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, July 12, 2010

1921-22 – “AFRICAN GUIDEBOOKS -PART 12 – CROCODILES!”

This blog made the short list for Best Author's Blog as awarded by www.completelynovel.com Thank you everyone who voted for me.


Jade del Cameron’s upcoming adventure, THE CROCODILE’S LAST EMBRACE (Sept 07, 2010) will host (as might be expected) a crocodile in Kenya’s Athi River. Crocodiles were not classed as “animals” when it came to hunting licenses. In fact, the East African Manual: Mining & Industrial Publications of Africa (1927) recaps The Game Ordinance of 1921 and states on page 344, “’Animal’ includes mammals and birds, other than domesticated but does not include reptiles, amphibian, and invertebrate animals.”

Reptiles (such as crocodiles) were not the only beasts not protected by game laws. “Carnivora” (excepting Lions and cheetah for which one needed a license) were not considered “game” and so anyone was free to shoot leopards and hyena. In fact, the South and East African Yearbook Guide for 1922 states (page 848) that “Leopards and other vermin are not protected.” And on page 849 state “Carnivora (except lions and cheetahs) and crocodiles are vermin.”

So according to the game laws, crocodiles are in a fair way to be shot on sight. And there was good reason for that. Crocs killed a large amount of humans, and according to the South and East African Yearbook Guide (page 897) “The crocodile probably kills more human beings than any other African animal.”

It will just be Jade’s luck to run into one particularly difficult croc which will add to the plot and adventure of The Crocodile’s Last Embrace.

Next week: Crocodiles continued


MORE MYSTERY TOPICS:
1) Does mystery have to equal murder? I weigh in with the Suspense Sirens on their blog posting at : http://bit.ly/cpprpx

2) Interested in some insight into what makes me and Jade tick? Go to SCENE OF THE CRIME http://bit.ly/ao2gjg for an interesting interview at a great website by author J. Sydney Jones.

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. THE CROCODILE’S LAST EMBRACE will be released Sept. 7, 2010. An excerpt and information on ordering signed copies is available at the website: www.suzannearruda.com. Follow short updates on http://twitter.com/SuzanneArruda

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