Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery

| February 9, 2019

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Stolen artifacts, a missing anthropologist and mixed-up human remains – Gideon Oliver meets Nancy Drew in this exciting amateur sleuth mystery set in Papua and the Netherlands.

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 2018
  • One of Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews’ Top 20 Books of 2018
  • Winner of a Chill with a Book Readers’ Award, June 2018
  • A Women Writers, Women’s Books magazine’s Recommended Reads for March 2018
  • New Apple’s 2018 Summer Book Awards, Official Selection Mystery/Thriller category
  • BookLife Prize for Fiction 2018, Mystery/Thriller category, rating 8.50

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

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