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  • Hardcover: 337 pages
  • Publisher: New American Library (2 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451220269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451220264
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.1 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,315,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Suzanne Arruda, a zoo keeper turned science teacher and writer, is the author of several biographies for young adults. An avid hiker and gardener, Suzanne lives in Kansas with her husband, and her cat, Wooly Bear.

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Book two in the Jade del Cameron Mystery Series set in 1920s East Africa --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Suzanne Arruda, a zoo keeper turned science teacher and writer, is the author of several biographies for young adults. An avid hiker and gardener, Suzanne lives in Kansas with her husband, and her cat, Wooly Bear. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lizzie Hayes on 9 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
Jade Del Cameron is on an assignment in the northern territory of Mount Marsabit to photograph elephants. Before long Jade runs into ivory poachers. She also makes friends with a local Kikuyu boy but when he is captured as a slave Jade embarks on a rescue mission.

I am all gung ho with Jade, but even from the safety of my arm chair I cannot envisage taking on a gang of poachers in the 1920's. Wow!

Although in an earlier adventure Jade was being pursued by one Harry Hascombe, she has to date keep her distance, but in this adventure she meets Sam Featherstone and from the look of things she may need his help, but will this wilful intrepid heroin accept help from a mere male?

It's again a gripping adventure. I understand that there are six in the series, I am already eagerly awaiting episode three. Highly recommended.
Lizzie Hayes
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The character of Jade grows on you and by the end I could well consider reading the next book to see what she got up to. The author has researched her era and area which is interesting- British East Africa, now Kenya. Description of the characters and environs would have been nice to really help you visualise and engage you more;it was all a bit sparse style wise. However, as the audience is young adults I am guessing the idea is to create an "easy read". I skipped a fair bit at the start but settled down to it more at the end, despite guessing the outcome of the villain of the piece. A nice touch at the very end. Atmospheric.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
delightful historical amateur sleuthing safari 6 Jan. 2007
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Hardcover
In 1920 with the war over and the need for female ambulance drivers also over, Jade del Cameron completed a death bed promise in British East Africa (see MARK OF THE LION). Though her quest is done, Jade decides to stay for now and even mentors a preadolescent lad, Jelani.

Jade accompanied by her friends Lord Avery Dunbury and his wife Beverly, and Jelani head towards the Mount Marasbit elephant preserve, but are horrified by the corpses of four elephants killed for their tusks as ivory sells big in western markets. Nearby she also finds the remains of a King's soldier obviously killed by the poachers who butchered the elephants. Jade especially personalizes the kills and vows to bring to justice to the poachers whether they are natives, Abyssinian raiders, western safari leaders like Harry Hascombe, or some other avaricious souls.

STAKING IVORY is a delightful historical whodunit starring an independent courageous woman who wants to see justice occur for the brutally slaughtered animals and the dead soldier. Jade risks her life to do so though she finds an ally in a pilot Sam Featherstone. Fans of Alexander McCall Smith's Precious Ramotswe No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency tales will join Jade on her amateur sleuthing safari.

Harriet Klausner
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good mystery set in a unique setting 1 May 2007
By Armchair Interviews - Published on
Format: Hardcover
American Jade del Cameron has ended up in British East Africa, after working as an ambulance driver in the Great War. She has settled on a career of travel writing and photography in Africa, and travels out to the wild to photograph elephants. Traveling with her are her friends Beverly and Avery Dunbury, her young charge Jelani, and her pet cheetah, Biscuit.

They stumble across elephant carcasses, victims of ivory poachers, as well as her old friend and irritating suitor Harry Hascombe and the party of German tourists he is leading on a safari.

Jade is suspicious of Harry and his Germans, and finds clues linking them to the poachers and to gun smuggling. Young American pilot Sam Featherstone arrives at their camp, hoping to make movies of elephants, complicating the plot and Jade's feelings. Since her fiance, a pilot in the war, was killed she has resolutely avoided romantic entanglements.

Jade tracks the poachers, finds and hides a cache of German guns, sets snares, dismantles a pit trap, and tracks down Jelani when he is kidnapped by slavers. She does get a tiny bit of help from her friends--and an unusual man who appears out of nowhere, an ancient and mysterious native named Boguli, who leads her to safe trails and hiding places when she is stalking the evil leader of the poachers.

Armchair Interviews says: This book follows The Mark of the Lion. Arruda is a zookeeper and biologist, and has researched her wildlife extensively. If you like Isak Dinesen, and Beryl Markham, Jade is a woman in their mold.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Murder, Kidnapping, and Poaching on an African Photo Safari 7 May 2007
By L. Kelly - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Set in British East Africa shortly after the end of World War I, "Stalking Ivory" is the second novel featuring American adventurer turned photojournalist Jade del Cameron. In this story, Jade has travelled to an area of Northern Kenya called Mount Marsabit to take photos of elephants for the magazine "The Traveller". But when Jade and her British friends stumble upon slaughtered elephants with their ivory hacked off, they quickly realize they are on the trail of a group of poachers. Not to mention their discovery of a murdered Kings African Rifle soldier along with the elephants.

This fast-paced, exciting story brings back several characters introduced in the first Jade del Cameron story "The Mark of the Lion". A key figure in the story is Jelani, a young Kikuyu boy whom Jade and her British friends the Averys have adopted. When Jelani is kidnapped from their camp, an enraged Jade sets off through the savannah and desert to find him and bring the kidnappers to justice. This story also introduces a possible romantic interest for Jade, an American film-maker named Sam Featherstone. Readers will have to wait for the next book in this series to see where the relationship between Jade and Sam is headed.

This book was thoroughly enjoyable, full of great African scenery and larger than life characters. I highly recommend this book and its predecessor "The Mark of the Lion."
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Jade is one tough lady! 25 Mar. 2008
By Penny L. Bloodhart - Published on
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I've enjoyed two books in this series so far. The writing is crisp, the settings fascinating, and the characters well sketched. As a fan of Amelia Peabody and her Egyptian/London adventures, I'm always looking for similar series.

Jade has lots of potential. She's almost TOO tough at times. I find myself wishing that just once she'd put on a dress, some lipstick and sip a bit of champagne! I also find myself liking Harry, the rather dashing hunter that she mistrusts and abuses, rather than the new heroic Sam, who seems just a little bit too perfect.

A most enjoyable book, and I'm looking forward to further ventures!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Jade's at it again on the veldt 25 July 2008
By John S. Geary - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This follow-up to Suzanne Arruda's first novel in this series continues the story lines set in the debut novel, "Mark of the Lion." Like its predecessor, there's much to like about this story. Having visited Africa and being a travel writer myself, I can really relate to the locale and the heroine, and I loved the way each chapter begins with an "excerpt" from Jade's magazine articles. The narrative is very well paced, and the way the author weaves in the mystic spirituality of Native African culture is very well done. It could have been off-putting if not handled correctly, as combining magic with a whodunit plot could really cause a book to flop if not done just right. This looks like another "series" I'm going to have continue buying.
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