[books] Thirty-Three TeethAuthor Colin Cotterill – Sharkmotorcyclehelmets.co.uk

Praise For Cotterill S The Coroner S Lunch This Series Kickoff Is An Embarrassment Of Riches Holmesian Sleuthing, Political Satire And Droll Comic Study Of A Prickly Late Bloomer Kirkus Reviews Starred Review The Coroner S Lunch Is Marvelous The Setting May Be Unique In Western Fiction, And The Characters Are Unique To Themselves Sweet But Not Sappy, Offbeat But Not Self Conscious About It, This Book Doesn T So Much Pull You In As Open A Door And Let You Walk Happily Through Fans Of Alexander McCall Smith S Books Will Love This One S J Rozan, Author Of Absent Friends The Coroner S Lunch Is A Satisfying Feast For The Mind Rebecca Pawel, Author Of Death Of A Nationalist, Winner Of The Edgar Award For Best First Novel The National Coroner Of Laos, Dr Siri Paiboun, Is No Respecter Of Persons Or Party At His Advanced Age He Can Afford To Be Independent With The Assistance Of His Helpers, The Mentally Retarded Mr Geung And Nurse Dtui Fatty Who Has Dubbed Him Super Spirit Doc He Elucidates The Causes Of Mysterious Deaths But He Also Communes With The Deposed King, Whose Special Channel To The Occult Has Left Him, And Attends A Conference Of Shamans Called By The Communist Government To Give The Spirits An Ultimatum Obey Party Orders Or Get Out Colin Cotterill Was Born In London In He Has Taught In Australia, The United States And Japan And Has Lived In Thailand, On The Burmese Border, And In Laos For The Last Several Years He Has Worked For UNICEF And Local Non Governmental Agencies To Prevent Child Prostitution And To Rehabilitate Abused Children He Lives In Chiang Mai In Northern Thailand For Information, Visit Colincotterill

10 thoughts on “Thirty-Three Teeth

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    The second installment in the mystery series featuring Dr Siri, my favorite coroner and host of an ancient Hmong shaman s spirit While it contains the ingredients that make the series great, there are several stumbles that make this book of a leftover noodle soup a nice accompaniment to a meal but not enough for a feast.In the beginning, several sidewinding storylines provided a great deal of pleasure In Vientiane, two disparate bodies found with a badly damaged bicycle send the team of Siri, Dtui and Phosy to the Ministry of Sport, Information and Culture, initiating one of the spirit mysteries of the book and providing opportunity to comment on bureaucracy under communism Before they are able to investigate fully, they are challenged by another death which appears to be an animal mauling Unfortunately, shortly after the cases are begun, Siri is sent away on business by Judge H The royal capital has two badly burned corpses and needs to discover their nationality Siri s trip to the royal capital was delightful on many levels We glimpse into Siri s upbringing, watch as he investigates the two burn victims and applaud as he attends a political meeting for shamans that is truly guffaw worthy There s also a lovely piece involving a special orchard, some terrible wine, a gardener and a cricket At the instigation of Siri s friend Civilai, Dtui takes matters into her own hands and visits a Russian animal trainer for information on animal attacks While I welcomed the opportunity to see Dtui in action, it did strike me that she was a strangely modern feminist for a 1970s Laotian who hasn t ever left the country I found myself distracted from the storyline, wondering how real she could be as a character, and if she was supposed to instead serve as an identifier for the modern reader.For me, a significant part of the shortcomings were structural it seemed a little disjointed and a little less tightly woven than the first in the series There s narrative jumping, both with dream vision sequences and changes in narrative voice, as well as time jumping For the first time, narration from some of the victims is provided at their death scene, and not by spiritual visitation It s a technique that doesn t work as well with the general tone of the book, lending itself to horror than the wistful spiritual sadness we ve seen before While it was likely intended to build suspense, the result was puzzlement than anticipation In one section, Siri secretly buries a blanket wrapped bundle in the backyard It s a seemingly insignificant moment, without explanation or context, that it starts when he and the bundle suddenly appear on his bike and ends shortly after with the burial Some chapters later, Siri thinks of the bundle in the midst of a conversation and makes a mental note that explains the bundle There s a number of similar scenes, and I found the style puzzling than insightful.As always, I thoroughly loved the touches of humor threading through the book Supporting characters have their moments to shine as well, particularly when Dtui fends off an animal trainer Phosy as well They sat together on the lip of the fountain, Phosy binding the wound, Rajid going through his impressive repertoire of amphibian impersonations The crimes are a little brutal in this book, and the political commentary judgemental So there it was in a nutshell Poverty lead him to religion, religion to education, education to lust, lust to communism And communism had brought him back full circle to poverty At a gathering of shamans, it was all most sociable, but terribly un socialist Ultimately, I was very disappointed in the reveal at the end view spoiler The death of a dog seemed particularly spiteful, and it was unclear what the purpose was, except perhaps to integrate another ghost element The underground tunnel scene with a deranged serial murderer has of a thriller feel to me, going for cheap scares over true tension, and it felt incongruous with the world Cotterill has developed hide spoiler

