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Between getting into a tangle with a corrupt local judge and discovering a disturbing black-market business, Dr. Siri and his friend Inspector Phosy have their hands full in the 13th installment of Colin Cotterill's quirky, critically acclaimed series. 

Dr. Siri Paiboun, the ex-national coroner of Laos, may have more experience dissecting bodies than making art, but when he manages to smuggle a fancy movie camera into the country he devises a plan to shoot a Lao adaptation of War and Peace with his friend Civilai. The only problem? The Ministry of Culture must approve the script before they can get rolling. That and they can't figure out how to turn on the camera. 

Meanwhile, the skeleton of a woman has appeared under the Anusawari Arch in the middle of the night. Siri puts his directorial debut on hold and assists his friend, the newly promoted Senior Police Inspector Phosy Vongvichai, with the ensuing investigation. Though the death of the unknown woman seems to be recent, the flesh on her corpse has been picked off in places as if something - or someone - has been gnawing on the bones. The plot Phosy soon uncovers involves much more than single set of skeletal remains.

©2018 Colin Cotterill (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Loved it , as usual.

A serious and distressing subject, but delivered as usual in Colin Cotterlls delightful way. Our usual gang of charming warriors set right some very pressing wrongs! As one who has been committed to this for forty years, I am so pleased to read a novel which encompasses the subject matter in a positive way.

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  • Jan
  • 16-08-18

Fear and loathing plus a lot of fun

international-crime-and-mystery, murder-investigation, suspense, languages, law-enforcement, laugh-out-loud, animals, trafficking, supernatural, support-system, friendship, not-quite-horror

Another fascinating tale and morality lesson with Dr Siri Paiboun to take us out of our comfort zone into things we'd rather hide from. You'll find that a particularly horrible pun when you read about the disgusting aspects of trafficking animals and humans, especially as these activities have grave impact on the murders. Of course there is a secondary plot, but no spoilers here.
There does continue to be lots of humor just as we've come to expect, and it softens the awful stuff without diminishing truth.
I need audio, and Clive Chafer continues to give a masterful performance.

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  • Windhill farm
  • 15-05-19

Dr. Siri Paiboun my love

This series of books is one of the best I have ever experienced. The writer has captured humanity at its finest and at its worst but in the most beautiful way. You will fall in love with Dr. Siri and his band of friends as they grow and learn to navigate life and adventures together, solve crimes, and enlighten themselves and the reader. I am in love with Dr. Siri the ancient pathologist-crime fighter. We should all aspire to be so wonderful. Thank you to Colin Cotterill for sharing your friends with us.

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  • Penny
  • 11-09-18

A tale of tails!

I’m impressed with this cozy mystery series. It’s well written and includes timeless ideals about everything that makes us human. I’ve been lucky enough to purchase all of this series and I’m always happy to recommend these tomes to people that enjoy reading wonderful books.

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  • Terry B
  • 30-09-21

The best Dr. Siri yet!

I tried the first in the series simply because it was a mystery & was included with my membership. After that I was hooked, and listened to one after another. It's a series best listened to in sequence, watching the characters grow and evolve. There's much dry wit, and a 5-star narration as the story lines converge & mysteries are solved. The character development is wonderful, bringing these wonderful people into our minds and hearts forever. As a bonus, we're given a history of the 1970s post-war era from the prospective of the countries where it was waged, and a chance to get to know their inhabitants as people rather than combatants. I love these books!

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  • Michelle P. Adamo
  • 26-08-20

Dr Siri Paiboun series, book 13

Don't Eat Me is book 13 in the Dr Siri Paiboun mystery series - a fun, quirky crime series set in Laos.

An unknown woman’s skeleton is discovered in a very open area, on a reasonably busy street - as if she were meant to be found. What makes this skeleton especially unusual, other than the obvious, is that the skeleton shows signs of having been gnawed to the bone. During the investigation into the skeleton, a black market business in the animal trade is uncovered,

Rather than delegate the case, newly promoted Senior Police Inspector Phosey Vongvichai chooses to handle this case himself. With the assistance of his friends, including newly-retired national coroner Dr Siri Paiboun and members of his former staff, Phosey attempts to unravel the mystery. What none of them could possibly know is that there are forces working to ensure the investigations failure.
"A thousand ants could move a tree branch, but none would attempt it alone.”

I have read the entire series on audiobooks, and have enjoyed every one. Don’t Eat Me has been one of my favorites as it takes some unusual turns and offers a unique ending. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-08-18

One of the best for Mr Cotterill

An exciting chapter in what one always hopes will be an ongoing adventure. The social critique is mordant- see E Warren End Corruption 🙏

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  • ReaderReader
  • 20-08-18

Nice addition

This is a nice addition to the lives of our favorite characters. There’s some good news for some and bad news for others. Investigations into animal trade results in Cotterill becoming slightly preachy in tone about animal rights. While I agree with him about the need to respect animals, it feels a little heavy handed to have this message repeated multiple times. This is the first novel I’ve felt was somewhat preachy in its message. Usually it’s a satiric commentary on government bureaucracy in a communist regime, but this felt very contemporary in its message of “don’t eat or harm animals.”
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