The Coroner's Lunch

✓ The Coroner's Lunch ☆ Colin Cotterill - The Coroner's Lunch, The Coroner s Lunch Laos The monarchy has been deposed the Communist Pathet Lao have taken over Most of the educated class has fled but Dr Siri Paiboun a Paris trained doctor remains And so this year old phys

  • Title: The Coroner's Lunch
  • Author: Colin Cotterill
  • ISBN: 9781849165181
  • Page: 157
  • Format: Paperback

✓ The Coroner's Lunch ☆ Colin Cotterill, The Coroner's Lunch, Colin Cotterill, The Coroner s Lunch Laos The monarchy has been deposed the Communist Pathet Lao have taken over Most of the educated class has fled but Dr Siri Paiboun a Paris trained doctor remains And so this year old physician is appointed state coroner despite having no training equipment experience or even inclination for the job ✓ The Coroner's Lunch ☆ Colin Cotterill - The Coroner's Lunch, The Coroner s Lunch Laos The monarchy has been deposed the Communist Pathet Lao have taken over Most of the educated class has fled but Dr Siri Paiboun a Paris trained doctor remains And so this year old phys

  • ✓ The Coroner's Lunch ☆ Colin Cotterill
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The Coroner's Lunch

About "Colin Cotterill"

  1. Colin Cotterill

    Colin Cotterill was born in London and trained as a teacher and set off on a world tour that didn t ever come to an end He worked as a Physical Education instructor in Israel, a primary school teacher in Australia, a counselor for educationally handicapped adults in the US, and a university lecturer in Japan But the greater part of his latter years has been spent in Southeast Asia Colin has taught and trained teachers in Thailand and on the Burmese border He spent several years in Laos, initially with UNESCO and wrote and produced a forty programme language teaching series English By Accident, for Thai national television.Ten years ago, Colin became involved in child protection in the region and set up an NGO in Phuket which he ran for the first two years After two years of study in child abuse issues, and one stint in Phuket, he moved on to ECPAT, an international organization combating child prostitution and pornography He established their training program for caregivers.All the while, Colin continued with his two other passions cartooning and writing He contributed regular columns for the Bangkok Post but had little time to write It wasn t until his work with trafficked children that he found himself sufficiently stimulated to put together his first novel, The Night Bastard Suk s Editions 2000.The reaction to that first attempt was so positive that Colin decided to take time off and write full time Since October 2001 he has written nine novels Two of these are child protection based Evil in the Land Without Asia Books December 03 , and Pool and Its Role in Asian Communism Asia Books, Dec 05 These were followed by The Coroner s Lunch Soho Press Dec 04 , Thirty Three Teeth Aug 05 , Disco for the Departed Aug 06 , Anarchy and Old Dogs Aug 07 , and Curse of the Pogo Stick Aug 08 , The Merry Misogynist Aug 09 , Love Songs from a Shallow Grave Aug 10 these last seven are set in Laos in the 1970 s.On June 15 2009 Colin Cotterill received the Crime Writers Association Dagger in the Library award for being the author of crime fiction whose work is currently giving the greatest enjoyment to library users.When the Lao books gained in popularity, Cotterill set up a project to send books to Lao children and sponsor trainee teachers The Books for Laos programme elicits support from fans of the books and is administered purely on a voluntary basis.Since 1990, Colin has been a regular cartoonist for national publications A Thai language translation of his cartoon scrapbook, Ethel and Joan Go to Phuket Matichon May 04 and weekly social cartoons in the Nation newspaper, set him back onto the cartoon trail in 2004 On 4 April 2004, an illustrated bilingual column cycle logical was launched in Matichon s popular weekly news magazine These have been published in book form.Colin is married and lives in a fishing community on the Gulf of Siam with his wife, Jessi, and ever expanding pack of very annoying dogs.


  1. It s a new genre the magical mystery and if you finished the sentence with tour, stop reading and click here youtu Hnrsqf33MXADr Siri, a member of the Communist Party for forty seven years, has been made the first coroner in the new republic We meet him sharing a case with a judge who has a talent for inappropriate mottos and is not even bright enough for sarcasm Dr Siri, being twenty two years past his normal lifespan, has reached a certain passivity in life that is about to be woken up by ghos [...]

  2. 4 starsThis was a very entertaining and refreshingly different read Set in the communist country of Laos during the 1970 s, The Coroner s Lunch is a mystery crime novel with a bit of the supernatural and a nice dose of humor thrown into the mix I absolutely loved Dr Siri Paiboun, a bit of an atypical sort of hero, but a very charming and convincing one despite his background and his seventy two years Siri is not in the least a detective, but instead has his training in medicine With retirement o [...]

  3. I can t remember how I stumbled across this book Was it an daily deal A Prime book of the month Whatever, it has languished on my kindle for months if not years Somehow my husband read it before I did and was heavy on the praise and the laughter I can see why This book is strong on dry wit and sarcasm It takes place in 1978 Laos Dr Siri is a 72 year old coroner not exactly in love with the communist regime I found myself consistently chuckling at the good doctor s takes on life under the regime [...]

