A historical novel that delivers on all levels. In her first novel Kitty Sutton pulls her readers into the camps following The Trail of Tears, a sad chapter in American history, and makes you feel right along with her characters. Her research is obvious from the start. As you follow Wheezer and Sasa in search Usti Yansa's killer you will learn about Cherokee culture and history almost without realizing it. This book is well written and even without the history lesson the story itself will keep you interested and will bring you to a satisfying end. I would recommend this book for anyone.
Kitty Sutton has done it again. Having read and enjoyed "Wheezer and the Painted Frog" I was expecting a great deal from her second book and was not disappointed. "Wheezer and the Shy Coyote" picks up where the first book left off. The survivors of the Trail of Tears and its immediate aftermath are now faced with The Whiskey Wars. It is a dark time for Native Americans and a historical black eye for anyone loving freedom and justice.
As in her first book Kitty's story revolves around most of the same characters: Sasa the young Cherokee girl who is learning all she can to be able to be a blessing for her own people. Medicine Man, Poison Woman, Jackson, Anna Edwards and of course Wheezer himself. Along the way, the reader will get wrapped up in the lives of these people and learn about this part of history without having to think about it. New characters like Coyote and Yellow Eyes add to the story. Their story comes to an exciting and satisfying conclusion within the historical context of the times.
This book is highly recommended. The research put into this book is clearly evident throughout and the story is well crafted. I look forward to the next one.