When crime reporter Jimm Juree is forced to follow her family from Chiang Mai to a fishing village on the Gulf of Siam, she's convinced her career is over. Her journalism will surely dwindle to reports on the annual monsoon-induced floods, for what crimes could possibly happen in such an out-of-the-way place? Answer: plenty. A local palm oil ...
When crime reporter Jimm Juree is forced to follow her family from Chiang Mai to a fishing village on the Gulf of Siam, she's convinced her career is over. Her journalism will surely dwindle to reports on the annual monsoon-induced floods, for what crimes could possibly happen in such an out-of-the-way place? Answer: plenty. A local palm oil plantation owner and his worker are excavating a well. They dig down six feet and hit metal. It turns out to be the roof of an old Volkswagen combi, which, once unearthed, is found to contain two skeletons - one of them wearing a hat. A monk is murdered in Lang Suan, the nearest town. There is apparently no motive for the killing and no suspects are found. But there are odd connections between this killing and several others. Suddenly Jimm's new life becomes somewhat more promising - and a great deal more dangerous.
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Publishers Weekly, 2011-05-02 At the start of Cotterill's excellent first in a new series, 34-year-old Jimm Juree, who's poised to become only the second female senior crime reporter in all of Thailand, has her professional ambitions dashed when her eccentric mother abruptly sells the family home and business in Chiang Mai in the north of the country. Juree must join her relatives in an obscure southern province, where she seizes the opportunity to exercise her atrophied journalism skills after two human skeletons are found in a buried Volkswagen van. With the help of her grandfather, a former policeman forced off the job for his excessive honesty, Juree persistently probes the story behind the grisly discovery as well as the truth behind a more recent crime. Cotterill (The Coroner's Lunch and six other mysteries featuring Laotian coroner Dr. Siri Paiboun) combines a wry narrative voice with an appealing picture of a world unfamiliar to most Americans. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly, 2011-08-29 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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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