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Treasure of the Golden Cheetah (Jade del Cameron Series #5)
     

Treasure of the Golden Cheetah (Jade del Cameron Series #5)

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by Suzanne Arruda
 

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In 1920s Africa, American adventurer Jade del Cameron escorts a group of moviemakers on safari to Mount Kilimanjaro-and confronts a murderer.

On safari for a Hollywood film shoot about King Solomon's lost treasure, Jade is to assist a troupe of American actors, some of whom are keen on finding the real treasure. Jade cannot wait to photograph Mount

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In 1920s Africa, American adventurer Jade del Cameron escorts a group of moviemakers on safari to Mount Kilimanjaro-and confronts a murderer.

On safari for a Hollywood film shoot about King Solomon's lost treasure, Jade is to assist a troupe of American actors, some of whom are keen on finding the real treasure. Jade cannot wait to photograph Mount Kilimanjaro up close-and contemplate her beloved Sam's marriage proposal...

Then, on the eve of their departure, the film's financial backer is killed by a native man who then commits suicide. As the group heads out, an uneasy Sam remains behind to investigate. Meanwhile, several hoaxes and a fatal curse convince Jade that a killer is at work among them.

As Sam races to save her, Jade is tested as never before, by mysterious supernatural forces-and by a vengeful murderer...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Arruda's over-the-top fifth historical to feature photojournalist and former army nurse Jade del Cameron (after Jan. 2009's The Leopard's Prey) fails to live up to its promising concept. Accompanied by her tame cheetah, Biscuit, Jade guides an expedition up Kenya's Mount Kilimanjaro in 1920 to film a motion picture about King Solomon's son. When an African native stabs Graham Wheeler, the film's producer, then plunges the murder weapon into his own chest, Jade once again turns amateur sleuth. The official verdict on Wheeler's killing—that it was the act of a lone, now deceased mad man—doesn't satisfy Jade's American lover, Sam Featherstone, and sure enough, more violence follows. Arruda's superhuman lead, who charges a lion at one point to protect Biscuit's meal of an antelope, might gain more credibility in future exploits if she were to engage in fewer improbable heroics. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451229434
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Series:
Jade del Cameron Series , #5
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
906,881
Product dimensions:
5.20(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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Treasure of the Golden Cheetah (Jade del Cameron Series #5) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
The Treasure of the Golden Cheetah by Suzanne Arruda is the fifth book in the Jade del Cameron series about a female photographer in post-WWI Africa. Jade has never been afraid to live outside of people's expectations of her, which is what makes her such a fascinating character, but in this volume, it endangers her relationship with Sam Featherstone. Jade has been hired to accompany safari leader Harry Hascombe as he leads a crew from Hollywood up Mount Kilimanjaro to shoot footage for an upcoming movie. The trip quickly takes a tragic turn when the producer is murdered the night before their departure. Despite the tragedy, Harry and Jade take their crew up the mountain facing one crisis after another. Meanwhile, back at home, Sam takes a closer look at the murder and discovers some suspicious evidence. While he digs deeper, Jade is warned by an African wise man that she is in danger. Her trip up the mountain becomes a struggle of life and death and just when she thinks she's figured out who is behind the deception, someone else drops dead. I'm a huge fan of historical mystery series, especially those set in this period. Arruda is getting Jade back on track again after the derailing of book three and blah plot of book four. Golden Cheetah recreates chemistry between Jade and Harry while looking deeply into the relationship between Jade and Sam. It also gives Jade the opportunity to act like the intelligent headstrong heroine of the first two books. The fast paced action zips along until the murderer is revealed. I didn't feel that the motive was strong enough for all of the damage done, and it felt a bit out of left field. Aside from that, Arruda adds more mystery to the Jade mythos and sets up a great deal of interest for the next book with her ending.
MinnesotaReader More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVE this captivating mystery series!! "Treasure of the Golden Cheetah" is the fifth installment chronicling the exciting adventures of photojournalist Jade del Cameron in 1920's colonial East Africa. As the story begins, a Hollywood movie crew has assembled in Nairobi, Kenya. Jade has been hired to help escort the crew up Mount Kilimanjaro to begin filming the dramatization of an ancient tale, in which King Solomon's son, Menelik, has been buried on the mountain with his father's treasure. Her job is to supervise the troupe's actresses and keep them safe. Even before the group embarks, the film's producer is stabbed to death in a murder-suicide. The expedition is soon marked by sabotage, danger and intrigue. Jade unravels the mystery with the help of her pet Cheetah and a native friend. A surprize ending leaves me eagerly looking forward to the next book in this series. Ms. Arruda has brilliantly crafted a suspenseful plot and compelling characters that kept me enthralled until the very last page. The storyline is masterfully interwoven with fascinating African folklore and traditions. Her vivid descriptions and lush imagery paint an exquisite picture of the scenic beauty of the Kenyan countryside. I truly loved this entertaining book and I very highly recommend it!
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Frisbeesage More than 1 year ago
Jade del Cameron is at it again - risking life and limb to set the world to rights and protect the people she loves! Set in 1920's Africa, The Treasure of the Golden Cheetah, finds Jade escorting a Hollywood film crew up Mount Kilimanjaro. But something isn't right with the film crew and soon poisonous snakes are coming out of boxes, live rounds are coming out of guns loaded with blanks, and people are dying. Add in an ancient king, a native's curse, and the dilemma of Sam's proposal and you have anoher face-paced and very entertaining Jade del Cameron mystery. The historical detail and beautifully described landscape really enhance these fun mysteries. The characters continue to evolve with Jelani developing in interesting ways in this installment. Finally Jade's relationship with Sam Featherstone provides a nice romantic touch and a surprise ending. I will eagerly await the next book in the series!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Treasure of the Golden Cheetah Suzanne Arruda Obsidian, Sep 2009, $24.95 ISBN: 9780451227898 She is known as the lioness Simba Jikefor her courage, honesty, strength and ability to get out of tough situations. Photojournalist Jade Del Cameron likes Africa and constantly risks her life for a story. In 1920 she is part of a safari that is heading towards Mt. Kilimanjaro with actors filming a movie on the treasures left by King Solomon's son Melinek. While she is doing a feature on the Hollywood group, she also considers Sam Featherstone's marriage proposal. Jade loves Sam, but fears marriage will confine her as she knows he will want to keep her safe while she is a risk taker needing her freedom. The trek proves dangerous with people dying starting with the producer. The deaths initially look like tragic accidents until Jade finally concludes there is a predator amongst the safari. Doing her job, Jade knows she is caught in a precarious situation, but with her friend Jelani the healer and her pal Biscuit the cheetah, Jade vows to end the serial killing spree. 1920 Africa as always owns this fascinating amateur sleuth tale starring a brave heroine who marches to her own drummer. Jade is independent and tough but is also tender and caring. With a nod to Hemingway, the whodunit is fun, but the TREASURE OF THE GOLDEN CHEETAH is as much a great historical as it is a mystery. Harriet Klausner