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Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery (Adventures of Zelda Richardson Book 3)

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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.

Trouble is, she soon discovers disturbing links between his vanishing, the Dutch government and the Catholic Church. When her co-worker and housemate are murdered shortly after, Zelda finds herself pulled into a world of shady anthropologists, colonial officials, missionaries and smugglers - where the line between good and evil is blurry at best, and the only certainty is that sins of the past are never fully erased.

Join Zelda on her next quest as she grapples with the anthropologist's mysterious disappearance fifty years earlier, and a present-day murderer who will do everything to prevent her from uncovering the truth.

Awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion by indieBRAG's readers in December 2018Winner of a Chill with a Book Readers' Award, June 2018AWomen 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 thriller, Book Three of theAdventures of Zelda Richardson mystery series. The novels in this series can be read in any order.

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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.

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.

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