Down and Out in Kathmandu

Down and Out in Kathmandu : A Backpacker Mystery

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Zelda wants to teach children English and "find herself" in Kathmandu. Ian wants to get stoned and trek the Himalayas. Tommy wants to get rich by smuggling diamonds. How their stories collide will leave you on the edge of your seat!

Travel from the dusty, tout-filled streets and holy sites of Nepal to the sultry metropolises and picture-perfect beaches of Thailand, as Zelda and Ian try to outsmart the smugglers and escape Asia alive.

This fast-paced, thrilling travel mystery set in Nepal and Thailand is sure to captivate readers thirsty for some armchair adventure. Down and Out in Kathmandu: A Backpacker Mystery is the perfect book for lovers of dark comedy, backpacker fiction and (mis)adventure novels.

This novel is a PREQUEL to the award-winning Zelda Richardson Mystery Series.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 15mm | 376g
  • English
  • 9083001105
  • 9789083001104
  • 4,018,907

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"Better than anything else I've read lately, this one was a joy to come back to daily. I could tell she was familiar with the area, and her writing made me feel I was there as well..." Amazon VINE VOICE review by Monette L. Bebow Reinhard

""A book I'd like to mention to any readers thirsting for some armchair adventure." - Beth Green of The Displaced Nation magazine

"Down and Out in Kathmandu takes the reader not only to Nepal, but also into the minds of self-centered twenty-somethings as they fumble their way toward self-discovery and perhaps a little bit of wisdom. The author brings Nepal to life. The characters are brilliantly conceived... Down and Out is a fun read, and I look forward to Zelda's next adventure!" - author Robert Krenzel

"Alderson is a master at weaving this tale, providing the reader with a hundred and one "Gasps!" as her characters dodge nefarious gangsters and run for their lives. This is an edge-of-your-seat thriller that whets one's taste for exotic travel locations, international intrigue, and mystery. Alderson's plotline drives this story along in a way that takes the reader through such a wild series of unexpected twists and turns, anyone would surely be left breathless and wondering, "What just happened?!" - JB, Amazon review

"I love Zelda. She's one of those characters that just stand out because she is relatable. Who doesn't want to escape from burnout, grab a backpack and lead yourself on an adventure. As any good story, Zelda becomes in over her head, and her entanglement is clearly terrifying. I had to read this book from start to finish in one sitting, as I couldn't put it down, not even for a second. The ending had me stunned, finding closure, and hoping for another adventure at the same time. It's worth the read!"- Amy's Bookshelf Reviews

"Down and Out is an engrossing and thrilling travel mystery that was hard to put down... Alderson's descriptions of Nepal and Bangkok were very realistic and gave readers a glimpse of the dangerously illegal and dark side that exists in these countries. This book is fun and entertaining, but also reminds us of how dangerous it can be to travel alone and how easy it is to be taken advantage of." - travel writer Jill Dobbe
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