Monday, November 5, 2012

Review: Wrong Hill to Die On: An Alafair Tucker Mystery by Donis Casey

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1464200467
  • ISBN-13: 978-1464200465

Book Description

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 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.

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.

About The Author

Donis Casey was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A third generation Oklahoman, she and her siblings grew up among their extended family. After teaching school for a short time, she enjoyed a career as an academic librarian. Donis left academia in 1988 to start a Scottish import gift shop. She now writes full-time and lives in Tempe, AZ with her husband.

My Review

Alafair is far from home in Oklahoma in Arizona in this latest book by Donis Casey.  This is an excellent series that captures a time in history perfectly.  I loved learning about Arizona's early history in this book.

Wrong Hill to Die On is an excellent read.  And fascinating to understand the term Wrong Hill to Die On! I'm going to have to work that into a conversation somehow!  Great mystery as well. Lots of twists and turns to keep the readers interest.  

Highly recommend this latest entry in the Alafair Tucker series by Donis Casey.

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