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New Release: Death by Bagpipes

New Release: Death by Bagpipes

Follow the further adventures of tour guide Lana Hansen in Death by Bagpipes: A Summer Murder in Edinburgh! When a trip to Scotland ends in tragedy, travel guide Lana Hansen must sleuth out who murdered her guest before she ends up paying the piper. Lana hasn’t seen her ex-husband Ron since their divorce was finalized six months earlier. So when they bump into each on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, she is not exactly jumping for joy. To make matters…

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New Release: Death by Windmill

New Release: Death by Windmill

Welcome to the world, Death By Windmill: A Mother’s Murder in Amsterdam – Book Three of the Travel Can Be Murder Mystery Series! Wanderlust Tours guide Lana Hansen and her mother, Gillian, haven’t seen eye to eye in over a decade, ever since Lana was wrongly fired from her job as an investigative reporter. So when Lana’s boss invites Gillian to join her upcoming Mother’s Day tour to the Netherlands, Lana is less than pleased. What could be worse than…

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Rome: Location Research for Travel Can Be Murder

Rome: Location Research for Travel Can Be Murder

Here in the Alderson household, we are still recovering from a week’s vacation to Rome. It sounds quite jetsettery, but it’s only a two-hour flight from Amsterdam! It was to celebrate my husband’s birthday and conduct a little location research for Book 5 in the Travel Can Be Murder cozy mystery series – Death by Fountain: A Christmas Murder in Rome. Luckily, we left Rome two days before the corona virus reared its ugly head there, as well. A trip…

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Road trip through Bavaria

Road trip through Bavaria

Last week my family and I headed out to Munich, Germany by car. We are glad we did drive because an unexpected heatwave had us heading to the forested Bavarian hills sooner than planned! Because this was our first major road trip since our son’s birth, we split it up into half-day drives with plenty of time to stop and stretch our legs. I am so glad we did, otherwise we wouldn’t have discovered Nassau or Heidelberg! Our first stop…

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Marked for Revenge: Settings of my Art Heist Thriller

Marked for Revenge: Settings of my Art Heist Thriller

My latest novel, Marked for Revenge, is an art heist thriller about the theft of forty paintings from modern art museums spread across the Netherlands. It is also the third novel in this series featuring art history student and reluctant amateur sleuth, Zelda Richardson. In this book, one of the museum’s Zelda Richardson is working for is robbed at the beginning of the novel and soon our heroine finds herself entangled with the robbers, mob, and police. To save herself…

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4 & 5 May: Remembrance and Liberation Day in the Netherlands

4 & 5 May: Remembrance and Liberation Day in the Netherlands

4 and 5 May – Remembrance and Liberation Day – are important dates in the Netherlands as they mark the end of the Second World War by honoring its victims then celebrating freedom after five long years of fighting. May 4th is Remembrance Day in the Netherlands, when all those who lost their lives during World War II are honored in ceremonies all over the city. At 8 p.m. there is two minutes’ of silence. This is strictly enforced and…

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Tiger Temple Caves in Krabi, Thailand

Tiger Temple Caves in Krabi, Thailand

This is one of my favorite photos of a trip to Tiger Temple Caves in Krabi, Thailand, simply because this monk is so into his work! And what a great space to work in… This trip to Thailand and Nepal inspired two books: Down and Out in Kathmandu and Notes of a Naive Traveler. Here’s a short excerpt from my travelogue about this cave complex: January 10, 2000: Krabi We also visited the interesting Tiger Temple Caves. It’s a series…

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Panama-Costa Rica border crossing and Holiday Gone Wrong

Panama-Costa Rica border crossing and Holiday Gone Wrong

Would you cross this bridge? Until recently, this was the border crossing between Costa Rica and Panama at Rio Sereno. One I had to cross over several times because of a visa stamp mishap. You can’t see the large holes in the wood from this picture, but trust me, they’re there. I took this picture during a wonderful trip to both countries. The adventures I had formed the basis of my short thriller – Holiday Gone Wrong. You can pick…

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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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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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