When Irene Adler receives a plea for help on her answering machine from a former classmate it sends her to Nepal, a land of beauty, tika flowers, blackmail, and murder.
The death of a Sherpa who has fallen on a mountain pass, student demonstrations, the murder of a Russian salesman, and finally, the bombing of a hotel in Kathmandu all have one thing in common: some photos for which people are willing to kill.
Enter Franklin Herbert, distinguished professor and Irene’s former mentor. Herbert is British, elderly, apparently scatterbrained, and–as Irene will slowly discover–not what he seems. Following a trail of murder and lies under the seemingly befuddled guidance of her old professor, Irene must discover the film’s content and those pursuing it in time to stop a terrible threat to the once peaceful mountain kingdom of Nepal with a little help from the mysterious Chwwaassaa Dyo.
J.A. Squires is the pen name for two friends who have been working and playing together for nearly three decades. One is a working anthropologist who is past president of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology and a founding member of the American Anthropology Association’s Practicing Anthropology Working Group and the Committee on Practicing, Applied and Public Interest Anthropology. The other is an award-winning author and playwright whose work has appeared in 15 countries and has been translated into 12 languages. Both enjoy travel and mysteries—the perfect combination for their protagonist’s vocation!
Author Name: J.A. Squires
Title: Assignment: Nepal
Release Date: October 15, 2011
Word Count: 76,221
Target Audience (Ages): Adult