Wrong Hill to Die On

Wrong Hill to Die On Nineteen sixteen was not shaping up to be a good year for Alafair Tucker and finding Bernie Arruda dead in a ditch wasn t going to help matters She had not wanted to come to Arizona in the first plac

  • Title: Wrong Hill to Die On
  • Author: Donis Casey
  • ISBN: 9781464200465
  • Page: 212
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nineteen sixteen was not shaping up to be a good year for Alafair Tucker, and finding Bernie Arruda dead in a ditch wasn t going to help matters She had not wanted to come to Arizona in the first place But her daughter Blanche was suffering from a stubborn ailment of the lungs, and her best chance for a cure was dry desert air So Alafair and her husband Shaw had bundleNineteen sixteen was not shaping up to be a good year for Alafair Tucker, and finding Bernie Arruda dead in a ditch wasn t going to help matters She had not wanted to come to Arizona in the first place But her daughter Blanche was suffering from a stubborn ailment of the lungs, and her best chance for a cure was dry desert air So Alafair and her husband Shaw had bundled their sick child onto the train and made the nightmare trip from Oklahoma to Alafair s sister in Tempe, Arizona.Yet as soon as they arrived on that bright March day, Blanche began to improve But Alafair and Shaw soon discover that all is not well in sunny Arizona Elizabeth s marriage is in tatters, tensions are high between the Anglo and Latino communities following Pancho Villa s murderous raid on Columbus, New Mexico, and Alafair suspects her sister is involved in an illegal operation to smuggle war refugees out of Mexico and into the U.S.And now here lies Bernie Arruda on his back in a ditch, staring into eternity.

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    1. The Wrong Hill to Die On is a gentle, gracious mystery, yet it takes on the hate-filled issues of racism and anti-immigration phobias. It also focuses on the themes of family strength, mother-child bonds, and the makings of durable marriages. All that but it isn’t the least bit heavy or preachy—Donis Casey manages to slip worthwhile ideas into her engaging plot without weighing down the tale. You’ll be turning the pages quickly.The story opens with Alafair, the mother of ten and “sleuth [...]

    2. I always look forward to catching up with Alafair Tucker and her family in Donis Casey'smysteries. I'm just catching up. And, The Wrong Hill to Die On might be a historical mystery set in 1916, but some of the problems in Arizona could have been ripped from today's headlines. Casey excels at storytelling, and she combines several storylines in this book.Alafair Tucker is a farm wife in Oklahoma, where she and her husband, Shaw, have a large family, ten and growing as the older daughters marry. B [...]

    3. In 1916 Alafair and Shaw Tucker's ten year-old daughter Blanche is suffering from a disease of the lungs. No matter what Alafair or the doctors tried Blanche did not improve. Alafair's youngest sister Elizabeth lives in Tempe, Arizona. Alafair cannot pass up the opportunity to see if the dry air will cure Blanche's health problems while visiting her sister. Shaw decides that the older children are capable of handling the farm and all the responsibilities while he accompanies his wife and daughte [...]

    4. I don't think I've read this author before. This book was a quick easy read. I liked the New Mexico setting with the Yaqui Indians and the turmoil between the U.S. and Mexico. I found that very interesting. I also liked the characters. They were very likable. I just wanted them in a little more detailbut maybe there is back story from the previous books that I haven't read yet. But I did like the strong women represented in this book. One last thing was that I liked was the title. It made me smi [...]

    5. Another good story in this series that takes place in Oklahoma and the early part of the twentieth century. In this story, part of the family goes to Arizona for the health of one of the children. The main character Alafair has a sister in Tempe,Az and of course there is a murder and resolution. I have throughly enjoyed reading all these books.

    6. Alafair Tucker and her husband Shaw bundled Blanche, their asthmatic daughter, onto the train and made the trip from Oklahoma to Alafair's sister in Tempe, Arizona, hoping the dry desert air would help their daughter. But Alafair and Shaw soon discover that all is not well. Elizabeth's marriage is in tatters; tensions are high between the Anglo and Latino communities following Pancho Villa's raid on Columbus, New Mexico; and Alafair suspects her sister is involved in an illegal operation to smug [...]

    7. First Line: He was as handsome a man as Alafair Tucker had ever seen.It's March 1916, and Alafair Tucker is exhausted. Winter in much of the West has been the wettest on record, with bridges, roads, and railroad tracks being washed out. This weather means that Alafair has been nursing one sick child after another-- and with ten children, that's a lot of nursing. Only one child hasn't recovered: ten-year-old Blanche whose lungs are so bad that the family doctor tells Shaw and Alafair to take her [...]

