Love Songs from a Shallow Grave (Dr. Siri Paiboun Series #7)

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Overview

The seventh Dr. Siri investigation by the winner of the 2009 CWA Dagger in the Library.

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Publishers Weekly
Set in 1978, Cotterill's superb seventh mystery to feature Dr. Siri Paiboun (after 2009's The Merry Misogynist) finds "the national and only coroner of the People's Democratic Republic of Laos" nearing his 74th birthday chained to a lead pipe in a Cambodian prison. Siri's captivity is wrapped around investigating the puzzling deaths of three Laotian women, each skewered by dueling swords that are a decided rarity in Laos. A strong supporting cast, including Siri's recently acquired wife, Madame Daeng, and morgue colleague Nurse Dtui, who's married to Inspector Phosy, enriches the narrative. The unfathomable violence of the Khmer Rouge reign emerges during Siri's unexpected ordeal and forms a vivid contrast to his humanity in seeking to protect the murder suspect in the three sword deaths. This immensely satisfying mystery has it all--a heroic protagonist, a challenging puzzle, and an exotic setting. (Aug.)
Library Journal
In 1978 Laos, three young women are murdered within a few days of each other. Their bodies are found with a fencing sword thrust through their hearts. Dr. Siri and the police begin to investigate, but as an arrest is made, Siri disappears in Cambodia while on a diplomatic mission. VERDICT In his seventh installment (after The Merry Misogynist) Cotterill vividly depicts a Southeast Asia still traumatized by the Vietnam War—the horrors perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge, the shocking poverty, the rampant corruption, and the steadfast spirit of the people, And Dr. Siri is a one-of-a-kind protagonist rivaled only by Eliot Pattison's Shan Tao Yung. Highly recommended for series fans and readers who enjoy international mysteries. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 4/1/10.]
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“You get a real feeling for what Laos was like in the ’70s. The humor is wonderful, too—very subtle, very British.”—New York Post

“This is the seventh and most sardonic of Mr. Cotterill's Dr. Siri series, and it is not easy to cope with the combination of misery and merry melancholy that he employs. His writing, as always, is skillful and smooth and his plot is artfully strung together. The book fascinates as it chills."—Washington Times

“Colorful.”—Seattle Times

“I love this elegantly written series, set in Laos with clever, septuagenarian coroner Dr. Siri. This one, the seventh, is the best, but all of them are terrific.... A delightful mix of history and politics, and an excellent mystery.”—Toronto Globe and Mail

Shallow Grave carries on in the wry, unpredictable manner of previous Cotterill books. Unlike the earlier novels, this one contains sections of first-person narrative by Siri. His voice is as marvelous as everything else about him.”—Sacramento News and Review

“It's a rare treat to say that a book placed so far into a series is the best one. Authors more often than not run out of steam by the seventh book. Not Colin Cotterill.”—Oregon Live (The Oregonian)

 “Cotterill, a resident of Thailand, has a gift for creating memorably eccentric characters, while spinning a fascinating array of Southeast Asian history and folklore into his narratives.”—Japan Times

“Cotterill's superb seventh mystery ... has it all—a heroic protagonist, a challenging puzzle, and an exotic setting.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“In his seventh installment (after The Merry Misogynist) Cotterill vividly depicts a Southeast Asia still traumatized by the Vietnam War—the horrors perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge, the shocking poverty, the rampant corruption, and the steadfast spirit of the people, And Dr. Siri is a one-of-a-kind protagonist rivaled only by Eliot Pattison’s Shan Tao Yung. Highly recommended for series fans and readers who enjoy international mysteries.”—Library Journal, Starred Review

“Dr. Siri, his friends and colleagues are charming, and the puzzle is intriguing.”—The Free Lance-Star

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569476277
  • Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Series: Dr. Siri Paiboun Series , #7
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Posted April 4, 2013

    I have read all the Dr. Siri books through Love Songs from a Sha

    I have read all the Dr. Siri books through Love Songs from a Shallow Grave. I LOVE these stories and will be so sad when I complete The Woman Who Wouldn't Die because there will be no more until the next one is published. Colin Cotterill's description of life in Laos, Cambodia and Thailand in the late 70's is enlightening and the characters are all so interesting and entertaining. I really like Dr. Siri's personality and wit. Thank you Colin Cotterill for writing these stories. I guess I'll have to give Jimm Juree a try.

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