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Rituals of the Dead: An Art Mystery (Book Three in the Adventures of Zelda Richardson series)

Zelda Richardson Mystery Series is now live

Zelda Richardson Mystery Series is now live

Introducing the Zelda Richardson Mystery Series and Adventures in Backpacking series! Feedback from several wonderful readers has convinced me to split my novels into two groupings – the Adventures in Backpacking series and Zelda Richardson Mystery series. Down and Out in Kathmandu, Holiday Gone Wrong, and Notes of a Naive Traveler all fall nicely into the backpacker group. The Lover’s Portrait, Rituals of the Dead, and Marked for Revenge constitute the mystery series. While preparing to release Marked for Revenge,…

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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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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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Dutch goodies bag + book giveaway on TripFiction

Dutch goodies bag + book giveaway on TripFiction

Here’s your chance to win! Take time out for yourself this holiday season and de-stress with this lovely Dutch-themed giveaway. You can enter my latest giveaway over on TripFiction’s blog. The goodies bag features Rituals of the Dead, the latest in an exciting series of mystery thrillers set around the globe. This novel is a dual-timeline thriller set in the Netherlands and Papua New Guinea. In this novel, amateur sleuth and art history student Zelda Richardson is working at an anthropology museum in Amsterdam….

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Interview on Fussy Librarian

Interview on Fussy Librarian

I am thrilled to be featured on The Fussy Librarian’s fabulous book blog! They regularly feature fascinating authors – Harriet Steel, Victoria Blake, Jershua Jones, Janice J. Richardson and Pamela Allegretto, to name a few. So I was obviously thrilled to be invited to participate! The introduction alone makes me blush (with pride): “Here’s a dare for even the most committed homebody: Read Jennifer S. Alderson’s author bio, let alone her published works, and just try not to get the travel…

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Exploring the Locations used in Rituals of the Dead

Exploring the Locations used in Rituals of the Dead

My latest art-related mystery, Rituals of the Dead, is set in Papua and the Netherlands – two nations on opposite sides of the globe yet connected by a colonial past.   Dutch New Guinea Dutch New Guinea – as the Papua Province of Indonesia was known until 1963 – was considered to be one of the last truly wild frontiers. The seemingly impenetrable interior and extreme weather, combined with rumors of headhunting and a hunter-gatherer lifestyle, enticed many explorers wishing…

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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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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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