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The Sky Took Him (Alafair Tucker #4)

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  138 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
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 had planned to make the trip on her own with her youngest daughter Grace - so she is surprised and gratified when her eldest daughter Martha volunteers to come al ...more
Hardcover, 244 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published December 2nd 2008)
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Patty
Jan 14, 2012 Patty rated it it was amazing
This series just keeps getting better and better. As Alafair and Shaw's children are growing, life is changing drastically for them. Two daughters are married, one grandchild has arrived and a third daughter is engaged.

In the midst of all this Alafair, along with oldest child Martha and youngest Grace, travel to Enid, Oklahoma to visit with Alafair's sister Ruth Ann and to help her while she is dealing with the coming death of her husband Lester. Ruth Ann's daughter, Olivia, and grandson Ron are
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Tara
Mar 10, 2014 Tara rated it liked it
fun mystery.
Meg
Oct 28, 2012 Meg rated it really liked it
I really enjoy the "Alafair Tucker" mystery series. Set in Oklahoma at the beginning of the 20th century. Main character is a farm wife, mother of 11. Very interesting to read about a place and time that I know nothing about.

I recommended this series to a 92 year old library customer who is originally from Oklahoma and she tore through the series!
Joan
Mar 03, 2013 Joan rated it really liked it
This is an interesting historical mystery series. This book takes our main character to the "large" town of Enid, OK in 1915. She goes there to support her sister as her husband is dying. Of course, there are many mysteries and Alafair, assists in sorting out the causes and punishing the baddies. A "Good Read"!
Patricia
Nov 09, 2008 Patricia rated it it was amazing
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. Ruth Ann’s husband Lester is dying. Alafair’s oldest daughter Martha travels with her mother and the baby Grace.

It is an exciting time in Enid. The Founder’s Day Jubilee is ready to get underway. 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.

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Julia
May 19, 2012 Julia rated it really liked it
The Sky Took Him by Donis Casey is an "Alafair Tucker" mystery. I had not read any of the other titles of the series, which include The Old Buzzard Had It Coming, Hornswoggled, and The Drop Edge of Yonder. In the latest of the series, Alafair Tucker travels to Enid, Oklahoma from her home in tiny Boynton in the fall of 1915 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, ...more
Cathy Cole
May 09, 2012 Cathy Cole rated it really liked it
First Line: The train out of Muskogee was very nearly empty.

Alafair Tucker is going to Enid, Oklahoma, accompanied by her oldest and youngest daughters, Martha and Grace. Lester, the husband of Alafair's sister, Ruth Ann, is dying, and the family is gathering. When they arrive, Alafair learns that her niece Olivia's husband Kenneth has chosen a very inconvenient-- and thoughtless-- time to go on an extended business trip. When he doesn't return on the scheduled date, Alafair has a hunch that all
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Mayda
Jul 11, 2012 Mayda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Donis Casey takes us back nearly 100 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. But during the visit, an unexpected death occurs, and Alafair’s natural curiosity and moral fiber drives her to uncover the truth. Much of the appeal ...more
Rita
Jun 16, 2014 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 1915. 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.

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Susan
Jan 16, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Phillis
Aug 06, 2011 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 1915. I really liked this series. A 5th book has been published this year and I have it on my list t ...more
Karen
Dec 10, 2013 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? 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 ...more
Deb
Mar 13, 2013 Deb rated it really liked it
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.
Connie
Sep 06, 2013 Connie rated it it was amazing
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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.
Cynthia
Jul 29, 2009 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. 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.
Elaine
Aug 04, 2009 Elaine rated it really liked it
I liked this in spite of myself. The characters and the historical setting (Oklahoma in 1915) felt authentic and the plot was engaging. It's a murder mystery, not a piece of great literature--but I'll look in the library for more from her.
Ann Costello
May 16, 2009 Ann Costello rated it really liked it
Part of a mystery series. Set in Oklahoma at the turn of the 20th century. Alafair Tucker is the sensible, hardworking mother of ten who also solves mysteries and her children's problems. Very nice sense of place.
Nicole
May 14, 2009 Nicole rated it liked it
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.
Jewel
Dec 17, 2012 Jewel rated it liked it
A fun 'gossipy' mystery. One becomes acquainted with the family and the neighbors while Alafair Tucker solves the unsolvable mystery, enough twists and turns to make it interesting
Kori
Dec 02, 2010 Kori rated it really liked it
Only gave this one four stars because it's been my least favorite of these books. While it was still a good story, it just wasn't as gripping as the others have been.
Paula
May 11, 2013 Paula rated it really liked it
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I liked this installment of the series. It was nice to see Alifair away from the farm and good to know more about Martha. Oh and a pretty decent story line too.
Kitty
Apr 11, 2009 Kitty rated it liked it
Maybe it was just the settingof 1915, but I really thought this moved slowly.. better luck next time.
Sundee
Dec 08, 2010 Sundee rated it really liked it
It moved a little slower than her others, but still very fun. She keeps you wondering the whole time.
Joanna
Jun 04, 2011 Joanna rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. I think I liked her other books more, although this did keep my attention.
Jenny
Jan 05, 2016 Jenny rated it liked it
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I liked this audio book. It was right up my alley but I know Oklahoma.
Kelly
I love this series.
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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 (8 books)
  • The Old Buzzard Had It Coming (Alafair Tucker, #1)
  • Hornswoggled (Alafair Tucker, #2)
  • The Drop Edge of Yonder (Alafair Tucker, #3)
  • Crying Blood: An Alafair Tucker Mystery
  • Wrong Hill to Die On: An Alafair Tucker Mystery
  • Hell with the Lid Blown Off: An Alafair Tucker Mystery
  • All Men Fear Me (Alafair Tucker, #8)

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