Wrong Hill to Die On by Donis Casey
An Alafair Tucker Mystery (Alafair Tucker Series)

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Murder and illness, rumors of war, rain and floods worthy of the Bible. Nineteen-sixteen was not shaping up to be a good year for Alafair Tucker, and finding Bernie Arruda dead in a ditch wasn’t going to help matters. She had not wanted to come to Arizona in the first place. But her daughter Blanche, only ten years old, was suffering from a stubborn ailment of the lungs, and her best chance for a cure was dry desert air. So Alafair and her husband Shaw had bundled their sick child onto the train and made the nightmare trip from Oklahoma to Alafair’s sister in Tempe, Arizona. Yet as soon as they arrived on that bright March day, Blanche began to improve. Alafair was overjoyed to see her witty, brilliant, beautiful sister Elizabeth again, and for added excitement, a Hollywood motion picture company was shooting their movie right on the streets of Tempe! But Alafair and Shaw soon discover that all is not well in sunny Arizona. Elizabeth’s marriage is in tatters, tensions are high between the Anglo and Latino communities following Pancho Villa’s murderous raid on Columbus, New Mexico, and Alafair suspects her sister is involved in an illegal operation to smuggle war refugees out of Mexico and into the U.S. And now here lies Bernie Arruda on his back in a ditch, staring into eternity. The night before he had been singing Mexican love songs at the party in Elizabeth’s back yard, his black eyes flashing as he winked at the ladies. He had been a charmer, all right. Too bad there were so many people who would be glad he was dead.

About Donis Casey

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Donis Casey is the author of six Alafair Tucker Mysteries. Her series, set in Oklahoma during the booming 1910s and featuring the sleuthing mother of ten children, has twice won the Arizona Book Award and has been a finalist for the Willa Award and the Oklahoma Book Award. Her first novel, The Old Buzzard Had It Coming, was named an Oklahoma Centennial Book. Donis was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and now lives with her husband, poet Donald Koozer, in Tempe, AZ Readers can enjoy the first chapter of each book on her web site at www.doniscasey.com. Casey blogs each Saturday about mystery writing at www.typem4murder.blogspot.com, and about food and mysteries at www.fatalfoodies.blogspot.com.
Published November 5, 2012 by Poisoned Pen Press. 329 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Set in 1916, Casey’s evocative sixth Alafair Tucker mystery (after 2011’s Crying Blood) finds Alafair and husband Shaw traveling from their Oklahoma home to Tempe, Ariz., where they plan to stay with Alafair’s sister, Elizabeth.

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