Jimm Juree was a crime reporter for the Chiang Mai Daily Mail with a somewhat eccentric family. When she is forced to follow her family to a rural village on the coast of Southern Thailand, she’s convinced her career—maybe her life—is over. So when a van containing the skeletal remains of two hippies is inexplicably unearthed in a local farmer’s field, Jimm is thrilled. Shortly thereafter an abbot at a local Buddhist temple is viciously murdered.
Suddenly Jimm’s new life becomes somewhat more promising—and a lot more deadly. And if Jimm is to unravel the inexplicable events, it will take luck, perseverance, and the help of her entire family.
©2011 Original material © 2011 Colin Cotterill. Recorded by arrangement with St. Martin's Press, LLC. (P)2011 (p) 2011 HighBridge Company
“Cotterill understands people and writes subtle humor like a master.” (Library Journal)
“May be the best new international mystery series since the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.” (Booklist)
“Cotterill’s excellent first in a new series . . . combines a wry narrative voice with an appealing picture of a world unfamiliar to most Americans.” (Publishers Weekly)
Because I had read all Cotterill's "Dr. Siri" series and loved every one for its humor and wonderful characters, I hesitated to listen to the first of this new series believing I would be disappointed. The opposite happened and I was delighted with his fresh characters and relieved that he continues to construct a good mystery laced with lots of humor. It's a four star mystery with an extra star for all the other goodies.
Probably not -- it was only ok.
No, it was mostly slow-moving, there was no threat, and the writing was a bit trite.
Good voices, but poor narration skills. I think she made a weak piece of writing seem even worse by missing a lot of the intent of the text, both serious and humorous.
Wish there were more Dr. Siri books!
This honestly feels like it must have been a manuscript predating The Coroner's Lunch that was pulled out of a drawer after the success of that other series. The writing in the first half feels adolescent, like somebody who constantly feels the need to point out their own witticisms. We get a side character's entire complex life boiled down to a page or so, after which it never matters again (but, I guess, will in some future book) -- a teen-aged hacker could have done what it took a trangender, former-star, current-smuggler sibling (!) to contribute to the plot. Maybe Cotteril wanted to leaven the elderly cast of the Dr. Siri books (set in 1970s Lao) with some hip youngsters (in modern-day Thailand), but the result just rings hollow and 2-dimensional. It picks up a bit in the second half, which is more about the procedural, but only somewhat. Perhaps subsequent books will find their rhythm, but I will be in no rush to find out.
This is my favorite Cotterill novel so far. I enjoyed his two first mysteries involving the Laoation Coroner, the lead in this mystery set in Thailand is a 30-something, crime reporter Jim Jurree, who is forced by circumstance to relocate to a small southern village in Thailand.
Every character is surprising and delightfully original. Quite an accomplishment. The reporter's older brother, turned sister, Sissy, a Transgender beauty queen, might just be my favorite for her inventive schemes.
It took a bit to get used to Park's accent - story told in first person - used for the Thai reporter. However, her ability to depict a wide range of unbelievably diverse characters won me over. I have not listened to other Jeany Park's performances.
I know that Cotterill is capable of 5 star listening experiences - I fell in love with Dr. Siri and his Laos of the 1970's.
Killed at the Whim of a Hat doesn't just fall flat, it falls off a cliff... or maybe a skyscraper... or maybe both. Jimm Juree and contemporary Thailand are both huge bores. Overall the book comes across as a failed attempt at chick-lit, self-indulgent and precious; every character is a caricature or stereotype except perhaps for the dogs and some clever villagers.
Too-cute, chick-detective mysteries? Yeah I'm turned off from this genre.
I'd give Jeany another chance.
1) A more interesting story - i love this author, but, after 3 chapters, nothing happened except a continuous repetition of the main characters whining.
2) The narrator not good - if this was a good book, she made it into a bad one.
I had to quit after 3rd chapter.
She made it duller than it seemed to be. Her accent was very artificial, she kept giggling - it was really sad, how the narrator became the problem.
2 of the first 3 chapters, they seemed very repetitious.
Yes, I already have recommended this to my mother in law who loves books with great characters.
The book reminded me of the The #1 Ladies Detective Agency. Even though a completely different part of the world, both books take you to a place that is foreign and make you want to know the people.
I laughed out loud!
Can't wait to listen to the next in this series.
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