cover image The Sky Took Him: An Alafair Tucker Mystery

The Sky Took Him: An Alafair Tucker Mystery

Donis Casey, . . Poisoned Pen, $24.95 (244pp) ISBN 978-1-59058-571-9

Set in Enid, Okla., in 1915, Casey's smart fourth whodunit to feature farmer's wife Alafair Tucker (after 2007's The Drop Edge of Yonder ) sensitively evokes smalltown life. The impending demise of Alafair's ill brother-in-law, Lester Yeager, raises concern about the future of the family storage company on the part of his prospective heirs. One of them, Yeager's son-in-law, Kenneth Crawford, has embezzled money from the company. Then Crawford's corpse, lacking any obvious cause of death, turns up in a meat locker. Tucker once again adds her insights into human nature to the official investigation, before arriving at a solution that most will find both logical and surprising. Since the murder occurs well on into the book, readers whose focus is on crime may be a little impatient for something beyond family dynamics and dysfunction to happen. Those who like their puzzles cloaked in local color from a different time will be amply rewarded. (Jan.)