  4. I love the German title for this novel, Den motvillige kommunisten Dr Siri Paiboun, 1 It must mean something like the willfull communists or purposeful communists which is satirical in itself Oops, I ve had it wrong See Tania s comments below THE BLURBLaos, 1978 Dr Siri Paiboun, a 72 year old medical doctor, has been unwillingly appointed the national coroner of newly socialist Laos Though his lab is underfunded, his boss is incompetent, and his support staff is quirky to say the least, Siri s s [...]

  5. I loved this one so much I immediately requested the next one in the series from my library, even though I ve already got a large stack of books to read The characters are well developed and intriguing especially the doctor and his unusual staff I really enjoyed the supernatural element, too Gosh, I seemed tongue tied unable to find the right words to describe this unique book It was humorous without being silly, and uplifting without being preachy A small page turner easily read in a day.

  6. This novel is set in Laos in 1976, shortly after the communist group Pathet Lao took political power, abolished the monarchy and established the Lao People s Democratic Republic The narrative centres on Dr Siri Paiboun, who joined the communists because of his love for a woman rather than because of political conviction, worked with the group during its long insurgency and, at the age of 72 and longing for a quite retirement, is given the job of being Laos chief and only coroner Through his work [...]

  7. Now here I was, ladies and gents, just snuggling down with a perfect cosy mystery, The Coroner s Lunch, and thinking there would be a few twists and turns, a little mayhem, and voila comfort delivered But before I reached page 10, I was laughing out loud in sheer delicious enjoyment, and I knew that although I had come to the right place for a cosy feeling, I was going to get far than I bargained for In a good way.Dr Siri Paiboun is a brilliant anti revolutionary revolutionary cum coroner who l [...]

  8. This book was mentioned in passing on Episode 037 of the Reading Envy podcast, and it peaked my curiosity Later on, I ended discussing it on Reading Envy Podcast Episode 042 I love when books trickle down.Dr Siri is 72 years old, but as a person under a new Communist regime who still has skills to offer, the government is not going to let him become a person of leisure After a career as a surgeon, he is tasked with being the official state coroner, and has to teach himself with outdated texts Hi [...]

  9. I really enjoyed this book, which surprised me I picked it up without really knowing what to expect, and when I read the first few pages I thought, No this is not going to be my sort of thing, since my sort of thing tends to be prewar cosies Fortunately, I was wrong I grew up in sixties America, and the map of Viet Nam and environs was part of our lives on television news twice a day, on the walls of friends houses who had men in the service, at school I can still draw the basic contours of thos [...]

  10. I likely would never have found The Coroner s Lunch if it hadn t been a group read for The World s Literature book group here on , and it would have been my loss If, like me, you like mysteries but weary of the formulaic cynical police investigator or PI, the standard 6 8 character cozy village and requisite 2 red herrings and misdirection, this first Dr Siri novel from Colin Cotterill is a must read Dr Siri is a wonderful, believable character Laos is a character in its own right, as is the par [...]

  11. I loved the unique setting and characters of this book it s set in 1976 in Laos and the protagonist is a 72 year old state coroner , but the mystery was kind of all over the place and ultimately, didn t convince me I listened to this on audiobook.

  12. Probably the most original mystery novel I ve ever read, it blends detective work with some mysticism and a dash of humor Dr Siri is a refreshing investigative character, a unique introduction to this genre I d like to thank whoever suggested this book to me but can t remember who it was, so if you read this comment and I ll update my review.

  13. Great kickoff to the world of elderly coroner Siri Paiboun working within the contraints of communist Laos Such a lovable old cuss and so crafty in manipulating the forces of the regime to achieve his own solutions for justice The portrayal of personalities and daily life is important than the drama behind his cases.

  14. First Sentence Tran, Tran, and Hok broke through the heavy end of west season clouds.It is 1976 and one year after the Communist takeover of Laos Dr Siri Paiboun is 72 years old, a widower and ready to retire Instead, he is appointed state coroner in fact, he s the only coroner in Laos and has three cases to deal with the death of an important official s wife, the discovery of bodies that could lead to an international incident between Laos and Vietnam, and uncovering the reason why the commande [...]

  15. A cozy, political, ghost whisperer, medical examiner mystery set in 1976 Communist Laos Yeah It s kind of all over the place There were also clumsy info dumps at the end, explaining the murders in detail The coroner, Dr Siri, did hold my interest, though This is the first book in the series, so maybe the plots get a bit tighter in subsequent books.

  16. Imagine for a moment that while you were in Paris studying medicine, you fell in love with another student and got married Imagine that, as a condition of marrying this beautiful woman, you agreed to go back to French Indochina and join the revolutionary forces Imagine, further, that you are now in your seventies, the revolution has been recently won and you are told that you will now take the role of the chief and only coroner in all of Laos That is precisely the circumstances in which we find [...]

