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- Book 1 of 3 in Jimm Juree (3 Book Series)
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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 !
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.Read more ›
Jimm Juree is a 30-something crime reporter suddenly relocated from Chiang Mai to deep south Thailand, way off the beaten track. Not by choice but a whim of her dipsy mother who sold out home and business from beneath all the family. That's how Jimm finds herself, like a fish out of water in the new 'family business' - a failed and failing tourist resort on the coast. She lives there with all of her family but her brother/cum sister Sissie who chooses to stay put in the metropolis of Chiang Mai.
The crime(s) are the stage on which Jimm's eccentric family perform. Each is more eccentric than the other. Her mother is a dipsy shopkeeper in the early stage of forgetfulness and confusion. Grandfather, a retired traffic policeman, spends his time silently watching the cars go by; brother is a fanatical body-builder looking for his first girlfriend and to their shock horror he finds her. Only Sissie, one time brother now sister, remains in Chiang Mai. The police force in Lang Suan add to cast of characters. And just to add to the fun and confusion there is a quote from George W Bush to start every chapter. Great fun.
And now, me - a hard boiled Dr Siri Fan myself - noticed with a bit of anxiety that our Most Famous Laotian Crime's-Writer has fallen into the Honeytrap of - rural Thailand!!!
But like every good Crime's-Writer, he is able to create for us an entirely new Universe, the World of the Juree Family.
Jimm Juree, thirty-something Crime Reporter is trasplanted by the (higher) force of her a-little-bit-out-of-the-road Mair (Mum), together with her brother Body-Builder with serious problems to connect to the other sex, a Grand-Pa ex Street-Police in semi-permanent mental absence, but full of resources....
And they all are forced from Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand to rural Southern Costal Thailand, to a very well existing place called Pak Nam to make what????
Mair has bought a "beautiful, calm Seaside Resort" on the Gulf of Siam, and they all will run it with the United Forces of the Family!
Yet one member is missing, staying in the North - the former elder brother, now after the "Great Snip" an "Auntie", ex Miss Thay, Asia, Frisco World of Transgender etc., but in Midlife Crisis because of ... read and learn!
Mix into t h a t mix the find of two skeletons in a VW-Mini-Bus, plus a murder case following right up behind, a Police Officer openly gay (an apparently non-existent phenomenon in the Thai Police ;-))) and several other murder cases coming up in more distant places of the Globe - and You have a plot that I had to read in one rush!
The dialogs are some times juvenile, gayish, even 70T-ish, when the plot requests it, but most of the time the writing stucks to the crime (He,He...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An entertaining story with a great cast of characters, written with humour and insight. I could not put this one down.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I loved Dr Siri and was warey of trying a new character - but Jimm Juree is equally as lovable!Published 14 months ago by Diane
I've just finished reading this, the first of the Jimm Juree series, having previously ready several of the Dr Siri Novels. Read morePublished 19 months ago by paul boyson
Very, very funny! Love the quotes on the chapter headings - did he really say that? Will (eventually) buy the next book in this series - "Granddad, there's a head on the... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mrs. LJR Clydesdale
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. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Belinda
A kooky and unusual detective story set in Thailand. Lots of fun if a little on the silly side. Nonetheless, Buddhist monks and motorcycles are an excellent combo. Read morePublished on 7 Jun. 2014 by daisyrock
Just as funny as the Dr Siri series and full of life-affirming humanity. Possibly existentialist but certainly sillier and more enjoyable than Sartre. Read morePublished on 7 Jan. 2014 by John
I've read all of the Dr Siri books and loved them so it was a natural progression to read this, its a really good book, written a bit tongue in cheek. Read morePublished on 28 July 2013 by Maybe
Great fun to see how Mr. Cotterill writes as a woman.I began as somewhat sceptical but soon forgot as I was swept along by the story and entertained by another great cast of... Read morePublished on 8 May 2013 by Marion Bevan