The Leopard's Prey (Jade del Cameron Series #4)

The Leopard's Prey (Jade del Cameron Series #4)

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by Suzanne Arruda

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'A larger-than-life heroine far ahead of her time,'(Denver Post) returns to 1920s Africa, where she meets with an ominous warning?

Jade del Cameron's latest endeavor-helping a company collect wild animals for U.S. zoos-finds her lassoing zebras and posing as bait for a leopard. But the real danger begins when Jade's friends find a merchant's body on


'A larger-than-life heroine far ahead of her time,'(Denver Post) returns to 1920s Africa, where she meets with an ominous warning?

Jade del Cameron's latest endeavor-helping a company collect wild animals for U.S. zoos-finds her lassoing zebras and posing as bait for a leopard. But the real danger begins when Jade's friends find a merchant's body on their coffee plantation. Authorities determine the cause of death to be murder. Their prime suspect: Jade's beau, moviemaker and World War I flying ace Sam Featherstone.

To clear Sam's name, Jade launches her own investigation, questioning the dead man's partners and clients. But nothing can prepare Jade for the journey that lies ahead, as she must make an emergency landing in Sam's plane deep within the vast African wilderness, then risk the long trek back to Nairobi to confront more than one kind of brutal killer face-to-face?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Spunky Jade del Cameron, animal wrangler, photojournalist and neophyte pilot, predictably tames man and beast in Arruda's middling fourth mystery set in 1920 Kenya (after 2008's The Serpent's Daughter). When a local merchant's body turns up on a coffee plantation, the authorities deem it a case of murder. The chief suspect is Sam Featherstone, wounded American war hero, now filmmaker and Jade's flying mentor, who torments Jade with that age-old female dilemma, marriage or independence. In between solving crimes and rescuing baby animals, Jade laments the passing of old Africa and promotes nascent African independence. Her charming cheetah, Biscuit, and Jade's indomitable can-do spirit reinforce the author's relish for describing the Kenyan landscape, its animal life and its native Kikuyu and Masai tribesmen, saving this otherwise conventional novel from banality. (Jan.)

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Library Journal

Intrepid journalist and adventuress Jade Del Cameron is in Nairobi, Kenya, helping to capture wild animals for American zoos. When a man's body is found on her friends' coffee plantation, Jade and her boyfriend, movie producer and World War I pilot Sam Featherstone, are the prime suspects. Then someone attacks Sam. Courageous, quick-thinking, straight-talking Jade must find the murderer before more people die. In her fourth mystery set in 1920s East Africa (Mark of the Lion; Stalking Ivory; The Serpent's Daughter), Arruda depicts a world in which encroaching colonial civilization is beginning to cost the wild animals their homes and racial tensions between British settlers and the natives are escalating. Great characters, careful plotting, and an unusually beautiful depiction of Africa make this a good choice for all mystery collections.

—Jo Ann Vicarel
Kirkus Reviews
The most dangerous animals in Nairobi circa 1920 are the two-legged kind. After unraveling a kidnapping plot in Morocco (The Serpent's Daughter, 2008, etc.), Jade del Cameron has returned to her beloved Kenya Colony to help friends at the Perkins and Daley Zoological Company rescue wild animals that, if not captured for transfer to zoos, would fall prey to hunters. She's particularly interested in a pair of rare leopards. Jade's attempts to capture the wild cats are immortalized on film by Sam Featherstone, a World War I flying ace turned moviemaker and, not incidentally, Jade's boyfriend. The globetrotting adventuress teases her friend Madeline Thompson about Maddy's overheated but bestselling adventure novels, with titles like Ivory Blood and Stalking Death. The mood turns dark, however, when Sam discovers a corpse in the Thompsons' coffee dryer. The dead man is Martin Stokes, owner of Stokes and Berryhill Store in Nairobi, the very man who sold Maddy and her husband Neville the coffee dryer. Stokes' wife Alice has recently gone missing; an ad placed in the local paper, presumably by Stokes, seeks help in finding her. When Sam is implicated as Stokes' killer, plucky Jade, whose interests include flying airplanes and taking photographs, turns sleuth once more. A dangerous plane crash thickens the plot for the supporting cast of colorful colonials who serve as suspects. A lively mystery adventure with a strong sense of both its historical period and its exotic locale.

