Since Jimm Juree moved, under duress, with her family to a rural village on the coast of Southern Thailand, she has missed her career as a journalist. In Chiang Mai, she was covering substantial stories and major crimes. But here in Maprao, Jimm has to scrape assignments from the local online journal, the Chumphon Gazette. This time they are sending her out to interview a local farang (European) writer, Conrad Coralbank, who writes award-winning crime novels. At the same time, several local women have left town without a word to anyone, leaving their possessions behind. These include the local doctor, Dr. Sumlak, who never returned from a conference, and the Thai wife of the aforementioned Conrad Coralbank. All of which looks a little suspicious, especially to Jimmy's grandfather, an ex-cop who notices Coralbank's interest in Jimm with a very jaundiced eye. And now a major storm is brewing. Who knows what it will blow in for Jimm and her family?
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Wonderful story, cast, and sense of humor
This is one of my all time favorite books. I like the author a lot, certainly in my top 10, but this is my favorite of all his books. Colin Cotterill provides, through Jimm Juree, a unique perspective to see both the good and the bad in rural Thailand, a wonderfully unique cast of family and friends, and multinational business. We can appreciate the good and stay aloof and even find humor in the bad so that it does not overwhelm us. The goal of "think globally, but act locally," while never stated, really shows up in this novel.
And i fell hook-line-and-sinker, for several of the plot twists that were laid out along tale. I can hardly blame Jimm for being so gullible, when I, as the reader fail to see the obvious clues.This book was a joy!
What types of fiction authors do i like to whom I compare Colin Cotterill and this book? Tom Clancy (especially Threat Vector) Alan Bradley (Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie), Kerry Greenwood (Phyrne Fisher series) Roger Zelazny (Amber Series) Neal Stephenson (Snow Crash) J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter series) Charlie Stross (Halting State) Krista D Ball (Tranquility) Jane Lovering (Liberace) Robert Heinlein and Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Jimm Juree is brought to life!
It is best to start with the two previous Jimm Juree books to understand her family. I think this will read ok without having read them but I don't know for sure. They are quite fun. Having been willing to push the envelope on character development in those books, this book is quite at home with the unusual cast, and let the multiple plots drive the story quite well.