The Coroner's Lunch (Dr. Siri Paiboun Mystery #1) (Paperback)
Spring/Summer '09 Reading Group List
“Set in Laos in 1975, The Coroner's Lunch introduces a terrific new sleuth, Dr. Siri Paiboun, a 72-year-old Paris-trained doctor, the new national coroner. He knows nothing about forensic medicine but he does know about truth and corruption in high places. This enthralling book is a keeper, with a fascinating setting and an absolutely lovable and intriguing sleuth.”
— Pat Kehde, The Raven Bookstore, Lawrence, KS
Laos, 1978: Dr. Siri Paiboun, a 72-year-old medical doctor, has unwillingly been appointed the national coroner of the new socialist Laos. His lab is underfunded, his boss is incompetent, and his support staff is quirky, to say the least. But Siri's sense of humor gets him through his often frustrating days. When the body of the wife of a prominent politician comes through his morgue, Siri has reason to suspect the woman has been murdered. To get to the truth, Siri and his team face government secrets, spying neighbors, victim hauntings, Hmong shamans, botched romances, and other deadly dangers. Somehow, Siri must figure out a way to balance the will of the party and the will of the dead.
About the Author
Colin Cotterill is the Dilys Award-winning author of nine other books in the Dr. Siri Paiboun series: Thirty-Three Teeth, Disco for the Departed, Anarchy and Old Dogs, Curse of the Pogo Stick, The Merry Misogynist, Love Songs from a Shallow Grave, Slash and Burn, and The Woman Who Wouldn't Die, and Six and a Half Deadly Sins. He lives in Chumphon, Thailand, with his wife and five deranged dogs.