Jimm Juree was a crime reporter for the Chiang Mai Daily Mail with a somewhat eccentric family. When she is forced to follow her family to a rural village on the coast of Southern Thailand, she’s convinced her career—maybe her life—is over. So when a van containing the skeletal remains of two hippies is inexplicably unearthed in a local farmer’s field, Jimm is thrilled. Shortly thereafter an abbot at a local Buddhist temple is viciously murdered.
Suddenly Jimm’s new life becomes somewhat more promising—and a lot more deadly. And if Jimm is to unravel the inexplicable events, it will take luck, perseverance, and the help of her entire family.
“Cotterill understands people and writes subtle humor like a master.” (Library Journal)
“May be the best new international mystery series since the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.” (Booklist)
“Cotterill’s excellent first in a new series . . . combines a wry narrative voice with an appealing picture of a world unfamiliar to most Americans.” (Publishers Weekly)
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This is no Dr. Siri!
Probably not -- it was only ok.
No, it was mostly slow-moving, there was no threat, and the writing was a bit trite.
Good voices, but poor narration skills. I think she made a weak piece of writing seem even worse by missing a lot of the intent of the text, both serious and humorous.
Wish there were more Dr. Siri books!
This honestly feels like it must have been a manuscript predating The Coroner's Lunch that was pulled out of a drawer after the success of that other series. The writing in the first half feels adolescent, like somebody who constantly feels the need to point out their own witticisms. We get a side character's entire complex life boiled down to a page or so, after which it never matters again (but, I guess, will in some future book) -- a teen-aged hacker could have done what it took a trangender, former-star, current-smuggler sibling (!) to contribute to the plot. Maybe Cotteril wanted to leaven the elderly cast of the Dr. Siri books (set in 1970s Lao) with some hip youngsters (in modern-day Thailand), but the result just rings hollow and 2-dimensional. It picks up a bit in the second half, which is more about the procedural, but only somewhat. Perhaps subsequent books will find their rhythm, but I will be in no rush to find out.