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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 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!
Books in My Handbag

Books in My Handbag

Many thanks to Jessie Cahalin for including my novels in her fabulous Books in My Handbag gallery! As she writes, “every single composition sets the scene and tells a story. There are themes such as mystery, escapism, adventure and romance. The images demonstrate the fact that authors are fun story-tellers who absolutely adore a creative challenge!” Check out the hundreds of photographs on her blog. I’m also pleased to see the release of The Lover’s Portrait audiobook is mentioned on…

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Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery out in March 2018

Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery out in March 2018

I am thrilled to announce my third mystery will be released in March 2018! Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery has been a joy to write. It combines my love for anthropology, history, artifacts and Amsterdam into one novel. 🙂  Beta readers are also excited about it, one wrote back: ‘Excellent story, interesting twists. I really love The Lover’s Portrait but Rituals of the Dead is a step up.’ Be sure and read The Lover’s Portrait and Down and Out…

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The Lover’s Portrait is a finalist in Rosie’s Book Review Team 2017 Awards

The Lover’s Portrait is a finalist in Rosie’s Book Review Team 2017 Awards

The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery is 1 of 5 finalists in The Rosie’s Book Review Team 2017 Awards! I am honored beyond belief. The RBRT reviews hundreds of books each year. To be 1 of their top 5 already makes my art mystery a winner, in my mind  However, it would be wonderful to actually win! If you enjoyed The Lover’s Portrait, would you take a moment to vote for it (in the Mystery category)? THANK YOU!!    …

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Map Your Mystery’s Favorites of the Year & Interview

Map Your Mystery’s Favorites of the Year & Interview

I am deeply honored to see The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery was selected by Christine of Map Your Mystery blog as one of her favorite mysteries of 2017! Considering she’s read more than 250 books this year, I am humbled and excited at the same time! If you enjoy reading mysteries strong in setting, you won’t want to miss her reviews. Check out her ‘Reading Goals’ post to see her complete list of favorite mysteries. She was also kind…

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Travel By Book to Africa and the Middle East

Travel By Book to Africa and the Middle East

Read a collection of travel inspired poetry about Turkey’s Bodrum Peninsula, travel to the Ivory Coast and get drawn into a world of strange beliefs and practices, visit Cape Town with Silly Willy, or explore the African Savannah while questioning everything you’ve ever thought about love. Confront the daily challenges of being an educator in an Egyptian school, train for war in Kuwait, read a riveting psychological thriller set in South Africa, or search for an ancient shipwreck off the…

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Spotlight on mystery author Daniella Bernett

Spotlight on mystery author Daniella Bernett

It is my pleasure to welcome author Daniella Bernett to my blog today! Her mystery series featuring journalist Emmeline Kirby and jewel thief Gregory Longdon, transports readers through England and Italy as her lead characters become embroiled in increasingly dangerous murder mysteries. You can read my review of her first novel, Lead Me Into Danger, at the bottom of this post. Daniella is also one of the many talented authors participating in Mystery Thriller Week this February. You can sign…

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Indie Advent Calendar is back!

Indie Advent Calendar is back!

Every day in December you’ll meet fantastic new authors and learn about their books during the Indie Advent Calendar. It’s the perfect way to find gift ideas for those difficult to buy for people in your life. Or perhaps you’ll be adding things to your own wish list 🙂 Two authors will be featured every day and many will be giving away books, sharing excerpts and chatting with readers. I will be featured on December 20. There are plenty of…

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Budhanilkantha – An Excerpt from Notes of a Naive Traveler: Nepal and Thailand

Budhanilkantha – An Excerpt from Notes of a Naive Traveler: Nepal and Thailand

Here’s a short excerpt from my travelogue Notes of a Naive Traveler, about one of the many impressive holy sites in Nepal I was lucky enough to visit. December 4, 1999: Budhanilkantha and Sundarijal Last weekend, our neighbor’s son Shekhar and various family members took me to Budhanilkantha and Sundarijal, two holy sites close to our house. To get to Budhanilkantha, Shekhar led us up the very high hill behind our house, through a collection of tiny villages bordering the…

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New Interviews on Awesome Gang and Book Reader Magazine

New Interviews on Awesome Gang and Book Reader Magazine

It was a pleasure to be interviewed by both Awesome Gang and Book Reader Magazine this month! You can read my interview with Awesome Gang on their website. Here’s a short preview: What’s next for you as a writer? I plan on continuing the Adventures of Zelda Richardson series and have no shortage of choices for where to take her next. In my desk I keep a ‘future story ideas’ folder that is rather full! I already have plans for Zelda…

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Sinterklaas has arrived in the Netherlands!

Sinterklaas has arrived in the Netherlands!

While my American friends and family are preparing for Thanksgiving, here in the Netherlands our ‘Christmas’ has already begun! On Saturday November 18, Sinterklaas and his helpers (Pietjes) arrived by steamboat after a grueling trip across the rough seas. We know how difficult his week-long trip from Spain was because a special ‘Sinterklaasjournal’ – a fifteen minute news program for kids – is broadcast every night on national television, bringing us the highs and lows of his long and arduous…

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