- 2014 INDIES Finalist
- Finalist, Mystery (Adult Fiction)
In Sara Sue Hoklotubbe’s newest Sadie Walela mystery, Sinking Suspicions, Sadie is trapped in Hawai’i after an earthquake hits, leaving her far away from her Oklahoma home at a time when she’s most needed. Her neighbor, Buck Skinner, a Native American World War II veteran, has gone missing, and local police chief (and Sadie’s temperamental boyfriend) Lance Smith has joined the search. But the bodies are stacking up, and they all seem connected to Buck and his feud with the IRS.
Hoklotubbe does an excellent job of maintaining tension, as chapters alternate between Sadie in Hawai’i, Lance in Oklahoma, and Buck stuck somewhere in the wilderness, creating a race against time as the story lines interweave. A series of sharp plot twists keeps readers guessing as the story barrels toward its conclusion. Though this is the third book in an ongoing series, Hoklotubbe does a good job of catching readers up on the previous two installments, and it can easily be read as a stand-alone. Clearly well researched, there’s a lot of fascinating history packed into this relatively short book. Readers will be on the lookout for the next book in the series.
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