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, April 25, 2011

1920’s East Africa– “INDISPENSIBLE TO ATHLETES”

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In Jade del Cameron’s 4th mystery adventure, THE LEOPARD’S PREY, the reader met a perky telephone operator (Hello Girl) named Nancy. Seen at a dance, she was a prototype of the future flapper, provocatively dressed, flirtatious. One can easily imagine her with a wad of chewing gum in her mouth. And the gum of choice?

The February 18, 1922 edition of The Leader of British East Africa answers that with their advertisement for Wrigley’s Chewing Gum. Touted to possess an amazing array of benefits, it not only sweetened the breath and cleansed teeth, it assisted digestion. But perhaps for sport conscious Nairobi, what was more important was that it was “indespensible (sic) to athletes."

One can only imagine the benefits to an athlete suffering from bad teeth, bad breath, and bad indigestion.

Next week: More fun ads

(text and image taken from The Leader of British East Africa, Febr. 18, 1922)

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

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, April 18, 2011

1920’s East Africa– “ABYSSINIAN SLAVERS INVADE KENYA”

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Jade del Cameron risked her life to save her young Kikuyu friend, Jelani, from slave runners in the mystery adventure; STALKING IVORY. These slavers had come down into the future Kenya Colony from Abyssinia. How much of that was fiction? According to the Leader of British East Africa, February 18, 1922, not much.

Correspondents for the Westminster Gazette reported that “Kenya natives have been captured and enslaved.” And a Reuters cable reported “Slave-raiding and slave trading have increased in Abyssinia by leaps and bounds during recent years and today it is possible for any visitor to witness in Adis Ababa the worst forms of slavery that have ever cursed the Dark Continent – slavery open, cruel, and fiendish, unfettered by European interference.”

Gangs of slaves with men chained together and the women and children following behind were seen. “Some of the slaves were captured on Abyssinian territory, others in British East Africa, others in Anglo-Egyptian Soudan.” One writer claimed to have seen “ten-thousand slaves marching toward the great slave market of Jimma” and counted over fifty bodies of dead and dying that were left behind.

As Abyssinia had depleted much of its own border populations, the raids for slaves increased into the British East Africa Colony, made easier by the “absence of adequate police forces.” And that, was precisely Jade's motive for taking on the slavers herself.

Next week: More Nairobi news

(text and image taken from The Leader of British East Africa, Febr. 18, 1922)

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

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, April 11, 2011

1920’s East Africa– “THE ELGON CAVES and SOLOMON'S MINES”

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For those new to East Africa as well as any old hands, there were always plenty of fascinating sights to see, and one of these were the Elgon Caves.

Located “up along the slopes of Mount Elgon, on the far away edge of the Trans Nzoia, and bordering on Uganda,” these “mystery caves” fascinated people. Sitting on Captain Gordon Hewitt’s farm, the caves have been explored by a few farmer-settlers but “nothing in the nature of a scientific investigation has ever been carried out.”

Reachable after a long car drive and “a tedious climb up an atrocious road,” they’ve drawn in many camera-wielding visitors. The largest cave is over a hundred yards deep and approximately eight feet high. And these caves weren’t empty by any means. “Embedded in the rock walls of the caves and plainly visible are huge bones of apparently antediluvian monsters, one cave showing plainly a complete set of vast ribs.”

Captain Hewitt said he would welcome anyone who could “enlighten him as to the mystery bones.”

And ancient beasties weren’t the only residents. “At one time the caves were regularly occupied by the local natives – a branch of the Masai tribe – but laterally, owing to an outbreak of rinderpest affecting their cattle.”

More caves farther up the mountain are “practically unexplored” but do show “the distinct marks of old world picks” …”indicating that at some time in history they had been worked for minerals, probably gold.” The article in The Leader of British East Africa, February 18, 1922 asks “Are they old King Soloman’s mines of mythical and Biblical history?”

If only a scientist would come and investigate.

Next week: More Nairobi fun.

(text and image taken from The Leader of British East Africa, April 29, 1922)

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

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, April 04, 2011

1920’s East Africa– “THE END OF EUROPE AS WE KNOW IT- AND WE FEEL FINE”

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Kenyan colonists with friends in 1922 Europe had cause for alarm. According to a New York scientist, Dr. Milton A. Nobles, Europe was doomed.

Dr. Nobles was listed according to the Leader of British East Africa, April 29, 1922, as being “a geologist and student of volcanic disturbances.” His statements first appeared in the New York World, March 1, 1922, in which he claimed “that earthquakes would occur in Italy between March 4 and 15.” A humble enough prediction.

Then on March 5, Vesuvius erupted, blowing an “eruptive cone more than 200 feet high. Ashes, incandescent stones, and streams of molten lava were ejected and covered an area 100,000 square feet round the crater.”

There’s nothing like a predicted eruption to turn the media’s attention on the predictor. There’s nothing like a little media attention to make someone talk too much.

Dr. Nobles claimed that it is “possible to foretell earthquakes by the direction of the winds. He believes that the volcanic fires burning under the earth’s crust, heat the surrounding surface and cause columns of rising air.” This makes a vacuum which draws in surrounding air “and causes wind to blow in that direction from different parts of the earth.” So if a wind that has been “blowing towards Central America” suddenly shifts towards Alaska, “look for volcanic disturbances in the northwest.”

But that’s not all that Dr. Nobles claimed. He says that “when the coming eruption takes place, vast areas of Europe will disappear and new continents will arise.” The USA will feel these shocks as well, but “it will only destroy that part of the earth, including Europe, which has been worn out by volcanic fires.”

Oh, and the Earth’s axis might shift, too.

Next week: Kenya’s Elgon Caves and the inhabitants.

(text and image taken from The Leader of British East Africa, April 29, 1922)

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

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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