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

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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First official review of Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery!

First official review of Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery!

I am thrilled to see the first official review of Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery on Goodreads​! “History comes alive in this story as Zelda photographs the diary, unearthing a story of murder, greed, missionaries and artifacts. It is not a book one puts down easily. The characters are carefully crafted, engaging you from page one. Alderson takes you from past to present and back again seamlessly as you follow events Zelda has yet to unravel…” THANK YOU, early…

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Theresa Smith Writes Behind the Pen and Staying in with Linda Hill

Theresa Smith Writes Behind the Pen and Staying in with Linda Hill

I am again touched by the kindness and support book bloggers lend to us authors. It is truly appreciated! Today I would like to share two new posts – Behind the Pen feature on Theresa Smith Writes Book Blog and Staying in with… on Linda Hill’s Book Blog. Both were wonderful ways of connecting with new readers. I also enjoyed ‘visiting’ Australia again, thanks to Theresa Smith. If you love to read, both sites are well worth your time! Behind the Pen feature…

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Books in my Handbag Blog: A Pesky Sleuth and Dutch Masterpieces in my Handbag

Books in my Handbag Blog: A Pesky Sleuth and Dutch Masterpieces in my Handbag

I am thrilled to share more about my art history mystery, The Lover’s Portrait, with Jessie Cahalin and her Books in my Handbag Blog! A Pesky Sleuth and Dutch Masterpieces in my Handbag “Travel with Jennifer S Alderson to Amsterdam and find out what has happened to some missing Dutch masterpieces.  Jennifer asked me to hide the paintings in the Handbag Gallery, but if you read the novel then the secrets will be revealed.  A pesky amateur sleuth will guide…

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Interviews with BrizzleLass Books and Emma the Little Bookworm

Interviews with BrizzleLass Books and Emma the Little Bookworm

I feel so lucky to have so much support from the book blogging community! Huge thanks to Claire from BrizzleLass Books and Emma the Little Bookworm for hosting me on their fabulous blogs last week. I really appreciate it! Stop by their blogs to learn more about my upcoming release – Rituals of the Dead – and my award-winning second novel, The Lover’s Portrait. Happy reading!   The Authors Bookshelf Special Edition – Jennifer S. Alderson – Rituals of the…

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Relevant History: the Colonial Origins of Ethnographic Museums and Rituals of the Dead

Relevant History: the Colonial Origins of Ethnographic Museums and Rituals of the Dead

Since Christmas, I have been busy editing Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery. I am thrilled to see the end is truly near! On April 6 my next novel will be released as paperback and eBook on Kobo, iBooks, Barnes & Noble NOOK, Smashwords and Amazon. You can pre-order Rituals of the Dead for only 99 cents until February 26! The Colonial origins of many ethnographic museums inspired much of the story. You can read more about it on…

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Amsterdam: the Perfect Setting for an Art Mystery

Amsterdam: the Perfect Setting for an Art Mystery

Amsterdam is the perfect setting for an art-related mystery, especially one in which the looting of artwork by the Nazis during World War Two plays a central role. My second novel, The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery, is about an American art history student who finds clues to the whereabouts of a collection of masterpieces hidden somewhere in Amsterdam, secreted away in 1942 by a homosexual art dealer who’d rather die than turn his collection over to his Nazi blackmailer. I can…

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The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery Goodreads Giveaway

The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery Goodreads Giveaway

Don’t miss your chance to win two thrilling art mysteries! Starting today, Goodreads members will have a chance to win a signed paperback copy of The Lover’s Portrait! And don’t forget to enter to win Rituals of the Dead while you are there. Happy reading!   The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery When a Dutch art dealer hides the stock from his gallery – rather than turn it over to his Nazi blackmailer – he pays with his life, leaving…

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