Dr Siri is just fabulous....,
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This review is from: The Woman Who Wouldn't Die: A Dr Siri Murder Mystery (Dr Siri Paiboun Mystery Book 9) (Kindle Edition)
This is 1970's Laos, The French have gone. There's no money, the country's falling apart. The Pathet Lao are in charge.
Dr Siri is old, tho' he's not quite sure how old. He's maverick, cranky and gloriously eccentric. But he's politically savvy, and he's street-smart, He's also engaging, lovable, wise and wonderfully funny.
All the Dr Siri stories are fabulous magical romps through post-colonial Indo China. There's wacky drugs, there's spirit guides; but there's also tribal tensions and deep poverty. A fun way for us shamefully ignorant Westerners to learn a bit about this small country with its troubled history. If you've been to Thailand, or to Viet Nam, then the backdrop will almost be familiar. But this is not the serene manicured world of Chiang Mai spa retreats, this is a ramshackle, run-on-a-shoe-string world, where unpredictability and making-do is a way of life and the unsuppressible energy is infectious.
All the Dr Siri books are 4 or 5 stars. But I would advise everyone to start with Book 1, The Coroners Lunch. It may not be the best ('only' 4 stars!) but that's because it sets the scene and it make sense of things that happen in later books.
And then ... then you've got 8 more glorious Dr Siri books to look forward to!