Author Donis Casey Launches Crying Blood – Fifth Book in Successful “Alafair Tucker” Mystery Series

'Powerful as a blue northern sweeping across the Creek Nation, Crying Blood is a gripping entry in Donis Casey’s superb Alafair Tucker series. Casey depicts family ties that uplift and support and family ties broken by anger in a poignant, lyrical, authentic novel of early day Oklahoma.'

Carolyn Hart

(September 6, 2011 – Tempe, AZ) - Author Donis Casey took a love for genealogy and turned it into a successful mystery series. Based in the early 20th century with a strong woman protagonist, Casey takes us back to a simpler time … times were simpler weren’t they? Her books are a fascinating blend of history and mystery as in each novel a mystery is solved that involves the leading character’s family members. Join her on at 7 p.m. at Changing Hands bookstore as she and author/actress Mara Purl present their thoughts in a lively discussion on how head and heart guide one in life choices. The reading and book signing will benefit local Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) that provides continuing education grants and scholarships to women. The event is free and refreshments will be served.

Casey began her professional life as a teacher, then as a librarian for the University of Oklahoma and finally, Arizona State University. Leaving academia in 1988, Casey opened her Scottish import gift shop in downtown Tempe.

“My little shop was a downtown fixture for eleven years in Tempe,” Casey beamed. “It was the only Scottish gift shop in Arizona. But after more than a decade as an entrepreneur, I decided to devote myself full-time to writing and I have never regretted the decision.” 

Casey explains that the books really are a tribute to grandparents, great-grandparents, uncles, aunts … all those who lived nearly a century ago and the time in which they lived.

“As I began outlining ideas, I heard that the wonderful old pear tree in my mother’s back yard had died. All during my childhood, my mother made the most delicious pear preserves from the sweet, hard pears from that tree. I have never before or since tasted anything like it,” said Casey.

“My first thought on the demise of that tree was that no one will ever taste those preserves again, because nobody cooks like that anymore,” Casey continued. “I decided that I wanted to take the opportunity to try and evoke not just the events of the time, but the smells, the tastes, the sound, the hot and cold of it — the daily one-foot-in-front-of-the-other life of a farm wife with many children. I love the language, too. One of my uncles walked into our house one day and said, ‘What in the cat hair is going on?’ How could I let that fade into oblivion?”

An in-demand author, Casey has several valley book events scheduled for October. Besides the Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe with Mara Purl, she will give a talk for the Brandeis University group at a Barnes and Noble in Scottsdale on October 17. Later in the month Casey will be teaching a writing class for the Avondale Writers’ Conference on October 29.

About Donis Casey

Donis Casey is the author of five Alafair Tucker Mysteries, including the newly released Crying Blood. 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 is a former teacher, academic librarian, and entrepreneur. She 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.

About Crying Blood

Crying Blood; An Alafair Tucker Mystery. (Poisoned Pen Press, 2011)

A pleasant outing with his sons ends when Shaw Tucker finds a skeleton in a shallow grave. Now something evil has followed him home. Is the blood of a murdered boy crying for justice? A death has put the world out of balance, and together Shaw and Alafair Tucker will do whatever it takes to set it straight again.

Crying Blood is a thoroughly engrossing evocation of life on a self-sufficient 1915 Oklahoma farm.  In Alafair Tucker, mother of ten, Donis Casey has created a clear-eyed woman of her time:  pre-ERA, accepting of her place in a male-dominated society, but not hampered by it because she well knows the value of her contributions to her family’s well-being.  This is my first meeting with Alafair Tucker and her family.  It will not be my last.

-       Margaret Maron

Powerful as a blue northern sweeping across the Creek Nation, Crying Blood is a gripping entry in Donis Casey’s superb Alafair Tucker series. Casey depicts family ties that uplift and support and family ties broken by anger in a poignant, lyrical, authentic novel of early day Oklahoma.

-       Carolyn Hart

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Donis Casey is the author of five Alafair Tucker Mysteries, including the newly released Crying Blood. 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 is a former teacher, academic librarian, and entrepreneur. She 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 http://www.doniscasey.com. Casey blogs each Saturday about mystery writing at http://www.typem4murder.blogspot.com, and about food and mysteries at http://www.fatalfoodies.blogspot.com. About Crying BloodCrying Blood; An Alafair Tucker Mystery. (Poisoned Pen Press, 2011)A pleasant outing with his sons ends when Shaw Tucker finds a skeleton in a shallow grave. Now something evil has followed him home. Is the blood of a murdered boy crying for justice? A death has put the world out of balance, and together Shaw and Alafair Tucker will do whatever it takes to set it straight again. Crying Blood is a thoroughly engrossing evocation of life on a self-sufficient 1915 Oklahoma farm. In Alafair Tucker, mother of ten, Donis Casey has created a clear-eyed woman of her time: pre-ERA, accepting of her place in a male-dominated society, but not hampered by it because she well knows the value of her contributions to her family’s well-being. This is my first meeting with Alafair Tucker and her family. It will not be my last. - Margaret Maron Powerful as a blue northern sweeping across the Creek Nation, Crying Blood is a gripping entry in Donis Casey’s superb Alafair Tucker series. Casey depicts family ties that uplift and support and family ties broken by anger in a poignant, lyrical, authentic novel of early day Oklahoma. - Carolyn Hart

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