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Stalking Ivory: A Jade Del Cameron Mystery (Jade del Cameron Mysteries #2)

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  479 Ratings  ·  69 Reviews
On a photography assignment in the northern territory of Mount Marsabit, American adventuress Jade del Cameron and her friends hope to film the area's colossal elephants. Instead, they discover the mutilated remains of four elephants and a man. Although the authorities suspect Abyssinian poachers and raiders in search of ivory and slaves, Jade has her own suspicions. Could ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published December 4th 2007 by NAL (first published 2007)
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Werner
Aug 03, 2015 Werner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans; action heroine fans
A caveat at the outset: IMO, the Goodreads description for this book, which reproduces the cover copy, has more plot information than most readers will want. If you want to discover the events in the book as they unfold, I'd recommend reading neither description nor back cover.

This second installment of Arruda's Jade del Cameron mystery series reunites us, not only with our heroine, but with other characters from the first book as well, especially best friend Bev, Lady Dunbury; her husband Avery
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Kim
Oct 23, 2009 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009booksread
I enjoyed this second book of the series more than the first. Once again, the author does a remarkable job of depicting Africa immediately following WWI. Africa is the star here. Also, the elephants, as this book focuses on that animal as the last one did on lions and hyena. I felt this book was better plotted and paced than the last and less predictable as well. The mystical element was kept to a subtle minimum that I was able to accept gracefully.

My only real reservation is in the romance ang
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David Lucero
Apr 07, 2014 David Lucero rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in a series of six books written by Ms. Arruda, and readers will not be disappointed.

Jade Del Cameron is a feisty World War I veteran from New Mexico, now residing in British East Africa as a freelance journalist called, The Traveler. While traveling in the Marsabit territory she comes across slaughtered elephants, the victims of poachers, and a murdered African Askari, a soldier of the King's African Rifles. Aided by her new-found friend, American film-maker Sam Featherstone,
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Veronica
Jun 28, 2016 Veronica rated it liked it
This is the second book in the series and so far it seems more like an adventure series than a mystery, with Jade Del Cameron as a sort of female Indiana Jones. She's a writer/photographer for a travel magazine, again on assignment to Africa in the early 1920s (this time to write about and photograph elephants) but she seems to get into enough trouble like Mr. Jones. It's not long before Jade stumbles upon poachers - and worse - and her fierce independent spirit and sense of justice means she ca ...more
Liralen
Hmm. Perhaps I read this too close on the heels of the first book? Still perfectly enjoyable, but parts of it (like the big reveal with Boguli) seemed like something of a retread, and the mystery fell flat because the clues dropped along the way were too obvious. It felt as though the author was trying to ramp up the stakes -- bullets! Poison arrows! Kidnapping! Hand-to-hand combat! -- and I'm torn between enjoying the action and finding it all a bit much, especially so early in the series.

Am in
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Jack Eickelman
Sep 06, 2014 Jack Eickelman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic read. The historic time period is a really nice relief from more modern novels that seem to have a million plot lines going on at once, bringing it back to a simpler time period where Africa was still wild. It presents a rather romanticized but not cheesy view of the African jungle, wildlife, and desert and throws in a nice classic story. A great heroin, I like her a lot better than most because she is a strong and independent rather than small and objectified. Well, without getting ...more
Christyn
Stalking Ivory, the second book in the Jade del Cameron series was another wonderful read. While it can be read as a standalone I would suggest reading the books in order (because there will be spoiler's for the first book - and there are some tie-ins to the first book, though not that difficult to pick up on from here). Ms. Arruda's descriptions and setting are wonderfully done, beautiful and at times emotionally provocative (particularly the scenes with the Elephants and Poachers - I really fe ...more
Kara Jorges
Dec 19, 2012 Kara Jorges rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The indomitable Jade del Cameron is back in British East Africa, this time out photographing elephants for the magazine she works for. Jade’s best friends, 12-year-old Jelani and Lord Avery and Lady Beverly Dunbury, accompany her to the forest, while another old acquaintance, Harry Hascombe, is camping nearby, leading a safari of his own. It doesn’t take long for intrigue to land in Jade’s lap when she and her friends discover the carcasses of four slain elephants, and one murdered soldier. They ...more
Sue
Nov 11, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, africa, kenya, wwi
Jade is in northern Kenya on a photography assignment for the magazine. Her friends Beverly and her husband Avery are along for the trip, as is Jelani, the Kikuyu pre-teen who was with her in book 1. Jade had finished setting up the camera in the blind to try to get some night shots and the group was heading back to camp when they came across a group of dead elephants - poached for their ivory tusks. With the dead elephants was a dead officer, shot beyond recognition. Jade knew there was someth ...more
Brian
Apr 28, 2013 Brian rated it it was ok
It's not awful, but the character development has kind of an amateurish feel to it. We have a swash buckling female photographer with some friends, on a trip to Africa, who stumble upon a crime. And encounter some old friends. The author clearly wanted to have a strong female heroine presented in the context of being in the midst of men, but over compensated. We end up with a situation in which all of the characters are too much of what they're supposed to be. The guys are too guy-like, the play ...more
Angela
Feb 20, 2013 Angela marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I went from Book 1 of the Jade del Cameron series right into Book 2, since I had it immediately handy--and I had much the same reaction to the second installment as I did to the first. To wit, this series is still riding a fine line for me between being fun and being too cutesy for my tastes.

