1920’s East Africa– “IS IT THE LOCH MUTHAIGA MONSTER??”
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The rains in 1922 were at times excessive and many little tributaries flowed more heavily than at others. As a consequence, aquatic animals ranged farther upstream than in the usual seasons (something that Jade del Cameron discovered in The Crocodile's Last Embrace.) And one animal in particular made the local Muthaiga dogs frantic. The consequence was a lot of noise (kilele) and a brief hunt where no one was sure what they were hunting.
By one account it was a python, then a crocodile in the “spruit” (a small stream that flows only in the wet season). Another description led the hunters to think it was a big iguana. But the creature only turned out to be an overly large otter, exceeding four feet in length. Otters are carnivores with sharp teeth and the wherewithal to use them. Apparently one of the dogs, an airdale, found this out the hard way.
After the otter was killed, the hunters cooked the meat for the dogs. However, the airdale that had been bitten, refused to eat it, eventually taking the meat and burying it. Possibly he feared it would bite him again.
(text taken from The Leader of British East Africa, March 11, 1922)
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.”
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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: www.suzannearruda.com. Follow short updates on http://twitter.com/SuzanneArruda and on facebook to http://www.facebook.com/pages/Suzanne-Arruda-Mystery-Writer/165784103431688?ref=ts