Donis Casey


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.

Books by Donis Casey at Poisoned Pen Press

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All Men Fear Me: An Alafair Tucker Mystery #8

The U.S. has finally entered the First World War and scheduled the first draft lottery. No one in Boynton, Oklahoma, is unaffected by the clash between rabid pro-war, anti-immigrant “patriots” and anti-conscription socialists, who are threatening […] Read More →

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Hornswoggled: An Alafair Tucker Mystery #2

Its the spring of 1913, and love is in bloom for Alice Tucker. Alice’s new beau, Walter Kelley, is handsome, popular, and wealthy. Everyone in Boynton, Oklahoma, likes him. Everyone but Alice’s mother, Alafair. She sees […] Read More →

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Return of the Raven Mocker

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, […] Read More →

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26 Responses to Donis Casey

  1. enjoy all your stories, looking forward to all men fear me, I was born in Bartlesville my grandfolks from Enid father was born between Bugshufil and Honduby (honestly that’s what they always told us) in 1908, Alafair could be my grandmother thank you for writing these books I am worried about how the WW1 may affect the family the oldest boy is the right age to be involved “over there”

    • Thanks so much, Gail. It’s always wonderful to hear from someone from the Home Country. WW1 is upon them in the next book, and it’s true that Gee Dub is 20 now, so it’ll be interesting to see how Alafair handles it when and if he has to go. p.s.Bartlesville is one of my favorite places in Oklahoma.

  2. I just devour your books…I have them and cannot wait to read them all!! Is there another author you can recommend to me, who writes in the same genre’, to hold me over until your eighth book is written? I love Alafair so mjch and her lovely big family…big families run in my heritage…there is also a little Creek Indian on my mother’s side, from Alabama. Cannot tell you who or how, but that is the lore…how can I find out?

    • Thanks, Pam! There are several Poisoned Pen authors who write quite wonderful historicals. She’s not quite like Alafair, but Ann Parker’s Inez Stannert is another Western woman who knows how to make her way. Nancy Turner wrote a trilogy with a heroine more like Alafair, Sarah Prine. The first book is called “These Is My Words”. It is fantastic. As for finding out more about your Creek ancestors–I don’t know where you live, but Okmulgee Oklahoma is the traditional capital of the Muskogee Creek Nation and in the old Council House, located downtown, they have many tribal census records. Try, as well.

  3. I met you at OWFI in Oklahoma City and after attending your groups purchased “The Buzzard Had it Coming” and loved it. I was sorry when it ended because It almost felt like home when I was reading it. I will get to rest of your books in time. Even though Tulsa where I grew up and Norman where I live now isn’t “Little Dixie” I have a dear friend from Sallisaw whose lingo is very much like Alafair’s might be if she lived today. I look forward to the books with Alafair and all her family.

    • So glad to hear from you, Jessica! It was a great conference, wasn’t it? I’m so glad you liked Buzzard. I hope you’ll visit Alafair and the family for the rest of their adventures and “set awhile”.

    • Hi, all. The seventh Alafair is in the works. HELL WITH THE LID BLOWN OFF will be out in June of 2014. And Carol, I don’t know where you live, but I do get around some. My Tucker relatives are from northern Arkansas, around Mountain Home. Sound familiar?

  4. Hi Donis,
    ‘I just discovered your Alafair Tucker series and read them one after another. Not only are the stories wonderful, but the historial details and recipes at the end are very educational for a an East Coaster like me. Hope you have many more books to come. Any idea when the 7th will be coming?

  5. Hi Donis, I have just finished “The Wrong Hill to Die On”. Having read all 6, and thoroughly enjoyed them, I hope the 7th book is in the works. Is there another one; if so, when?

  6. Hi Donis, You probably remember speaking to the Moon Valley Women’s Club about 2 years ago. Every year in February we have an auctiob that benefits needy kids @ Sunnyslope Elementary School. We provide them with clothing, gifts, bikes, etc. We also support de Colores Battered Women’s Shelter. Last year our auction raised over $5,000.00, all of which went to these to causes.We are dependent on our local merchants and friends to make this possible. Would you be able to donate one of your books for our auction?
    Sincerely, Rosalie Welty,auction chair ( 602-866-9324

  7. Hoping for the “Wrong hill to die on” to be available on ebooks. Soon? I have read the other five in the series and really enjoyed them all. Love the wholesomeness of the families in your stories. Really feel as if I know them.

    • The Wrong Hill to Die On will be available as an ebook on publication date (November 6th), unfortunately you can not pre-order ebooks, that is why you don’t see it listed. Just check back when it has been published and you can purchase it then. Thanks!

  8. I read “The Old Buzzard Had It Coming.” It was a really interesting book. I don’t know a lot about my family, but I know they came from that general area, were of that ethnic mix, and lived there around that time period. It is such a unique area and have never heard of anyone else writing books set in that area or time period. My family left there in the early 1930’s. The families lived on the various reservations around there until my great-grandfather and great-grandmother started traveling around Oklahoma being sharecroppers. After a few years of share cropping around Oklahoma, they traveled to California and were migrant farm workers around California, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

    Thank you for writing such a good book set in that area and time period.

  9. I have been truly excited finding your books. I too am a Tucker. The books have been fun and exciting. It sure would be nice to meet you. Seems you brought ancestors to life.

    • Oh, thanks so much, Carol. I wonder if we’re related? I do appear in person every once in a while – maybe I’ll be in your neck of the woods sometimes. Be sure and introduce yourself.

  10. I just read “The Old Buzzard Had It Coming.” It was the recipes at the end that made me cry, especially the little side comments within them like getting an eight-year-old to mix the meatloaf, and the piecrust not being left over. I’m 68 years old, and my mother was born in 1906, about a hundred or so miles north and some east of Boynton, just across the Kansas state line in Cherokee County, Kansas, the middle child of eleven. I’m sure that she was learning to cook in 1912. When I was little, we had our own milk cow, and I learned to cook from her (though she’d learned more modern things, like jello, well after she learned the basics). I thought the story was great, everything so authentic, like things my mother would talk about from her childhood (not the plot, the details, the people, and things I remembered myself from her kitchen), but it was the recipes that made me miss her so much. I’m going to get the others: just ordered, and it’s probably on my Kindle now, “Hornswoggled”.

    • Sibyl, isn’t it amazing how important food is in the history of our families? I couldn’t write the books without including a lot about cooking. I figure if you have ten kids, you’re always thinking about what’s for dinner.

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