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Publisher's Summary

How do you respond when you wake up to find a severed head on your resort-front beach in the morning? If you're frustrated ex-crime reporter Jimm Juree, you take action. With her former cop grandfather as back up, she sets out to discover how the poor fellow ended up where he did - and why. On their journey, with the rest of their disjointed family in tow, they uncover gruesome tales of piracy and slavery, violence and murder in the Gulf of Thailand.
Are the authorities uninterested because they're involved, or because the victims aren't Thai? Whatever the reason, Jimm and her team are going it alone and their lives are under threat. And who exactly are those two elegant women in cabin three and why has the engine number of their car been filed away?
Airport hostages and hand grenades, monkeys and naked policemen - once more the sublime and the ridiculous clash at the Gulf Bay Lovely Resort and Restaurant.
©2012 Colin Cotterill (P)2012 HighBridge Company
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Critic Reviews

"Cotterill masterfully blends real-world issues... with appealing cozy elements and his trademark humor. Series readers will be thrilled with this installment and anxious for the next one." ( Booklist)
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Customer Reviews

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4 out of 5 stars
By Hannah on 12-31-13

Lively, charming and unexpected

For some reason, Colin Coterill's series reminds me a bit of Alexander McCall Smith's, No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency, books. It's something about the way both authors invite us to have a charming and intimate look at life in very particular, very foreign worlds. In Colin Coterill's case,Thailand rather than Smith's Botswana.
Guided by remarkable Jimm Juree, a young, out of work crime reporter, we are invited on her unofficial investigations while she navigates, assisted by her Grandfather, both bizarre and disturbing crimes with the background of becoming increasingly intimate with every member of her hilarious family.
The author's wry humor saturates the book, gently introducing us to a world that is exotic and destitute, and richly delightful.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Cheryl on 01-21-13

Charming, Funny Listen

What made the experience of listening to Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach the most enjoyable?

The reader was great, the characters wonderful and funny, plus I learned so much about Thailand and Laos.

Would you be willing to try another book from Colin Cotterill? Why or why not?

I love to read Colin Cotterill, the characters and stories are always well drawn and he gives you a great image of a part of the world I've never visited.

Which scene was your favorite?

So many, I think Jim's brother and fiancee were a wonderful vision. Also the last scenes which would be a spoiler if I described them.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I like to break up the books, they keep me company when I am working alone.

Any additional comments?

Mr. Cotterill keep them coming!

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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