TREASURE OF THE GOLDEN CHEETAH
Arruda offers a fascinating glimpse into 1920s Hollywood and the globe-trotting exploits of a particular group of actors. But pace is a bit slow, and some of the characters are over the top, including photojournalist Jade del Cameron, the protagonist. The presence of her pet cheetah is hard to swallow. (Of course, this is Hollywood ... ) But for fans of 1920s adventure stories, this is a fun, enjoyable read.
Jade goes on safari with a Hollywood film company for a movie about King Solomon's lost treasure, charged with assisting and protecting several of the women in the group. Things quickly go awry when the film's financial backer is murdered, apparently by a native man who commits suicide before he can be questioned. Jade soon discovers that the real killer is part of their expedition group. (NAL, Sep., 368 pp., $24.95)