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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Highbridge Company; Unabridged edition (19 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611744962
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611744965
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 14.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,678,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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'It is a compassionate and funny crime mystery, just a bit dark around the edges, and well wise to the ways of the world' The Euro Crime. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Set in Thailand, Killed at the Whim of a Hat is the first novel in a new crime series starring a bicycle-riding reporter with the eccentric family you will ever meet. 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. After all, what crimes could possibly take place in such an out-of-the-way location? No sooner does she think this than two skeletons are found during the excavation of a well. They are sitting side by side in a rotting camper van, and one of them, curiously, is wearing a hat. Shortly afterwards, a monk is murdered in the nearby town of Lang Suan. On top of bizarre connections between this killing and several others around the globe, where do the newly uncovered skeletons fit in? Suddenly Jimm's new life becomes more exciting - and, before long, a great deal more dangerous.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By C. Bones VINE VOICE on 29 April 2011
Format: Hardcover
Although I read a lot of crime novels I generally avoid those written in a comic tone. With most authors I have always found that the humour wears a bit thin pretty quickly. But the Dr Siri novels of Colin Cotterill have slowly become one of my favourite series so I was intrigued to try his new character.

And I think it is a bit of a gem. As its the first of the series the author has the usual problem of how to provide the back story to explain the set-up and its a mark of Cotterill's understated elegance that he can do this without any loss of momentum. And its an interersting set-up. Unlike with the Dr Siri books where the author has the problem of how to keep such a free spirit functioning inside such an oppressive regime, he now has the problem facing all Private Investigators of how Jimm Juree, an ex-crime desk reporter now languishing in the very south of Thailand, gets enough information to progress her cases. So far it works well with just enough conning of officialdom and relying on her transvestite internet proficient sister living in Bangkok etc. etc. for the reader to go happily along with all.

And this is a good plot. Lots of interlocking mysteries and the detection all done with great charm.

Smashing. Bring on the next !
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Roberts TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
First Sentence: Old Mel hired one of Da's nephews--the slow-witted one with the dent in his forehead--to sink a well in his back acre.

Jimm Juree is a crime reporter with aspirations for greatness until her mother announces the family is moving to rural Southern Thailand and she fears her reporting days are over. Not when a 1972 VW camper is found buried with the driver and passenger still in place and no apparent cause of death immediately evident. Additionally, a Buddhist monk, inexplicably wearing an orange hat, is brutally murdered. Life in the south isn't nearly as dull as Jimm feared it would be.

The first book in a new series by Cotterill greets you with a fascinating and effective opening which catches you off-guard when it changes gears. The author's trademark wry humor is very much in evidence..."Shot four times in the face over a period of twenty minutes? Don't rule out suicide."..."Like Scotch whiskies, bougainvilleas were at their happiest without water." Cotterill has such a wonderful way with language--wonderful similes--one finds oneself going back and re-reading passages; not due to lack of understanding, but for the pure pleasure of re-reading the line or contemplating the concept created by it.

His very visual use of language makes every sentence a pleasure to read. For that, however, there is a surprising lack of sense of place. It all felt quite Westernized and, what description was provided, would not inspire one to want to visit there.

Jimm and her family may take awhile for one to warm to, but there are layers there not apparent at first glance. They are not, by any means, your average family, but they are well developed and sincere on their own and in their relationship to each other.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Wonderful read, great fun series. I started with this book and now I am trying to read all his others including the Dr Siri series.
I love his writing style and enjoy the good country details that he includes. I highly recommend this book as it is a crime book but with a very enjoyable comic twist. Makes my family look very mundane! Go on give it a try you will not regret it.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John M VINE VOICE on 17 Mar 2011
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This is comic and light hearted murder mystery set in Thailand. The main protagonist is Jimm Juree, a thirties-something Thai newspaper crime reporter, who moves south with her family from the city to a quiet and under-developed resort on Thailand's Gulf coast. There she lives with her family which is a mix of comic characters including her mother (Mair), who is showing signs of early senility, her grandfather a retired ex-policeman with a quiet inner wisdom, and her body building brother. Her sister, actually a trans-sexual former brother, remains behind in the city. In her new home Jimm Juree encounters two mysteries, one involving two bodies discovered in a buried VW Kombi van, and the second the savage murder of a Buddhist monk. The book also introduces a range of other characters, many of which are rather comical, including a camp police Lieutenant. The book has some good moments but really tries too hard to be funny, and some of the humour seems somewhat forced and the eclectic mix of characters really rather unconvincing. The cover reviews draw parallels to the Alexander McCall Smith No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, which I can certainly see, although whereas Botswana is really brought to life in this series and the characters quite credible and written with AMS's understated and subtle style of humour and piquant observation, here the humour seems more sledgehammer and the characters lacking depth and credibility. In many cases they seem to be inventions just to hang a few jokes around. Although the writer lives in Thailand I didn't really feel the atmosphere created was a very authentic one. The plot solutions as they unwind offers one of most ridiculous answers to a murder mystery I think I've ever read! This was a real disappointment.Read more ›
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