The lake is located in the northeastern part of Oklahoma. Today the author has channeled her stories from experience and has even decided to use this real life location for the primary setting of her mystery books.
Her hope is that by using Lake Eucha as a setting, it will help the reader to be even more transported into the Cherokee life of modern day. Readers were first able to get their hands on a copy of this debut story in The sequel to the first would come out a few years later and is titled The American Cafe. It also was the recipient of the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award in in the category of best mystery novel.
It became a finalist but ultimately did not win in for the Oklahoma Book Awards as well as the book of the year from ForeWord in Keep reading and check out the synopsis and see what you think. What could be a cut and dry transaction has so many ways to go wrong. This story has everything from love to murder and bank robberies, intrigue, suspense, and more! Sadie Walela is the main character in this story, a young woman of the Cherokee nation with stunning blue eyes. She has no idea that she is about to go on a wild journey that is about to greet her with adversity at every turn.
She always is able to channel the energy and the strength and traditions that her people hold and can use them to adapt, always moving forward. This may sometimes mean that she has to choose to think things over a couple of times before moving ahead. From her expectations to her relationships, Sadie has to be flexible in every way and move like water if she is going to make it through a very strange and unexpected ordeal. Sadie is going to have to figure out whether she is going to be able to come to grips with the concepts of romance, murder, and the hopes that she has for a career.
In a situation where deception is the flavor of the day, she is about to find out that she has to call upon a lot of strength if she is going to come through the other side without getting too beat up in the process. Join Sadie as she tries to navigate murder and more in this fun debut from a talented author. The first day that she starts, she finds out that the local mad woman in town has threatened her. Then the person who owned the cafe before she bought it ends up being discovered dead.
This means that the cafe as well as Sadie immediately not only make the news but quickly becomes the center of focus of unwanted attention. Sadie is doing all that she can to try and track down the answers that it appears that she needs. Using the intuition as well as perseverance of her ancestry, this new entrepreneur is doing what she can to try and investigate this murder. Sadie just wants answers, and she may find unexpected help when a friend shows up and offers to help her. Mary Coley began writing nonfiction; in addition, she has been a journalist, a park planner, an environmental educator, and a public relations officer.
Coley grew up in Enid, OK, but now makes Tulsa her home. She worked on it off and on for ten years until she was satisfied with it and ready to publish. You might say she has got the hang of writing full-length novels now. Mary Coley recounts her love of the written word by explaining that she learned to read in kindergarten. Even as a second grader, her love of the environment became evident as she read National Geographic along with a wide variety of other subjects. Luckily for Coley, her father had an extensive library, so she made good use of it. Coley advises would-be writers to get busy and write their stories.
Take a creative writing class. Also, joining a book club helps writers through the diverse readings and discussions. Coley became interested in writing Cobwebs after learning about the history of the Osage and their becoming some of the wealthiest people in the world by receiving oil and gas royalties.
In the s, the Osage suffered mysterious deaths and outright murders because homicidal and thieving whites wanted to strip the Osage of their money. The US government aided in the massacre of the Osage because it decreed that the Osage must have a white guardian, thus legalizing theft. Jamie Aldrich who lives in New Mexico where she teaches biology has returned to Pawhuska, OK, after a thirty-year absence. As a child, Jamie and her sister had spent summers in Pawhuska visiting their great-aunt Elizabeth. That phone call sets Jaime on a journey she does not expect and even endangers her life.
Jamie feels a brief sense of recognition when she meets Sam, but she cannot quite place how she knows him. Elizabeth, though weak, is glad to see Jaime. Jaime does not know anyone else is in the home after Sam leaves besides her and Aunt Elizabeth. However, someone tries to smother Aunt Elizabeth although Jaime does not see anyone else. The would-be murderer slipped out without being seen. Thus, police chief Green suspects Jaime has tried to murder her aunt even though Jamie is the one who calls Although Ben begged Jaime to help him die, she could not despite the extreme suffering he experienced because of the cancer.
This dark cloud hangs over Jamie along with her sorrow over his death. Now, people in Pawhuska are looking at her as if she wants to murder her aunt.
Too, her daughter is getting married soon, so Jamie wants to be involved in the wedding plans. Jamie knows someone has come into the house even though she locked the doors and windows. Threatening notes appear. Windows are broken. And worst of all thousands of black widow spiders are let loose in the house.
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Readers are also privy to a suspicious character dressed in black and wearing a hoody who hovers in the shadows of the garden watching Jaime and plotting more destruction and death. Who sends the threatening notes and why? Who is the mysterious figure standing in the shadows? Jaime must figure out the connections and learn about the murderous shadow.
What would cause all this intrigue? Old family secrets, long hidden, surface.
Already a subscriber? Love mysteries with a western theme. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. New book. In a situation where deception is the flavor of the day, she is about to find out that she has to call upon a lot of strength if she is going to come through the other side without getting too beat up in the process.
Jamie goes through old pictures and learns about family history, but the process is agonizingly slow. People in town do not trust her, so finding an ally becomes difficult. Jamie also keeps getting hurt because of traps laid by that unknown person. Because of her persistence and resilience, Jamie finally discovers the truth. What is that truth?
You must read Cobwebs to discover it for yourself. The story begins in January of in southeast Oklahoma, near Boynton and Muskogee. The mystery unfolds when Harley Day, near neighbor to the Tuckers, is found dead, assumed frozen in the January snow. Alafair, always willing to help a neighbor, goes to the Day farm to help Miz. Obviously, Harley has not died of exposure alone; the bullet hole suggests another scenario.
Harley Day, a particularly unlikable fellow, has plenty of enemies who might have wished him dead. As a farmer, Day leaves much to be desired. If not for his oldest son John Lee, now nineteen, the farm would be in complete ruin. To supplement his income and supply his own needs, Day has a moonshine still hidden on his property. Harley and Nona Day have seven children living at home. Three have died as infants, and their oldest daughter Maggie Ellen has run away to Sands Springs or Okmulgee and married a bricklayer, according to the family.
She had promised her sister Naomi she would return and take Naomi away too, but the family has never seen Maggie Ellen again. Alafair fears John Lee has shot his father and that Phoebe is complicit in the murder. Alafair determines that she will find out the truth. When John Lee runs away, Alafair becomes even more concerned. Alafair does not believe John Lee has murdered his father, but she needs more information to prove his innocence and along the way protect her daughter as well.
Casey has written a first-rate mystery and peppered the story with colloquialisms of the time and place.
She also includes a number of references to food since Alafair and Nona both have large families to fee. The picture below is of molasses pie. At the Web site, Casey also includes information on her other books along with a blog about her writing and her book tours. Casey provides background on how she began writing the Alafair mysteries.
After doing genealogy research on her family in order to give the information to her siblings for Christmas, Casey began remembering stories her grandparents had told.