Through Jade's Eyes

This blog is about the fictional character, Jade del Cameron (, 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 *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, January 26, 2009


NOTE: The Leopard’s Prey is NOW available in hardcover.

If you didn’t own a motorcar, the rickshaw (previously billed as the “love chariot”) was the preferred mode of travel. But in January, 1920, rickshaws were difficult to come by after dark. The reason: a “gang of six” Kikuyu. These six natives had a pattern of watching for rickshaws toting passengers, then waylaying the “driver” as he returned having collected his fee. The rickshaw driver (many were pulled by hand, some by bicycle) was then beaten and robbed. Robbery and assault were not their only crimes. A victim had sustained heavy enough beatings near the racecourse to die from the injuries.

Happily, many of the gang were apprehended. One “boy with a slashed nose” escaped, but was later captured 100 miles from Nairobi with a “considerable sum of money and jewellery (1920 spelling).”

However, a native woman found near Sixth Avenue with her throat cut was not the work of this gang as had initially been supposed.


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 NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK. The fourth book The Leopard’s Prey, IS available in hardcover. For more information, visit the website:

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Anonymous Rhonda said...

Love the book - LOVE Jade; am reviewing it [The Leopard's Prey]for a women writers' web site. Just had a question. Did you do research on the Palm Olive soap? Is there any relation to the current day product with a similar name?

Mon Jan 26, 10:32:00 PM CST  
Blogger Suzanne Arruda said...

Thanks, Rhonda for reviewing the book and glad you like it.
I saw ads for Palm Olive soap in the old Nairobi newspapers that I read as part of my research. I was struck by the two words in the ads in 1919. But by 1925, the ads have joined the words into the classic "Palmolive" that we know today. Since I have not been able to find ads in the interim, it's very possible that the Nairobi papers simply mistyped the product, but I imagine that since the soap was made purely from palm oil and olive oil, that it was marketed that way early on.

Tue Jan 27, 09:05:00 AM CST  

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