Down and Out in Kathmandu: A Backpacker Mystery

Down and Out in Kathmandu: A Backpacker Mystery

by Jennifer S. Alderson


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Zelda wants to teach children English and “find herself” in Kathmandu. Ian wants to get stoned and trek the Himalayas. Tommy wants to get rich by smuggling diamonds. How their stories collide will leave you on the edge of your seat!

Travel from the dusty, tout-filled streets and holy sites of Nepal to the sultry metropolises and picture-perfect beaches of Thailand, as Zelda and Ian try to outsmart the smugglers and escape Asia alive.

This fast-paced, thrilling travel mystery set in Nepal and Thailand is sure to captivate readers thirsty for some armchair adventure. Down and Out in Kathmandu: A Backpacker Mystery is the perfect book for lovers of dark comedy, backpacker fiction and (mis)adventure novels.

This novel is a PREQUEL to the award-winning Zelda Richardson Mystery Series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789083001104
Publisher: Traveling Life Press
Publication date: 03/21/2019
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Jennifer S. Alderson was born in San Francisco, raised in Seattle, and currently lives in Amsterdam. Before settling in the Netherlands, she traveled extensively around Asia, Oceania, Australia, and Central America. Her love of travel, art, and culture inspires her award-winning Zelda Richardson Mystery Series. Her background in journalism, multimedia development, and art history enriches her novels. When not writing, she can be found in a museum, biking around Amsterdam, or enjoying a coffee along the canal while planning her next research trip.

Table of Contents



The arrival

Ian’s first drug buy

Sweet freedom

Tommy’s place

Zelda’s latest souvenir

Extra person fee

Chillin’ in Kathmandu

Zelda moves in

Ian makes a friend

Tommy makes a decision

Back to school

Rebel without a clue

Mahendra’s birthday present

Tommy goes shopping

Prisoner transport

Inspired by Chad

Tommy surfs the internet

Zelda becomes a teacher

In Bangkok with The Greek

Ian’s hippie paradise

Tommy makes a deal

It’s all in the wrist

Paradise lost

The Cow Patty Incident

Ian’s lost that loving feeling

Tommy visits the docks

Zelda almost gets her groove back

Life choices

Tommy takes a trip

The decision to flee came suddenly

Calling in a favor

Time to say goodbye

Too late for regrets

Tommy’s traded in

Déjà vu in Kathmandu

Back to Bangkok

Plumbing problems

Ian blows it

Zelda to the rescue

Setting the trap

Zelda leaves a note

Tommy finally does something right

How fast does karma work?

Tourist time

Leaving on a jet plane


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Down and Out in Kathmandu: A Backpacker Mystery 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite Three different characters try to find something in Down and Out in Kathmandu by Jennifer S. Alderson. Zelda is an idealistic young woman who wants to follow her friends' example and find herself while traveling. She decides being a volunteer in Kathmandu to teach English to little kids would be just the right path while doing something good along the way. Ian, on the other hand, doesn't need to find himself. All he wants to find is more weed. After all, his friend told him the stuff was even worshiped in temples in Tibet and that you could just pick as much as you want on certain hikes. Zelda and Ian meet at the airport and, over time, develop some sort of on/off holiday fling. But they go their different ways after a while: Zelda goes off to her volunteer experience and Ian goes off to have as much fun as possible. In the meantime, readers also get to know Tommy, who wants to become rich by smuggling diamonds - but then gets himself into real trouble. Unfortunately, Ian also gets caught up in the mess, which leads to Zelda being caught up in the mess. Soon all three fear for their lives - so much for finding yourself, having fun, or becoming rich! The story is more than I expected in the beginning, and I like how volunteer work is portrayed in such a realistic way. I have volunteered a lot myself. So I know that things aren't as glamorous as many people think they are. Volunteering can be tough, dirty, and nerve-wracking, especially when you - like Zelda - are in an area where you feel isolated and cut off from the rest of the world. I also liked how the author managed to show the different types of volunteers there are, and how everyone has a different reason for doing what they do (e.g. one volunteers to "find herself" and the other one volunteers to up her chances of being accepted at the place where she wants to study). It was also interesting to learn a bit more about the culture of the people in and around Kathmandu. In the beginning, I wasn't sure how Tommy fitted into the whole story. I found him annoying and superfluous, but the more the story progressed, the more I began to see the whole picture and, in the end, it all made perfect sense (more or less). It was interesting to see how the plot developed, and how Zelda managed to end up in one troublesome situation after the other. She clearly had to learn a lot about life and herself during all those challenges. It's not what she came to Kathmandu for, but in the end, she kind of got what she wanted: she found herself in a way. If Ian was a real person, he wouldn't think so, but I thought his plot line was quite funny. I couldn't take him seriously and found him very entertaining. Just the way he ended up getting into real trouble in a hotel (can't divulge the details!) was in a way predictable, but very funny! The book was a fun, but also interesting and exciting read!