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    Thirty Three Teeth, the second book in the Dr Siri series set in 70s Laos, is as fascinating as the first The mystery is dessert The main course is our protagonist, Dr Siri the reluctant coroner , the residents of Vientiane and elsewhere in Laos, the culture, the ease with which Cotterill blends the spiritual with the physical without turning this novel into fantasy magic realism The challenge of investigation and solving crimes in a world where the authorities may not care if or why a crime occurred, and or may have a preferred explanation for events that one is wise not to defy, makes for quite a different set of obstacles than those faced by the lead investigator in a typical British or American cozy mystery not that there s anything wrong with that, as they say As a result, the government in this book is almost a character of its own Good luck figuring out which government, too Consider this a complex, circuitous cozy mystery, laden with southeast asian culture and values If you haven t read the initial book, you could start here with ease, but put the first one on your list to read, too.

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    Dr Siri Paiboun is now 72 years old Through no fault of his own, he is one of the last real medical doctors within Laos The socialist communist government after the Pathet Lao takeover has not been a welcoming place for those with such skills Yet, people still die under suspicious circumstances and the country needs at least one forensic medical examiner When the previous one passed on, they came to Siri and he had little choice.In this second book in the series, he has settled into his job with his two assistants who also get little respect The other regulars are also around including Phosy and Civlai They are confronted by several intriguing challenges including the future of the royal family in a Communist regime and a bear on the loose in Vientiane Three characters are introduced who have major impacts on the plot Mr Soth, Mr Intharnet, and Tiki Are they crazy Are they a threat I will say no to avoid spoiling the plot.This is both a mystical mystery and thriller Cotterill handles all of this very well, but what has engaged me most in these stories is the mystical aspect Thirty Three Teeth provides a heaping plate of that Is Siri the reincarnation of Yeh Ming If so, what does that mean How do thirty three teeth make a difference What is the role of a very old elephant And what lies within a trunk bearing the royal seal All is revealed in an engaging and entertaining second book in Cotterill s growing casebook of Dr Siri Paiboun.

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    I continue to enjoy Dr Siri s cynical optimism which just about sums up my view on life His delightful, if slightly twisted, sense of humour and eastern spirituality carries the plot along at a brisk pace, and I am always disappointed it is over so soon One would be very hard pressed to find a engaging, self contradicting, paradoxical fictional detective The plots are not deep or particularly devious but the exploration of character makes it all worthwhile At the same time, I am learning about Laotian history and culture through the pages of a detective novel than I ever imagined possible Always a fun read if you re looking for comfort, and a damned good chuckle throughout Damned Hot Literally, and figuratively.

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    Thirty Three Teeth is the second book in the Dr Siri Paiboun about a 72 year old coroner in the 70 s era in Laos The last coroner swam across the river in Thailand when the new government came in so Dr Siri was chosen for the position He had hoped to be retired I really was taken with the first book The Coroner s Lunch so I was eager to continue the series I enjoyed this book but not as much as the first book One reason is there is mystical or supernatural element in this book A powerful shaman from 1070 has chosen Dr Siri s body to dwell in It seemed a little disjointed to me too.However, I am looking forward to reading the third book I like Dr Siri very much with his sly gentle humor He can quietly be subversive to obtain what he wants The characters are wonderful and as a reader I want to continue with them In this book, I learned about Nurse Dtui his assistant She is smart, a self starter and clever I like Dr Siri lunches and conversations with Civilai There is humor in the book It was quite a scene when the Communist party called together spirit leaders to have them forbade spirits to coming forward in the future There was a bear, a Russian animal trainer, a deposed king, two dead bodies on top of a bicycle and new characters introduced It is an unique enjoyable series.