  17. Found this mystery very informative about Laotian history, religion, politics, and minorities The setting in Vientiane, Laos, and its environs looms large, even bringing into the mystery the neighboring Vietnamese and the Hmong minority The Pathet Lao communists have recently taken over the country from the Royal family, and have on their agenda progress and betterment for Laos The main character lifelong Communist and soldier, medical doctor, and now Laos s coroner Dr Siri Paiboun is skeptical [...]

  18. Fascinating is the best word that that I come up with For a second adjective I would choose original I really enjoyed this mystery and have already bought the second in the series.Where to start This book worked for me on so many levels Set in the 70 s post Vietnam in communist Laos our protagonist is a coroner Mainly he pronounces deaths as accidental for the authorities who are philosophically and politically opposed to any death being classified as a murder for murder as we all know, is a Wes [...]

  19. I really enjoyed this mystery set in Laos in 1976 soon after the Communist Pathet Lao regime has taken over It s been on my tbr pile for ages, and I finally read it as part of the Book For All Seasons group s challenge to read a book set in or an author from another hemisphere I live in the USA, so perfect It s a time and place I know very little about, but it also stars a fabulous protagonist I can t wait to revisit Dr Siri Paiboun, a physician, has been appointed chief coroner sounds impressiv [...]

  20. I had a hard time with the opening scene of this book Such a hard time that, had I not committed myself to read it, I would have stopped right there and returned it to the library.In the opening scene 3 or 4 can t remember exactly as I ve tried to scrub the scene from my mind dead bodies are thrown out of an airplane into a lake The bodies are tied to each other and to a large amount of ordnance They fall through the clouds, slip into the lake, and settle to the bottom with little than mussed h [...]

  21. It s Laos, 1976 Dr Siri Paiboun thought he was going to be able to retire after the Communist takeover, but instead he is drafted into being the nation s only coroner A doctor, yes, but Siri has no training in autopsies, so he gets hold of a couple of textbooks and has his nurse assistant soon to be apprentice coroner Dtui hold them open in front of him as he follows the diagrams in them, scalpel in hand.Things are pretty quiet as this first in series begins but it doesn t stay that way for long [...]

  22. It is so much enjoyable to get the feel of a country, its culture and politics from the point of view of a citizen, rather than a politician or a newsperson I am trusting that Dr Siri Laos and his friends from other cultures Thailand, Viet Nam, etc are good reflections of the citizenry I guess I m putting my trust in Colin Cotterill also That a morgue be can run by the cast of characters there is a remarkable feat to all outsiders, but the reader I hope that we hear about them in upcoming inst [...]

  23. A wonderful tongue in cheek satire on the revolution in Laos, The Coroner s Lunch tells the tale of Dr Siri Paiboun, unwillingly chosen to become coroner in the new communist state The powers that be think he will be another incompetent cog in the machinery of the bureaucracy What they do not realize is that this man in his 70 s has a work ethic that demands he do his job properly despite lack of equipment and resources How Dr Paiboun goes about his job and solves the mysteries is both entertain [...]

  24. Laos 1976 Dr Siri Panboun, seventy two years old and itching to retire, was essentially coerced into the appointment of national coroner after the Communist takeover Prior to this, he knew nothing about autopsies Siri was a general physician earning respect and warmth from his patients He had never worked on cold, dead bodies His predecessor had fled across the river to Thailand, leaving a gap in the state controlled medical examiners office Most of the professional classes have hightailed it ou [...]

  25. I came to this from an interest in Laos than a particular love of crime fiction But still, I was a little disappointed The characters are nicely drawn, but the setting never really came alive for me, and Cotterill is a bit heavy handed in some of the descriptions and dialogues A middle section concerning a trip to a Hmong village seemed to have no bearing on the rest of the plot And I was particularly annoyed to find a supernatural element to the crime solving Maybe I m a bit of a traditionalis [...]

  26. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.The setting is Laos just after the Pathet Lao seized power c 1975 Dr Siri Paiboun is an old member of the Party dragooned into being the country s chief coronor because all the qualified candidates have fled Untrained, nevertheless Siri sets out to learn the job and do the best job he can.Cotterill writes with ease and engagingly and Siri is a very likable character I can empathize with his phone phobia I hope the author develops this into a continuing series.

  27. I enjoyed this book very much I knew I would probably like this series but I liked it even better than I thought I would.Dr Siri Palbourn is 72 years old and was ready for retirement He is living in Laos and it is 1976 He studied medicine in France when he was a young man He fell in love with a young revolutionary and followed her back to fight for the cause Now he is 72 and and Laos has a new communist government The doctor who had experience in doing autopsies swam across the river to Thailand [...]

  28. Laos is a landlocked socialist republic in southeast Asia, bordering with the dominant nations of China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand The Coroner s Lunch is set in 1976, a year after the end of a long civil war that resulted in the Soviet backed communist Pathet Lao coming to power The protagonist is Siri Paiboun, a doctor and a widower who, rather than being able to enjoy a peaceful retirement at the age of 72, is made the country s only coroner One of the many delights of this book about or [...]

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