Monday, August 13, 2018

Don't Eat Me by Colin Cotterill

First Line: This whole thing started and finished with her.

Don't ask how, but Dr. Siri Paiboun, the seventy-five-year-old ex-national coroner of Laos, has managed to get his hands on a movie camera that just happened to fall off the back of a truck when the film crew for The Deerhunter was traveling to a new location. He's written a screenplay that is the Lao version of War and Peace, and he and his friend Civilai are about to start filming. Just as soon as they figure out how to turn on the camera.

But while Siri's sweating the details, he stops to help his friend Phosy who's recently been promoted to Chief Inspector. The skeleton of a woman appeared under the Anusawari Arch in the middle of the night. The case is unusual in that, although the woman died recently, her bones look as though something-- or someone-- had been gnawing on them. The information Phosy uncovers during his investigation could very well have dire consequences for his future and the future of his wife and child.

Once again Dr. Siri and his friends, dedicated communists all, fight a battle against murder, bureaucracy, and deeply rooted corruption. In many ways, readers can forget all about these characters being communists if they want to because Dr. Siri and the gang spend their days being good people who try their best to do the right thing. You can't ask for more from anybody now, can you?

Don't Eat Me has Colin Cotterill's trademark humor, especially in the scenes dealing with Siri, Civilai and their movie camera; however, there is a serious side, too. The seriousness comes wrapped in the mystery of the woman's skeleton when they have to deal with bureaucracy, the black market, and a system that is rotten with corruption. And when things get very dark, that's when something marvelous happens: the Noodle Revolt. The only thing I'll say about the Revolt is that it alone is worth the price of admission. (It's a two-hanky scene. At least.)

I love this series. I've loved it since the very first book, The Coroner's Lunch. Yes, it makes me laugh, and yes, it makes me think and learn, but most of all, through his wonderful characters, Colin Cotterill reminds me that all people have value-- and that the majority of us are good at heart. In this day and age, this is something we all need to be reminded of.

Don't Eat Me by Colin Cotterill
ISBN: 9781616959401
Soho Crime © 2018
Hardcover, 304 pages

Historical Mystery, #13 Dr. Siri mystery
Rating: A
Source: the publisher



  1. I definitely need to read this, Cathy. I love the series (haven't gotten to this one yet), and I do like Dr. Siri. The title is fabulous, too!

    1. I love Cotterill's book titles and chapter headings.

  2. I'm still marveling at the title. So, what you're saying is no cannibalism? LOL

    Another series that I need to try. I'm going to quit apologizing for not getting to all them. Who could? Even those of us who read a lot can't.

    1. Nope. No cannibalism. And I agree with you-- stop apologizing. No human beings (unless they're world class speed readers)have a prayer of reading all the books they want to get to!

  3. It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.”


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