    8. Donis Casey achieves the remarkable feat of making the reader want to be part of a farmer’s family in 1916 Oklahoma. She does it by anchoring the story in the emotional bonds of Alafair Tucker’s clan and the sensory details of the period. Alafair, the mother of ten children, cooks, cleans, nurtures, and solves crimes. Her personality infuses the plot with energy: Alafair’s compassionate curiosity about others connects the reader to the characters. Alafair has a strong sense of justice and [...]

    9. This series of books set in turn-of-the-century Oklahoma features Alafair Tucker, rancher's wife, mother of 10 who runs her home like an Army General. She has 8 girls and 2 boys. She lost 2 other boys when they were babies. Alafair is loved and adored by her family and respected by her neighbors but she thinks "none of your business" has nothing to do with her. Everything is her business. Through each book, and this one is #6 a death or murder happens and Alafair will not rest until she figures [...]

    10. Donis Casey writes historical mysteries, usually set in early 20th century Oklahoma. With this novel, however, the action moves to Tempe, AZ where Alafair and Shaw have taken their daughter, Blanche, to recover from a lung infection while the rest of the large family remains on the farm. Alastair's long-unseen sister, Elizabeth, lives in Tempe, and the three Tuckers move into her spare room. Almost as soon as they arrive, Alafair finds a body in the drainage canal in front of Elizabeth's house. [...]

    11. Oklahoma farmers didn't usually travel much in 1916, but Shaw and Alafair Tucker had a ten-year-old daughter who needed dry, clean air. Since Alafair's younger sister Elizabeth was married to a prosperous lawyer in Tempe, they left the grown-up kids in charge of the little ones, and took an arduous train trip to Arizona with Blanche. Perceptive Alafair immediately saw that something was wrong with her sister's marriage. After a neighborhood party, Alafair found the body of a man she recognized i [...]

    12. The latest in the Alafair Tucker mystery series, finds the 1916 Oklahoma mother of ten a fish out of water in Tempe Arizona. Alafair and husband Shaw have followed doctor’s advice and brought ten year old Blanche to a dry climate to stay with Alafair’s sister Elizabeth’s family. Their welcoming party is barely over before a body turns up in a ditch and a cracking mystery is off and running.Full of great characterization, warmth and folk wisdom. What U.S. Marshal Dillon wonders is how mayhe [...]

    13. Donis Casey writes interesting mysteries centered on a family in early 20th century Oklahoma, particularly on the mother in the family, Alafair Tucker. This book is very entertaining. The issues of race relations, immigration policy, and women's roles are central to the plot, but the enlightened views held by Alafair and some other characters make them seem at times a little like characters from the 21st century who had traveled back in time. There are at least two typos in the book that I saw. [...]

    14. Alafair is far from home in Oklahoma in Arizona in this latest book by Donis Casey. This is an excellent series that captures a time in history perfectly. I loved learning about Arizona's early history in this book.Wrong Hill to Die On is an excellent read. And fascinating to understand the term Wrong Hill to Die On! I'm going to have to work that into a conversation somehow! Great mystery as well. Lots of twists and turns to keep the readers interest. Highly recommend this latest entry in the A [...]

    15. Hoping to find a better climate to combat their daughter’s chronic illness, Alafair and her husband Shaw visit her sister Elizabeth in sunny Arizona. But Alafair has hardly arrived before she discovers a body in a ditch. This just the beginning of many things that go wrong during this visit. Secrets abound, and Elizabeth and her close friend are smack dab in the middle of it. An intricate tale of mystery, murder and more, this novel is but one book in a wonderful series.

    16. Donis Casey is a good storyteller but I found this one less interesting than her other novels. I continue to enjoy the recipes and historical notes at the end. This book takes place in New Mexico and touches on some of the early history of Tempe, the Yaqui Indians, and a famous actor of the times, Bosworth

    17. This mystery set in Arizona in the WWI era has various convoluted shenanigans involving Mexican immigrants, infidelity, Hollywood movie productions, keeping women "in their place", etc. An okay read but I was disappointed with the ending, which really didn't ring true for me.

    18. This is such a great series. Now up to 1916, Alafair and Shaw Tucker take their 10 year old daughter, Blanche, to Arizona, looking for relief for her bad lungs. Alafair (of course) stumbles across a dead body. Trying to find the killer uncovers a lot of secrets.

    19. I've enjoyed all of Donis Casey's books. I picked up the first one in this series, "The Old Buzzard Had it Coming" just because of the title. Donis never disappoints. She provides a good mystery, a main character to keep on loving, and just a good, entertaining read overall.

    20. Perfect. Loved the new short chapters and getting to meet Alafair's sister, Elizabeth. Hope this author keeps writing many more.

    21. I enjoyed this book set in 1916 in Arizona. It was interesting and gave a new perspective to live in the early 1900's.

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