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, January 04, 2010

1921 NAIROBI NEW YEARS AND RACE WEEK

Nairobi hosted many gala events but none shone so prominently as “Race Week.” Actually, there were two race weeks, spaced approximately six months apart from each other, but the year’s end races were considered the highlight, culminating in New Year’s parties and balls.

The races that marked the end of 1920 and the start of 1921 provided an improvement in the form of a new grandstand. This was a much welcome addition as the weather for these races was marginal at best; damp and drear with a sodden track. But, as the Leader writer noted, “the ladies of Kenya nevertheless did themselves and the onlookers justice in the fashionable and pretty nature of their frocks, although decked to suit the whims of the weather clerk.”

The bandstand was also relocated and “Bandmaster Harvey and his band of musicians were not slow to take advantage of their more suitable and more comfortable location.”

One jewel was missing from the sparkling crowd. Governor and Lady Northey were on safari along with the entire “Government House party.” And where was Jade del Cameron? As readers of the Jade mystery series will soon learn (The Crocodile’s Last Embrace – release date in Sept 2010), Jade had gone to France to tour the old battlefields and from there, spent her Christmas holidays with a cousin in Andalusia, Spain. But don’t worry, she’s coming back to Nairobi in time to face a formidable foe and one mean croc.

Next week: More old Nairobi news.
Photos (Dec 25, 1920) and quotes (Jan 1, 1921) from The Leader of British East Africa.

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, all available in trade paperback. TREASURE OF THE GOLDEN CHEETAH is available in hardcover. An excerpt and information on pre-ordering signed copies is available at the website: www.suzannearruda.com. Follow short updates on http://twitter.com/SuzanneArruda

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