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The American Café (Sadie Walela #2)

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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 fo
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 15th 2011 by University of Arizona Press (first published April 1st 2011)
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Series: 2nd in Sadie Walela Mysteries

Sensuality: n/a

Mystery Sub-genre: Cozy, Amateur Sleuth

Main Character: Sadie Walela, new owner of a cafe

Setting: Modern day, small town Liberty Oklahoma (Cherokee Country)

Obtained Through: Library Find

Sadie follows a dream and purchases a cafe in Liberty from Goldie Ray. Goldie wants to retire and enjoy life a little while she can since her health is failing. Before Sadie has a chance to re-open the cafe, Goldie is murdered in her home. The local crazy woman s
I almost liked this book. I rarely read mysteries, and I'm glad it's a book by a not-dead, not-white, not-guy, so I TRIED to like it. But it's boring. The dialogue is clunky, the monologues are clunky and repetitive and simplistic, the mystery is not very compelling. It's not BAD, it's just not good. I did learn a couple of words in Cherokee, though. "Osiyo" means hello, and "Wado" means thank you. And the farm life Sadie, the protagonist of the series, lives while not at work, is familiar enoug ...more
Grandpa Joe
Sadie Walela, the main character, is a small-town Oklahoman of Cherokee ancestry. Possessed of an urge to purchase a cafe, Sadie does so. Events begin to unfold - beginning with the murder of the cafe's former owner - before Sadie has time to adjust to her new life as cafe owner. At various points, the story dwells on differences between Cherokee customs and those of white Oklahomans. This book is a decent, but not compelling, murder mystery.
A small university press typically publishes books more cerebral or books with atypical subject matter. So I expected much more than I got from University of Arizona's "The American Cafe". The quality of the writing in this book is downright laughable. The reader is tortured by sentences like "The brown sticky residue in the pan reeked of brown sugar and cinnamon." Now I don't know about you, but to me the definition of the word "reeked" refers to a smell that is unpleasant. It's bad enough the ...more
Hoklotubbe has an enjoyable new entry into the genre of Native American mysteries - and a cozy style mystery at that. Sadie Walela has decided to pursue her dream of owning a cafe in the wake of a prior robbery at the bank where she'd been working. Having found the perfect cafe being sold by a lovely lady with health issues, Sadie thinks she's ready to fulfill he dream of recreating her aunt's American Cafe. Little does she know that trouble awaits - but she finds out soon enough when the former ...more
a "Let's talk about it Oklahoma" selection. Pleasant little mystery set in NE Oklahoma. Lots of Native American info. I'd be willing to read more in this series.
The author of this book is from Colorado and is a member of the Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers group. The story's main character is Sadie Walela, a Cherokee, who has dreamed of owning a diner since she was a child. The morning after Sadie buys the diner in Liberty, OK, it's previous owner is found dead and a crazy woman threatens Sadie with a shotgun. The author provides insight into the Cherokee Nation, as well as writing an entertaining story.
What makes this book so special are the characters, especially Sadie Walela, and the insights into the Cherokee culture. The author draws on her own heritage to give the book a special richness. I loved it as a mystery and as a multi-layered story about people I really came to care about. I hope we see lots more of Sadie and some of the other characters in the book, e.g. Lance Smith,who's the perfect match for Sadie!
The latest book from one of my favorite authors! (Along with Lee Child, James Lee Burke, & Janet Evanovich). I admit that I don't read books to critique them, I read for pure escapism! And this book did not disappoint! I want to visit this little town in Oklahoma and visit with these characters! The author really succeeded in describing the places and people! I can't wait to read the next book in this series!
Betty Clarkson
Very well written. A different type of amateur detective, involving bits of history and cherokee language/lore. This is the second in a series about Sadie Walela - now I have to go back to read the first!
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Sara Sue Hoklotubbe is the author of the Sadie Walela Mystery Series and winner of the New Mexico/Arizona Book Award for Mystery/Suspense, winner of the WILLA Literary Award by Women Writing the West, and winner of Mystery of the Year by Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. She was also a finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year Award and the Oklahoma Book Award.

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