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Forty Dead Men    by Donis Casey order for
Forty Dead Men
by Donis Casey
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Poisoned Pen, 2018 (2018)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

The Alafair Tucker series is now ten novels long, with ten children and counting for its protagonist. Donis Casey has the knack of presenting Alafair's family as though they truly exist. As Forty Dead Men opens, they are living in the years after World War I and the end of the terrible flu epidemic of 1918.

Alafair's son Gee Dub is at last home from the fighting in France, and is plagued with PTSD. Unfortunately, this remnant of the war was not recognized in those days. I remember my Dad fighting with it all of my young life, not understanding why he blew up every so often. But Mother stood by him every inch of the way.

Well, enough - on to Alafair's story. A dead body is found near the Tucker's house. Gee Dub is accused of killing whoever the poor man turns out to be. No one in the family believe that he could have murdered someone and they plot and plan to investigate and prove his innocence.

As usual, Donis Casey has written a fine mystery, giving her fans another look at one of the families who lived on the open prairies of Oklahoma, as well as a surprise I didn't see coming. She has even included some interesting Oklahoma recipes (that sound pretty good) at the back of Forty Dead Men. I wonder when the next murder will occur and if a new child will appear. The Tucker family is growing by leaps and bounds.

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