Through Jade's Eyes

This blog is about the fictional character, Jade del Cameron (www.suzannearruda.com), and the historical time period in which she lives.

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I'm the author of the Jade del Cameron historical mystery series set in 1920's Africa. Lots of action, intrigue, mystery and a dash of romance. Follow me at www.twitter.com/SuzanneArruda *The audio link (view complete profile) is an interview by Baron Ron Herron (9/17/2009, Santa Barbara {CA} News-Press Radio, KZSB, AM 1290

Monday, March 23, 2009

NAIROBI NEWS: “1920 LEOPARDS!”

NOTE: The Leopard’s Prey is NOW available in hardcover.

In Jade’s latest mystery adventure, The Leopard’s Prey, Jade is helping to capture 2 leopards for a zoo in order to prevent them from being shot. In the story, the leopard in question had tried to catch a dog in one of Nairobi’s suburbs. The story line had a premise. In May 22, 1920, The Leader of British East Africa ran a short feature on a leopard near Mbagathi, about 20 km from Nairobi.

A “big dog” that lived near the local slaughter house was missing. When it’s “carcass” was found “slung high up in the forked branch of a tree,” it was assumed that a leopard had carried it off and stored it out of reach of hyenas “until such time as the leopard felt an empty void in his innards.” A trap was set by building a thorn fence around the tree with one small entrance inside. But entering through that entrance would trip a gun trap. The trap worked. When the leopard returned one night, it was shot and killed.

What amazed everyone was that the dog’s body was nearly as large as the leopard. How the cat managed to climb the tree with that large a carcass was astonishing.

NEXT WEEK: More Kenya Colony Fun Facts

NOTE: These blogs are meant to give some insight into the life and times of my fictional character, Jade del Cameron. Jade’s mystery adventures take place in post WWI Africa. To date they are: Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory, and The Serpent’s Daughter, all available in trade paperback.. The fourth book The Leopard’s Prey, IS available in hardcover. For more information, visit the website: www.suzannearruda.com and follow short updates on http://twitter.com/SuzanneArruda

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