Doctor Siri Paiboun

12 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 339 ratings

The Coroners Lunch Summary

Laos, 1972. The Communist Pathet Lao has taken over. Most of the educated class has fled, but 72-year-old Dr Siri Paiboun, a Paris-trained doctor, remains and is appointed state coroner. When three bodies are recovered from a reservoir, Dr.Siri establishes the cause of death was not drowning - they seem to have been electrocuted. And then there is the inexplicable death of a Party bigwig's wife at a banquet. Dr.Siri doesn't think her death was from natural causes. In the course of his investigations, he travels to his birthplace, where he makes a discovery....

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  • Book 1

    • The Coroners Lunch

    • By: Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 80
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58

    Laos, 1972. The Communist Pathet Lao has taken over. Most of the educated class has fled, but 72-year-old Dr Siri Paiboun, a Paris-trained doctor, remains and is appointed state coroner. When three bodies are recovered from a reservoir, Dr.Siri establishes the cause of death was not drowning - they seem to have been electrocuted. And then there is the inexplicable death of a Party bigwig's wife at a banquet. Dr.Siri doesn't think her death was from natural causes.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • not my usual

    • By david on 14-03-17

    Regular price: £30.19

  • Book 2

    • Thirty-Three Teeth

    • By: Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
    • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78

    Against all his expectations, Dr Siri Paiboun has rather enjoyed his first five months in office. Now, as hot-season nights close in, Siri is spirited away from Laos' steamy capital on a Matter of National Security. Arriving in Luang Prabang, he's a busy man, examining carbonized corpses, dining with the deposed king, attending a shamans' conference and being rescued by the ghost of an elephant. Not that Siri's complaining … Luang Prabang is in mountains and a good fifteen degrees cooler.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Highly entertaining

    • By N on 21-01-14

    Regular price: £11.89

  • Book 3

    • Disco for the Departed

    • By: Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
    • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    Dr Siri Paiboun may be in his 73rd year, but he’s still as sturdy as a jungle boar – and as crafty as one. Reluctant coroner to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, he’s been despatched to the country’s mountainous north, where the sudden appearance of a mummified arm protruding from a concrete path laid in front of the president’s new mansion has caused an understandable degree of embarrassment.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Addictive reading

    • By Sandra on 07-04-13

    Regular price: £11.89

  • Book 4

    • Anarchy and Old Dogs

    • By: Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
    • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    When a blind, retired dentist is run down by a logging truck as he crosses the road to post a letter, Dr Siri Paiboun, official and only coroner of Laos, finds him faced with his most explosive case yet. The dentist’s mortal remains aren’t nearly as intriguing as the letter in his pocket. Written in invisible ink and encrypted, the letter presents Dr Siri with an irresistible challenge.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of the best of Dr Siri

    • By N on 21-01-14

    Regular price: £11.89

  • Book 5

    Curse of the Pogo Stick cover art
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  • Book 6

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  • Book 10

    • Six and a Half Deadly Sins

    • Dr. Siri Paiboun, Book 10
    • By: Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated by: Clive Chafers
    • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      2.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    Laos, 1979: Dr. Siri Paiboun, the twice retired ex-National Coroner of Laos, receives an unmarked package in the mail. Inside is a handwoven pha sin, a colorful traditional skirt worn in northern Laos. A lovely present, but who sent it to him, and why? And, more importantly, why is there a severed human finger stitched into the sin's lining?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Horrendous Narrator - where is Nigel Anthony?

    • By Ligs on 14-06-15

    Regular price: £20.39

  • Book 11

    • I Shot the Buddha

    • By: Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated by: Clive Chafers
    • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Awful narration had to stop listening.

    • By chris on 13-11-16

    Regular price: £27.19

  • Book 12

    • The Rat Catchers' Olympics

    • By: Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated by: Clive Chafers
    • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    It is 1980, and the Democratic People's Republic of Laos is proud to be competing in its first-ever Olympics. Of course half the world is boycotting the Moscow Summer Olympic Games to protest Russia's recent invasion of Afghanistan, but that has made room for athletes from countries that are usually too small or underfunded to be competitive-countries like Laos.

    Regular price: £23.79