Jade del Cameron switches locales from British East Africa to Morocco in her latest adventure, for a meeting with her almost estranged mother in Tangier. They've barely had breakfast and their usual disagreement their first day there, however, before Jade's mother goes missing. Since there isn't much in Tangier in the way of authority, Jade takes matters into her own hands and starts searching by herself, though she sends a quick cable to her friends Beverly and Avery Dunbury, who are back in London awaiting the birth of their first child, and asks for their assistance. Not one to sit back and wait, Jade rents a car and follows a lead to Marrakech, where she finds a dead man's body and has a bizarre experience in some tunnels. Jade's only suspects in her mother's disappearance are some of the shipmates with whom she traveled to Tangier from London, but it really raises her suspicions when she finds out that her mother has met her chief adversary, Lilith Worthy, the mother of her dead almost-fiance. When Jade is reunited with her mother, they hide out in a Berber mountain village, and then help from the Dunburys finally arrives in the form of Jade's love interest from her last adventure, Sam Featherstone. Together, Jade, Sam, her mother, and some of her new friends unravel the mystery of what Lilith is up to, but it is no easy task, as Lilith is determined to do away with Jade once and for all.
It was easy to slip back into Jade del Cameron's African life, even though she was visiting a different part of the continent for this novel. Descriptions of the places and people were as vivid as ever, but this time out, Jade seemed to spend more time getting captured and escaping from her enemies than actually solving a mystery, as if that part of the story was more of an afterthought. The conflict between Jade and her mother was laid on a trifle thick, as well, but it was fun to finally meet Inez. Though the mystery aspect in this book was weaker than in the other Jade del Cameron novels, this was still a very engaging story with rich descriptions of Morocco. The asides on Berber culture and its difference from Arab culture were also points of interest. As usual, though, it was Jade herself who made the novel so much fun to read. She's down to earth, fearless, and always ready for adventure, so I can't wait until her next one.