Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery

Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery

Book Three in the Adventures of Zelda Richardson series

Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery thriller Amsterdam Papua New Guinea suspense travel fiction

Art, religion, and anthropology collide in Alderson’s latest art mystery thriller, Rituals of the Dead, book three of the Adventures of Zelda Richardson series.

Art history student Zelda Richardson is thrilled to be working at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam on an exhibition of bis poles from the Asmat region of Papua – the same area where a famous American anthropologist disappeared in 1962. When his journal is found inside one of the bis poles, Zelda is tasked with finding out more about the man’s last days and his connection to these ritual objects.

Zelda is pulled into a world of shady anthropologists, headhunters, missionaries, art collectors, and smugglers – where the only certainty is that sins of the past are never fully erased.

Join Zelda as she grapples with the anthropologist’s mysterious disappearance fifty years earlier, and a present-day murderer who will do anything to prevent her from discovering the truth.

“I enjoyed every single line of the book, but my favourite parts were the flashbacks where the author offers a glimpse of a culture that I know very little about. The chapters set in Papua and New Guinea, the insights into the life and rituals of the Asmat people are, in my opinion, priceless.” – Dora Ilieva

Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery is now available as paperback and eBook via AmazoniBooks, Kobo, Barnes and Noble NOOKGoogle PlaySmashwords, or your favorite retailer.


All three mysteries in the Adventures of Zelda Richardson series are stand-alone novels and can be read in any order:

  • Down and Out in Kathmandu: A Backpacker Mystery (Book One)
  • The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery (Book Two)
  • Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery (Book Three)


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