The Drop Edge of Yonder
Author: Donis Casey
Published: October 1, 2007 by Poisoned Pen Press
Series Name: Alafair Tucker Mysteries
Category: Historical mystery
Main Character: Alafair Tucker, Shaw Tucker, Mary Tucker, Bill McBride, Laura Ross
Who killed Uncle Bill? Alafair Tucker is desperate to find out. One August evening in 1914, a bushwhacker ended a pleasant outing by blowing a hole in Bill McBride, kidnapping and ravaging Bill's fiancee, and wounding Alafair's daughter Mary. All Mary knows is that the crime had something to do with the Fourth of July. Or is there more? The answer seems to be working its way through the fog of Mary's shock and grief and floating to the surface of her consciousness. Several malicious acts suggest that Bill's killer is still around and attempting to cover his tracks. The law is hot on the bushwhacker's trail. Alafair thinks there is little she can do to help the sheriff, but that will never stop her from trying. She has no qualms about driving Mary to distraction with her persistent snooping and constant hovering. Can Mary remember the crime before the murderer manages to eliminate everyone who could identify him? This third novel in the Alafair Tucker series was a finalist for the 2008 Oklahoma Book Award. "Dialog rich with Midwestern speech patterns and a consistent, unobtrusive narrative voice lift this small town hotorical." -- Publisher's Weekly.