The Coroner's Lunch

The Coroner's Lunch

Large Print - 2004
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"This series kickoff is an embarrassment of riches: Holmesian sleuthing, political satire, and [a] droll comic study of a prickly late bloomer."-Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "The sights, smells, and colors of Laos practically jump of the pages of this inspired, often wryly witty first novel."-"Denver Post "A wonderfully fresh and exotic mystery. . . . If Cotterill . . . had done nothing more than treat us to Siri's views on the dramatic, even comic crises that mark periods of government upheaval, his debut mystery would still be fascinating. But the multiple cases spread out on Siri's examining table . . . are not cozy entertainments, but substantial crimes that take us into the thick of political intrigue."-"The New York Times Book Review "In Siri, Cotterill has created a detective as distinctive as Maigret or Poirot."-"Orlando Sentinel "The Soho Press crime series . . . has done mystery connoisseurs everywhere a favor by adding Colin Cotterill to its publishing list. The author gives us exotic locations; a world that few of us know well; crisp, intelligent, and often-witty writing; and, most of all, a hero unlike any other." -"The Philadelphia Inquirer Laos, 1975. The Communist Pathet Lao has taken over this former French colony. Dr. Siri Paiboun, a 72-year-old Paris-trained doctor, is appointed national coroner. Although he has no training for the job, there is no one else; the rest of the educated class has fled. He is expected to come up with the answers the party wants. But crafty and charming Dr.Siri is immune to bureaucratic pressure. At his age, he reasons, what can they do to him? And he knows he cannot fail the dead who come into his care without riskof incurring their boundless displeasure. Eternity could be a long time to have the spirits mad at you.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Wheeler Pub., c2004
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781597221726
1597221724
Branch Call Number: LPF COT NVD
Characteristics: 408 p. (large print) ; 22 cm

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myfriendkarla
Jul 11, 2017

So glad this was our book club pick. I'm now on the seventh in the Dr. Siri Paiboun mystery books by Colin Cotterill and have enjoyed them all. So much fun! I highly recommend The Coroner's Lunch. Colin provides a vivid glimpse into another time and culture (Laos, Communism, post-Vietnam War) along with likable, interesting characters and lively storytelling. Not always predictable whodunits, either. He makes sure to put in enough twists to keep you guessing and grinning.

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brinyurchin
Jul 22, 2016

Smart, likable series with good characters, setting and history.

multcolib_susannel Jan 25, 2015

Political intrigue in Southeast Asia
70 year-old forensic Dr.Siri
and his unique assistants
humor and a bit of romance
oh, and of course- murder.

rowanquincy Dec 13, 2014

Very enjoyable read and will look for more books by this author. Liked the humor and the details of life in 70s Laos.

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Novel_Librarian
Dec 03, 2014

Highlights of this series include:
- a charming main character and engaging support characters;
- intriguing mysteries without a lot of gore;
- interesting detail on 1970’s Communist Laos.

I’m hooked. The Coroner’s Lunch begins the series.

Helen100 Oct 28, 2014

This is a poignant, humorous, and unique murder mystery set in 1972 communist Laos. The main character is a 72-year-old physician (Dr. Siri) who is forced to become the national coroner when his only desire is to retire. He is given a basic concrete block building in which to work and ‘inherits’ two delightful assistants from the previous coroner. Dr. Siri believes he has lived past his natural life-expectancy so he has no fear of dying. This provides him with the ability to seek out truth and not to give in to bullying or fear-tactics.

This book was nominated for the Barry Award for Best First Novel in 2005. I am surprised it has not won any awards – it is a superb book written by a very talented author. I am looking forward to reading and reviewing the next in the series: Thirty-three Teeth.

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htliang
Oct 28, 2014

This is a poignant, humorous, and unique murder mystery set in 1972 communist Laos. The main character is a 72-year-old physician (Dr. Siri) who is forced to become the national coroner when his only desire is to retire. He is given a basic concrete block building in which to work and ‘inherits’ two delightful assistants from the previous coroner. Dr. Siri believes he has lived past his natural life-expectancy so he has no fear of dying. This provides him with the ability to seek out truth and not to give in to bullying or fear-tactics.

This book was nominated for the Barry Award for Best First Novel in 2005. I am surprised it has not won any awards – it is a superb book written by a very talented author. I am looking forward to reading and reviewing the next in the series: Thirty-three Teeth.

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carolannbagan
Mar 22, 2013

very funny book even if it is about a coroner in laos. it's still makes you laugh.

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savtadina
Apr 19, 2012

Excellent read! The author writes descriptions of people, some scenery, that makes me clearly see what he is describing. I learned about Laos in the mid-1970s. The author also let up the mysteries extremely well with a lot of slow thoughtful parts and a lot happening at the end.

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shapjul
Jan 22, 2012

This is the first in a series of mysteries set in Laos. That's not a country I know very much about. It's a delight to read--strong characters and good plotting. The author doesn't use long expository paragraphs but nevertheless creates a clear impression of the place. I suppose it is mostly atmospheric rather than truly literal, but I found it very vivid. I look forward to the rest in the series--there's a lot that is set up in the one that could develop further.

I read this after reading Killed At The Whim of A Hat, Cotterill's most recent novel. That one starts a different series (or maybe it is just freestanding.)

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