Mark of the Lion

Mark of the Lion (A Jade del Cameron Novel)

by Suzanne Arruda

I’m Kim Alexander and this is a Fiction Nation Minute. The book is Mark of the Lion – A Jade del Cameron novel, by Suzanne Arruda.

When we meet Jade, she’s driving an ambulance at the French front at the close of World  War 1. This is the kind of book where, when blown off the road by a mortar shell, the characters say “Damn the blasted luck” and stop for a spot of tea. Jade’s aviator boyfriend makes a brief appearance, mostly to die bravely in her arms and send her on a quest to find his missing brother, somewhere in Africa. So it’s off to Nairobi in 1919 at the height of the British colonial period, a very grand and romantic time unless you were the ones being colonized.  There are people being mysteriously eaten by hyenas, and a local witch doctor is suspected. But there’s always time for a cup of tea and some big game hunting between mysterious events. The author’s love for Africa comes through on every page, and the casual racism of the British colonialists appears as antiquated as the Ford Model T that Jade drives. The book is Mark of the Lion by Suzann Arruda.  I’m Kim Alexander and this is a Fiction Nation Minute on Book Radio, SiriusXM Channel 80.


I’m Kim Alexander and this is a Fiction Nation Minute. The book is Mark of the Lion – A Jade Del Cameron Novel by Suzanne Arruda, a mystery set in Africa in 1919.

Jade is as exotic to her British colonial friends as anything in Nairobi — she’s an American for one thing, and *gasp* doesn’t like tea. She is a little bit of a super hero — crack shot, and ace mechanic with only one flaw — the death of her aviator boyfriend on the French front in WW1 has left her broken-hearted and unable to love. The male residents of Happy Valley, as the British enclave in Nairobi was called, are only too happy to stop wife-swapping, doing drugs and swindling each other to try and help poor Jade out. But there’s also a mystery regarding a pair of rings, a map, and a missing brother.  And Jade is hot on the trail, even if she is being stalked by a couple of lions. She’s maybe a little too flawless, but a fun and exciting companion in a grand and romantic landscape. Mark of the Lion by Suzanne Arruda. I’m Kim Alexander and this is Fiction Nation on Book Radio, SiriusXM Channel 80.


I’m Kim Alexander and this is a Fiction Nation minute. The book is Mark of the Lion by Suzanne Arruda.

This is a new mystery series featuring the intrepid Jade del Cameron set in the British colonies of Africa at the end of World War I. It’s a murder mystery, with secret maps and missing brothers, but I felt the mystery was secondary to visiting Africa at a time when, if you were white and had some money, the colonies were quite literally your playground. Jade is a good companion on this trip — she’s an American for one thing, and finds the local population good for more than serving tea and walking the pet lion. The author does a good job of letting us see the grand and elegant lives of the wealthy, lots of drinking, partying and shooting big game set against  the vast and beautiful country and the deeper inner life of the African people. I liked Jade even if she was a little too good to be true, and I look forward to her next adventure in Africa. The book is Mark of the Lion by Suzanne Arruda. I’m Kim Alexander and this is Fiction Nation on Book Radio, SiriusXM Channel 80.


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