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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (47 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donis Casey Narrator: Pam Ward Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Alafair Tucker Mysteries Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9781470800789
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In the autumn of 1915, Shaw Tucker, his brother, James, and their sons, go on a hunting trip to the derelict farm his stepfather had bought years before.

Instead of a quail, Shaw’s dog, Buttercup, retrieves an old boot with the bones of a foot inside. Her discovery leads the men to a shallow grave and a skeleton with a bullet hole in the skull.

After settling in their tents for the night, Shaw awakens to see a pair of moccasin-clad legs strolling by his tent flap. He chases the intruder, who has disappeared so completely that Shaw wonders if he imagined the whole thing, including the ghostly voice that called his name.

Even after he returns home, Shaw can’t shake the memory of the disembodied legs and the ghostly voice. His concern is justified when he realizes that someone — or something — has followed him home. His dread turns to relief when he captures a young Creek Indian boy who says his name is Crying Blood. The boy had followed Shaw, hoping to find the white-haired man who killed his brother.

Shaw ties the boy up in the barn, but during the few minutes he is left alone, someone thrusts a spear through Crying Blood’s heart.

Who murdered a boy right under Shaw’s nose? The law is on the killer’s trail, but Shaw Tucker has a hunch about the identity of the white-haired man who called his name, and he formulates a plan. Shaw’s wife, Alafair, is the only one who might be able to forestall his dangerous plan. So when the opportunity arises, Shaw sends her on a wild-goose chase. As soon as she is out of the way, he sets out to confront the killer. Sometimes a man has to take matters into his own hands.

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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…This is my first meeting with Alafair Tucker and her family.  It will not be my last.”

    Margaret Maron, Edgar Award–winning author

  • “Powerful as a blue norther 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, author of Death on Demand

  • “The reader of other titles in this series, Ward is familiar with the characters. Her twangy voice portrays thoughtful and honest Shaw, while Alafair comes across as strong but gentle.”

    Booklist (audio review)

  • “As in other books in the series, the reader is immersed in the details of early twentieth-century life in Oklahoma—from butchering hogs to quilting. Reflections on the importance of extended family add texture to the mystery.”


  • Finalist for the 2011Oklahoma Book Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Junecleaver | 1/23/2013

    " I really enjoy this authors writing. She entwines a mystery while bringing to life what it was like to be a farmer's wife back in the early 1900's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 9/8/2012

    " Alafair and her family are very interesting, but this book mainly involves her husband Shaw. (I picture him to be a twin to Sam Elliott:) Donis Casey does a very good job of rolling history, like able characters and mystery into her books. I finish the series wishing for more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Junecleaver | 1/8/2011

    " I really enjoy this authors writing. She entwines a mystery while bringing to life what it was like to be a farmer's wife back in the early 1900's.

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About the Author

Donis Casey is a third-generation Oklahoman. She and her siblings grew up among their extended family on farms and in small towns. She earned degrees from the University of Tulsa and Oklahoma University and has worked as a teacher and academic librarian. She now lives with her husband in Arizona.

About the Narrator

Pam Ward, an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator, found her true calling reading books for the blind and physically handicapped for the Library of Congress’ Talking Books program. The fact that she can work with Blackstone Audio from the beauty of the mountains of Southern Oregon is an unexpected bonus.