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    Audio ebookSometimes the skills to win a revolution are devoid a good government skills Today s rebel leader is tomorrow s dictator paraphrased from Harold Robbins

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    First Sentence The neon hammer and sickle buzzed and flickered into life over the night club of the Lan Xang Hotel.Dr Siri Paiboun, the 72 year old coroner for Laos, is being kept busy by both the spirit and human world An old black mountain bear has escaped its cage but is it responsible for the bodies who ve been mauled The burned bodies of two men have been found Siri is summoned to the area of his birth in an effort to identify them A man working in the Department of archives jumped to his death from a room containing a chest bearing the Royal Seal Siri, the re embodiment of the 1050 shaman, Yeh Ming, recognizes the box is inhabited by powerful spirits and he must find the proper way of dealing with it It is 107 degrees in Vietiane, Laos where the standard greeting and response has become, Hot, isn t it Damned hot Employing excellent dialogue, wonderful humor and a unique voice, Cotterill has given me one of my new, favorite series In additional to being a very visual writer, he balances information about Laos in 1997, the paranormal, wonderful mystery and suspense logic and humor His characters are delightful I particularly appreciate that we learn about the characters with this book Siri reflects that Poverty lead him to religion, religion to education, education to lust, lust to communism And communism had brought him back full circle to poverty There was a Ph.D dissertation waiting to be written about such a cycle He is a very spry 72, who is trying to deal with his inner shaman and finds out about his childhood He is smart, logical and very loyal to his friends He, and we, also finds out about Nurse Dtui There is to her than is originally known and she goes off on her own investigation What I love about reading Cotterill is that they are wonderful stories His writing is so visual and the individual scenes are memorable in themselves Put together, I find myself captivated by the combination of the characters and the plot I never know where the story is going next but thoroughly enjoy every step of the journey THIRTY THREE TEETH Lic Inv Para Dr Siri Paiboun, Laos Cont 1977 VG Cotterill, Colin 2nd in seriesSoho Crime, 2005, US Paperback ISBN 156947429X image error

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    I m a coroner, not a corpse This is the second novel of the series featuring Dr Siri Paiboun, the septuagenarian national coroner of Laos In this engaging mystery, Dr Siri has a number of puzzles to solve with the assistance of his unlikely team of colleagues and friends Oh, and some help from the spirit world as well.The communist regime of Laos brings its own flavour to proceedings From the ingenuity of making casts of teeth marks when plaster is not available and the identification of government workers through the existence of triplicate syndrome , this story engages and amuses.Dr Siri is called upon to travel to Luang Prabang on a national security matter so top secret that the Judge who has despatched him is unable to tell him anything about it His motivations for accepting the task are not quite consistent with the Judge s renowned maxim That s the spirit, Siri It s moments like these that make the socialist system so great When the call to arms comes the committed cadre even on his honeymoon would gladly climb off his young wife at the crucial moment sooner than let down the party If that were so, Siri thought to himself, it might explain the frustrated look he d often seen on the faces of so many Party members Great fun.

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    Thirty Three Teeth is the second installment in the Siri Paiboun series Dr Paiboun and his coterie remain as engaging as ever, and while there s a savage, serial murderer loose in Vientiane, the bulk of the novel is concerned with Siri s efforts to cope with the fact that he s the reincarnated soul of a thousand year old shaman, Yeh Ming.Even though the spirits of the dead continue to help Dr Paiboun solve his cases, those who wish can still rationalize it away as Siri s subconscious working below the surface God knows, Siri does it half the time Even so, they are not a gimmick that allows the author to wrap up the mystery They re obscure and not talkative and Paiboun has to gather the physical evidence to track down his criminals.The only thing I wasn t happy with was the murder of Siri s dog Saloop in a to me gratuitous subplot about a thuggish neighbor I hope Cotterill incorporates it in a later novel so that it takes on a bit meaning we ll see.I look forward to continuing the series.