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Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Jade del Cameron Series, #4
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Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Suzanne Arruda, a former zookeeper-turned-science teacher and freelance writer, is the author f several biographies for young adults. She has also published science and nature articles for adults and children and is a regular contributor to a weekly newspaper supplement. An avid hiker and outdoorswoman, she lives in Kansas with her husband, twin sons, and a small menagerie of pets.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series has a highly likable female lead in this series. The series takes place in Africa right after the World War. The first in this series is called Mark of a Lion. If you like this series I highly recommend Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear. It has a style of writing like this one. It takes place during the World Wars also but in England.
MinnesotaReader More than 1 year ago
Suzanne Arruda has brilliantly created a spellbinding tale of adventure and murder set in 1920's colonial East Africa. It chronicles the engaging adventures of photojournalist/animal rescuer Jade del Cameron in and around Nairobi, Kenya. When a local storekeeper is found dead and her filmmaker boyfriend is named as the lead suspect, Jade ardently investigates all suspicious clues. What follows is a suspenseful story fraught with danger, sabotage and intrigue. Ms. Arruda does a magnificent job crafting a delectable cast of fascinating characters. She beautifully describes the majesty of the exotic Kenyan countryside, with its herds of wild animals and breathtaking scenery. Adding to the ambiance of the storyline are tiny glimpses into the cultures of the native warriors and the problem of civilized society displacing the wild animals' habitat. I absolutely loved this captivating mystery! Once I picked it up, I was not able to put it down! I was thoroughly entertained and therefore, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel is fantastic! I have read every book in the series and each time I am pulled into this world I would love to be apart of (if time travel were possible). I am hypnotized by the distinct and majestic settings, strong and wonderfully written characters, and the action that at times takes my breath away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jade Del Cameron is a terrific character and she comes alive in each of the books of this series. The Leopard's Prey is the 4th and latest in this series and, I think, the best one. Jade is back in Kenya after an adventure in Morocco and winds up facing wild animals, unmasking a possible murderer, and tracking a missing wife and baby. The stories all mesh into one great adventure. Ms. Arruda has developed her characters so well that you look forward to meeting them again in each installment. The storylines are very unique and really capture your attention. Her research and knowledge of Africa is excellent and she puts you right in the middle of life there. I enjoy her explanations of the customs of different tribes and the ways of dealing with all the animals. There is adventure, danger, social fun, and wonderful atmosphere. I hope someone will make a film out of this series - it would be as terrific as "Out of Africa" because the characters, storylines and settings are so good. I'm always sorry when I finish one of her books and am already looking forward to the next installment. Highly recommended.
Frisbeesage More than 1 year ago
I love the Jade del Cameron series! This is the fourth book in the series which starts with "Mark of the Lion". If you haven't encountered Jade before you are in for a treat! A feisty heroine with a soft spot for Africa and its amazing wildlife, Jade is busy again trying to ensure that justice is done and the people she loves are protected.
In her latest adventure "Leopard's Prey" Jade is back in Africa working for a company capturing wild animals to put in zoos back in America. Jade's dream of finding new homes for the leopards that are slated to be shot for predation on livestock turns more dangerous than she expected. Then a local business man is found dead and Sam Featherstone, Jade's new romantic interest is pinned with the murder. Somehow Jade must clear Sam's name and safely capture the ferocious leopard.
This series is filled with characters you will love and admire. Jade herself is feisty, smart, tough, and yet more soft-hearted then she would like to admit and Sam Featherstone battling malaria and a missing leg from the war is determined to win her heart. Jade's kind-hearted friends Madeline and Neville Thompson are local coffee growers dreaming of having children one day while her wealthy and powerful British friends Beverly and Avery are starting their own family in Africa. Scattered throughout the book are fascinating tidbits of African history and native lore. Reading this book you will find yourself immersed in the sights, sounds, and smells of Africa!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1920 on the Thompson coffee plantation near Nairobi, the corpse of Martin Stokes, owner of Stokes and Berryhill Store, is found inside a coffee dryer. Since his wife Alice has gone missing as evidenced by Martin putting out an ad asking for help to find her, the local cops assume two murders occurred. Other evidence points towards WWI flying ace, Sam Featherstone.

Having returned from Morocco (see THE SERPENT'S DAUGHTER) photographer and animal rights activist Jade del Cameron refuses to accept Sam the filmmaker as a suspect; he is her lover and aviator instructor teaching her to fly. He also wants to be her spouse, but Jade hesitates. As she investigates the murder of Martin and the disappearance of Alice, Jade and her sidekick Biscuit the cheetah rescue endangered animals.

Paying a strong homage to Africa, Suzanne Arruda provides a wonderful historical whodunit that focuses a powerful light on the changing "Dark Continent"; especially Kenya by bringing to life the geography , the assault on animals, and a deep look at the customs of the Kikuyu and Masai tribes. The story line vividly depicts the era that can be summed up by the rationale of Jade and the Perkins and Daley Zoological Company to save (not capture) animals for zoo relocation in order to keep them safe from hunters. Jade is at her best trying to prove her lover is innocent while eluding his efforts to marry her; all that in between her rescuing endangered species like white leopards.

Harriet Klausner