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, February 28, 2011

1920’s East Africa– “A ROYAL WEDDING GIFT”

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With many people waiting for the upcoming royal wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton, it seemed appropriate to examine an historical royal wedding and how it affected the good folk of Nairobi.

On February 28, 1922, Princess Mary wed Henry Charles George, the Viscount Lascalle’s. Even though this wedding was taking place on another continent, the good colonists in Kenya Colony wanted to show their support with a gift.

A substantial fund was raised in Kenya Colony by the East Africa Women’s League for a wedding gift and the donor list was printed in the Febr. 18, 1922 issue of The Leader of British East Africa. The reader will note that Jade del Cameron and Beverly Dunbury’s own Girl Guides who featured so prominently in The Crocodile’s Last Embrace, contributed over 16 florins.

Of course, it was Lady Northey who “suggested” the suitable gift for the bride. At her request, a “Lamu chest” was purchased. Lamu was one of the oldest towns in East Africa and began as a Swahili town along the eastern coast. Because of the towns antiquity and heritage as a trading port, Lady Northey felt a chest purchased from there “would be characteristic of the country.” The chest was purchased from “the Liwah Sheikh Ali Bin Salim for under 100 pounds."

(Headline and text taken from The Leader of British East Africa, February 18, 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

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Monday, February 21, 2011

1920’s East Africa– “AN ODE TO WOMEN IN SHORTS”

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When one thinks of the “roaring twenties” one thinks of flappers in short dresses covered in lots of long fringe. Certainly that was shocking, especially considering that just a few years earlier women had for generations worn floor or at least shoe length skirts. And while no flapper style clothes had made the advertisements in the Nairobi newspapers, there was a shocking new trend – shorts!

Shorts appear on the heroines in Florence Riddell’s romantic African fiction such as Kenya Mist and Out of the Mist, but those were published in 1924 and 1926, respectively. Just how much earlier did Nairobi women make an appearance in shorts?
As early as March 1921 If the following poem (submitted to the East African Standard) is any example. It is unclear if the author, Pat Beckett, is a male or female, but I’d wager male.

Headline and poem taken from The East African Standard, March 2, 1921)

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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.”

SPEAKING OF NEWS!
*****Piatkus UK is offering Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory and The Serpent’s Daughter in the UK. Brand new covers! ********* http://www.piatkus.co.uk/Genre/Crime-and-Thriller

Next week: More Nairobi news:

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

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Monday, February 14, 2011

1920’s East Africa– “THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM”

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As of February 18, 1922, Nairobi had a new source of education and entertainment available. The Museum of the Kenya and Uganda Natural History Society opened “at the top of Sixth Avenue.” “His Excellency the Governor” in company with his wife, Lady Northey, attended the ceremony. According to The Leader of British East Africa, February 25, 1922 (weekly edition); “a fair number of people were present and considerable interest was displayed in the Society’s exhibits which are now shown to great advantage in the new building.”

His Excellency’s opening remarks included a history of the Society as well as the fact that they are now 200 pounds in debt “as a result of the new building operations.” While there was no mention of passing the hat, the article did say conclude by saying “money has been kindly advanced by Messrs T.A. Wood and A. Harrtz.”

And if natural history is not your cup of tea, the Harmony Club will meet Sunday March 5, 1922 at 2 pm.
(Headline taken from The Leader, Febr. 18, 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.”

SPEAKING OF NEWS!
*****Piatkus UK is offering Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory and The Serpent’s Daughter in the UK. Brand new covers! ********* http://www.piatkus.co.uk/Genre/Crime-and-Thriller

Next week: More Nairobi news:

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

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Monday, February 07, 2011

1920's AFRICA: THE CHIEFS

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Last month, this blog looked at tribal unrest over the arrest of Harry Thuku, a Kikuyu who spoke out against the Kipanda and the travel regulations imposed by the British Government in Kenya Colony. In those blogs was mention of the tribal Chiefs whose rule was granted by the British and who were supposed to enforce the laws. Just who were those chiefs?
The Leader of British East Africa, June 10, 1922, ran a photograph of Kinjanjui, Chief of the Kikuyu and Kalebi, Chief of the Wakamba. Note that both wear a large chain of office and a medallion. This photograph was taken “at their investure” but no mention was made as to the date of that ceremony, so it is not known if these were new chiefs, appointed after the Thuku uprising, or before.

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.”

SPEAKING OF NEWS!
*****Piatkus UK is offering Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory and The Serpent’s Daughter in the UK. Brand new covers! ********* http://www.piatkus.co.uk/Genre/Crime-and-Thriller

Next week: More Nairobi news:

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

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