I know, I know, it isn’t Saturday and here I am announcing a Bookshelf post!
When Jennifer S. Alderson approached me about taking part in her blog tour for her new novel Rituals of the Dead and she said she wanted to take part in The Bookshelf for it I thought it was a great idea. Of course, I had no free Saturday spaces during her tour dates so I decided “what the hell” and went with the “let’s live dangerously” line of thought and agreed to post on a Thursday instead. Hopefully, all will remain right with the world and I’ve not upset the balance of time and space!
I want to ensure the book we’re here for, gets its time so before we start The Bookshelf here is a bit about Rituals of the Dead.
Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery
Art, religion, and anthropology collide in Alderson’s latest mystery thriller, Rituals of the Dead, book three of the Adventures of Zelda Richardson series.
Art history student Zelda Richardson is working at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam on an exhibition of bis poles from the Asmat region of Papua New Guinea – the same area where a famous American anthropologist disappeared in 1962. When his journals are 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.
Book & Buy Links
Title: Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery
Series: Adventures of Zelda Richardson #3
Author: Jennifer S. Alderson
Genre: Thriller | Suspense | Women’s Fiction
Publication Date: 15 April 2018
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook
Buy: Books2Read (will redirect you to your preferred supplier)
So, onto the books! Here is Julia’s bookshelf, enjoy…
What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is the first book I can remember having on my bookshelf. I read it so often that it fell apart!
What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?
I received Dan Brown’s Origin for Christmas. I haven’t had a chance to start it yet, but do look forward to reading his descriptions of Barcelona and La Sagrada Familia.
Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?
The Vestals Conspiracy by Tomasz Chrusciel and The Hidden Village: A Story of Survival in World War II by Imogen Matthews.
Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?
Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?
I saw Donna Leon has a new book out – The Temptation of Forgiveness. I love her work! I also want to read Conspiracy of Lies by Kathryn Gauci and Far Away by Victoria Blake.
What was the most recent addition to your writers bookshelf?
Debbie McComber’s Knit Together. Whether you’re a church-goer or not, this is a wonderful book to read if you are a feeling a bit lost and need some help finding your path in life, or a writer (or other creative person) who needs a bit of inspiration to keep going in the face of rejection.
Which of your own books are you most proud of adding to the bookshelf?
The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery. It took three years to write and I am still immensely proud that I finished it!
In 2004, I moved to Amsterdam to study art history and worked for several Dutch museums before my son was born in 2011. I’d been batting this idea for an art mystery around in my head for years, but didn’t work out the plot’s structure until I decided to stay home and raise him. I wrote primarily while he napped. Three years later, it was ready for publication. Writing about art, history and museums was also a wonderful way to stay in touch with my ‘adult life’ while raising a toddler. I am delighted to see how well readers respond to it!
Which book on your bookshelf do you most wish you had written?
Expats by Chris Pavone. It’s a thrilling amateur sleuth mystery and adventure through Europe.
Is there a WIP we can look forward to adding to our bookshelves?
I am so excited to announce the release of my third novel, Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery on April 6! Set in Amsterdam and Papua New Guinea, it combines anthropology, art, and history into one thrilling adventure.
This time my protagonist, Zelda Richardson, is working at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam on an exhibition of bis poles from the Asmat region of Papua New Guinea – the same area where a famous American anthropologist disappeared in 1962. When his journals are found inside one of the bis poles, Zelda is tasked with investigating the man’s last days and his connection to these ritual objects.
Zelda finds herself pulled into a world of shady anthropologists, missionaries, art collectors, headhunters, and smugglers, where 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 discovering the truth.
My hope in writing this book is not only to entertain readers, but also inspire them to learn more about the Asmat and their fascinating culture. I can’t wait to share Rituals of the Dead with mystery and thriller fans!
It’s available as paperback and eBook on April 6, 2018 but you can pre-order the eBook now for the low introductory price of 99 cents! Visit my website for direct links. [http://www.jennifersalderson.com/]
Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?
Jennifer S. Alderson’s Bookshelf
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 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 diamond smugglers. 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 Papua New Guinea and the Netherlands.
This was so much fun running a bookshelf mid-week as part of a blog tour for a bit of a change, I may be persuaded to do this again.
Taking Part in The Bookshelf
I’ve currently put a pause on taking new applications for The Bookshelf. I recently put a call-out for participants on Facebook and am currently booked up into June so want to get through most of these lovely people before I open the floodgates again. If you already have a form to return to me, feel free to do so, just be aware there is a quite a wait for spots right now.