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Treasure of the golden cheetah
Arruda, Suzanne Middendorf, 1954-
Publication Information:
New York : Obsidian, [2009]

Physical Description:
vii, 357 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
Intrepid photojournalist Jade del Cameron is about to embark on safari for a Hollywood film. But when the film's financial backer is stabbed to death, the trip is cast under a sinister pall. Now, Jade will be tested as never before.
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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...

Author Notes

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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Booklist Review

In 1920s Kenya, Jade del Cameron is hired to help take a crew to Mount Kilimanjaro to film a movie about the legend of King Solomon's son, Menelik. The day before they leave on safari, the movie's producer, Graham Wheeler, is murdered in what looks like a robbery. Even so, the safari proceeds as planned, with Jade's young friend, healer Jelani, and her cheetah, Biscuit, stowing away on the train because Jelani believes Jade is in great danger on the trip and is determined to protect her. At Mount Kilimanjaro, strange events begin to occur on location, and Jade is cursed by a local woman, which leads to her having strange visions. Jade begins to believe Wheeler's murder is connected to the movie, and her investigation almost leads to her death. In her personal life, Jade is reluctant to commit to her fiancé, leading to problems that could end their relationship. Jade, a fearless, well-developed main character who is at home with a gun, is the main attraction here, though the vivid details of 1920s Africa add to the appeal.--O'Brien, Sue Copyright 2009 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved