A fiendishly clever mystery in which Dr. Siri and his friends investigate three interlocking murders -and the ungodly motives behind them.
Laos, 1979: Retired coroner Siri Paiboun and his wife, Madame Daeng, have never been able to turn away a misfit. As a result they share their small Vientiane house with an assortment of homeless people, mendicants, and oddballs. One of these oddballs is Noo, a Buddhist monk who rides out on his bicycle one day and never comes back, leaving only a cryptic note in the refrigerator: a plea to help a fellow monk escape across the Mekong River to Thailand. Naturally, Siri can't turn down the adventure, and soon he and his friends find themselves running afoul of Lao secret service officers and famous spiritualists. Buddhism is a powerful influence on both morals and politics in Southeast Asia. In order to exonerate an innocent man, they will have to figure out who is cloaking terrible misdeeds in religiosity.
©2016 Colin Cotterill (P)2016 Recorded Books
As usual Colin Cotterill seemed to have written a good yarn but it was totally ruined by the narration which was abysmal. It was stilted, toneless, humourless and totally inappropriate for the book. Had to stop listening and buy the book instead.
The narrator should have been chosen more carefully and should have an understanding of the humour in the book - it seemed to pass him by.
Don't bother with this audio version - buy the book and enjoy the characters and some fun.
"I am a big fan"
This series is one of my favorites. Bizarre, funny, and informative about Southeast Asian history culture and politics. Please keep them coming.
"One of the very best series!"
One of the best detective series today! I just wish they would make it into a television series. The characters are all perfectly done and the story has elements of surprise and sometimes , whimsy, that are alway interesting. With so many seniors active today, I think this series would play well. Yeah for dr salee and dame! Please keep amazing us in all your adventures!
"Please end the story."
Loved the story; love all of the Thai and Laos series. No ending here, though.
"Ok but not as good as The Coroner's Lunch"
I listened to The Coroner's Lunch first, which I quite enjoyed, and which is earlier in the series. This is alright and has some great insights and funny moments, but the plot is at times confusing with various monks in story, takes some effort to keep them straight and I got lost somewhere along the way. I would gladly listen to another book in this series, and I would probably enjoy it.
"Not for me"
I was disappointed. I could not connect that well with the characters. The plot was a bit scattered and there was too much mysticism as well. The narrator has a wonderful voice but a few of the key the character's voices were too similar. I felt I wasted time on this book I am sorry to say.
l have learned a lot about Loas and enjoyed a good story. I would recommend it highly.
"The next Dr Siri book"
What can I say - they just keep getting better.
We finally get to go to Thailand. Dr Siri has religion-based adventures.
"Not as good as earlier works"
This book seemed a little overly complicated and not quite as well done as his other earlier works in this series.
I wasn't sure to start with, then the intriguing story within the story caught me. I liked that the characters were fallable.
The narrator did a great job portraying the variety of characters.
Worthy of a relisten in the future.
The performance was engaging but sometimes it was hard to follow the rapid scene changes. Perhaps the narrator could have done something to signal the shifts from place to place and sets of characters.
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