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The American Café
By Sara Sue Hoklotubbe
256 pp. / 5.50 in x 8.50 in / 2011
Paper (978-0-8165-2922-3)
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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
Great characters and an authentic Native American setting (Oklahoma's Cherokee country) make this second series title a good pick for Tony Hillerman fans.

—Library Journal

A wacky cast of characters complements a plot line that, while familiar, offers its share of twists.

—Publishers Weekly

The sequel to Deception on All Accounts builds Sadie's reputation as an amateur sleuth while continuing to portray the strength of Native American culture and the discrimination its adherents face. Readers will want to follow a budding romantic relationship as well as another career change ahead for Hoklotubbe's appealing protagonist.


The American Café is a pleasing and satisfying novel with plenty of suspense and tension layered with ambience and soul, which Hoklotubbe then populates with characters both warm and wicked. This engaging adventure leaves readers looking forward to Sadie's next adventure.

—Durango Herald

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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