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Killed at the whim of a hat [sound recording]
Cotterill, Colin.
Adult Fiction COTTERI

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From Publishers' Weekly:

At the start of Cotterill's excellent first in a new series, 34-year-old Jimm Juree, who's poised to become only the second female senior crime reporter in all of Thailand, has her professional ambitions dashed when her eccentric mother abruptly sells the family home and business in Chiang Mai in the north of the country. Juree must join her relatives in an obscure southern province, where she seizes the opportunity to exercise her atrophied journalism skills after two human skeletons are found in a buried Volkswagen van. With the help of her grandfather, a former policeman forced off the job for his excessive honesty, Juree persistently probes the story behind the grisly discovery as well as the truth behind a more recent crime. Cotterill (The Coroner's Lunch and six other mysteries featuring Laotian coroner Dr. Siri Paiboun) combines a wry narrative voice with an appealing picture of a world unfamiliar to most Americans. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Jimm Juree, disgruntled journalist and loyal daughter banished to the Thailand hinterlands by her mother's rash decision to buy a run-down resort, is jubilant when the remains of a long-buried VW bus complete with two skeletons are unearthed in a field. But wait, there's more! A second mystery opens up when an abbot is stabbed to death at the local monastery. Soon Jimm has befriended the local police (already smarting from the put-downs by the big-city types), a local nun, and a priest. She's enlisted the help of her transgendered sibling (an Internet guru) and her grandfather, a retired cop. Laugh-out-loud observations coupled with George W. Bush quotes make this book remarkably fresh. Jimm knows she has the newspaper story of her life-that is, if she can stay alive to write it. VERDICT This outstanding series debut from the author of the Dr. Siri Paiboun mysteries (Love Songs from a Shallow Grave) would appeal to crossover readers who enjoy well-developed ensemble casts and a sense of the absurd. It's not just about Thailand; Cotterill understands people and writes subtle humor like a master. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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