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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 three in the Jade del Cameron Mystery Series set in 1920s East Africa.

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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
My Saturday Matinee Reading 8 Mar. 2009
By Cathy G. Cole - Published on
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First Line: "One should never trust the shopkeepers," declared a young man seated across from Jade.

When I picked up the first book in this series, Mark of the Lion, I fell in love. Jade del Cameron, a young American who grew up on a New Mexico ranch, learned how to repair automobiles while driving an ambulance in France during World War I. Ranch life taught her about roughing it out in the wild, being an expert shot with a gun, refusing to put up with fools, and wanting some adventure and meaning in her life. It's now the early 1920s, and Jade is finding that adventure and meaning as a photojournalist in Africa.

With this third book in the series, I find my love affair continuing. Jade has agreed to meet her mother in Morocco in an attempt to patch up their stormy relationship. Her mother, Inez, grew up in Spain dancing with gypsies and riding horses better than anyone else. Now she's a tightly corseted society matron, more concerned with etiquette and the proper clothing to wear for each occasion. Nothing her fiercely independent daughter does is right. Their meeting in Morocco starts off on the wrong foot, but before there's time for any repair work to be done, Inez is kidnapped, and Jade has to find her. Jade's search takes her through Morocco, from Tangier to Marrakesh to a Berber village high in the Atlas Mountains, dodging drug smugglers, slave traders and an old adversary every step of the way.

Although Arruda does provide a great deal of period detail in her books (and I actually learn while I turn the pages), I have to admit that I read them for the sheer escapism. These books are my "Saturday Matinee" reads, reminding me of Tarzan, Indiana Jones, Frank Buck, Karen Blixen, Denis Finch-Hatton, and Beryl Markham. Fans of the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters would probably enjoy them, too. I like to read serious literature-- history, biography, current events, etc.-- but sometimes I just want to have fun when I read. When those times occur, there are few books better than a Jade del Cameron mystery by Suzanne Arruda.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Armchair Adventure on the Distaff Side 15 Feb. 2008
By Story Circle Book Reviews - Published on
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What if Indiana Jones were a woman? No, this isn't about a spicy gender revelation, but rather a rip-roaring adventure set in North Africa in the 1920s. Jade del Cameron drove an ambulance in France during World War I. After the war, she went to Africa instead of returning to the United States. In this third book in the series--Mark of the Lion and Stalking Ivory are the first two--she travels to Morocco to attempt a reconciliation with her Spanish-born mother, Doña Inez Maria Isabella de Vincente del Cameron.

Things don't go well. Doña Inez disappears, Jade discovers a dead body, and she just might be hearing voices from hundreds of years ago. After Jade gets out of the Caves of Hercules, watch out. There are escapes and rescues from crumbling mansions, arduous journeys, wise women, slave traders, and mystical symbols in abundance. Jade is strong, smart, and an expert at using whatever comes to hand: at one point, a rather annoyed snake.

This is the kind of book I would have devoured at fifteen, or twenty-five. It is full of women. Women who regret. Women who reflect. Women who act. Women who keep secrets. Women who hold power. Women who are generous, selfish, silly, nefarious, and brave.

I admit to having a bit of trouble with the style at first. In fact, I had previously tried Stalking Ivory, and put it down after a few chapters. When I realized that the author had adopted a story-telling method to reflect the way stories were written in the 1920s, I fell in love with the book. I'm anxious, now, to go on to the other two in the series.

by Sharon Wildwind
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
terrific action-packed historical thriller 5 Jan. 2008
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
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In 1920, photojournalist Jade del Cameron reluctantly agrees to meet her prim and proper mother Inez in Tangier, Morocco in hopes they can reconcile their contentious relationship. However, Jade is realistic as she loves globetrotting explorations into out of the way trouble spots while mother is a perfect lady who never perspires let alone sweats.

In Tangier, someone kidnaps Inez. An anxious Jade may feel the planet is not big enough for both of them, but she still loves her mother. She begins a frantic quest to find and rescue Inez with clues taking her to Marrakech and from there to a remote mountainous Berber village. Every step she takes step since starting in Algiers is dangerous especially eluding slave traders who want to sell her and the most dangerous person of all Lilith Worthy.

This terrific action-packed thriller will grip readers from the moment Inez is abducted and never let's go until the final confrontation. The story line is fast-paced especially when Jade is on mission. However, the plot slows down a bit as Suzanne Arruda packs the tale with a deep look at 1920 Morocco especially the Berbers. Fans of historical thrillers will want to read Jade del Cameron third adventure although the previous two contain more of a mystery (see STALKING IVORY and MARK OF THE LION).

Harriet Klausner
Suzanne Arruda Has Done It Again! 29 Jun. 2014
By David Lucero - Published on
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I’ve been a big fan of the ‘Jade Del Cameron Mystery’ series since reading Treasure of the Golden Cheetah, the fourth in a series of six books. I enjoyed it so much I read The Leopard’s Prey next, and finally decided to buy the whole series and start from the beginning with Mark of the Lion and Stalking Ivory.

Part of my interest in her story is how it takes place in Africa during the 1920s. I am currently writing a novel taking place in 1953 Africa during the golden age of African safaris and professional hunting. I chose her books as research for the lifestyles and I thought Ms. Arruda’s writing technique to be exceptional.

Her character Jade Del Cameron is a feisty World War I veteran who hails from New Mexico. After the Great War she travels to East Africa and earns her living as a writer for The Traveler. Her journeys place her in dangerous situations where her strong character utilizes every fiber to prevail.

The Serpent’s Daughter is Suzanne Arruda’s third book in this series. Here we find Jade Del Cameron visiting Tangier, Morocco with her mother, Inez, a beautiful, dedicated wife who somehow became estranged with her daughter years earlier. As the book develops you find much of Jade’s character in her mother and the two find themselves mixed in danger.

Jade comes across a dead body while searching for her mother, who goes missing in Tangier during their visit. She soon finds herself and mother accused of murder and drug smuggling, and must find her missing mother and clear their name. They soon realize they have been setup by someone with a vengeance to harm Jade. With the help of local tribes people, Jade embarks on a journey high in the Atlas mountains to search for a magical amulet that somehow plays into her dilemma. Along the way she finds her new friend, Sam Featherstone, has journeyed to Tangier to help her. But can they clear their name before a mysterious character brings them further harm?

Jade Del Character reminds me of the film actress Anne Hathaway, and Sam Featherstone reminds me of Jon Hamm. The mother Inez could be played by Angelina Jolie, and this would make one helluva film. Ms. Arruda writes with clarity and imagination. I find her books inspiring and took this on my vacation to Mexico. This book was a good companion on the flight and in my hotel room late at night. As I mentioned earlier, I started the series with the fourth and third book before starting with the first book. I love it so much my wife is now reading these books. Suzanne Arruda has done her research how life was in Africa during the 1920s. The language spoken, type of clothes worn, and characters are all a tribute to Ms. Arruda’s dedication as a writer who does her research and leave the reader with enjoyable books. I certainly hope she continues this series. I find it captivating!

David Lucero, author
Jade Goes to Morocco 25 Jun. 2008
By Kara J. Jorges - Published on
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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.
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