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Colin Cotterill

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About the Author

Colin Cotterill is an author and cartoonist. He was born in London in 1952, and trained as a Physical Education teacher, before setting off on a world tour that hasn't ended yet. Along the way, he has held various teaching positions in Israel, Australia, the U. S., Japan, and Southeast Asia. He näytä lisää would eventually become involved in child protection, and it was his work with trafficked children that motivated him to write his first novel, The Night Bastard. The reaction was so positive that he decided to take time off and write full-time. Two of his subsequent novels are child-protection based: Evil in the Land Without, and Pool and its role in Asian Communism. Cotterill may be best known as the author of the Dr. Siri Paiboun series, set in the People's Democratic Republic of Laos. Titles in the series include: Six and a Half Deadly Sins, the Woman Who Wouldn't Die, Love Songs from a Shallow Grave, The Merry Misogynist, Thirty-Three Teeth and The Coroner's Lunch. He also pens the Jim Jurree series, set in southern Thailand. Titles in this series include: The Axe Factor, Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach and Killed at the Whim of a Hat. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
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Tekijän teokset

The Coroner's Lunch (2004) 1,674 kappaletta
Thirty-Three Teeth (2005) 842 kappaletta
Disco for the Departed (2006) 626 kappaletta
Anarchy and Old Dogs (2007) 581 kappaletta
Curse of the Pogo Stick (2008) 484 kappaletta
Killed at the Whim of a Hat (2011) 448 kappaletta
The Merry Misogynist (2009) 418 kappaletta
Love Songs From a Shallow Grave (2010) 351 kappaletta
Slash and Burn (2011) 309 kappaletta
The Woman Who Wouldn't Die (2013) 261 kappaletta
Six and a Half Deadly Sins (2015) 199 kappaletta
I Shot the Buddha (2016) 163 kappaletta
The Axe Factor (2013) 126 kappaletta
The Rat Catchers' Olympics (2017) 124 kappaletta
Don't Eat Me (2018) 100 kappaletta
The Second Biggest Nothing (2019) 78 kappaletta
The Motion Picture Teller (2023) 54 kappaletta
Ageing Disgracefully (2009) 19 kappaletta
The Amok Runners (2016) 19 kappaletta
Hidden Genders (2012) 16 kappaletta
Evil in the Land Without (2003) 16 kappaletta
Bleeding in Black and White (2015) 13 kappaletta
Number Three: Highway Robbery (2017) 5 kappaletta
Number Seven: Sex on the Beach (2018) 4 kappaletta
Number Six: Spay With Me (2018) 3 kappaletta
Number Five: Trash (2018) 3 kappaletta
Number Eight: Smelly Man (2018) 3 kappaletta
Number Ten: Tom Tom (2019) 3 kappaletta
Number Eleven: Whale Vomit (2019) 3 kappaletta
Number Twelve: Lost Property (2019) 3 kappaletta
Number Nine: Maprao Syndrome (2019) 2 kappaletta
The Night Bastard (2000) 1 kappale
Surpricicles (2021) 1 kappale
Thailand Triptychs (2016) — Tekijä — 1 kappale
Ethel and Joan go to Phuket (2013) 1 kappale
2009 1 kappale
Average Alan (2013) 1 kappale

Associated Works

A Study in Sherlock: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon (2011) — Avustaja, eräät painokset528 kappaletta
Damn Near Dead: An Anthology of Geezer Noir (2006) — Avustaja — 63 kappaletta
The Penguin Book of Crime Stories, Volume II (2010) — Avustaja — 9 kappaletta
The Orwell Brigade (2012) — Avustaja — 4 kappaletta

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The Merry Misogynist by Colin Cotterill is the sixth book in his Dr. Siri Paiboun series. Set in Laos in 1978, Dr. Siri is the national coroner, although at 73, he would rather be retired. In this outing, Dr. Siri and his group of friends solve a serial killer mystery and as an added bonus, track down a missing, slightly “crazy” local and save his life as well.

The serial killer travels around the country to various small villages. He selects the prettiest virgin from the village, courts and marries her, only to murder her within hours of the wedding. Dr. Siri becomes concerned about this case when one of the victims is brought to his morgue.

As always, I enjoyed my time spent with Dr. Siri and his friends. This story had more to do with straight forward detection rather and relying on the spiritual world, although, Dr. Siri did have a number of premonitions that helped to move things along. I look forward to my next encounter with this lovable reluctant coroner.
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DeltaQueen50 | 33 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 20, 2023 |
This story was set in Laos where Dr. Siri was the new communist installed National Medical Examiner. This mystery involved an official's wife and the bodies of tortured Vietnamese soldiers. Although the mystery was passable, I found a lack of anything cultural or historical--it did not evoke time or place for me. This same mystery could have been any mystery anywhere there is a body of water. This is book one in the series. I'm not inclined to read further. 287 pages
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Tess_W | 137 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 12, 2023 |
The premise is pretty darn cool: A 70-something doctor in Laos is forcibly made into the national coroner when it is revealed that the communist revolution doesn't believe in retirement. The undertone: he's old and probably infirm and the party will be able to control him. The reality: he's spunky and thoughtful and decides that if he's going to be thrust into a three-quarter-life crisis, he may as well embrace it. He's read a few mystery novels himself, and he decides: what the heck, I'm going to solve mysteries!

And solve mysteries he does, aided by Geung, his assistant with Down syndrome and a near-eidetic memory (one of the best literary depiction of trisomy 21 I've ever seen, by the way) and Dtui, his nurse, who bribes him into letting her be the assistant coroner. And a fairly large cast of eccentric, but not over-the-top wacky characters who really help flesh out the life of post-communist revolution Laos. And certainly, the setting is the main draw here: the politics/politicking of the recently formed communist power, the rich culture of Laos, the tensions among Southeast Asian nations in the late 70's -- both critical to the plot, but more importantly critical to the feel of the book.

What I certainly didn't expect (and the back of the book doesn't tell you) is that Dr. Siri is also heavily aided by the mystical: visions of the dead, messages from the dead, prophetic dreams, being the embodiment of a resurrected Hmong spirit figure such that he is able to speak fluent Hmong when the plot calls for it and many other examples. I've never been a big fan of magical realism, and it's particularly jarring here as the book was billed as "Holmesian sleuthing." Yes, there is deduction, but almost every case is solved by a major clue from the magical realm.

The weakest part of the book to me is the pacing: there are at least three major mysteries (three dead Vietnamese men, the natural? death of a party bigwig's wife and the suicide? of said bigwig's girlfriend, and the deaths of four soldiers out near the Hmong village.) These three do not intertwine in any way except temporally, often interrupting the plotlines of each other.

This is a fun, light read; definitely recommended for anyone looking to learn more about Laos, but light on the mystery.
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settingshadow | 137 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 19, 2023 |
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