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.
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. Art, religion, and anthropology collide in Rituals of the Dead, a thrilling artifact mystery set in Dutch New Guinea (Papua) and the Netherlands. Her short story set in Panama and Costa Rica, Holiday Gone Wrong, gives new readers a taste of her tantalizing misadventures.
Her travelogue, Notes of a Naive Traveler, is a must read for those interested in learning more about – or wishing to – travel to Nepal and Thailand.
When not writing, Jennifer can be found in a museum, biking around Amsterdam, or enjoying a coffee along the canal while planning her next research trip.
The Lover's Portrait: An Art Mystery (Adventures of Zelda Richardson Book 2)
Missing masterpieces, Nazi blackmailers and a pesky amateur sleuth.
When a Dutch art dealer hides the stock from his gallery - rather than turn it over to his Nazi blackmailer - he pays with his life, leaving a treasure trove of modern masterpieces buried somewhere in Amsterdam, presumably lost forever. That is, until American art history student Zelda Richardson sticks her nose in.
Notes of a Naive Traveler: Nepal and Thailand Travelogue
"I never thought I would have reason to say to someone, 'Sorry I'm late, it took longer to dismember the goat than originally planned.'"
I was twenty-six years old, worked at a well-paid job, rented a fantastic apartment, and enjoyed a large circle of friends. I had everything, except I didn't. I couldn't shake the feeling I was missing out on the experience of living.
Down and Out in Kathmandu: A Backpacker Mystery (Adventures of Zelda Richardson Book 1)
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!
Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery (Adventures of Zelda Richardson Book 3)
Stolen artifacts, a missing anthropologist and a tenacious amateur sleuth.
American art history student Zelda Richardson is back and embroiled in another exciting art-related mystery! This time she's working at an anthropology museum in Amsterdam on an exhibition of artifacts from the Asmat region of Papua - the same area where a famous American anthropologist disappeared in 1961. When the anthropologist's journal is found inside an artifact's crate, Zelda is tasked with finding out more about the man's last days and his connection to these ritual objects.
Holiday Gone Wrong: An Adventures of Zelda Richardson mystery thriller series short story set in Panama and Costa Rica
After a tiresome year of computer programming, Zelda Richardson is back on the road - destination Panama and Costa Rica. Learning to scuba dive, exploring Central American rainforests, and climbing a volcano sounded like the perfect antidotes to Seattle's spring rains.