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

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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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…

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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…

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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…

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Travel Giveaway to celebrate Rituals of the Dead’s April 6 release!

Travel Giveaway to celebrate Rituals of the Dead’s April 6 release!

Giveaway time! On April 6, Rituals of the Dead – my travel thriller set in Papua and the Netherlands – will be available as eBook and paperback worldwide!  (You can preorder it now and save a buck.) To celebrate, I am giving away a fabulous travel-related prize package on April 5! ONE lucky traveler will win: Save the Planet! World Map Shopper bag (made from recycled plastic bottles) POINT IT travelers language kit (the bestselling photobook of all time) Notebook…

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What is a Bis Pole and Why Were They Desired by Collectors?

What is a Bis Pole and Why Were They Desired by Collectors?

The exhibition central to my latest novel, Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery, is based on an actual exhibition of Asmat art entitled Bis Poles: Sculptures from the Rain Forest. I can imagine most readers are now thinking – what the heck is a bis pole?     Ancestor Objects Carved to Honor the Dead These ancestor objects – akin to Native American totem poles – are created to honor the recently departed during a ‘bis’ ceremony. A bis…

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Bis Poles in Rotterdam – excerpt from Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery

Bis Poles in Rotterdam – excerpt from Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery

In this excerpt of my new novel, Rituals of the Dead, Zelda sees a bis pole for the first time. She’s not as impressed as you might think. Find out why: Chapter Three Once the pole rested on the gurney, the assistants slid the canvas strips out from under it and stepped back, allowing the room to view it in all its glory. Zelda couldn’t help but wonder if it was the ugliest thing she’d ever seen. She’d grown up…

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