Sunday, August 18, 2019

On My Radar: Donis Casey's The Wrong Girl!

If you've been with me for very long, you know that Donis Casey's Alafair Tucker historical mystery series is one of my favorites. Having had the pleasure of meeting and talking with her several times, I knew that she did not want to continue the series into the Depression. I also knew that Casey had a built-in way to have her series "branch out" into fresh, green pastures-- Alafair's huge brood of independent-minded children.

As the children grow up and move out on their own, readers are treated to new adventures that Alafair can still have a part in because fans know she will always be a part of her children's lives.

You should have heard my little crow of delight when I saw proof of Casey's plan. Let me share it with you so you'll be ready to grab it when it's released!

Available November 11, 2019!

"Blanche Tucker longs to escape her drop-dead dull life in tiny Boynton, Oklahoma. Then dashing Graham Peyton roars into town. Posing as a film producer, Graham convinces the ambitious but naive teenager to run away with him to a glamorous new life. Instead, Graham uses her as cruelly as a silent picture villain. Yet by luck and by pluck, taking charge of her life, she makes it to Hollywood.

Six years later, Blanche has transformed into the celebrated Bianca LaBelle, the reclusive star of a series of adventure films, and Peyton's remains are discovered on a Santa Monica beach. Is there a connection? With all of the twists and turns of a 1920s melodrama, The Wrong Girl follows the daring exploits of a girl who chases her dream from the farm to old Hollywood, while showing just how risky—and rewarding—it can be to go off script."

I don't know about you, but ever since I read The Great Gatsby, I've loved reading about the 1920s, and the early days of Hollywood are the icing on my cake. A young girl champing at the bit to get out of a tiny little "nowhere town" is the perfect way for Donis Casey to keep on writing about the characters readers have come to know and love. I can't wait to read The Wrong Girl, and I hope you'll add it to your own pre-orders and wishlists!


  1. This does sound interesting, Cathy. And there is something about that 1920s context, isn't there? Hmm...may really be something to look out for.

    1. Keep your eyes peeled for it, Margot-- there's just something about the Roaring Twenties!

  2. I love Donis' series just as much as you do. I gave my sister-in-law the first book in the series for Christmas and teased her by saying if she liked it, I owned the whole series and would loan them out. She did love it, gave it to her mother to read and she loved it as well. They have now both read through the whole series, start to finish. They will be just as delighted as I am regarding this new fresh angle to Donis' characters. Can not wait!!!

    1. I know the Tuckers are born and bred Oklahoma, but they still remind me of my great-grandparents, and since my forebears came from southern Illinois, the idioms Casey's characters use are so very familiar to me-- I've even used them myself.


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