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Love Songs from a Shallow Grave: A Dr. Siri Mystery Set in Laos Colin Cotterill(Author)

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Original name book: Love Songs from a Shallow Grave: A Dr. Siri Mystery Set in Laos

Pages: 304

Language: English

Publisher: Soho Crime (August 9, 2011)

By: Colin Cotterill(Author)

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  • By Blue in Washington on July 12, 2010

    Another terrific book in the Siri Paiboun series from Colin Cotterill. I don't know which to praise first, but let's start with this book. The story interweaves two plots--one has the septegunarian, former revolutionary, Dr. Siri and his expanding team of fellow sleuths on the track of a serial killer whose chosen weapon is a fencing sword; the second has Dr. Siri in grave jeopardy at the hands of the Khmer Rouge regime in newly communist Cambodia (Kampuchea). Both story lines are intelligent, intricate and totally engaging, and generally add up to a darker and more poignant novel than most of the previous Dr. Siri books. While there is little doubt that Siri and company will resolve the mystery of the murders, there is considerable doubt that Siri will survive execution as a spy by the vicious and politically cannibalistic Khmer Rouge. This is one of the best books in a very good series with a world-class story-line and characters that have melded into a literary family in this episode.Moving on to the author, Colin Cotterill, his writing cannot be overpraised, in my opinion. He has developed some wonderful characters in a remote part of the globe and in a rather obscure period of time (for most Western readers, at least) circa 1977-78. But he has made the whole pastiche work beautifully and has certainly given a voice to a small and neglected segment of the world's population. He obviously has great admiration and respect--mixed with a healthy dose of realism--for the Laotian people as well as an impressive knowledge of the recent history of Indochina. But Cotterill could write wonderfully insightful fiction from just about anywhere, I suspect. His style is mature, his language clear and his sense of humanity for his characters is unfailing. This is a writer with a long and successful future ahead--part of which I sincerely hope will continue to include Dr. Siri Painboun.Great read. Highly recommended.

  • By D. Lewis on February 2, 2018

    Siri ends up in Cambodia on a diplomatic mission. Young women are being stabbed through the heart by a sword. He has lots to solve in this story. I find it interesting that there is a coroner in Laos. To cut people who are dead open, releases the bad Pi according to the beliefs of the Lao.However, I do love this series. It brings back memories of my time there. I spent 7 1/2 years working for a medical foundation in Laos during the Vietnam War. I should write my own book.

  • By Happy Reader on September 18, 2012

    It's 1977, and someone is skewering healthy 30-something women with an epee, a weapon, according to Dr. Siri Paiboun, that 99.9 (repeating) percent of Lao have never heard of. And now he's got three of them as evidence.Every month, Siri tries to tender his resignation as the Laos National Coroner. At 73 years-old, he'd like to retire from the morgue. But he doesn't want to retire from detecting - he loves the puzzles the bodies of the dead present to him. And these three deaths are simply weird.He's on track to figuring out who did it, when old friend, Politburo Comrade Civilai, invites him on a junket. Cambodia is celebrating May Day, the anniversary of the Khmer Rouge's fifth year in power, and Civilai and Siri are the Lao delegation to the event. Civilai and Siri are realistic, but faithful, members of the Lao communist party. Only in power three years, after overthrowing the King and the French, there are growing pains evident in the governance of Laos, but overall Siri believes it is a better world. And they assume that it is the same in their sister state of Cambodia.But when they meet the Laos Ambassador to Cambodia, it is apparent that he is terrified. Siri, who simply can't leave things alone, has to dig further. This isn't going to turn out well.Another excellent book by Colin Cotterill. It takes you to another time and place and the history is fascinating. The ending seems a little rushed, on both the mystery and the Cambodia visit, but this is still a five-star mystery. "Love Songs from a Shallow Grave" is the 7th out of 8 in the Dr. Siri series. If you can, you may want to start out with the first in the series:The Coroner's LunchThe evolving back story of the varied and well-drawn characters is very interesting, and I'm glad I'm reading the books in order (though you don't have to, to enjoy the mysteries). Highly recommended series.Happy Reader

  • By M B Fay on July 30, 2015

    Of all the books in the Dr. Siri series, I think this one has been most on my mind. In the 1970's Pol Pot and his gang of marauders decimated the population of Cambodia and I was peripherally conscious of what was going on via the media. When reading this book, I was made painfully aware of the horrors of that genocide. This book hit me so intensely that I had to put it down every once in a while in order to digest the pain and get my head wrapped around what had happened. This book is not for the faint-hearted or the lovers of fairy tales in which everything is rosy in the end. Cotterill has done a stellar job of gripping this reader and not letting go. This is a do-not-miss read and I am still affected by it. Colin Cotterill deserves many kudos for his amazing writing skills. So glad to have discovered this writer. READ THIS BOOK!

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