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By Aliza on 09-26-14
Healthy Addictive Pleasure
What did you love best about Thirty-Three Teeth?
Thoroughly likable main characters develop individually and interpersonally from one book to the next.
What other book might you compare Thirty-Three Teeth to and why?
It brings to mind the Ladies #1 Detective Agency series in that it provides a warm and vivid introduction to another culture. Both series possess a dry British wit. As the Dr. Siri Investigations explore the spirit world as well, they provide a fascinating intersection of the traditional beliefs with the political realities of the mid-70's.
Which character – as performed by Clive Chafer – was your favorite?
Initially, I thought Clive Chafer's reading style monotonous. But the more I listen to these, the more I hear the humor and depth in this understated delivery. I find myself listening to each book twice, starting again as soon as I complete one to savor it more fully. And then I immediately download the next!
Any additional comments?
I remember the pleasure with which I discovered Michael Connelly's detective series, but over time the darkness of Bosch's world view and the alienation of the major characters induced me to back off. This series, in contrast, has some evil and genuinely negative characters, but the overall impression is one of great warmth, respect and even joy. In places it's laugh out loud funny. I'm grateful that one reviewer's related that his Laotian wife found the series presented an accurate physical and cultural portrait of her homeland. I was apprehensive that Thirty-Three Teeth might not live up to the freshness and originality of The Coroner's Lunch. Happily, this second book in the series deepened my appreciation of the culture, the characters and the nature of their growing intimacy.
If you go onto the author's web site, you'll see he's quite an accomplished cartoonist, too.
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By Janice on 01-21-16
This is a fun series, enjoyable more for the characters than the mysteries they solve, much as fans of Ms. Christie enjoy Miss Marple and Monsieur Poirrot for their distinctive personalities. True to form, the crimes being investigated in this installment won’t have you biting your nails, but the process of getting to the answers is entertaining and full of humor. In particular, a scene involving a mass séance with multiple shamans calling on the spirits to toe the Communist Party line is hilarious. I love Dr. Siri and will revisit him and his delightful entourage again.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful