Browsed by
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!
The Colonial Origins of Ethnographic Museums and Rituals of the Dead

The Colonial Origins of Ethnographic Museums and Rituals of the Dead

Since finishing Rituals of the Dead, I have noticed an influx in news reports about the restitution of ethnic artifacts – a topic central to my latest mystery. So we are clear, I am not referring to antiquities such as the Parthenon Marbles (or Elgin Marbles, depending on your nationality). I’m talking about shrunken heads, painted shields, feathered headdresses, carved ancestor sculptures, ritual masks, and the like. The same objects currently filling western museums dedicated to anthropology and ethnography. At…

Read More Read More

New review of Rituals of the Dead on TripFiction

New review of Rituals of the Dead on TripFiction

I am thrilled to see a fabulous new review of Rituals of the Dead on TripFiction’s website! “This is an enjoyable and easy to read story of artefact collectors, with mystery and culture playing an important part.” You can read the entire review here.   Under the review, authors of books strong in setting can also find out more about advertising on their site. 🙂  

Rituals of the Dead on Amy Shannon’s Top 10 Book and Top 20 Authors lists

Rituals of the Dead on Amy Shannon’s Top 10 Book and Top 20 Authors lists

I am to see my latest novel, Rituals of the Dead: An Art Mystery, receiving so many great reviews since its publication on April 6! I am quite grateful to book blogger and author Amy Shannon for posting one of the first official reviews of Rituals of the Dead. And what a review! 5 Stars – Magnificent “First, I’m a big fan of Alderson’s, and I’ve read her other books, The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery, Down and Out in…

Read More Read More

Mission Museum Steyl

Mission Museum Steyl

At the southernmost tip of the Netherlands is a hidden jewel unknown to most tourists and locals – the Monastery village of Steyl. It is situated on a bend in the Maas River, across the water from Germany and close to the Belgian border.   Steyl Mission Congregation The village was founded in 1875 by Father Arnold Janssen as the home for his newly established Steyl Mission Congregation. The brothers and sisters of this Catholic organization built their own self-sufficient…

Read More Read More

Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery Excerpt – Visit to Mission Museum Steyl

Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery Excerpt – Visit to Mission Museum Steyl

Here is a short excerpt of my latest novel, Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery (Book Three in the Adventures of Zelda Richardson series). In this passage, Zelda and her friend Friedrich are visiting the Mission Museum in Steyl for the first time. Here are their impressions of this impressive collection. If you want to read my article about my own visit to this fascinating museum, click here.   Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery Excerpt Zelda followed…

Read More Read More

Spotlight on author and television writer John Meyer

Spotlight on author and television writer John Meyer

Today I have author and television writer John Meyer as my guest. Read on to learn how getting robbed in Rome spawned his writing career, what it is like working for Entertainment Tonight, and the importance of getting the setting right.   Please tell me a little bit about yourself, your books, and writing career. I’m fortunate enough that my day job is also a writing job. I’m the studio writer of Entertainment Tonight Canada (the TV cousin of America’s…

Read More Read More

Celebrate Spring with Travel By Book (again)

Celebrate Spring with Travel By Book (again)

Celebrate Spring with Travel By Book! Spring is finally here, which means school holidays and summer vacations are right around the corner! Whether you are already packing your bags or are still trying to decide where to go, let Travel By Book inspire you. Featured in this post are mysteries, thrillers, romantic comedies, historical fiction, and romance novels set in Papua, the Netherlands, Italy, England, Hawaii, Corsica, Bulgaria, Greenland, Prague, Budapest, India, Canada, Israel, and Jordan. They are written by…

Read More Read More

TripFiction’s 10 Favourite Books set in Amsterdam

TripFiction’s 10 Favourite Books set in Amsterdam

I am incredibly honored to see The Lover’s Portrait on TripFiction’s list of 10 Favourite Books set in Amsterdam! And my art mystery set in World War Two and present-day Amsterdam is in excellent company. 🙂 “Here are 10 of our favourite books set in Amsterdam – as rated by the TripFiction community and in no particular order. Come and join us on a tour of this fabulous city – both past and present. Novels by Jake Woodhouse, Jessie Burton, Anja…

Read More Read More

How Henri Matisse, Jan Sluijters, Edvard Munch, and Moos Cohen inspired The Lover’s Portrait

How Henri Matisse, Jan Sluijters, Edvard Munch, and Moos Cohen inspired The Lover’s Portrait

In my novel The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery, the character Lex Wederstein is a young, talented Jewish artist whose career is cut short by the Nazis occupation of the Netherlands. Lex is based on a real person, the Dutch Jewish painter Moos Cohen. Because I am an American writing about sensitive topics in Dutch history, I didn’t dare make up any historical events or characters yet based them all on actual events and people I learned about while conducting archival…

Read More Read More