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Publisher's Summary

Meet Ladarat Patalung - the first and only nurse detective in Thailand.

Two nights ago a young woman brought her husband into the emergency room of the Sriphat Hospital in Thailand, where he passed away. A guard thinks she remembers her coming in before but with a different husband - one who also died.

Ladarat Patalung, for one, would have been happier without a serial murderer - if there is one - loose in her hospital. Then again, she never expected to be a detective in the first place.

And now Ladarat has no choice but to investigate.

The first novel in a captivating new series by David Casarett, MD.

©2016 David Casarett (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"I love this book. It's not only a killer mystery, but it also introduces a uniquely appealing central character and gives us a warm and accurate look into the Thai heart." (Timothy Hallinan, author of the Junior Bender mysteries and the Poke Rafferty Bangkok thrillers)
"A charming mystery...a delight." (Vaseem Khan, author of the Baby Ganesh Detective Agency series)
"Appealing." (Kirkus)

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  • Margaret
  • San Francisco, CA USA
  • 09-25-16

Sweet Cozy, Exotic locale

I was charmed by this book. I enjoyed the main character, a nurse ethicist, and really liked learning about Thailand. I didn't realize there was a smile that meant "I know I owe you money, but I'm not going to pay you." I think fans of Colin Cotterill will enjoy The House of Rooster Happiness. I am and I did and I'll download the next in the series. Can't say fairer than that.

Light and fun, just slightly iterative in a few spots--Recommend.

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great

I enjoyed this quite a bit and look forward to more in the series. The characters were interesting and likable and the various mysteries were engaging. The setting was a new one for me and I enjoyed reading the author's interpretation of Vietnam.

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Read for the Thai food and culture

If you like to hear about exotic places outside of the US, you will enjoy this book. If you care more about the mystery and exciting plot lines, you might want to explore other authors. There are many descriptions of Thai food dishes in this book. I found them both interesting and distracting. It felt almost as if the author wanted to throw in as much Thai language as possible. Kudos to the narrator for handling the language.

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Good story

I didn't care for the narrator. The story line is good. The characters are well developed.

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Good first effort, will make a good series

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Although the heroine is a nurse ethicist, this inaugural book has a bit too much about a medical/cultural problem and less about the actual mystery. And, the mystery is really quite interesting!

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Using Chiang Mai as the locale was wonderful. Describing the food made me ravenous. The least interesting? I know the author is a doctor but please, less about the hospital and more about Ladarra.

Which character – as performed by Kristin Kalbli – was your favorite?

She did them all extremely well, I can't pick out just one. Outstanding!

Do you think Murder at the House of Rooster Happiness needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes, please. I think The Number One Ladies Detective Agency series has reached the end of the line. We need another series about a smart, kind hearted female detective.

Any additional comments?

When the narrator spoke Thai words, especially food names, it seemed as if there was a very small pause or break in the recording so the correct pronunciation could be inserted. May be my imagination, but it certainly didn't hurt the narrative, which was great.

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  • anne
  • 09-22-16

A charming book!

What a lovely, charming, gentle murder mystery. The heroine is a delightful character with a fresh if inexperienced approach to becoming a detective and using her deductive powers in northern Thailand. It is also an interesting insight into the Thai way of living and their joy of food. I do hope this is the beginning of a series. It is certainly up there with the detective stories from Laos and India . A joy to listen to!