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Tempering my potty mouth: clean version of Down and Out in Kathmandu

Tempering my potty mouth: clean version of Down and Out in Kathmandu

“Wow – you look like a librarian yet swear like a sailor.” When I was in my twenties, I heard this more times than I can count. Back then, I really didn’t give a …well, you know what I mean. Now that I am older, I don’t swear nearly as much as I used to. Though my idea of how backpackers talk and interact with each other was formed by my own experiences. And most of the backpackers I met…

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Rituals of the Dead audiobook available on Audible worldwide!

Rituals of the Dead audiobook available on Audible worldwide!

If you love mystery, history and adventure, Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery might be the (audio)book for you 😀 I am pleased to announce it is now available on Audible worldwide! Here are direct links for Audible US, Audible UK, Audible France and Audible Germany. Or search for it by name.     My audiobook was selected as a guinea pig for ACX’s new line of marketing ads. I am pleased as punch! Many thanks to the good folks at Audiobook…

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Travel by Audiobook to the Netherlands

Travel by Audiobook to the Netherlands

Fancy a trip to the Netherlands? Whether you enjoy amateur sleuth mysteries, psychological thrillers or WWII historical fiction, these (audio)books are guaranteed to transport you to Holland – no passport required! All three authors – Anja de Jager, Imogen Matthews and Jennifer S. Alderson – have a special bond with the Netherlands and their descriptions of setting are sure to resonate with readers who have visited this lovely country before, and inspire those who have not yet been! Happy travels…

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Notes of a Naive Traveler: Nepal and Thailand gets a new look!

Notes of a Naive Traveler: Nepal and Thailand gets a new look!

I am proud to share with you the new cover of Notes of a Naive Traveler: Nepal and Thailand! It features a photograph I took of one of my favorite temples, the Golden Temple in Patan. I hope you like it! My travelogue is available as eBook and paperback on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Google Play, Smashwords and your favorite online retailer. I hope it inspires you to visit new destinations – whether by train, plane or book. 🙂 Notes of a Naive…

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Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery is now an audiobook!

Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery is now an audiobook!

I am pleased to announce Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery is available as audiobook on iBooks, Audible and Amazon! Now you can listen to two of the Adventures of Zelda Richardson mysteries via these three retailers. Start with The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery or dive on into Rituals of the Dead. The audiobooks are standalones, though listening to them in order may enhance your enjoyment of the stories. 🙂 Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery When a famous…

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The Lover’s Portrait and Rituals of the Dead are Amazon Bestsellers

The Lover’s Portrait and Rituals of the Dead are Amazon Bestsellers

It has taken a while for the shock to wear off, but I am so thankful to the thousands of readers who have found my books as of late! In early June, The Lover’s Portrait hit number 75 on Amazon’s Kindle list. It was also the number 1 Bestseller in the categories Historical Thrillers, Amateur Sleuth, Heist Thrillers, and Historical European Fiction in Canada, Australia and the United States for four glorious days. Since then, my art mystery and artifact…

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Rituals of the Dead wins a Chill with a Book Readers’ Award

Rituals of the Dead wins a Chill with a Book Readers’ Award

Happy days! Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery won a Chill with a Book Readers’ Award! Rituals of the Dead was read and evaluated by Chill’s readers against the following… Were the characters strong and engaging? Was the book well written? Did the story / plot have you turning the page to find out what happened next? Was the ending satisfying? Would you recommend to someone who reads this kind of story? Many thanks to the Chill with a Book…

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Rituals of the Dead featured Women Writers, Women’s Books website

Rituals of the Dead featured Women Writers, Women’s Books website

I am deeply honored to see my article, ‘When Fiction is Perceived as Fact’ on Women Writers, Women’s Books website! This short piece provides insight into the inspirations for my latest novel, in particular Michael Rockefeller’s role in its inception.   When Fiction is Perceived as Fact “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…

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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…

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