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The Coroner's Lunch : A Dr Siri Murder Mystery

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Laos, 1976. The monarchy has been deposed, the Communist Pathet Lao have taken over. Most of the educated class has fled, but Dr Siri Paiboun, a Paris-trained doctor remains. And so this 72-year-old physician is appointed state coroner, despite having no training, equipment, experience or even inclination for the job. But the job's not that bad and Siri quickly settles into a routine of studying outdated medical texts, scrounging scarce supplies, and circumnavigating bureaucratic red tape to arrive at justice. The fact that the recently departed are prone to pay Siri the odd, unwanted nocturnal visit turns out to be an added bonus in his new line of work. But when the wife of a party leader turns up dead and the bodies of tortured Vietnamese soldiers start bobbing to the surface of a Laotian lake, all eyes turn to Siri. Faced with official cover-ups and an emerging international crisis, the doctor enlists old friends, village shamans, forest spirits, dream visits from the dead - and even the occasional bit of medical deduction - to solve the crimes.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 20mm | 181.44g
  • Quercus Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1849165181
  • 9781849165181
  • 47,959

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'Cotterill has a wonderful sense of farce... a delightful book.' Sydney Morning Herald. * Sydney Morning Herald * 'Cotterill's depiction of this exotic, troubled country is fascinating, and his light touch makes Siri, with his humanity and strange dreams, a very appealing character.' Guardian. * Guardian * 'This series kickoff is an embarrassment of riches: Holmesian sleuthing, political satire and droll comic study of a prickly late bloomer.' Kirkus Reviews. * Kirkus *show more

About Colin Cotterill

Colin Cotterill was born in London. He has taught in Australia, the USA and Japan and lived for many years in Laos where he worked for nongovernmental social service organizations. He now writes full-time and lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand.show more

Review Text

'This series kickoff is an embarrassment of riches: Holmesian sleuthing, political satire and droll comic study of a prickly late bloomer.' Kirkus Reviews. Kirkusshow more

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8,378 ratings
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4 47% (3,905)
3 21% (1,727)
2 3% (273)
1 1% (102)

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I cannot recommend this book (and series) highly enough. My boyfriend picked it up in a book shop and thought it was worth a go - that was three years ago now and my entire family is hooked! Get past the first chapter and the rest of the book just flies by - the characters are grounded but hilarious. Really wonderful stuff.show more
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