The Old Buzzard Had It Coming: An Alafair Tucker Mystery Paperback – Large Print, 28 Dec 2012
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"'Admirable... rings true... readers will be right pleased to see a sequel.' Publishers Weekly" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
A third generation Oklahoman, Donis Casey and her siblings grew up among their aunts and uncles, cousins, grandparents and great grandparents on farms and in small towns. There they learned the love of family and independent spirit that characterizes the population of that pioneering state. Donis graduated from the University of Tulsa with a degree in English, and earned a Master's degree in Library Science from Oklahoma University. After teaching school for a short time, she enjoyed a career as an academic librarian, working for many years at the University of Oklahoma and at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. The Old Buzzard Had It Coming, her first book, was named the best unpublished mystery of 2004 by The Oklahoma Writers'Federation For the past twenty years, Donis and her husband have lived in Tempe, Arizona.
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A neighboring farmer and local bootlegger who liked drinking his product too much, is found frozen outside his family home. He also had a large family. He abused his wife and the children were hungry and often not allowed to go school. While laying him out at home for viewing, Alafair who was helping out, noticed a bullet hole behind his ear. It is murder but who would have committed the crime as the old buzzard had it coming. There are many suspects. Alafair becomes involved because her daughter cares for the victim's oldest son. Alafair feels her daughter might be involved and knows more than she is sharing.
The mystery was good. I fluctuated back and forth between suspects. The sense of family and family love is very strong in this book. I want to continue with the series to keep up with the family . I also want to continue due to Alafair is a strong main character and sleuth. She is very admirable. There are turn of the centuries recipes for those who like recipes in their mystery books
This book vividly describes everyday life during the early part of the 20th century & reminds me of how my mom lived during that time. It was easy to imagine myself living then, how hard people worked on a daily basis. A woman cooked EVERYDAY, including making bread, deserts & full course meal for her family, washing, ironing clothes, keeping the house clean & rearing her children, with the help of her husband, if she was fortunate enough to be married to a man who loved her & the children & who also worked very hard to take care of his family.
Now imagine that the husband on the next farm is a drunkard, beat the wife & kids, & was such a poor worker he was about to loose his farm. This is the old buzzard who ends up dead. Alafair Tucker is his neighbor & while she can't really say she's very sorry that he's dead, she feels that she has to get involved in solving who killed him to make sure that none of her children or the dead man's children get charged with his death in error. What's more, she helps to solve this murder while to taking care of her daily chores.
I did not expect too much from this book but was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I'm glad that this is the 1st book in the series as I will be reading the rest of this series. It was a great read & one you can get lost in because of the author's excellent descriptive writing.