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The Return of the Raven Mocker: An Alastair Tucker Mystery (Large Print 16pt) Paperback – Large Print, 20 March 2017
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World War I is raging in Europe, but as the deadly influenza pandemic of 1918 sweeps like a wildfire through Boynton, Oklahoma, Alafair Tucker is fighting her own war. Her daughter, Alice, and son-in-law, Walter Kelley, have both come down with the flu, and Alafair has moved into town to care for them after quarantining her young children at their sister's farm. Boynton as a whole isolates itself like an old English plague village, discouraging anyone from coming into town and the residents from traveling outside. A new doctor applies science to treating the stricken, but Alafair applies all she knows about hygiene, nutrition, and old and trusted country remedies. Unable to aid her sons and sons-inlaw fighting overseas, this is danger she can combat. One autumn afternoon, screams coming from next door alert Alafair that Alice's neighbor, Nola Thomason, and her son Lewis have suddenly and unexpectedly succumbed. Yet there is something about the way the pair died that causes Alafair to suspect their deaths were due to poison rather than to influenza. The epidemic is so overwhelming that it is many days before the only doctor left in town can confirm Alafair's suspicions; neither Nola nor Lewis died of the flu. The only witness to their deaths, twelve-year-old Dorothy Thomason, a special friend of Alafair's daughter, Sophronia, is so traumatized that she is rendered mute. Were Nola and her son murdered, and if so, why? The usual motives for murder are greed, or jealousy, or hatred. Or could it be, as Alafair fears, that the Raven Mocker, the most dreaded of the Cherokee wizards or witches, the evil spirit who takes to the air in a fiery shape to rob the old, the sick, and the dying of their lives, is hunting victims and bringing misery to the innocent?
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Donis Casey is the author of nine Alafair Tucker Mysteries: The Old Buzzard Had It Coming, Hornswoggled, The Drop Edge of Yonder, The Sky Took Him, Crying Blood, The Wrong Hill to Die On, Hell With the Lid Blown Off, All Men Fear Me, and The Return of the Raven Mocker (January 2017). This award-winning series, featuring the sleuthing mother of ten children, is set in Oklahoma during the booming 1910s. Donis has twice won the Arizona Book Award for her series, and been a finalist for the Willa Award and a seven-time finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award. Her first novel, The Old Buzzard Had It Coming, was named an Oklahoma Centennial Book in 2008. Donis is a former teacher, academic librarian, and entrepreneur. She lives in Tempe, Arizona.
- Publisher : ReadHowYouWant; Large type / Large print edition (20 March 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1525243403
- ISBN-13 : 978-1525243400
- Dimensions : 19.69 x 1.88 x 25.4 cm
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I couldn't put it down!Reviewed in the United States on 11 January 2017
The year is 1918, Gee-dub is fighting in France, and Charlie is in England. Alice and Walter are stricken with flu, and Alafair goes to town to nurse them. Martha is head of the Red Cross nurses; Ruth is nursing her music mentor through flu. Alafair sends the rest of her girls to stay on the farm with their sister Mary -- in quarantine, safe from infection. Phoebe looks after Shaw and the menfolk. The book gives a realistic description of what the mid-west was like during the epidemic: businesses closed, doctors were scarce (most having been drafted), home remedies were rife, neighbor feared exposure to neighbor, red Xs marked homes where the flu was present. But when Alice's neighbor dies, the symptoms don't appear to suggest flu.
Eerie parallels with Covid-19 and 2020 set in 1918 Boynton, OklahomaReviewed in the United States on 15 January 2021
Happy to find a copy to add to my home library. Alafair Tucker deals with the 1918 influenza pandemic in her family and deaths which may not be flu related.
If you haven't met Alafair Tucker, please give check out Donis Casey books.Reviewed in the United States on 11 November 2017
I love Donis Casey and have a hard time waiting for the next book. I feel like Alafair Tucker is a member of my family. I enjoy the family situations along with the social makers of change she and her children experience.
This book will teach you so much interesting about history ...Reviewed in the United States on 17 October 2017
This book will teach you so much interesting about history and facts about everyday folks. Fascinating; a page-turner for sure!
Great historical mysteryReviewed in the United States on 10 February 2018
I love this series. Set in Oklahoma at the end of WWI. Each book focuses on a different child of the Tucker family.