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.


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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It's not all fiction

serial-killer, madness, murder-investigation, Khymer-Rouge, historical-fiction, historical-places-events, history-and-culture, verbal-humor, Indo-China

Once again, there are convoluted converging plots here. The investigation into a series of homicides committed daily x 3 with a weapon incongruous to Indochina is further complicated by the varied communists from Russia, China, and Vietnam. The other part is a cautionary tale in the guise of Dr Siri's experiences in Cambodia during the bloodbath that was the Khymer Rouge. If you are too young to remember and are lucky enough not to have lost anyone during this horror, I do assure you that it was at least as horrific as depicted in this book. Despite that, the detective fiction aspect was excellent!
I commend narrator Clive Chafer for being able to perform the gruesome aspects with a reasonably unemotional voice.
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- Jan

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

Book Details

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