THE SERPENT'S DAUGHTER
Jade del Cameron is a heroine to admire. A cross between Indiana Jones and Kinsey Millhone, she's feisty, smart and likable -- an adventuress with
a sense of humor. Her latest tale is
a classy, smart, historical escapade across the desert in search of a murderer and a sacred amulet.
While looking for her mother, Jade partners up with a mysterious Berber man named Bachir who offers to help her find her mother if she'll help him recover an ancient sacred amulet belonging to his village. Jade's search for her mother, the amulet and the real murderer takes her across the desert, through the mountains and into the Kasbah and the slave markets of Marrakech. (Obsidian, Jan., 352 pp., $23.95)