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Author: Jennifer S. Alderson

Hello! I am the author of the travel thriller Down and Out in Kathmandu: A Backpacker Mystery, The Lover's Portrait: An Art Mystery, Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery, and Notes of a Naive Traveler: Nepal and Thailand. I love to blog about travel, art, museums, expat life and books. Thanks for stopping by!
Spotlight on historical fiction and cozy mystery author Nicola Slade

Spotlight on historical fiction and cozy mystery author Nicola Slade

I am pleased to welcome historical fiction and cozy mystery author Nicola Slade to my blog today. Her novels have received praise for their humour and the characters’ eccentricity, as well as the depth and sensitivity of her writing. I’m glad she had time to chat before flying to Bellingham, Washington to receive a Chanticleer Award for one of her nine books! Today, this history and travel buff shares with us more about her work, favorite films and pastimes, as…

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When Fiction is Perceived as Fact: Rituals of the Dead

When Fiction is Perceived as Fact: Rituals of the Dead

My latest novel, Rituals of the Dead, came to be because I wanted to write a mystery about an Asmat bis pole. Considering the Asmat live in the Indonesian province of Papua, the setting for my historical mystery was easily decided. The premise was simple: my protagonist – an art history student in present-day Amsterdam – would investigate an event that took place in Papua, before the Dutch government ceded their control to the newly-formed nation of Indonesia in 1963….

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World War II and Looted Art – inspirations for The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery

World War II and Looted Art – inspirations for The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery

The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery is a dual timeline thriller set in WWII and present-day Amsterdam. The plot and several characters were inspired by university lectures and archival research I conducted while studying art history and museum studies at the University of Amsterdam. To learn more about Amsterdam’s turbulent World War II history, read my article “Amsterdam: the Perfect Setting for an Art Mystery“. To learn more about the artists who inspired the portrait from which this novel takes…

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Spotlight on travel author Richard Clark

Spotlight on travel author Richard Clark

It is my pleasure to welcome travel fiction and non-fiction author Richard Clark to my blog today! He is here to tell us more about his latest release and first foray into fiction – The Lost Lyra. Spotlight on travel author Richard Clark The Lost Lyra is my first novel after a career of some 40 years in journalism and writing non-fiction books about Greece. Since I gave up the long daily commute to London 2 years ago to concentrate…

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Spotlight on historical fiction author Mary Anne Yarde

Spotlight on historical fiction author Mary Anne Yarde

I am thrilled to welcome historical fiction author Mary Anne Yarde to my blog today! She is the award-winning author of the The Du Lac Chronicles and the founder of The Coffee Pot Book Club, a blog many historical fiction readers are sure to already know about. In this interview, she shares with us more about growing up in Glastonbury, her favourite books, researching historical fiction, and her writing routine. Spotlight on Mary Anne Yarde Please tell me a little…

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Spotlight on mystery author Keenan Powell

Spotlight on mystery author Keenan Powell

I am delighted to welcome mystery author Keenan Powell to my blog today! She is here to share more about her Maeve Malloy Mystery series, the first of which – DEADLY SOLUTION – has been nominated for a Lefty Best Debut and an Agatha Best First. Congratulations, Keenan! Here is your chance to learn more about her books, interest in Ireland, and Dungeon and Dragons, as well as the importance of Alaska in her work. Spotlight on Keenan Powell Please…

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Memoirs and Travelogues by Travel By Book

Memoirs and Travelogues by Travel By Book

Explore new destinations from the comfort of your home! Go off the beaten path with these explorers, expats and volunteers as you travel through the Netherlands, Nepal, Thailand, France, Spain, India, Greece, Kenya and Australia by book. Featured in this post are non-fiction memoirs and travelogues written by Jennifer S. Alderson, Alison Alderton, EJ Bauer, Jill Dobbe, Robert Fear, Margaret Halliday, Rob Johnson, Susie Kelly and Gus Pegel. Travel By Book is a Facebook group for authors and readers who enjoy…

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Asmat art and artifacts in Dutch Museums: Inspirations for Rituals of the Dead

Asmat art and artifacts in Dutch Museums: Inspirations for Rituals of the Dead

The art and carved objects created by the Asmat of Papua inspired my artifact mystery, Rituals of the Dead. Here are some photographs of the Missie (Mission) Museum Steyl’s Papua New Guinea collection, as well as that of the Tropenmuseum – in particular their fantastic bis poles. Missie Museum Steyl is a fascinating museum located in Southern tip of the Netherlands. You can read more about Museum Steyl, their Asmat collection, the colonial origins of many ethnographic museums the locations described in…

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Caught between two cultures: how emigration influenced my writing by Lucia N. Davis

Caught between two cultures: how emigration influenced my writing by Lucia N. Davis

It is my pleasure to welcome mystery author Lucia N. Davis back to my blog. Today she is sharing with us a new article about her latest book, The Secrets of Sinclair Lodge, and how moving abroad can influence your fiction writing. Caught between two cultures: how emigration influenced my writing About fifteen years ago I moved across the Atlantic, because the man I fell in love with happened to be an American. I don’t consider myself an expat anymore—my…

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Spotlight on Fiona Leitch

Spotlight on Fiona Leitch

It is my pleasure to welcome author Fiona Leitch to my blog today! Her windy path to publication began with dreams of acting and screenplay writing, before one of her works-in-progress was chosen by Audible for production as an audiobook. Take a moment to learn more about her audiobook, Dead in Venice, the importance of setting, and why her characters remind her of herself, as well as what’s she’s working on now.   Spotlight on Fiona Leitch Please tell me…

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