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Because I had read all Cotterill's "Dr. Siri" series and loved every one for its humor and wonderful characters, I hesitated to listen to the first of this new series believing I would be disappointed. The opposite happened and I was delighted with his fresh characters and relieved that he continues to construct a good mystery laced with lots of humor. It's a four star mystery with an extra star for all the other goodies.
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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Probably not -- it was only ok.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
No, it was mostly slow-moving, there was no threat, and the writing was a bit trite.
What three words best describe Jeany Park’s voice?
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.
Did Killed at the Whim of a Hat inspire you to do anything?
Wish there were more Dr. Siri books!
Any additional comments?
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.
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