MARK OF THE LION
Arruda's new series introduces Jade Del Cameron, an American woman who is an ambulance driver in France during World War I. Jade's boyfriend, British pilot David Worthy, dies in her arms after his plane crashes. But first, he entrusts her with a ring and asks her to find his brother and investigate his father's suspicious death.
After the war, Jade learns from David's solicitor that David's father Gil was killed when he went to Africa in 1915 to find the son he fathered out of wedlock. He was mauled by a hyena while in his hotel room. Using her recent employment with a magazine as a cover, Jade heads to East Africa to uncover the truth.
With her graphically captivating images of its flora and fauna, Arruda brings to life the beauty of East Africa. But there is an evil force present. The jungle animals are quite vicious in their attacks, and locals believe that they're instigated by a witch. Jade's investigation is full of riveting suspense, and this novel is a superbly captivating historical mystery. (Jan., 352 pp., $23.95)