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The coroner's lunch: Dr. Siri Paibon Series, Book 1

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"The Coroner's Lunch is marvelous. The setting may be unique in Western fiction, and the characters are unique to themselves. Sweet but not sappy, offbeat but not self-conscious about it, this book doesn't so much pull you in as open a door and let you walk happily through. Fans of Alexander McCall Smith's books will love this one."-SJ Rozan, author of Absent Friends Laos, 1972. The Communist Pathet Lao has taken over this former French colony. Most of the educated class has fled, but Dr. Siri Paiboun, a Paris-trained doctor whose late wife had been an ardent Communist, remains. And so this 72-year-old physician is appointed state coroner, despite the fact that he has no training or even supplies to use in performing his new task. What he does have is curiosity and integrity. At his age he is not about to let a bunch of ignorant bureaucrats dictate to him. One of his first cases involves three bodies recovered from a reservoir, but Dr. Siri establishes that the cause of death was not drowning. These men seem to have been electrocuted, perhaps tortured, and they also seem to be Vietnamese, which could have international repercussions. And then there is the inexplicable death of a Party bigwig's equally important wife. She collapsed and died at a banquet. But Dr. Siri doesn't think her death was from natural causes. In the course of his investigations, Dr. Siri must travel to his birthplace, a Hmong village he has not visited for more than 60 years, where he makes a profound discovery, not only about the motive for several murders, but about himself. Colin Cotterill was born in London, taught in Australia, the U.S., Laos and Japan, and lives in Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand on the Burmese border. He works for UNICEF and local nongovernmental agencies to prevent child prostitution and to rehabilitate abused children.
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When a party official's wife turns up dead in Communist Laos, an elderly doctor becomes an unlikely detective in this engaging mystery.
Dr. Siri Paiboun, one of the last doctors left in Laos after the 1975 communist takeover, has been drafted to be national coroner. He is untrained for the job, but the independent seventy-two-year-old has an outstanding qualification for it: curiosity. And he doesn't mind incurring the wrath of the party hierarchy as he unravels mysterious murders: The spirits of the dead are on his side—and speak to him in his dreams.
With the help of his newly appointed secretary, the ambitious and shrewd Dtui, and morgue assistant Mr. Geung, who has Down syndrome, Dr. Paiboun performs autopsies and begins asking questions to solve the mystery relating to the death of the wife of a government official.
But when bodies of tortured Vietnamese men begin arriving at the morgue, the precarious position of the coroner and the lab becomes all the more evident. As it turns out, all is not peaceful and calm in the new communist paradise of Laos.
The first book in the Dr. Siri Paiboun Mysteries, which the New York Times calls "unexpectedly blithe and charming," The Coroner's Lunch blends humor, mystery, and a touch of the supernatural that fans of Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books will adore.

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