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Crying Blood (Alafair Tucker #5)

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In 1915, Shaw Tucker finds a skeleton with a bullet hole in the skull and discovers an Indian boy called Crying Blood who seeks a white-haired man who killed his brother. Acting on a hunch, Shaw formulates a dangerous plan to confront the killer.
Published February 1st 2011 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published January 1st 2011)
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Haint is an old-fashioned word for ghost or lost soul. Since Shaw Tucker went quail hunting on Peter McBride’s property, he feels that a haint is hounding him. Shaw is the father of ten children and husband to Alafair and not one to take flights of fancy. The hunting trip is brought abruptly to an end when Shaw’s dog Buttercup discovered a body buried on McBride’s property. Shaw took a trinket from the corpse’s medicine bag. It turns out Shaw won’t be rid of his uneasy feelings until he rids him ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Cathy Cole
First Line: There was no place left to hide.

It's the autumn of 1915 in rural Oklahoma. Taking advantage of a lull before it's hog butchering time, Shaw Tucker, his brother James, and their sons go on a hunting trip. Deciding that a derelict farm their stepfather bought years ago should be a prime location to find game, they're shocked when one of the dogs retrieves an old boot-- with the human foot bones still inside. The dog then leads the men to a shallow grave that contains a skeleton with a
Alafair and family get involved in another murder, this one at least 10 years old. Most of the books have been about Alafair and her husband Shaw and their children.

This one is a little different. It is mostly about Shaw, his early life, his mother, father and step-father and how the relationships created the honorable man that is Shaw Tucker. Alafair and the kids are there but the narrative revolves around Shaw.

When a hunting trip turns up a dead body, one that is at least 10 years old. That le
Chi Dubinski
Shaw Tucker, his brother, and their sons go bird hunting on an old parcel of land belonging to their father. But instead of a bird, one of the dogs retrieves an old boot, which contains a human foot. It's just bones now, but the sheriff returns to uncover the rest of the body.Shaw doesn't have "the sight," as some of his family members do, but something about the body disturbs him. He conceals a necklace made of snake vertebrae from his cousin Scott, the sheriff. A wonderful series for readers o ...more
I will definitely look into more of this series. This mystery dealt with the past and also with the current (1900's) time period in Oklahoma. Changing times and clash of cultures(white vs.Creek Indian/ how people view the land. I learned alot about daily life on a farmstead too.
Christy Gibbon
Crying Blood begins with a simple hunting trip by a father, his brother and their sons. It then evolves into a great mystery. A skeleton, a ghost, a murder, and a manhunt! How does this everyday family in the early years of the 1900's in Oklahoma help solve the mystery? You are drawn into the lives of Shaw and Alafair Tucker and their large and extended family. The interaction between the family members is very well written. You feel as though this is a real family struggling to live and survive ...more
Tina Whittle
The first book I've picked up from Donis Casey, but not the last. Rich, redolent, and lyrical, Crying Blood is a fine addition to Casey's Alafair Tucker mystery series. Even though I'm late to the party (as this was the first book I'd read in that series) I had no trouble falling right into Alafair's early twentieth-century Oklahoma. The focus of this book is on her husband, Shaw, but I can see the mind of Alafair at work throughout. I can't wait to dive into what I've been missing. A highly rec ...more
Usually Oklahoma farm wife Alafair Tucker is the focus of these fascinating mysteries, but this time her husband Shaw becomes the center of mysterious events. Shaw, his brother, and their older sons go hunting on an old farm owned by Shaw's stepfather Peter. They discover a long-buried skeleton. Shaw finds that the remnants of this crime follow him home, and may threaten his family. It's hard not to give away some of the complex back story and plot, but the characterizations and the historic set ...more
As I read this series I was amazed at how far we have come in technology. Life was hard then, but the people had their routines and daily chores that made up their days. The nights were family oriented. So our heroine Alafar Tucker didn't have much to do with solving the murder of a body found by her husband, Shaw, when he was out hunting. Lots of family secrets and old indian superstitions of ghosts and wandering spirits.
Eileen Charbonneau
CRYING BLOOD Consequences of well-meaning laws that disrupted Cherokee family life are a heart-rending part of the story. This helps me miss Tony Hillerman a little less. The Alafair Tucker series continues to be enriched by deep affection for family, as the investigation is halted by seasonal hog butchering and the discovery of herbs “still lusty in Novenber.” Highly recommended!
This is really Shaw's story, rather than Alafair's, and it involves a long ago murder and family feuds.
The mystery is interesting, of course. But the continuing charm of this series is the look at the day to day life in a time and place that may not be familiar to the readers. Or, in my case, it gives me a look at how my grandparents and great-grandparents lived.
Wonderful stuff.
I just love these books! From page 1, the author captures your interest and you just can't put the books down. I love how the chapters are really short and you get to the end of one and have to keep going to find out what's going to happen next! I really hope this author continues to write more books, I love reading about this family!
Another great book in this series. I am glad the author is continuing to write them. This one was focused on Shaw instead of one of the children. I enjoyed knowing Shaw and his background a little more. The mystery wasn't the best but I don't really read these for the mystery. Oh, and I may never eat pork again! LOL
Alafair and her family are very interesting, but this book mainly involves her husband Shaw. (I picture him to be a twin to Sam Elliott:) Donis Casey does a very good job of rolling history, like able characters and mystery into her books. I finish the series wishing for more.
May 27, 2011 Tracy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Decided not to read right now as it's a book in the middle of the series and I'm in the middle of several other books right now. It'll go back on my to-read and maybe I'll get to some of the other ones in the series first. Maybe. :)
This cozy mystery series continues to intrigue and exand our knowledge of the characters. An interesting look at early 19th century life in Oklahoma.
I really enjoy this authors writing. She entwines a mystery while bringing to life what it was like to be a farmer's wife back in the early 1900's.
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DONIS CASEY was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 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. Donis graduated from the University of Tulsa with a degree in En ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Alafair Tucker (7 books)
  • The Old Buzzard Had It Coming (Alafair Tucker, #1)
  • Hornswoggled (Alafair Tucker, #2)
  • The Drop Edge of Yonder (Alafair Tucker, #3)
  • The Sky Took Him (Alafair Tucker, #4)
  • Wrong Hill to Die On: An Alafair Tucker Mystery
  • Hell with the Lid Blown Off: An Alafair Tucker Mystery
The Old Buzzard Had It Coming (Alafair Tucker, #1) Hornswoggled (Alafair Tucker, #2) The Drop Edge of Yonder (Alafair Tucker, #3) The Sky Took Him (Alafair Tucker, #4) Hell with the Lid Blown Off: An Alafair Tucker Mystery

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