Doctor Siri Paiboun

17 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 3,658 ratings

The Coroners Lunch Publisher's Summary

Laos, 1972. The Communist Pathet Lao has taken over. Most of the educated class has fled, but 72-year-old Dr Siri Paiboun, a Paris-trained doctor, remains and is appointed state coroner. When three bodies are recovered from a reservoir, Dr.Siri establishes the cause of death was not drowning - they seem to have been electrocuted. And then there is the inexplicable death of a Party bigwig's wife at a banquet. Dr.Siri doesn't think her death was from natural causes. In the course of his investigations, he travels to his birthplace, where he makes a discovery....

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  • Book 1

    • The Coroners Lunch

    • By: Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    Laos, 1972. The Communist Pathet Lao has taken over. Most of the educated class has fled, but 72-year-old Dr Siri Paiboun, a Paris-trained doctor, remains and is appointed state coroner. When three bodies are recovered from a reservoir, Dr.Siri establishes the cause of death was not drowning - they seem to have been electrocuted. And then there is the inexplicable death of a Party bigwig's wife at a banquet. Dr.Siri doesn't think her death was from natural causes.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Original, exotic but convincing crime story

    • By Mike on 11-08-13

    Regular price: $31.19

    • The Coroner’s Lunch

    • The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 1
    • By: Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
    • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,199
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,036
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,034

    Laos, 1975: The Communist Pathet Lao has taken over this former French colony. Dr. Siri Paiboun, a 72-year-old Paris-trained doctor, is appointed national coroner. Although he has no training for the job, there is no one else: the rest of the educated class have fled.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Deeply Satisfying Listening Experience

    • By Elizabeth on 09-11-11

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  • Book 2

    • Thirty-Three Teeth

    • The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 2
    • By: Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
    • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 443
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 393
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 389

    Feisty Dr. Siri Paiboun is no respecter of persons or party; at his age he feels he can afford to be independent. In this, the second novel in the series, he travels to Luang Prabang, where he communes with the deposed king who is resigned to his fate: it was predicted long ago. And he attends a conference of shamans called by the Communist Party to deliver an ultimatum to the spirits: obey party orders or get out.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Healthy Addictive Pleasure

    • By Aliza on 09-26-14

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    • Thirty-Three Teeth

    • By: Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
    • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Against all his expectations, Dr Siri Paiboun has rather enjoyed his first five months in office. Now, as hot-season nights close in, Siri is spirited away from Laos' steamy capital on a Matter of National Security. Arriving in Luang Prabang, he's a busy man, examining carbonized corpses, dining with the deposed king, attending a shamans' conference and being rescued by the ghost of an elephant. Not that Siri's complaining … Luang Prabang is in mountains and a good fifteen degrees cooler.

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  • Book 3

    • Disco for the Departed

    • The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 3
    • By: Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
    • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 311
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 278
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 274

    Dr. Siri Paiboun is summoned to the mountains of Huaphan Province, where for years the leaders of the current communist government hid in caves, waiting to assume power. Now a major celebration of the new regime is scheduled to take place, but an arm is found protruding from the concrete walk laid from the president’s former cave hideout to his new house beneath the cliffs. Siri must supervise the disinterment of the body attached to the arm, identify it, and determine the cause of death.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Life goes on

    • By Patricia on 06-01-17

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    • Disco for the Departed

    • By: Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
    • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 6

    Dr Siri Paiboun may be in his 73rd year, but he’s still as sturdy as a jungle boar – and as crafty as one. Reluctant coroner to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, he’s been despatched to the country’s mountainous north, where the sudden appearance of a mummified arm protruding from a concrete path laid in front of the president’s new mansion has caused an understandable degree of embarrassment.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fresh, lively, completely unique

    • By Candace Russell on 03-30-11

    Regular price: $15.66

  • Book 4

    • Anarchy and Old Dogs

    • The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 4
    • By: Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
    • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 244
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 216
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 213

    An elderly man has been run down by a logging truck on the street in Vientiane just opposite the post office. His body is delivered to the morgue of Dr. Siri Paiboun, the official and only coroner of Laos. At the age of 73, Siri is too old to be in awe of the new communist bureaucrats for whom he now works. Before he can identify the corpse, he must decipher a letter in the man’s pocket—it is written in invisible ink and in code.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • spies and shaman/coroner

    • By Jan on 07-05-17

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    • Anarchy and Old Dogs

    • By: Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
    • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 9

    When a blind, retired dentist is run down by a logging truck as he crosses the road to post a letter, Dr Siri Paiboun, official and only coroner of Laos, finds him faced with his most explosive case yet. The dentist’s mortal remains aren’t nearly as intriguing as the letter in his pocket. Written in invisible ink and encrypted, the letter presents Dr Siri with an irresistible challenge.

