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Publisher's Summary

In Vientiane, Laos, a booby-trapped corpse intended for Dr. Siri, the national coroner, has been delivered to the morgue. In his absence, only Nurse Dtui’s intervention saves the lives of the morgue attendants, visiting doctors, and Madame Daeng, Dr. Siri’s fiancée.
On his way back from a Communist Party meeting in the north, Dr. Siri is kidnapped by seven female Hmong villagers under the direction of the village elder so that he will—in the guise of Yeh Ming, the thousand-year-old shaman with whom he shares his body—exorcise the headman’s daughter, whose soul is possessed by a demon, and lift the curse of the pogo stick.
©2008 Colin Cotterill (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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“Like Dr. Siri, Colin Cotterill has a touch of magic about him.” (Boston Globe)
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By Jan on 07-08-17

Sneaky and snarky

murder-investigation, laos, history-and-culture, historical-places-events, historical-fiction, magic, humor

The truest statement about this one is that there is little that cannot be explained by using logic and thinking outside the box. As usual, there are two converging plots to drive the reader nuts. But it is sooo worth it! See publisher's blurb for hints and clues, no spoilers here. Just enjoy the mystery and the humor, and don't let grim reality get you down.
Clive Chafer continues to be excellent as narrator. He really adds to the personalities and the humor, both dry and overt.

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By Amy W on 11-15-13

Love this Series but Not this Book

I really like this series but this book felt as if it had been written in a hurry and there were pieces of the story missing. I will continue to read the series but I would not recommend this book to anyone who does not already like the characters, and is prepared for a storyline full of holes.

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