The Adventures of Zelda Richardson

3 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 17 ratings

The Lover's Portrait: An Art Mystery Publisher's Summary

Missing masterpieces, Nazi blackmailers, and a pesky amateur sleuth. 

When a Dutch art dealer hides the stock from his gallery - rather than turn it over to his Nazi blackmailer - he pays with his life, leaving a treasure trove of modern masterpieces buried somewhere in Amsterdam, presumably lost forever. That is, until American art history student Zelda Richardson sticks her nose in. 

After studying for a year in the Netherlands, Zelda scores an internship at the prestigious Amsterdam Museum, where she works on an exhibition of paintings and sculptures once stolen by the Nazis, lying unclaimed in Dutch museum depots almost seventy years later. When two women claim the same portrait of a young girl entitled Irises, Zelda is tasked with investigating the painting's history and soon finds evidence that one of the two women must be lying about her past. Before she can figure out which one it is and why, Zelda learns about the Dutch art dealer's concealed collection. And that Irises is the key to finding it all. 

Her discoveries make her a target of someone willing to steal - and even kill - to find the missing paintings. As the list of suspects grows, Zelda realizes she has to track down the lost collection and unmask a killer if she wants to survive. 

  • Chill with a Book's January 2018 Book of the Month 
  • One of TripFiction’s 10 Favorite Books set in Amsterdam 
  • One of The Displaced Nation's Top 36 Expat Fiction Picks of 2016 
  • Number 14 in the BookLife Prize for Fiction 2016, Mystery category 
  • Silver Cup Winner of Rosie's Book Review Team Awards 2017 in the Mystery category 

The Lover’s Portrait is the perfect novel for those who love art, history, and mystery. The Adventures of Zelda Richardson series are stand-alone novels and can be listened to in any order.  

©2016 Jennifer S. Alderson (P)2017 Jennifer S. Alderson
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  • Book 1

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  • Book 2

    • The Lover's Portrait: An Art Mystery

    • The Adventures of Zelda Richardson, Volume 2
    • By: Jennifer S. Alderson
    • Narrated by: Carol Purdom
    • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    When a Dutch art dealer hides the stock from his gallery - rather than turn it over to his Nazi blackmailer - he pays with his life, leaving a treasure trove of modern masterpieces buried somewhere in Amsterdam, presumably lost forever. That is, until American art history student Zelda Richardson sticks her nose in.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loving Art through good times and bad.

    • By cosmitron on 04-22-18

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 3

    • Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery

    • Adventures of Zelda Richardson, Book 3
    • By: Jennifer S. Alderson
    • Narrated by: Chelsea Stephens
    • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    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. Join Zelda as she grapples with the anthropologist's mysterious disappearance 50 years earlier and a present-day murderer who will do anything to prevent her from discovering the truth.  

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Absolutely Outstanding!

    • By tarafarah7: Tara Brown on 07-09-18

    Regular price: $19.95