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The Return of the Raven Mocker: An Alafair Tucker Mystery    by Donis Casey Amazon.com order for
Return of the Raven Mocker
by Donis Casey
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Poisoned Pen, 2017 (2017)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Anyone not knowing the name Alafair Tucker of Boynton, Oklahoma has missed some very delightful writing. Alafair is a woman of strong character. She has to be as she is the mother of ten children most of them grown by now in this ninth of her series.

We meet Alafair this time in the midst of a battle to save lives. The dreaded influenza epidemic of 1918 has taken many of her friends and neighbors and she vows to save as many of her family as she can using good hygiene, nutrition and old time remedies learned from her forebears.

While she is tending the stricken, World War I is nearing its end. Not soon enough for Alafair and her brood. When next-door neighbors seem to have lost a father and daughter, Alafair is sure that the flu did not take them. She has been known to insert herself into investigations best left to the law.

I have enjoyed this series very much. On opening the first page, I feel myself being pulled into the Tucker family - happily so. Author Casey has depicted the care she gave to her stricken family which seems to me to be close to what I had been told saved my mother's twin brother when he contacted this horrifying disease.

If you are not familiar with Alafair, introduce yourself soon. The Old Buzzard Had It Coming is the first of the tales of this busy family. How can you not like a novel with that title? I guarantee you will enjoy reading this series.

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