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Killed at the Whim of a Hatby Colin Cotterill
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Jimm Juree was a crime reporter for the Chiang Mai Daily Mail with a somewhat eccentric family. When she is forced to follow her family to a rural village on the coast of Southern Thailand, she's convinced her career--maybe her life--is over. So when a van containing the skeletal remains of two hippies is inexplicably unearthed in a local farmer's field, Jimm is thrilled. Shortly thereafter an abbot at a local Buddhist temple is viciously murdered.
Suddenly Jimm's new life becomes somewhat more promising--and a lot more deadly. And if Jimm is to unravel the inexplicable events, it will take luck, perseverance, and the help of her entire family.
"When crime reporter Jimm Juree finds herself in a tiny coastal village in Thailand, she thinks her career is over. But soon she's investigating a murdered abbot and the discovery of two dead hippies who've been buried for decades in their van. During the course of this humorous mystery, protagonist Jimm describes her odd patois: 'I speak English with a sort of Thai accent that makes words sound as if they don't have endings.' That's a tall order for any narrator, but Jeany Park does her best to fill it, providing Jimm with odd vocal cadences and an affected, non-native British accent. However, the book's ultra-whimsical characters and leisurely pace are themselves something of a test for listener perseverance. And that is unfortunate, because once the quirky plot begins to gel, Park's performance proves as entertaining as it is charming. Additionally enjoyable are the malapropisms — read by Park without accent — that serve as the book's title and chapter headings. A Minotaur Books hardcover. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The launch of a new series set in rural Thailand, from the internationally bestselling author of The Coroner's Lunch.
About the Author
Born in London, COLIN COTTERILL worked as teacher in Israel, Australia, the U.S. and Japan before he started training teachers in Thailand. Cotterill and his wife live in a small fishing village on the Gulf of Siam in Southern Thailand. He’s won the Dilys and a CWA Dagger award.
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