Rituals of the Dead

Rituals of the Dead : An Artifact Mystery

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A museum researcher must solve a decades-old murder before she becomes the killer's next victim in this riveting dual timeline thriller set in Papua and the Netherlands.

Agats, Dutch New Guinea (Papua), 1961: While collecting Asmat artifacts for a New York museum, American anthropologist Nick Mayfield stumbles upon a smuggling ring organized by high-ranking members of the Dutch colonial government and Catholic Church. Before he can alert the authorities, he vanishes in a mangrove swamp, never to be seen again.

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2018: While preparing for an exhibition of Asmat artifacts in a Dutch ethnographic museum, researcher Zelda Richardson finds Nick Mayfield's journal in a long-forgotten crate. Before Zelda can finish reading the journal, her housemate is brutally murdered and "give back what is not yours" is scrawled on their living room wall.

Someone wants ancient history to stay that way - and believes murder is the surest way to keep the past buried.

Can Zelda solve a sixty-year-old secret before decades of deceit, greed and retribution cost her her life?

Awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion by indieBRAG's readers in December 2018One of Amy's Bookshelf Reviews' Top 20 Books of 2018Winner of a Chill with a Book Readers' Award, June 2018A Women Writers, Women's Books magazine's Recommended Reads for March 2018New Apple's 2018 Summer Book Awards, Official Selection Mystery/Thriller categoryBookLife Prize for Fiction 2018, Mystery/Thriller category, rating 8.50

Art, religion, and anthropology collide in this edge-of-your-seat museum mystery thriller, Book Three of the Adventures of Zelda Richardson series. The novels in this series can be read in any order.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 236 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 13mm | 322g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1986006107
  • 9781986006101

About Jennifer S Alderson

Jennifer S. Alderson was born in San Francisco, raised in Seattle, and currently lives in Amsterdam. Her love of travel, art, and culture inspires her ongoing mystery series, the Adventures of Zelda Richardson. Her background in journalism, multimedia development, and art history enriches her novels. When not writing, she can be found in a museum, biking around Amsterdam, or enjoying a coffee along the canal while planning her next research trip.

In Down and Out in Kathmandu, Zelda gets entangled with a gang of smugglers whose Thai leader believes she's stolen his diamonds. The Lover's Portrait is a suspenseful "whodunit?" about Nazi-looted artwork that transports readers to wartime and present-day Amsterdam. Her short story set in Panama and Costa Rica, Holiday Gone Wrong, will help fans better understand this unintentional amateur sleuth's decision to study art history and give new readers a taste of her tantalizing misadventures. Art, religion, and anthropology collide in Rituals of the Dead, a thrilling artifact mystery set in Dutch New Guinea (Papua) and the Netherlands.

The Lover's Portrait was Chill With A Book's January 2018 Book of the Month, chosen as one of TripFiction's 10 Favorite Books set in Amsterdam, and won the Silver Cup in Rosie's Book Review Team 2017 Awards, Mystery category. The Lover's Portrait also won a Chill With A Book Readers' Award, Readers' Favorite 5 star medal, was one of The Displaced Nation magazine's Top 36 Expat Fiction Picks of 2016, and came in at 14 in BookLife's 2016 Prize for Fiction in the Mystery category. It was also one of Women Writers, Women's Books magazine's Recommended Reads for April 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. It was also awarded a Readers' Favorite 5 star medal.

Learn more about Jennifer and her books on her website (http: //www.JenniferSAlderson.com), Facebook (http: //www.facebook.com/JenniferSAldersonAuthor), Twitter (@JSAauthor) or Goodreads (https: //www.goodreads.com/JennifeSAlderson).
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