From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Set in Kenya in 1921, Arruda's rip-roaring sixth Jade del Cameron mystery (after 2009's Treasure of the Golden Cheetah) finds the motorcycle-riding photojournalist tangling with an old nemesis who's as slippery as a crocodile. Lilith Worthy, mother of Jade's lost WWI love, David Worthy, has escaped from her London prison and is out for revenge. The crooked widow hates Jade and her associates, Lord and Lady Avery Dunbury, who helped her late husband's illegitimate son, Pili, claim half her husband's estate. Now David, who died in Jade's arms, appears to be sending Jade taunting messages from the grave (e.g., "Why did you let me die?"). Murders connected to a gold mine scheme provide extra intrigue, while Jade yearns for the return of her boyfriend, pilot Sam Featherston. Jade, a female Indiana Jones with a touch of Elizabeth Peters's Amelia Peabody, and Biscuit, her companion cheetah, make a vibrant duo.
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Back in Africa after a trip to Europe, photojournalist Jade del Cameron is having strange visions and has begun receiving notes appearing to be written by her fiancé, who died in the Great War. When she witnesses a car go off a bridge, and other deaths follow, she begins an investigation she believes is connected to a fraudulent gold-mine scheme. Even more troubling, Jade finds out that her nemesis, Lilith Worthy, has escaped from prison and is determined to kill her. Meanwhile, Jade’s beau, Sam Featherstone, has been in the U.S. trying to sell his documentary, and Jade is beginning to fear he won’t come back. Arruda vividly brings post–World War I Nairobi and its environs to life with an intelligent, intrepid, and strong female lead who learns she doesn’t have to depend only on herself. --Sue OBrien
About the Author
Suzanne Arruda, a former zookeeper-turned-science teacher and freelance writer, is the author f several biographies for young adults. She has also published science and nature articles for adults and children and is a regular contributor to a weekly newspaper supplement. An avid hiker and outdoorswoman, she lives in Kansas with her husband, twin sons, and a small menagerie of pets.