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  • Book 5

    • Curse of the Pogo Stick

    • The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 5
    • By: Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
    • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 250
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 223
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 224

    In Vientiane, Laos, a booby-trapped corpse intended for Dr. Siri, the national coroner, has been delivered to the morgue. In his absence, only Nurse Dtui’s intervention saves the lives of the morgue attendants, visiting doctors, and Madame Daeng, Dr. Siri’s fiancée.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Love this Series but Not this Book

    • By Amy W on 11-15-13

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  • Book 6

    • The Merry Misogynist

    • The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 6
    • By: Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
    • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 189
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 166
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 164

    In 1978 in poverty-stricken Laos, a man from the city with a truck was somebody—a catch for even the prettiest village virgin. The corpse of one of these bucolic beauties turns up in Dr. Siri’s morgue, and his curiosity is piqued. The victim was tied to a tree and strangled, but she had not, as the doctor had expected, been raped. And though the victim had smooth, pale skin over most of her body, her hands and feet were gnarled, callused, and blistered.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great fun with a sad topic

    • By Jan on 07-08-17

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  • Book 7

    • Love Songs from a Shallow Grave

    • The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 7
    • By: Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
    • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 176
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 158
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 156

    Three young Laotian women have died from fencingsword wounds. Each of them had studied abroad in an Eastern bloc country. Before he can complete his investigation, Dr. Siri is lured to Cambodia by an allexpensespaid trip. Accused of spying for the Vietnamese, he is imprisoned, beaten, and threatened with death. The Khmer Rouge is relentless, and it is touch and go for the dauntless, 74-year-old national—and only—coroner of Laos.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • It's not all fiction

    • By Jan on 07-08-17

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  • Book 8

    • Slash and Burn

    • The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 8
    • By: Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
    • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 178
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 154
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 153

    Dr. Siri might finally be allowed to retire (again). Although he loves his two morgue assistants, he’s tired of being Laos’ national coroner - a job he never wanted in the first place. Plus, he’s pushing 80 and wants to spend some time with his wife before his untimely death, which has been predicted by the local transvestite fortune teller. But retirement is not in the cards for Dr. Siri after all. He’s dragged into one last job for the Lao government: supervising an excavation for the remains of a US fighter pilot....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This Series Hasn't Become Repetitive or Tired

    • By Suzanne on 02-12-12

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  • Book 9

    • The Woman Who Wouldn't Die

    • The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 9
    • By: Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
    • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 165
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 143
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 144

    In a small Lao village, a very strange thing has happened. A woman was shot and killed in her bed during a burglary; she was given a funeral and everyone in the village saw her body burned. Then, three days later, she was back in her house as if she'd never been dead at all. But now she's clairvoyant and can speak to the dead. That's why the long-dead brother of a Lao general has enlisted her to help his brother uncover his remains, which have been lost at the bottom of a river for many years.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Kharma does it again!

    • By Jan on 07-17-17

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  • Book 10

    • Six and a Half Deadly Sins

    • Dr. Siri Paiboun, Book 10
    • By: Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated by: Clive Chafers
    • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 164
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 144
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 148

    Laos, 1979: Dr. Siri Paiboun, the twice retired ex-National Coroner of Laos, receives an unmarked package in the mail. Inside is a handwoven pha sin, a colorful traditional skirt worn in northern Laos. A lovely present, but who sent it to him, and why? And, more importantly, why is there a severed human finger stitched into the sin's lining?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Please keep Dr. Siri alive!

    • By CB on 05-29-15

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 11

    • I Shot the Buddha

    • By: Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated by: Clive Chafers
    • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 210
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 189
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 187

    Laos, 1979: Retired coroner Siri Paiboun and his wife, Madame Daeng, have never been able to turn away a misfit. As a result they share their small Vientiane house with an assortment of homeless people, mendicants, and oddballs. One of these oddballs is Noo, a Buddhist monk who rides out on his bicycle one day and never comes back, leaving only a cryptic note in the refrigerator - a plea to help a fellow monk escape across the Mekong River to Thailand. Naturally, Siri can't turn down the adventure.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I am a big fan

    • By Rena on 08-07-16

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  • Book 12

    • The Rat Catchers' Olympics

    • By: Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated by: Clive Chafers
    • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72

    It is 1980, and the Democratic People's Republic of Laos is proud to be competing in its first-ever Olympics. Ex-national coroner of Laos Dr. Siri Paiboun may be retired, but he and his wife, Madame Daeng, would do just about anything to have a chance to visit Moscow, so Siri finagles them the job of medical oversight for the Olympians. As the competition heats up, however, Siri begins to suspect that one of the athletes is not who he says he is. Then another Lao Olympian is accused of murder.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • but it's Mme Daeng with the tail!

    • By Jan on 08-16-17

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  • Book 13

    • Don't Eat Me

    • A Dr. Siri Paiboun Mystery
    • By: Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
    • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    Dr. Siri Paiboun, the ex-national coroner of Laos, may have more experience dissecting bodies than making art, but when he manages to smuggle a fancy movie camera into the country he devises a plan to shoot a Lao adaptation of War and Peace. The only problem? The Ministry of Culture must approve the script first. That and he can't figure out how to turn on the camera. Meanwhile, the skeleton of a woman has appeared under the Anusawari Arch in the middle of the night. Siri assists his friend, the newly promoted Senior Police Inspector Phosy Vongvichai, with the ensuing investigation.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fear and loathing plus a lot of fun

    • By Jan on 08-16-18

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