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Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery (Zelda Richardson Mystery Series Book 2) by [Jennifer S. Alderson]
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""Rituals of the Dead" was given to me for an advance review and it just blew me away... This book sees Zelda in the centre of an anthropological mystery where her trusting, yet inquisitive nature, which makes her so endearing to the reader, could potentially spell the end of her life. The pace is fast without being hectic; the intrigue unfolds steadily, sustaining the reader's interest to the very end.
I enjoyed every single line of the book, but my favourite parts were the flashbacks where the author offers a glimpse of a culture that I know very little about. The chapters set in Papua and New Guinea, the insights into the life and rituals of the Asmat people are, in my opinion, priceless." - Dora Ilieva, mystery author  (Goodreads review)

"It isn't often one holds their breath while reading. As I finished the last chapter of Rituals of the Dead, all I could think was wow. Just wow. 
History comes alive in this story as Zelda photographs the diary, unearthing a story of murder, greed, missionaries and artifacts. It is not a book one puts down easily. The characters are carefully crafted, engaging you from page one. Alderson takes you from past to present and back again seamlessly as you follow events Zelda has yet to unravel.
Alderson's work is entertaining, engaging, and educational, all that a reader could ask and more. Zelda matures and grows with each volume in the series." - Janice J. Richardson, mystery author (Goodreads review)

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Author's Note
Life is often stranger than fiction, and the coincidences that occur are sometimes extraordinary. In 2008, I worked on an exhibition of Asmat bis poles in the Tropenmuseum, two of which were collected by Michael Rockefeller in 1961. I also witnessed the opening of several crates of Asmat artifacts that had been lying in the depot of Rotterdam's Wereldmuseum (World Museum) for more than fifty years. Because a paradigm shift occurred while these objects were on a ship destined for the Netherlands, they were moved from the freighter to the depot and forgotten about. During my internship, the Tropenmuseum (Museum of the Tropics) was also wrestling with an extensive collection of human remains, many of which were collected in the 1930s through the 1960s in Dutch New Guinea.
Because the chapters set in the Asmat region take place in 1962, I refer to historical events as taking place in "Dutch New Guinea." Nowadays, this region is part of the Indonesian providence of Papua. This is why I also refer to the government of Papua when alluding to contemporary events in the region.
These facts provided the context, and several actual museums the settings, for my artifact mystery. The resulting story, all of the characters involved, and the restitution cases discussed in this novel are figments of my imagination.

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  • Publication date : April 6, 2018
  • File size : 2135 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 234 pages
  • Publisher : Traveling Life Press (April 6, 2018)
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
  • ASIN : B0795Z3HRX
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 142 ratings

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2.0 out of 5 stars Irritating and dull
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 22, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 9, 2019
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1.0 out of 5 stars An artefact mystery?
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 30, 2019
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very slow moving boring story.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 29, 2019
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 27, 2020
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