Sara Sue Hoklototubbe, a member of the Cherokee Nation, was named Writer of the Year by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers for her first book, Deception on All Accounts, also published by the University of Arizona Press. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.
The American Caféby Sara Sue Hoklotubbe
In this second book in the Sadie Walela series, set in the heart of the Cherokee Nation, Sadie discovers life as an entrepreneur is not as easy as she anticipated. On her first day, she is threatened by the town’s resident
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When Sadie Walela decides to pursue her childhood dream of owning a restaurant, she has no idea that murder will be on the menu.
In this second book in the Sadie Walela series, set in the heart of the Cherokee Nation, Sadie discovers life as an entrepreneur is not as easy as she anticipated. On her first day, she is threatened by the town’s resident "crazy" woman and the former owner of The American Café turns up dead, engulfing the café—and Sadie herself—in a cloud of suspicion and unanswered questions.
Drawing on the intuition and perseverance of her Cherokee ancestry, Sadie is determined to get some answers when an old friend unexpectedly turns up to lend a hand. A diverse cast of characters, including a mysterious Creek Indian, a corrupt police chief, an angry Marine home from Iraq, and the victim’s grieving sister and alcoholic niece, all come together to create a multilayered story of denial and deceit.
While striving to untangle relationships and old family secrets, Sadie ends up unraveling far more than a murder.
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Ms Hoklotubbe must write from experience because the local Cherokee color is very accurate. Beyond that, she weaves an interesting story line that was a pleasure to read. I enjoyed the book and plan to read her next one as well.
This story captures smalltown quirkiness while remaining a fairly serious murder mystery. The murder was particularly heinous in that the victim was the former owner of the local restaurant, long established and known and loved by her customers and townfolk. The American Cafe is the second Sadie Walela mystery, following the first by too long a gap...eight years. Sadie's Cherokee heritage is prominent in both books. I hope it will not be such a long wait for the next installment.