Donis Casey’s The Old Buzzard Had It Coming is a gentle, simply-written story.
Someone murders Alafair and Shaw Tucker’s reprobate drunken neighbor. The chief suspect is one of the man’s sons.
That son, John Lee, has been courting the Tuckers’ 17-year-old daughter Phoebe, though the Tuckers didn’t know it until the murder.
Because he was so poor, beaten down, and forced to stay at home, John Lee could not court in the normal way. He could not come to the Shaw house.
Also, the Old Buzzard beat up one of his older daughter’s beaus breaking them up. She ran away. No one has seen her since. So John Lee and Phoebe have been chastely meeting in a secret hideaway.
Alafair sets out to clear John Lee. Along the way she finds the murder involves a derringer she owns. And the story becomes more complicated.
This is a wonderful story. It is just as I said in the first line. It is a gentle, clearly-told tale. There are no histrionics, but there are surprises.
As soon as I’m finished writing this, I’m going to go back and order a couple more books in this series.
I lied. Five of the Alafair Tucker books are available in affordable e-editions. I ordered the four available ones I haven’t read.