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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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TripFiction’s 10 Favourite Books set in Amsterdam

TripFiction’s 10 Favourite Books set in Amsterdam

I am incredibly honored to see The Lover’s Portrait on TripFiction’s list of 10 Favourite Books set in Amsterdam! And my art mystery set in World War Two and present-day Amsterdam is in excellent company. 🙂 “Here are 10 of our favourite books set in Amsterdam – as rated by the TripFiction community and in no particular order. Come and join us on a tour of this fabulous city – both past and present. Novels by Jake Woodhouse, Jessie Burton, Anja…

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Spotlight On Crime Fiction Author Anja de Jager

Spotlight On Crime Fiction Author Anja de Jager

I am thrilled to welcome crime fiction author Anja de Jager to my blog today! Her Lotte Meerman series is ideal for those who enjoy a good detective story as well as want to be transported to Amsterdam. Even for someone like me who lives in this city and knows it well, it was a joy to read and fun to see the city through her eyes.  You can read my review of Death on the Canal  on TripFiction. The…

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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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Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery out on April 6, 2018

Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery out on April 6, 2018

I am thrilled to announce my third mystery will be released on April 6, 2018! Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery has been a joy to write. It combines my love for anthropology, history, artifacts and Amsterdam into one novel. 🙂  Beta readers are also excited about it, one wrote back: ‘Excellent story, interesting twists. I really love The Lover’s Portrait but Rituals of the Dead is a step up.’ Be sure and read The Lover’s Portrait and Down and…

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November 11 is Sint Maarten

November 11 is Sint Maarten

Last night, Dutch streets were lit up by hundreds of children carrying lamps, in search of candy. November 11 is Sint Maarten, or Saint Martin’s Day. Officially, it’s the feast day of Saint Martin of Tours, a Bishop who was a patron of the poor. One of his more famous acts was cutting his cloak in half and giving it to a beggar. Nowadays, it is a day for children – often dressed up as little bishops, Spiderman or whatever…

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The world’s first Homomonument turns 30

The world’s first Homomonument turns 30

On September 5, the Homomonument turns thirty! In the shadows of the Westerkerk is this unique and imposing monument which was erected to ‘inspire and support homosexual men and women in their fight against denial, repression and discrimination.’ It was the first monument in the world to honor homosexual victims of World War Two. The thing is, you may not even realize you are standing on the monument when you are there 🙂  Three pink marble triangles placed into the…

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Pride Amsterdam 2017

Pride Amsterdam 2017

Amsterdam is painted in vibrant rainbow colors this week! Pride Amsterdam kicked off Saturday night and continues until August 6. This is one of the most fun weeks to be here thanks to all of the celebrations, street parties, outdoor concerts and over-the-top outfits you’re bound to encounter when roaming around the city center. My favorite part of the week is the Canal Parade. Eighty boats representing a diverse array of LGBTQ-friendly organizations will sail through the city center on…

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Amsterdam: Family Fun for Everyone

Amsterdam: Family Fun for Everyone

Despite its reputation as Europe’s Sin City, Amsterdam is a wonderful destination for a family vacation. For starters, there are a plethora of free playgrounds and parks spread throughout the city you can let you little ones loose in. Most cultural institutions have created interactive exhibitions geared towards young children and several tour companies offer special family tours via bus, boat or foot. As a parent of an active six-year-old, I want to share three of my favorite places to…

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New article and interview

New article and interview

Amsterdam’s experiencing an unexpected yet welcome heat wave, which means I’ve been on the beach more than behind my computer 🙂 Many thanks to Lucia N. Davis and Andrew Cairns for featuring me on their blogs these past two weeks! I feel honored to be the first person Lucia N. Davis interviewed for her blog. It was lovely to revisit the places which inspired my novels. Thanks, Lucia! You can read the entire interview on her blog. Andrew Cairns invited…

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