Through Jade's Eyes

This blog is about the fictional character, Jade del Cameron (, 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 *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, November 15, 2010


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Jade del Cameron has had several encounters with lions in her mystery adventures from the man-eaters and laibon-controlled ones in Mark of the Lion to chasing a young male from her cheetah’s kill in Treasure of the Golden Cheetah. She even resorted to using a pet lion (Percy) to save her (The Leopard’s Prey). It stands to reason for someone nicknamed “the lioness” to have this affinity for the king of beasts, but that wasn’t the opinion of much of the Kenya Colony in 1921 and it nearly cost the animals their right to exist.
In 1921, some changes were made to the Game Schedule to protect the farmer/rancher against animals that carried diseases with would threaten the livestock. Rinderpest had long been a scourge to anyone trying to raise cattle in Kenya. The Director of Agriculture wanted buffalo to be removed from any protected lists. And while they were eradicating one species, why not another. When it came to the lion and the cheetah, the Director of Agriculture had even less sympathy. He “saw no reason why these animals should not be killed out of Kenya as soon as possible.” He claimed that the correct method of feeding the cattle in this climate was to let them out of the boma to feed in the cooler mornings and evenings and to rest in shade during the mid-day. However, due to predation threats, the opposite approach was the general rule of thumb. Lord Delamere agreed and said that “not only should they allow lions to be shot free, but they ought to take further steps to help in their destruction.”

The salvation of the lions (not to mention the buffalo and zebra) came from the Principal Medical Officer (P.M.O.). He argued that one of the big advertisements for Kenya colony was the fact that there were animals to shoot and that shooters needed a license. “If the lion had done a great deal of damage during his life, he should be made to contribute to the revenue by his death.” Removing the pesky animals from any game list would cost the colony 10,000 pounds per year in license revenue. In other words, he was less concerned about allowing lions to live and more concerned that hunters needed to pay for the right to shoot them. And so the lion and the buffalo were put on the list that required a license to kill it although it was recommended that (with license in hand) an unlimited number of these animals could be shot as opposed to the limit of four which had held since 1913. Cheetah were also placed on the unlimited kill list (with license). While it seems as if that would be small comfort to the lions, the alternative was to be listed as a vermin (the leopard) and allowed indiscriminate hunting by anyone at any time. It doesn’t sound like that offered much hope to the lions, but since not everyone was willing to pay the fee, it actually did.

And it looks as if Jade will need to keep her pet cheetah, Biscuit, under close watch now.

Quotes and images taken from The Leader of British East Africa, November 26 (weekly), 1921.

By the way, The Crocodile’s Last Embrace received a starred review by Publishers’ Weekly who called it “rip-roaring.” Romantic Times gave it 4 Stars and called it “Enormously fun” and Library Journal’s starred review stated “Do not miss this one.”
And Mark of the Lion is now available in the U.K. via Piatkus Books. Stalking Ivory and The Serpent’s Daughter will soon follow.


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2) Interested in some insight into what makes me and Jade tick? Go to SCENE OF THE CRIME 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, Treasure of the Golden Cheetah and THE CROCODILE’S LAST EMBRACE. An excerpt and information on ordering signed copies is available at the website: Follow short updates on and on facebook to

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