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Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach: A Jimm Juree Novel [Kindle Edition]

Colin Cotterill
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What do you do when you find a severed head on the beach?

With her former cop grandfather as back up, crime reporter Jimm Juree sets out to discover how the poor fellow got there. On their journey they uncover gruesome tales of piracy, slavery, violence and murder, yet the authorities show no interest at all. Is it because the victims aren't Thai? Whatever the reason, Jimm and her team are going it alone.

Airport hostages and hand grenades, monkeys and naked policemen - once more the sublime and the ridiculous clash in the Gulf of Thailand.


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'It's a great story, very much of the now. I laughed, I was close to tears and towards the end I couldn't turn the pages fast enough in my dash to find out what happened next' Bookbag.

'This is a must-read for anyone looking to escape to more exotic climes, anyone looking for smart, entertaining mysteries and, above all, anyone looking for a fast, fun, engaging read' Reader Dad.

'More frenetic than the Alexander McCall Smith books, and with an off-the-centre sense of humour, this was an enjoyable book' EuroCrime.

'laugh-out loud funny, but the humour did not obscure some very serious points' Evidence.

'among the most distinctive and darkly engaging on the current crime fiction scene' Good Book Guide.

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When Jimm Juree is forced to quit the city for a fishing village on the Gulf of Siam, she's convinced her career as a crime reporter is over. But stuff happens - and it usually happens to her. Who do you tell when you wake up to find a severed head on your patch of beach? For Jimm Juree it means action. With her former cop grandfather as back up, she sets out to discover how the poor fellow ended up where he did - and why. On their journey throughout the Gulf of Thailand, the rest of their dysfunctional family in tow, they uncover gruesome tales of piracy and slavery, violence and murder. Are the authorities uninterested because they're involved, or because the victims aren't Thai? Whatever the reason, Jimm and her team are going it alone, their lives under threat. Who exactly are those two elegant women in cabin three and why has the engine number of their car been filed away? Airport hostages and hand grenades, monkeys and naked policemen - once more the sublime and the ridiculous clash at the Gulf Bay Lovely Resort and Restaurant.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2358 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0857387081
  • Publisher: Quercus (29 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0074VPIZA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #120,324 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Colin Cotterill is the author of the Dr. Siri series of novels. Born in London, he has taught in Australia, the USA and Japan and lived for many years in Laos where he worked for non-governmental social service organizations. He now writes full-time and lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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...Yes, exactly, that's his question.
- "A Head of what?"
- "What?" - Our Jimm repeats, nearly speechless...
- "Head of fish?" - "Head of dog?" - "Head of cabbage?" he continues...
- "Head of man." answers Jimm Juree, our yet well known thirty-something ex crime reporter from Chang Mai. Unfortunately she was trasplanted by the (higher) force of her a-little-bit-out-of-the-road Mair (Mum), together with her body-building brother Arny (in honor of Schwarzy) and the above mentioned Grandad Jah, an ex street policeman in semi-permanent mental absence, to a lovely but doomed seaside resort in rural costal Southern Thailand ( see: Killed at the Whim of a Hat (Jimm Juree 1).
This fateful morning, as every morning, Jimm took the dogs Gogo and Sticky Rice out on a stroll along the beach, littered with debris and garbage and single shoes because of the monsoon tides.
Sticky, in search of food as always, found the head, a single, lonesome head - no body attached. So she hurries to give the notice to her police schooled Gramps.
Questioned if it could have been a shark attac, Grandad answers: "Only if the shark was using a sabre. This death has nothing to do with sea creatures."

As the word spreads, police men arrive. And also a special police officer makes his entrance - specialised on cases like this - body parts or entire bodies arriving on the beaches around Pak Nam. He only responds to Code M.
M as Maung, which means Burmese, yes, but it isn't a very friendly name for them...

And here we get right to the core of the case.
Around Pak Nam supposedly are living 5.400 Burmese citizens, doing every work someone gives to them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jimm juree 14 Jun. 2014
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I had read Colin Cotterills Dr Siri books and enjoyed them very much. I thought I would try Jimm Juree and although not as funny as Dr Siri. It was funny in a different way. Took me a while to get into it. But enjoyed the story in the end. Will read more of Jimm Juree
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not my scene 10 Jun. 2014
By Neptune
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Not sure if it was meant to serious or funny. Seems that the lady is a bit of a cult figure? but nor for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars more fun in Thailand 9 May 2014
By KG
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Another good outing for Jimme. Clever plot, very funny but some telling human rights issues and environmental ones too .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 17 Feb. 2014
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I am happy to give a star rating and headline which explains what I think, I really don't have time to write long reviews so the min word count is daft and discourages feedback
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I've read the first in the Jim Juree series and the short story with the same character and absolutely love the books. Have also read some of the Dr Siri novels and those are just as good, but do prefer the setting in Thailand of these novels; they are very different from each other. But the dry humour and moral positioning in each of his novels is excellent and this book doesn't disappoint from the first.

Having just read a spate of terrible books I very quickly wanted to return to an author I knew and trusted would entertain so had to buy this book, and I'm happy I did so - was beginning to lose faith!

A must read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars another cracker from Colin Coterill 2 Dec. 2013
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I loved this book, the second in the Jimm Juree series. All the usual suspects are there: plucky anti-establishment hero, kooky family members, random pets, violence against powerless ethnic minorities, karaoke... Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than Jimm Juree 1 26 Oct. 2013
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What fantastic characters! The plotting is grata, with some fantastic side plots involving the older members of the family. The police chief is great, I love him. This book made me laugh out loud, but it also has a lot to say about societal prejudice and lack of attention to crimes committed against those who are 'not one of us'. Maybe read the first one then move on to this which is even better.
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