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, June 21, 2010

1921-22 – “AFRICAN GUIDEBOOKS -PART 9 – COME TO KENYA CONT.”

This blog made the short list for Best Author's Blog as awarded by www.completelynovel.com Thank you everyone who voted for me.


Come to Kenya Colony – start fresh – leave that troubled life in England behind you. That seems to be the theme of many of the African Guidebooks.

The colony allowed for farms up to 5,000 acres (or “with the consent of the Secretary of State, 7,500 acres). And land “for ex-service men and women” was doled out as well. “Class A farms were under 160 acres, free of premium.” “Class B farms ranged from 1,000 to 5,000 acres” but came at a price. Elspeth Huxley’s father gave up his farm at Thika to take one of these unproven farms in the “upcountry.”

With so much land, the potential for profit seemed unlimited, but the colony did in fact put limitations of those landholders. The South and East African Yearbook and Guide for 1922 states on page 665 that “The Crown reserves all water from springs, rivers or lakes, which is not required for domestic purposes upon the land; all foreshores; metals, ore, and mineral oils; roads and outspans. Page 669 continues with irrigation laws: “No water furrow may be constructed without permission” and “all privileges granted under the above rules may be cancelled by the Governor at any future time.”

Still, just as people left Boston, New York, and other cities behind and flocked to the western United States, many people came to Kenya Colony for a fresh start, but not everyone who answered the siren call was up to the challenge. As past blogs have reported, some suffered from stress or broken hearts and committed suicide. And others were scoundrels looking to make easy money from others.

Hence the plot of Jade del Cameron’s next mystery/adventure: The Crocodile’s Last Embrace (Sept. 7, 2010).

Next week: Striking it rich?

Interested in some insight into what makes me and Jade tick? Go to SCENE OF THE CRIME http://bit.ly/ao2gjg for an interesting interview at a great website by author J. Sydney Jones.

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, and The Leopard’s Prey, all available in trade paperback. TREASURE OF THE GOLDEN CHEETAH is available in hardcover. THE CROCODILE’S LAST EMBRACE will be released Sept. 7, 2010. An excerpt and information on ordering signed copies is available at the website: www.suzannearruda.com. Follow short updates on http://twitter.com/SuzanneArruda

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for writing this thoroughly engaging series! I appreciate the time and detail that is researched and evident in each book! Looking forward to the September release of The Crocodile's Last Embrace.

Your blog is wonderfully dense and rich with so much more information! Great idea as this adds so much more to the appreciation of your novels!

Thanks and keep on writing!
JMM

Keep on writing!

Mon Jun 21, 09:03:00 PM CDT  
Blogger Suzanne Arruda said...

Hi, JMM

Thanks. So glad you not only enjoy the series, but enjoy the blog as well. There's so much research that just can't all fit in a book so this is a nice way to share it with readers or anyone else interested in the time period.

Suzanne

Mon Jun 21, 09:11:00 PM CDT  

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