Betrayal at the Buffalo Ranch
When Sadie Walela learns that her new neighbor in Cherokee Country, Angus Clyburn’s Buffalo Ranch, offers rich customers a chance to kill buffalo for fun, she is horrified. No good can surely come from this … and it doesn’t – murder soon follows.
Even though Deputy Sheriff Lance Smith, Sadie’s love interest, suspects a link to the Buffalo Ranch, he can find little evidence to make an arrest. And when a rare white buffalo calf is born on the ranch and immediately disappears, Sadie’s instincts tell her something is wrong – and she sets out to prove it. Her suspicions – and fears of more violence – escalate when a former schoolmate returns to Oklahoma to visit her ailing father and finds employment at the ranch. Will she be the next victim?
Drawn deeper and deeper into danger, Sadie uncovers an unparalleled web of greed and corruption. It will take all of her investigating skill to set things straight – assuming she and her wolfdog can stay alive long enough to succeed.
When a fascinatingly disagreeable character is killed by rifle shot, the challenge for Lance and Sadie is sifting through the range of characters who had diverse and compelling reasons to want him dead. Betrayal at the Buffalo Ranch races to a climax like a stampeding herd and leaves the reader simultaneously satisfied and wanting the next Sadie Walela story. Sara Sue Hoklotubbe gets better with each book; Betrayal at the Buffalo Ranch is her best yet.
Betrayal at the Buffalo Ranch is a fast-moving and suspenseful mystery that unfolds in a contemporary Native American community that contains people like Sadie Walela and her boyfriend Lance Smith, people who become heroes because sometimes heroes are what’s needed.
A compelling, tautly written, and hard to-put-down mystery. Betrayal at Buffalo Ranch takes you into the lives and culture of modern-day Cherokees, all while keeping you guessing and turning the pages until the very end. Sara Sue Hoklotubbe just gets better and better.
Sara Sue Hoklotubbe, a Cherokee tribal citizen, is the author of the award-winning Sadie Walela Mystery series, which also includes Deception on All Accounts, The American Café, and Sinking Suspicions. She is the winner of the WILLA Literary Award, the New Mexico-Arizona Mystery Book of the Year Award, and the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers Mystery of the Year Award. She and her husband live in Colorado.
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