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Mark of the Lion: A Jade Del Cameron Mystery Paperback – Bargain Price, December 5, 2006
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Jade del Cameron epitomizes American toughness and determination in the early 20th century. Raised on a New Mexico ranch, Jade is doing her bit during World War One by
driving an ambulance at the Front. She's a top notch driver and mechanic, a gutsy girl who pilots a rickety Model T Ford through crossfire and shellbursts all day, every day. Transporting wounded and shell-shocked soldiers is a heartbreaking job. Despite her courage, War has taken a hard toll on Jade. When friend and would-be suitor David Worthy crashes his plane, Jade is the first person on scene. Before his death, David extracts a promise from her: Find his brother Abel and investigate his father's suspicious death in Africa. Jade is a girl who keeps her promises. At war's end she dedicates herself to honoring David's last request. In her new job as reporter for an American magazine, she begins the investigation in England then heads for Nairobi.
In Africa, Jade encounters an intriguing mix of characters: English Lords and Ladies living like royalty; native warriors and servants; working class coffee growers trying to survive Africa's climate; and shape shifting witch doctors out to end her investigation. Jade is enthralled by Africa's wildlife, people, and vistas, but doesn't lose sight of the purpose for her visit. The search for David's brother takes her from Nairobi to the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Handsome Harry Hascombe heads the safari to Kilimanjaro country. Jade is courageous and capable, a crack shot. And thanks to her Spanish-Irish-French ancestry, her looks attract Harry like a magnet.Read more ›
The concept is great and sounds wonderfully exciting, but the actual execution is disappointing. After the initial chapters set on the French battlefields, full of explosions and near-misses and heart-pounding action, the excitement quickly drops off and the story dissolves into a weak mystery (in which the perpetrator is quickly identified by any astute reader, leaving us to suffer through many more pointless chapters of characters running around like chickens with their heads cut off as they try to solve the murders, poorly-done "red herrings," and unnecessary breaks in the story to allow brief babbling excerpts from the villain's P.O.V., a feature which does nothing to enhance the narrative). As we wait for the mystery to be (finally) resolved, we're treated to what basically amounts to a travelogue of East Africa in the 1920's with a bland quasi-romance thrown in for good measure.Read more ›
I like the character of Africa, too. Suzanne Arruda brings the area to life. I loved the little chapter headings - the articles that Jade "wrote". They bring added life to the story.
I hope to see lots more of Jade, and of Africa in the future.
I highly recommend this historical mystery novel to anyone--mystery lovers or not. I think anyone who enjoys a good read with exceptional characters will love this book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've just finished reading "The Mark of the Lion" as one of my summer reads,and I was so glad I did. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Loreley
I grew up in post WW ll Nairobi and I'm amazed at how well Suzanne Arruda has researched the Nairobi of the 1920s never having been there. Read morePublished on September 4, 2013 by Monamom
Suzanne Arruda delivers an adventure to readers in 'Mark of the Lion,' the first in a series of Jade Del Cameron Mysteries. Read morePublished on July 6, 2013 by David Lucero
I stumbled upon the author's blog in researching my own historical novel set in 1920s Kenya. Mysteries aren't really my cuppa, but I snapped this one up and thoroughly enjoyed it. Read morePublished on January 27, 2013 by K.M. Weiland, Author of Historical and Speculative Fiction
Jade del Cameron made a promise to her dying boyfriend on the battlefields of France in World War I that she would go to Africa and try to find his half brother there, as well as... Read morePublished on April 3, 2012 by P. Newhart
Jade, with her inexorable personality, gets away with murder. In other words, Ms. Del Cameron challenges men in the book in ways that few women did during the time period of the... Read morePublished on February 4, 2011 by Steven C. Thedford
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I note that the author had previously written biographies aimed at teenagers, and as so much of this, especially the "romantic"... Read more
Mark of the Lion is the first of a series of Jade Del Cameron mysteries. The book begins in France during WWI and then moves forward to after the war when Jade is embarking on a... Read morePublished on July 22, 2009 by Tori
The story starts in France with Jade de Cameron, an expert ambulance driver, in the thick of the front line horrors of World War I. Read morePublished on July 11, 2009 by Lyn Reese