THE LEOPARD’S PREY
New American Library/Penguin
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
Rating: 4 Cups
Jade del Cameron is a photojournalist in post World War I Africa. She has a job with a company whose job is to acquire animals for American zoos. She has led a pretty adventurous life so far and that seems to be a trend so far.
Sam Featherstone is a former World War I flying ace. He is now pursuing a new career as a filmmaker though his love of flying is still very strong, almost as strong as his love for Jade.
Jade’s new career in assisting an American company in acquiring animals for American zoos is dangerous enough, but the discovery of a local shopkeeper in her friends’ new coffee drying machine embroils her in another mystery. This one is personal. Her beau Sam Featherstone is accused of the crime and it is up to Jade to prove his innocence.
This story is set in post World War I Africa. The exotic setting is one of the main characters of the story and the author did a great job of describing that time and place. That time period was a period of change all over the world, and the author gives us a peek into a world that disappeared long ago. Jade is an interesting character, a true adventurer in a time when career options for women were severely limited. Her relationship with Sam is a bit complicated; she is a little commitment-phobic. The plot itself is full of twists and turns, with just enough hints to help you solve the mystery, if you really work at it. This is a classic tale in an exotic setting that Agatha Christie would be proud to call her own. Mystery fans should make an effort to discover Jade del Cameron; it made me remember why I started reading mysteries when I was a teenager.
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