Monday 4 June 2018

Rituals of the Dead by Jennifer S Alderson

Rituals of the Dead


Chill with a Book READERS’ Award

Stolen artifacts, a missing anthropologist, and a pesky amateur sleuth.

Art history student Zelda Richardson is working at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam on an exhibition of bis poles from the Asmat region of Papua – the same area where a famous American anthropologist disappeared in 1962. When his journal is found inside one of the bis poles, Zelda is tasked with finding out more about the man’s last days and his connection to these ritual objects.

Zelda is pulled into a world of shady anthropologists, headhunters, missionaries, art collectors, and smugglers – where the only certainty is that sins of the past are never fully erased.

Join Zelda as she grapples with the anthropologist’s mysterious disappearance fifty years earlier, and a present-day murderer who will do anything to prevent her from discovering the truth.

All four mysteries in the Adventures of Zelda Richardson series are stand-alone novels and can be read in any order:

Down and Out in Kathmandu: A Backpacker Mystery
Holiday Gone Wrong: A Short Mystery Story
The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery
Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery

Related keywords: crime fiction, art theft, art crime, historical fiction, historical mystery, adventure, historical thriller, art history, art mystery, artifact theft, artifacts, museums, anthropology, ethnography, cultural heritage, mystery, thriller, missionaries, suspense, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Leiden, Rotterdam, Papua, Dutch New Guinea, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, colonial history, Dutch history, Oceania.

Genre:  Historical / International Mystery & Crime

Approx pages:  237

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  1. Sounds like an awesome read. Will look for it on Amazon

  2. Many thanks for choosing Rituals of the Dead, dear Chill with a Book readers! And thank you, Paula Lofting for your enthusiastic reaction!
    [I apologize deeply for the late response; I truly thought I had commented the week it was announced.]