mary's diary.Pages from her diary are dispersed throughout the book and is important to how the story unwinds.

It was a hot August evening in the year 1914, just outside of the small town of Boynton, Oklahoma. Widower, Calvin Ross lived on a farm near Alafair and Shaw Tucker and their ten children. Mr. Ross' widowed sister came to be housekeeper and take care of Ross' three pretty daughters. The girls were growing much too fast to suit him, especially when fellows came around to see them. But when his eldest daughter, Laura told him that she was in love with Bill McBride, he was pleased. Bill is the young step-brother of Shaw Tucker and the son of Peter McBride, one of the more influential clans of Muskogee County, Oklahoma.

When Bill came calling on Laura to go horse back riding, bringing his twenty-one-year-old niece, Mary Tucker and Mary's fifteen-year-old sister, Ruth along to chaperon the betrothed couple, Ross gladly gave his permission. Little did any of them know the events that would change their lives forever.

The little group rode unhurriedly, enjoying the dusky evening, the sisters riding a little ahead and behind to give the couple a little privacy, when Ruth spotted a swarm of bees heading for an old oak tree. Encouraged by the promise of honey and the with urging of his nieces and Laura, Bill climbed the tree to retrieve the hive. The outing is disturbed by gunfire. At first it was thought to be a stray bullet from a careless hunter, but soon more bullets hailed down upon them. Laura was trying to calm her horse when Bill yelped and dropped from the tree. Bill tried to stand, but fell to his knees. He yelled to the girls to get on their horses and ride "like the devil".

More bullets pinged around them, one hit Laura's horse and it reared and through her to the ground. a fourth shot went into the ground at Bill's feet. He yelled, "Ride, you girls, ride. Get help." Mary started toward her uncle, but he waved her off. She assessed the situation and asked Bill if he could get to his horse. She never heard the answer. She heard the crack, felt hot pain over her left ear, then everything went dark.

This is a heart wrenching story that will grip you from the first page to the end. I think this is the first story that had me crying before the first chapter started good.

Donis Casey proves once again to be a master story teller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love Alafair Tucker! 30 Dec 2010
By Cathy G. Cole - Published on
First Line: When I think about that day, Mama, here's what sticks in my mind.

One hot but pleasant evening in August 1914, a gunman ended a group's outing by killing Bill McBride, wounding Alafair Tucker's daughter, Mary, and kidnapping Bill's fiancee, Laura. Although the authorities are searching high and low for the bushwhacker, they can't seem to find him. As Mary recovers, a pall of sadness seems to hang over her, and her mother Alafair would do anything to put a smile on her daughter's face and to hear Mary's laughter.

Mary can't get rid of the idea that she has information that would help find her Uncle Bill's killer-- if only she could remember it-- but her head wound is slow to heal. She begins trying to find quiet spots away from everyone else, which drives her mother crazy. After all, the killer is still in the area.

Much of author Donis Casey's series (and her recipes) is based upon her own family history during the early days of Oklahoma. Life on a farm at the turn of the twentieth century is so wonderfully depicted that it reminds me of Sharyn McCrumb's Ballad novels set in Appalachia. The mother of twelve children, Alafair Tucker knows that the only reason why she's able to find the time to play detective is because the elder of her children are old enough to take care of their younger brothers and sisters as well as the house and the chores around the farm. Alafair is also lucky that the sheriff in Boynton has a relaxed and practical attitude towards her clue gathering:

"I don't know if it's just an accident or luck or what, but in the last couple of years, she's managed to find out things I couldn't that helped bring a couple of murderers to justice. I expect folks will tell her things they won't tell me, since she can't throw them in jail. But however she does it, I'm not too proud to stand back and see what she comes up with."

The mystery is a strong and interesting one in The Drop Edge of Yonder, especially since Alafair's daughter is in danger. Each chapter begins with an excerpt from Mary's diary in which she writes everyday in an attempt to remember anything that may lead to the identity of her uncle's killer.

What impressed me the most in this book was the character of Alafair herself. While interacting with her daughter, Mary, and her youngest child, Grace, Alafair's behavior epitomizes the best in motherhood and can easily bring smiles or tears to a reader's face.

This series is one of my favorites, not only because of the plotting and characterization, but because the language and the setting reminds me of my own farming roots. If you're in the mood for an historical mystery series that sets you smack dab on farm wife/sleuth Alafair Tucker's porch for a chat and a glass of iced tea, look no further than Donis Casey's excellent books.
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL SERIES - 24 April 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars This was a great read with some nice plot twists. 8 April 2014
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I really enjoyed this read. It was great wordsmithing with a tight plotline. Would recommend to people who like that kind of fiction/mystery.
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