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Killed at the Whim of a Hat | [Colin Cotterill]

Killed at the Whim of a Hat

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.
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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

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“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)

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    Bobbie Tempe, AZ USA 08-23-11
    Bobbie Tempe, AZ USA 08-23-11
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    "delighted..."

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Marianne Cerrillos, NM, United States 08-22-12
    Marianne Cerrillos, NM, United States 08-22-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Dull, couldn't make it past 3rd chapter"
    What would have made Killed at the Whim of a Hat better?

    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.


    Has Killed at the Whim of a Hat turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Killed at the Whim of a Hat?

    2 of the first 3 chapters, they seemed very repetitious.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nora Ott Jockgrim, Rheinlandpfalz Germany 08-29-11
    Nora Ott Jockgrim, Rheinlandpfalz Germany 08-29-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Good book, bad narrator"

    I like the author (Dr. Siri Paiboun series) and the book very much, but the narrator is very boring.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kate New York, NY, United States 09-18-13
    Kate New York, NY, United States 09-18-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Culturally Savy Mystery Story- Fun Thai Character"
    Where does Killed at the Whim of a Hat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Jeany Park’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Oklahoma City, OK, United States 03-27-13
    Barbara Oklahoma City, OK, United States 03-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    Has Killed at the Whim of a Hat turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Too-cute, chick-detective mysteries? Yeah I'm turned off from this genre.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jeany Park?

    I'd give Jeany another chance.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Dog justice.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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