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  • Listening Length: 7 hours and 57 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 22 Jun. 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057GXY96
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By Quicksilver TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Jun. 2008
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The Coroner's lunch is an elegant thriller, packed with eccentric characters and colourful descriptions of the newly formed People's Democratic Republic of Laos. The country's sole surviving doctor is forced, at the age of seventy-two, to become the nation's Chief Coroner. Things start to become interesting for Dr Siri when somebody tampers with one of his bodies. There then ensues a intricate and involving mystery, as Dr Siri and his unlikely bunch of assistants try to determine what's been going on.

The strength of the novel lies in its central character's whimsical sense of humour. There are some genuine laugh out loud moments in the book. Vientiane (Laos' Capital) is lovingly recreated, as are the people of this sleepy country.

Cotterill's description of Sr Siri's amateurish autopsies were delightful and very cleverly worked out. There is some dabbling in the spirit world, which may deter hardcore fans of crime fiction, as these sections are somewhat less than plausible. For me though, this mystical touch worked, adding an entertaining extra dimension to what can be a derivative genre.

There will inevitably be comparisons with the 'Ladies Detective Agency' novels but I think this does Dr Siri and Colin Cotterill a disservice. In my opinion this novel is significantly better. The crime solving aspects of the Coroner's Lunch are far stronger and Cotterill's characters are more vivid and better rounded. People who enjoy reading McCall Smith, will undoubted find much to love about these books, as will anybody who has a passing interest in Sherlock Holmes style sleuthing. Dr Siri Paiboun is a welcome addition to the genre and I look forward to reading more of his exploits.
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If you enjoy detective stories with a wry sense of humour, this is a series to try out. The first novel in the series sets the scene for this eccentric set of characters and goes from strength to strength.
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It's quite difficult to pigeonhole The Coroner's Lunch, other than to say it's a crime novel set in Laos in 1976. It's too political to be a cozy, though it does have leanings that way; it has too much humour and comic charm for a noir or hardboiled; and it's more a cultural commentary than a police procedural. It's also very good. Cotterill's skill is manifold: the story being well paced and plotted, with a good balance between show and tell, giving enough but not too much back story, and it being peopled by a wonderfully depicted set of characters. Indeed, Dr Siri, Nurse Dtui and Mr Geung are all interesting folk that one is delighted to spend time with, and the supporting cast feel like `real' people rather than stock characters. There was, however, one thing that jarred a little, and it's taken a couple of days reflection to put my finger on it. The story has a dark side and should have had a lot of tension, and yet somehow it didn't. I think the comic charm and the warmth of Siri's personality seemed to dissipate any sense that he was in any real danger. In this sense, the story for all its twists and turns, lacked an edge. Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable read and recommended.
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I absolutely love the tales of this reluctant, spectre seeing coroner in communist Laos. I decided to start at book one and work my way through in order. By book 2 I decided I had to buy the first 8, just to make sure I had the next in the series the minute I wanted it.
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By catsholiday TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 Feb. 2014
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I struggled initially to get into the style of this author but after about ten pages I was with him.

The book is set in Laos just after the communists took over. The author has worked in both Laos and Thailand and uses his knowledge of the people and geography in the story.

The coroner is an elderly man who was one of those in favour of the regime. He is now about 65 and had thought that his years working for the party and as a doctor would be rewarded with a nice retirement but instead he is made coroner.

He is coroner for the entire country in an office with no equipment, a young girl who wanted to be a nurse and a young man with Down's Syndrome as his work partners.

The story is a murder mystery set in Laos struggling with its new communism. It is told in a tongue in cheek manner and several times I laughed out loud.

My husband had to put up with several quotes being read to him and that is a sign of something making me laugh in that I cannot wait to share it.

The story is quite complex and involves the hero visiting a loyal hill tribe. He discovers he has some psychic powers and these help him solve some of the mysteries he has to deal with.

I really liked the author's style of writing. I liked that he poked fun at the Laos communist system in a gentle but not at all superior or patronising way.

I loved the main character and all the side characters were also written in a believable and sympathetic way.

It reminds me of Shamini Flint or Tarquin Hall's books as they have a bit more of a real mystery than McColl Smith's books do but they fact that they are set in the different countries makes them appeal to me.
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Dr Siri is a 72 year old communist & doctor whose dream is to retire once capitalism is overthrown, is instead forced into a new career as the National Coroner.
This book is set in 1976 Laos where all the rich, middle classes, proffessionals and just about anyone whose capable of it have sailed or swam across the mekong river to Thailand to get away from the communist regime who've taken over the country.
Dr Siri with his wonder nurse Dtui, Mr Geung the Morgue assistant, Comrade Civilai and various other fanastic characters have to solve the murder of a Comrades' wife, three bodies found in a resevoir, the unusual deaths of some soldiers. All the while Dr. Siri is finding that the ghosts of dead who he sees in his morgue each day are visiting him in his dreams at night; usually with some vague message.
This is as other reviewers have already stated a truely charming, witty, delightful book. It's extremely well written with all the characters being well developed and totally believable.
One of the best books I've read in years and as such I immediatley bought 33 teeth (highly recommended).
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