Let's start with the cutesy. As of this installment, one of the heroine's friends has decided to start writing novels about her adventures--seriously romanced up, of course. And, of course, the dude that sho
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Lizzie Hayes
Aug 31, 2012 Lizzie Hayes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Stalking Ivory’ by Suzanne Arruda
Published by Piatkus December 2010. ISBN: 978-0-7499-5336-2

Jade Del Cameron is on an assignment in the northern territory of Mount Marsabit to photograph elephants. Before long Jade runs into ivory poachers. She also makes friends with a local Kikuyu boy but when he is captured as a slave Jade embarks on a rescue mission.

I am all gung ho with Jade, but even from the safety of my arm chair I cannot envisage taking on a gang of poachers in the 1920’s. Wow!

Although
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Lisa
Sep 14, 2008 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
The second in a mystery series brings heroine Jade Del Cameron back for another African adventure. This time, Jade is trying to find out who murdered a King’s African Rifle soldier and butchered a group of elephants to poach the ivory.
Set against the exotic backdrop of 1920s colonial Africa, the novel is full of action and adventure, paying homage in its own way to the pulp Tarzan novels of that era. There’s also plenty of fascinating detail about the landscape and the wildlife, particularly ele
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AfricaAdventureConsultants
The second installment of Suzanne Arruda’s Jade del Cameron mystery series, Stalking Ivory is a fun, if somewhat predictable read. We find Jade searching for elephants on a photographic assignment near Mount Marsabit in the northern territory of Kenya. She of course finds more than elephants – she finds rampant poaching.

Never one to leave things to authorities, Jade takes it upon herself (and thus her friends) to try to get to the bottom of the crime. She manages to have some close calls as well
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Linda
Feb 09, 2014 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Taking place in East Africa in the 1920's after WWI, we have our heroine Jade, who lost her pilot fiancee to the war, in the bush with close friends, a young native and pet cheetah photographing elephants who are in peril from poachers. Queque the usual suspects , Germans, arms,a mystical figure and a possible fiancee replacement and you have a good but predictable plot. (I envisioned Angelina Jolie aka Lara Croft playing Jade),
Mascanlon
Jun 16, 2008 Mascanlon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical mystery buffs
This book started slow for me and I wasn't sure I've I liked it. But then the characters and setting and the story captured my imagination and I whizzed to the end! This is a new series set in Africa just after the WW1. The heroine, who left a life of privilege to join the ambulance drivers corp decides that a life of adventure is what she really wants, not settling down surrounded by stiffling expectations of society. Jade del Cameron takes a job photographing exotic locales and writing for a t ...more
Steven A Hotchkiss
Great Read

