Image of The Crocodile's Last Embrace: A Jade del Cameron Mystery

THE CROCODILE'S LAST EMBRACE

Image of The Crocodile's Last Embrace: A Jade del Cameron Mystery
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Set in Kenya in the 1920s, the Jade del Cameron series is often compared to Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody series, though Indiana Jones movies seem closer to the mark. Jade’s abilities to fly planes, tame animals, shoot guns and help capture large crocodiles are over the top but enormously fun. The mystery is unbelievable but exciting.

When Jade receives a letter from her fiancé, who died in her arms during the war, she feels both disbelief and fright. When she later believes she sees him in a burning building, she wonders if she is suffering from shell shock from the war. Her friends clearly think so. Then she sees a car go off a bridge. A man is killed and she thinks it might be a murder. A giant, white crocodile eats another man. Are all these incidents connected — and is someone after Jade? (OBSIDIAN, Sep., 400 pp., $15.00)
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Page Traynor