Thanks for the links Mrs T...Once I'd remembered to switch my speakers on, your second link did indeed vocalise the pronunciation...and it surprised me.
Whereas your first link recommended 'moh-hah-vee' (which from my A Level Spanish days I too would have said) your second
link, the audio one, pronounced it 'Mo-jev' with accent firmly on the first syllable and the 'e' in 'jev' slightly long and flat...and no enunciation of the 'e' in 'Mojave
' at all.
I am in a serious pickle now...just how do private eyes in America pronounce it? That is really what I want to know.
I've just tried a quick flip around a few pronunciation sites and landed on one called www.forvo.com
which baffled me totally because, when I keyed in 'pronunciation Mojave'
it offered me this: 'Pronunciations for as useful as a bus pass in the Mojave in Romanian'.
I don't know about Romanian but it's a great new phrase in English that something is about "as useful as a bus pass in the Mojave"
and one I'll no doubt be merrily trotting out in the future.
But I can't trot it out until can pronounce 'Mojave' correctly, can I? I'd be laughed straight out of the Brewers Arms.
So I tried forvo.com again and this time it just wittered on about Sotheby's (2 pronunciations), Martha's Vineyard (5 pronunciations) and Alzheimer's (17 pronunciations) instead.
So I am no closer to being able to mutter 'Mojave'
correctly out of the corner of my mouth like Mickey Spillane.