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The Sky Took Him: An Alafair Tucker Mystery #4 (Alafair Tucker Series)

The Sky Took Him: An Alafair Tucker Mystery #4 (Alafair Tucker Series) [Kindle Edition]

Donis Casey

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It’s a sad duty that brings Alafair Tucker to Enid, Oklahoma, in the fall of 1915. Her sister Ruth Ann’s husband, Lester, is not long for this world, and the family is gathering to send him to his reward. Alafair’s eldest daughter Martha has volunteered to come along and care for toddler Grace, freeing Alafair to comfort the soon-to-be-bereaved.

But where is Kenneth, her niece’s irresponsible husband? When it comes to light that Kenneth has been involved in some shady dealing with Buck Collins, the most ruthless businessman in town, everyone is convinced that Collins has done him in. In fact, no other possibility is considered. But Alafair suspects that things are not so simple, and with help from Martha, Grace, and her sister’s cat, she sets about to discover the truth about Kenneth’s fate.

Over the next few days, Alafair and Martha come face-to-face with blackmail, intimidation, murder, and family secrets that stretch back over twenty years. And in the process, they discover things about each other that will change their relationship forever.

About the Author

Donis Casey was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Before becoming a full-time mystery writer, she enjoyed careers as an English teacher, an academic librarian, and an entrepreneur. She lives with her husband in Tempe, Arizona. The Sky Took Him is fourth in her Alafair Tucker series, following The Old Buzzard Had It Coming, Hornswoggled, and The Drop Edge of Yonder.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 470 KB
  • Print Length: 255 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1590585712
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (10 Jan 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003XNTZ8Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Mystery, Rich in Historical Detail 17 Jan 2009
By Lesa Holstine - Published on
No other mystery author brings the American past to life for me as Donis Casey does. Her new book, The Sky Took Him, is the fourth in the fascinating Alafair Tucker series. Her books are always intriguing, and this one is particularly complicated, but it's what she does with everyday life in Oklahoma in the early twentieth century that continues to draw me back.

When the story opens, Alafair and two of her daughters, her oldest, Martha, and her youngest, Grace, are on the train to Enid, Oklahoma. Alafair's younger sister, Ruth Ann, asked her to come because Ruth Ann's husband, Lester, is dying. When they arrive, they find that Lester is as bad off as everyone said, but there are other family problems. Ruth Ann's son-in-law, Kenneth, has disappeared on a business trip just when his wife, Olivia, and the family, need him the most. Ruth Ann and Olivia are confident he'll be back shortly, but the longer Alafair stays, the more she learns about Kenneth's business problems, and his dealings with a ruthless man in town, the more concerned she grows. And, she and little Grace seem to share some troubling dreams.

As usual, Casey provides mystery readers with a complicated story. But, she also tells the story of life in the early twentieth century. Martha is a modern working woman, proud of her job, and unwilling to give it up for marriage. Casey tells of the changing role of women, the Oklahoma oil fields, and, in this book, the story of the run for land in Oklahoma. It's hard to believe that at the time of the book, 1915, Enid was just celebrating twenty-two years as a city with a Founder's Day Jubilee.

The Sky Took Him has mystery, a little romance, history, recipes, and Founder's Day. The book contains fine details of daily life, and family life, in 1915, as well as the foreshadowing of war. It's hard to believe it's just two weeks in Alafair Tucker's life because The Sky Took Him is so rich in detail. Donis Casey continues to grow as an author of fascinating historical mysteries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent Oklahoma historical amateur sleuth 10 Jan 2009
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
In 1915 her sister Ruth Ann Yeager informs Alafair Tucker that her husband Lester is dying. To pay her respects to Lester and be there for her sibling, Alafair accompanied by her two daughters Martha and three years old Grace takes the train from Muskogee to Enid, Oklahoma.

Upon arrival in Enid, instead of being there for her already grieving sister while Martha watches Grace, Alafair who learned from the letter she received re Lester's pending death that her niece Olivia's foolish husband, Kenneth vanished even as local ruthless businessman Buck Collins is looking for him. Apparently foolish Kenneth had a deal with Buck that failed to pan out; most locals assume Buck took care of business his way, but Alafair thinks otherwise and with her oldest daughter assisting her begins to investigate the disappearance of her niece's moronic husband

The latest Oklahoma historical amateur sleuth story (see THE DROP EDGE OF YONDER, HORNSWOGGLED and THE OLD BUZZARD HAD IT COMING) is a fabulous entry in one of the best continuing WWI era sagas. The story line as always gives the audience a sense of place and time as for instance the events in Serbia last year seem so removed from the current events in Oklahoma. The mystery of the vanishing in-law is filled with twists that stun the mother and daughter detectives as the links go back to the last decade of the previous century. Fans will fully appreciate this strong story while thinking the sooner Donis Casey writes her next Tucker tale the better.

Harriet Klausner
5.0 out of 5 stars The author is brilliant. Suspensful 10 Aug 2014
By Clarissa Petery - Published on
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The author is brilliant. Suspensful, down-homey writing that gives a historical feel and insights into 1900 era Oklahoma. Intuition laced mystery solving dramas, which are interwoven within the life of a large family. Great recipes used by the main character, and informational tidbits usually follow the end of the story. The family works together and loves eachother, believes in God, has mystical guidance from their indian ancestry, and is compassionate and considerate of others. I make time to read each night and look forward to my time with these whodunnits. Great book and I highly recommend the entire series. Love this author!
5.0 out of 5 stars Visit Oklahoma in the 1900's 13 Aug 2014
By Ann - Published on
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Donis' stories are wonderful. You get a real feel for Oklahoma when it was Indian Territory. I enjoyed learning a little about oil well drilling at that time and the people that worked the oil fields. I really enjoy reading the recipes of the time and understanding the different ways the women of the house coped with no refrigeration. Donis' books are a fun read with some education thrown it. They are perfect books for a school library -- especially for the year the students take Oklahoma History -- what a great way to get an insight into Oklahoma in the early 1900's.
4.0 out of 5 stars good stories; easy read 12 April 2014
By T. Smith - Published on
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I've enjoyed all of the Alafar Tucker mysteries and look forward to the next one. The recipes are interesting, too.
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