The Old Buzzard Had it Coming by Donis Casey
Harley Day was a mean, shiftless, good-for-nothing drunk. He regularly beat up on his wife and kids. So when he was found frozen to death in a snowbank outside his house, no one seemed to mourn. After all, The Old Buzzard Had It Coming--which is the title of the first Alafair Tucker mystery by Donis Casey.
Set in 1912, this book introduces Alafair Tucker, who lives with her husband and nine children on the Oklahoma frontier. It's an interesting look at frontier life at the beginning of the 20th century. Some of the details seem so modern, but much of the day-to-day life for a frontier ranching family seems like unbelievable deprivation and hardship 100 years on.
Alafair helps to prepare Harley Day's body for burial and finds a small, neat bullet hole in his head. Should she just not say anything? Harley's very nice son John had a violent argument with his father the night before, and John is courting Alafair's daughter. If John Day did kill his daddy -- well, the old buzzard had it coming now, didn't he?
Read more about Alafair Tucker, Donis Casey and the Oklahoma frontier at the author's Web site: http://www.poisonedpenpress.com/donis-casey/