Love Songs from a Shallow Grave : Doctor Siri Paiboun

  • by Colin Cotterill
  • Narrated by Clive Chafer
  • Series: Doctor Siri Paiboun
  • 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Three young Laotian women have died from fencingsword wounds. Each of them had studied abroad in an Eastern bloc country. Before he can complete his investigation, Dr. Siri is lured to Cambodia by an allexpensespaid trip. Accused of spying for the Vietnamese, he is imprisoned, beaten, and threatened with death. The Khmer Rouge is relentless, and it is touch and go for the dauntless, 74-year-old national—and only—coroner of Laos.

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What the Critics Say

“Superb…A strong supporting cast…This immensely satisfying mystery has it all—a heroic protagonist, a challenging puzzle, and an exotic setting.” (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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Love Dr Siri and his Wonderful Crew

You always get two stories for the price of one. Dr Siri and his family of unique characters never fail to engage and amuse each other, Dr Siri and the reader. And Dr Siri's special perception of the ghosts of the newly dead allow the author to bring the Laotian people to life. Another satisfying encounter with the state of the world of Laos in the 70's.
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- Doug

This series continues to get more disturbing

If you could sum up Love Songs from a Shallow Grave in three words, what would they be?

whistling at demons


What other book might you compare Love Songs from a Shallow Grave to and why?

Earlier books in the series


What about Clive Chafer’s performance did you like?

He's quite subtle. He felt a bit deadpan until I got sufficiently tuned in to his style, then I realized how rich his performance is.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Like the Merry Misogynist, some of the imagery in this book is really grim. Doc Siri and his gang continue to charm. I found the plot believable and gripping.


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- Pernicious

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-06-2011
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.