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Killed at the Whim of a Hat: A Jimm Juree Novel by [Cotterill, Colin]
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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. (Euro Crime)

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1255 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (3 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SB09NK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #182,956 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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This is a great start to this new series starring Jimm Juree. If you enjoy Colin Cotterill's Laos series featuring Dr Siri you will enjoy this. This is a witty and entertaining crime story set in Southern Thailand. The first crime discovered is a long-buried VW Camper with the skeletal driver and passenger still sitting upright on the front seats. This is quickly followed by the bloody murder of an abbot in the local Wat which brings the authorities from Bangkok down south with a news blackout.

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.
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I enjoyed the story and liked the main protagonist, Jimm Juree and her bizarre family. The plot was interesting and fast-paced. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys detective novels with a light, humorous touch and likeable characters set in exotic locations.
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Hello Friends, first a notice to the hard boiled Dr Siri-Fans - look out, bite Your nails, have a bit of Asian patience... Dr Siri also is coming back soon!

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...
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