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Rituals of the Dead

An Artifact Mystery


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Genres Mystery, Historical Fiction
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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.

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

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