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Crying Blood: An Alafair Tucker Mystery    by Donis Casey order for
Crying Blood
by Donis Casey
Order:  USA  Can
Poisoned Pen, 2011 (2011)
Hardcover, CD
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

While quail hunting in the autumn of 1915, Shaw Tucker, his dog Buttercup, and Shaw's brother James, stumble across a shallow grave containing a skeleton. As if that weren't enough, there is a bullet hole in the skeleton's skull.

That event begins a trying time for the large Tucker family. Someone steals meat from the Tucker's winter supply, and appears and disappears like a wisp of fog. Knowing there is a rumor of a haint, Shaw determines that he must find what is behind this.

Shaw ends up capturing an Indian boy – Crying Blood – who is hunting a white-haired man whom he claims killed his brother Ira. Shaw trusses the boy up in the barn, leaves for a moment, and returns to find that Crying Blood has been murdered – by a spear through his heart!

Alafair (Shaw's wife and mother of his too numerous-to-count children) worries about his intention to track down this white-haired man. The dénouement of this really good read comes much too soon.

The author of Crying Blood, Donis Casey, has written four previous mysteries featuring Alafair Tucker. Each one as good as this one.

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