Down and Out in Kathmandu

Down and Out in Kathmandu : A Backpacker Mystery

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An idealistic backpacker volunteering as an English teacher in Nepal finds herself entangled with an international gang of smugglers whose Thai leader believes she's stolen their diamonds. "A book I'd like to mention to any readers thirsty for some armchair adventure." - Beth Green of The Displaced Nation "Better than anything else I've read lately, this one was a joy to come back to daily." - VINE VOICE review Overworked computer programmer Zelda Richardson is teetering on the edge of burnout. Inspired by a girlfriend's trip around the world, she sublets her apartment in Seattle, Washington, buys a backpack and flies to Kathmandu as a volunteer English teacher - determined to make a difference and find herself whilst doing it. She can't wait to immerse herself in Nepalese life - wear a Sari, eat with her right hand and wipe with her left - but becomes overwhelmed by its foreignness. Despite the power outages, lack of running water and difficulty in learning the language, she sticks it out, wanting to prove to her friends and family - but mainly to herself - that she can survive without the luxuries of home. One distraction is the charming Ian, the sexy Australian backpacker whom she gets to know on arriving in Nepal. When her students laugh her out of the classroom and the headmaster publicly humiliates her, Zelda flees to the tourist district of Thamel to drown her sorrows with Ian. What follows is every traveler's nightmare as they find themselves entangled with an international gang of smugglers whose Thai leader believes Ian and Zelda have stolen their diamonds. Can Zelda find a way to get the smugglers off their backs and her Nepalese students to respect her, before her time in Kathmandu is over? Similar to The Beach, Are You Experienced?, Losing Gemma and Backpack, Down and Out in Kathmandu: A Backpacker Mystery is the perfect book for lovers of backpacker fiction and (mis)adventure novels. A Face-paced, fun and insightful read, especially if you're interested in - or about to travel to - Nepal or Thailand. "Down and Out is an engrossing and thrilling travel mystery that was hard to put down." - Author Jill Dobbe "Anyone who has backpacked, thrown themselves naively into another culture, will be able to relate to this, and should read it." - Author Kait Fennellshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 226 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 12mm | 313g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 151936590X
  • 9781519365903
  • 2,408,825

About Jennifer S Alderson

Jennifer S. Alderson worked as a journalist and website developer in Seattle, Washington, USA, before trading her financial security for a backpack. After traveling extensively around Asia and Central America, she moved to Darwin, Australia, before finally settling in the Netherlands. There she earned degrees in art history and museum studies. Home is now Amsterdam, where she lives with her Dutch husband and young son. Jennifer's travels and experiences color and inform her internationally-oriented fiction. Her first novel, Down and Out in Kathmandu: Adventures in backpacking, is a travel fiction adventure through Nepal and Thailand. The Lover's Portrait: An Art Mystery, her second book, is a suspenseful 'whodunit?' which transports readers to wartime and present day Amsterdam. Both are part of an on-going yet stand-alone series following the adventures of traveler and culture lover, Zelda Richardson. The third installment, another art-related travel thriller (working title: Smuggler's Deceit) will be released in the fall of 2017. Her travelogue, Notes of a Naive Traveler: Nepal and Thailand, is a must-read for those interested in learning more about - or wishing to travel to - Nepal and Thailand. Review and discuss her books on Facebook (http: //, Twitter (@JSAauthor) or Goodreads (https: // For more information about the author and her upcoming novels, please visit http: // more

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