Great Read

Love the strong, independent,female lead. Africa, and the 1920's time period make a fascinating back drop for the adventures. Can't wait to read the next installment.
Kyla Zerbes
The descriptions almost make me want to go on safari, except for the whole heat and sun aspect...
Mystery had a good twist and again with a light bit of mysticism to help out.
Matt Howard
If late 20th century literature had any underlying theme, now carried over into the 20th, it is the idea of the strong woman. Mysteries and adventure stories are being written that have nothing new to offer except that the protagonist who is true, brave, resourceful, etc and whose teeth reflect the sun glaringly, is female. Think Wonder Woman. Think Amelia Earhart. Think Out of Africa. But, these novels generally present a picture of 19th and early 20th century womanhood that is false: they were ...more
Jaclyn
Ugh. I give up. If you like armchair travel and really, really descriptive writing and zero character development than this book might be for you. Sadly, this series is a no-go for me. Jade has contracted special snowflake syndrome. Unfortunately, there is no cure.
Wendy
Apr 14, 2012 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book. It has been some time since I read the first book in this series, so I do not remember a lot of the details but I do remember that I enjoyed it and was impressed with the author's ability to write so descriptively. Well I was not disappointed with this second novel in the Jade Del Cameron Mystery series. The way that they author writes about Africa and the elephants makes it possible to picture the environment as Jade and friends work out the mystery of the poachers. ...more
Writerlibrarian
Really, really good. Post WW1 Colonial British East Africa settings. 2 very strong, full rounded women, good strong male characters and African characters not set up as cute background or folkloric decor.

There is the influx of popular culture with a tiny hint of irony since Arruda uses Burroughs' Tarzan to contrast with her depictions of this area. Not vines to use for traveling but cars that break, early cinema and modern photography. Arruda takes you to a place where you are entertained by th
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Deb
Nov 07, 2008 Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads
This is the second book in the series. I enjoyed it as much as the first. Jade Del Cameron is not your average travel writer and mystery solver. It's the 1920's and she's a former American WWI ambulance driver living at present in Africa. In this novel, Jade is attempting to photograph elephants in the wild, when she stumbles into ivory poachers and a plot to overthrow the Abyssinian government. Sam Featherstone, an American would-be movie maker, and former pilot, becomes her ally and potential ...more
Madonna
Jun 12, 2011 Madonna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Mark of the Lion and thought I'd give the second in the series a try since I did like the first one but it didn't "grab" me.
I'm glad I read the 2nd one. It had more action, created a strong atmosphere, developed Jade's character, and introduced a possible love interest for her without letting her lose sight of her goal and interests. I also enjoyed what I'm learning about Africa.
After Jade identified the male in the picture, I decided who was responsible for the problems, but it was an o.
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Lindsay
Oh I love these books! The main character is loaded with Moxie, the male potential love interests are dashing but there is never so much romance that it gets gooopy. The mystery and adventure is always first rate! I have to say I was able to guess who-dunnit but again I attribute that to an over exposure to Douglas Preston Lincoln child. These books are a less fatastical and more feminine version of the Preston Child novels.

I must own these books and I must own them all now!
Madeleine
Reading fluff till I (supposedly) close on new house and move.
Karmen
May 27, 2015 Karmen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 2nd in the series is much better than the 1st.

Jade on assignment to secure photographs of elephants for the Traveler pager, finds herself in the middle of ivory poachers and gun runners. 4 adult and 1 baby elephant are found dead along with an African ranger/soldier patrolling the area soon after the expedition begins. She is accompanied by best friend Beverly and her husband Avery (British aristocrat) Dunbury. Jelani, Kikuyi tribe, and a guide round out the party.

Jade meets up with Harry a
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Babette
May 30, 2009 Babette rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
This second book in the series was not as satisfying as the first. The central character was too exasperating - unbelievably getting herself entangled in dangerous affairs and putting innocent people at risk. Her encounter with an American pilot was too sappy, with too much macho posturing thrown into the mix.
That said, I did enjoy the descriptions of the African territory and the elephant herds. The characters of Jelani and Chiumbo were well-done.
And yes, I will most likely read the next instal
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Kimberly
Jun 10, 2009 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great idea to change up the setting for each of the books in this series! This book gets a bit more political with the theme of catching the ivory poachers, and emphasizes how different a woman Jade really is in British (African) society at the time. The introduction of Sam was a good contrast to Harry.

One side note - when did David become Jade's "sweetheart?" In the previous book she never agreed to marry him, and was put off by commitment, and now she's thinking of him as her forver-lost lover
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Susan
Mar 06, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow at first then the action and intrigue picked up and was frantic at the end. I enjoy the characters and The descriptions of African animals, in this case elephants, was vivid. Let's go on safari!
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Suzanne Arruda, a former zookeeper-turned-science teacher and freelance writer, is the author of 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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