A fiendishly clever mystery in which Dr. Siri and his friends investigate three interlocking murders-and the ungodly motives behind them Laos, 1979: Retired coroner Siri Paiboun and his wife, Madame Daeng, have never been able to turn away a misfit. As a result, they share their small Vientiane house with an assortment of homeless people, mendicants, and oddballs. One of these oddballs is Noo, a Buddhist monk, who rides out on his bicycle one day and never comes back, leaving only a cryptic note in the refrigerator: a plea to help a fellow monk escape across the Mekhong River to Thailand. Naturally, Siri can't turn down the adventure, and soon he and his friends find themselves running afoul of Lao secret service officers and famous spiritualists. Buddhism is a powerful influence on both morals and politics in Southeast Asia. In order to exonerate an innocent man, they will have to figure out who is cloaking terrible misdeeds in religiosity.
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by Colin Cotterill
"This Dr. Siri Paiboun mystery depicts Cotterill's lovable Laotian characters as they sort out a series of violent events with supernatural dimensions. Clive Chafers, narrator of a number of Dr. Siri mysteries, does a solid job. The story takes place in the postwar shambles of Laos and Thailand in 1979. Chafers's voice is rich and engaging. He makes challenging Thai and Lao names and vocabulary accessible to an English-speaking audience. His relatively leisurely pace allows the listener to stay with Cotterill's often surprising plot twists. Siri Paiboun mysteries are potentially challenging audiobooks because the names can blend together and the author's abrupt shifts of scene in the middle of chapters can be confusing. Start with the first audiobook, THE CORONER'S LUNCH. F.C. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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