I was really excited to read this new book in the series as I'd been consistently checking to see if it had been released. I'm not sure if I'd built the series up in my head to such an extent that my expectations were simply too high but at the beginning, I felt that this book wasn't going to be quite as good as the other three. Once I got into the book I really enjoyed it and fans of the series will not be disappointed but I did miss some of the characters from the other books. Am looking forward to the next one now!
Another unput-downable read from Colin Cotterill. I loved that he brought in Sissy for this book who we've heard so much about in previous stories. The plot moves quickly along with the parallel subplot providing diversion and another interesting character. As someone who's never visited the country you get a small glimpse into the history and culture of a land that stretvhes far back into the past. A great read for Colin Cotterrill fans.
If you’re a fan of the Jimm Juree series then this slots in as number four in the series. It opens with a Thai policeman taking an unusual approach to the report of a dead body. Thereafter the narrative is taken up by Jimm; a thirty something, slightly overweight, (former) crime reporter. In the three previous books the family were located in South Thailand running a coastal restaurant and hotel that was haemorrhaging money, In this book it has been conveniently swept away by floods and the family are scattered. Jimm and her brother (sometimes sister), Sissy, are film fans and frustrated script-writers and are trying to interest Clint Eastwood in their screen plays They recount (for Clint’s benefit) the story of a previous adventure when they were involved in an American film being produced in Thailand. Jimm and Sissy are lowly extras (Amok runners) but their brother Arny has been cast as the stand-in for the spoilt American lead actor in a historical epic that is unbothered by any historical accuracy. Whilst filming they are also trying to support their Burmese friend, Khin, who is convinced she is on the trail of a priceless royal Thai treasure. It soon becomes clear that all is not well on the film. The second unit director is murdered, equipment inexplicably fails, fires start, Jimm and her family are threatened and narrowly avoid death (and the star throws a hissy fit ‘cos he doesn’t like his muesli). Jimm and co decide to investigate, because they liked the director (and they don’t want that ‘narrowly’ to become ‘don’t’). Plus it soon becomes clear that the local police are not doing as much as they might to put matters right. I’ve always liked this series but I found I missed the ‘old’ location, the additional characters like Mair and grandfather, and Jimm’s relationship with the local policeman. This book takes a while to pick up the pace but after that does move at a good lick and contains all the humour and sly digs at the Thai government and administration that were in the previous novels. It also makes some serious points such as the treatment of the Burmese population in Thailand. I did enjoy the book and all the general detail about the history and geography of Thailand which is woven through the narrative. If you’re a fan of the author’s writing (either the Jimm series or the Siri Paiboun series) I’d say go for it..
For those who’ve read any of Colin Cotterill’s previous Jimm Juree mysteries, this is a prequel to the series. Jimm’s mother has not yet bought her rundown resort on the Gulf of Siam, so that aspect of the setting isn’t featured. In this novel, Jimm, Sissy and Arnie are all on a movie set. Jimm is a journalist and has got her editor’s agreement to a story about a day in the life of a movie extra. The movie is supposed to take place in Siam in 1650, and will be the latest movie to star Dan Jensen, a toothy American superstar. Yes, it is intended to be a realistic portrayal of 17th century Siam, but (of course) the movie won’t sell without an America star. Sissy has managed to get Arnie and Jimm roles as extras in the movie. Extras? Yes, there are extras playing soldiers running amok and being killed. It’s dead easy.
And because it’s dead easy, the trio have extra time to help their pink-skirt- wearing Burmese historian friend Khin Tein Aye look for the lost treasure of the 13th century King Mangrai. So Jimm is perfectly placed to investigate when things start going wrong on the movie set.
Like all of Colin Cotterill’s novels, this is full of humour and quirky characters. There’s a film star who falls in love with one of the trio, and plenty of action. It’s fun, too, to get some more of the Jimm Juree backstory. While I much prefer the Dr Siri series to Jimm Juree (sorry, Jimm), Jimm and her family and their adventures are starting to grow on me.
... - the newest eBook-thriller in the series! After the desaster that distructed the dreams and the future of Mae, Granddad and the children Jimm Juree the rolling reporter, Sissi the queen of the Web and travesties, and Arny in honor of Schwarzy, the little one of the family with a fidancee double his age... So - not so long before the transfer to rural costal Southern Thailand here are adventures nobody ever knew of - until now. Colin Cotterill heard the prayers of the followers of Jimm & merry company and wrote a prequel, situated in an around the "Pearl of the North" of Thailand - Chiang Mai. Which is as hilarious as it is a real thrilling crime story. So - let us start with the hilarious part. Jimm, her brother/sister Sissy and Arny, the Body are engaged to play some so-called "extras" in an American movie with Hollywood stars being shot in the north of Thailand. As usually she stumbles upon murders and fraud while at the same time being part of an ancient treasure hunt. Because Chiang Mai and surroundings are very well known for their troubled history, especcially in Medieval Times aka Middle Ages. Where a lot of Kings with a lot aof soldiers evaded and invaded Northern Thailand - and not only. Now Jimm and her family and a Burmese friend - a professor of South East Asian History - are looking for the Crown Jewels of one of those in-/evading Kings. But there are Bad Forces at work who want Jimm urgently dead. Why? Read and learn!
A real happy bunny am I, that author Colin Cotterill has given his heart a move and wrote down this prequel. Where we learn a lot more about the Juree-Family and the ties between the sister(s) and brother(s). And how Sissy became herself - that is a real Bonus, the icing on the cake! Who has read the three Southern-Thailand adventures about Jimm and her merry bunch should read this book, too. Because it is well written, full of suspense and riddles, and gives You the History-Tour of Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand, too. History plus Crime-story., so to say ;) Now I am waiting for the next one about Jimm Juree & Family, Mr Cotterill! Who wants to take a look at a new Dr-Siri-adventure: I Shot the Buddha (A Dr. Siri Paiboun Mystery) has come out at the beginning of August 2016. Worth a read, too!