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- Publisher: Oakhill Publishing
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 22 Jun. 2011
- Language: English
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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.
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.
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).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cotterill staple. Outwith that, not your typical setting. Didn't really paint a picture of Laos for me, so visited.Published 2 months ago by christopher womack
I read this book as part of my book club. I really enjoyed it although it wasn't everyone's cup of tea. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sally
This is an excellent book which I have read before. All the Dr Siri books are terrific.
Sadly someone has decided to remove half of the last chapter. Read more
I have received this book and am in the process of reading it. So far it seems to be quite promising. Many thanks.Published 6 months ago by Bregis
Probably my favourite series of detective fiction - although it is far more than just genre fiction. Read morePublished 8 months ago by nimchimpski
A good read, unusual and interesting setting with excellent main characters - almost five stars but just a bit drawn out for my taste.. However, I will read another Dr Siri.Published 8 months ago by martin
an excellent read and quite funny in parts, highly recommended.Published 15 months ago by Christine Hurrell