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The Coroner's Lunch

The Coroner’s Lunch

Colin Cotterill

  • award* Shortlisted, Crime Writers Association Duncan Lawrie Dagger 2008
  • Laos, 1975. The new communist regime is having teething problems and Dr Siri Paiboun, a charming if crotchety surgeon in his seventies, is called back from retirement and into harness as chief coroner, despite having no training for the post.

    Soon after his appointment the wife of a Party leader is wheeled into the morgue, and her death raises eyebrows and suspicions. Then three more bodies are found—but these are Vietnamese soldiers, and Siri may have an international incident on his hands. The feisty doctor calls on medical deduction, old friends, his delightful staff, Hmong shamans, forest spirits and dream visits from the dead to help him solve the crimes. Lucky for him the spirits are mostly on side.

    Colin Cotterill
    About the Author

    Colin Cotterill was born in the UK, spent several years in Australia and now lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He has spent twenty years living and working in Asia, most notably in Laos and Thailand. Disco for the Departed is his third novel in the series featuring septuagenarian Siri Paiboun.

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    1 May 2006
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    ‘Cotterill has a wonderful sense of farce…a delightful book.’

    This is a delightful series set in a fascinating location. The background information and the secondary characters are engaging and Paiboun is an entertaining narrator with a droll sense of humour, a sharp eye for a clue and the ability to keep one step ahead of the authorities. Recommended.‘

    Other editions ofThe Coroner’s Lunch
    • The Coroner's Lunch
      ISBN: 9781921961045
      21 March 2012
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