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A fiendishly clever mystery in which Dr. Siri and his friends investigate three interlocking murders -and the ungodly motives behind them.

Laos, 1979: Retired coroner Siri Paiboun and his wife, Madame Daeng, have never been able to turn away a misfit. As a result they share their small Vientiane house with an assortment of homeless people, mendicants, and oddballs. One of these oddballs is Noo, a Buddhist monk who rides out on his bicycle one day and never comes back, leaving only a cryptic note in the refrigerator: a plea to help a fellow monk escape across the Mekong River to Thailand. Naturally, Siri can't turn down the adventure, and soon he and his friends find themselves running afoul of Lao secret service officers and famous spiritualists. Buddhism is a powerful influence on both morals and politics in Southeast Asia. In order to exonerate an innocent man, they will have to figure out who is cloaking terrible misdeeds in religiosity.

©2016 Colin Cotterill (P)2016 Recorded Books

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I am a big fan

This series is one of my favorites. Bizarre, funny, and informative about Southeast Asian history culture and politics. Please keep them coming.

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Even more fun!

supernatural, superstitions, support-system, suspense, Laos, Thailand, verbal-humor, mystery, myths-legends, series

While the sociopolitical history is present, the mystery and suspense are woven throughout, and the sly humor abounds, this one is filled with the supernatural. There are dark things, but they seem more balanced, or maybe that's an illusion caused by Mme Daeng's new tail! All I know is that I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Clive Chafer continues to be excellent as narrator.

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The next Dr Siri book

What can I say - they just keep getting better.

We finally get to go to Thailand. Dr Siri has religion-based adventures.

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One of the very best series!

One of the best detective series today! I just wish they would make it into a television series. The characters are all perfectly done and the story has elements of surprise and sometimes , whimsy, that are alway interesting. With so many seniors active today, I think this series would play well. Yeah for dr salee and dame! Please keep amazing us in all your adventures!

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Good fun.

Dr Siri and friends continue to delightwith new murders and plot twists. As I am the same age as Dr. Siri, I remember vaguely some of the historical references scattered throughout his stories about that period of time when we were naive about the ways of the world. It adds to the background and gives a richness to the people and stories. Looking forward to my next book.

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Not for me

I was disappointed. I could not connect that well with the characters. The plot was a bit scattered and there was too much mysticism as well. The narrator has a wonderful voice but a few of the key the character's voices were too similar. I felt I wasted time on this book I am sorry to say.

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great series

l have learned a lot about Loas and enjoyed a good story. I would recommend it highly.

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Please end the story.

Loved the story; love all of the Thai and Laos series. No ending here, though.

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The supernatural element is too prominent.

The supernatural element dominates this book instead of forming a context within which the story plays out. I respect Mr. Cotterill’s familiarity with Lao traditions and am willing to accept this depiction, but as a story this book is less enjoyable than previous books in the series.

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another winner from Dr Siri

Colin Collerill's Dr Siri Paiboun books are all quite wonderful, with superb narration by Clive Chafers, and this is yet another in this series of mysteries starring Dr Siri, the now retired national coroner of 1970s Laos, his wife Madame Daeng, and their various friends. Delightful!

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  • chris
  • 11-13-16

Awful narration had to stop listening.

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As usual Colin Cotterill seemed to have written a good yarn but it was totally ruined by the narration which was abysmal. It was stilted, toneless, humourless and totally inappropriate for the book. Had to stop listening and buy the book instead.

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The narrator should have been chosen more carefully and should have an understanding of the humour in the book - it seemed to pass him by.

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Don't bother with this audio version - buy the book and enjoy the characters and some fun.

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  • Sandra
  • 01-22-17

Wrong person reading

Unfortunately Clive Chafers is the wrong person to narrate this book - he mispronounces the characters names - particularly the main character, and it spoils the enjoyment of the book. The reading reminded me of amateur dramatics rather than a professional reader.
It was his narration that ruined the last book for me too whereas the first few books were marvellous with different narrators and a very different approach to the reading.
Disappointing to say the least.

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  • Jeff R
  • 10-16-17

Good story, poor vocalisation

The story was very good, a bit confusing if you took a long break between listening to chapters, as the story is multi-threaded.

Perhaps I was spoilt listening to other Sri books but the vocalisations in this book in my opinion was poor, having west country accents for rural folk was not endearing.

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  • 10-13-17

Good story, not keen on new reader

Dr Siri also appears to have changed his name (or pronunciation of it) and most of the characters seem to have the sudo-Irish accent. Anyway. If you can get past the reader, it’s a cracking story, as always.

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  • C. J. JONES
  • 10-10-18

Fab story, spolit by boring dreary narrator

I have listened to the first 4 books in this series by Colin Cotterill. The first read by Gareth Armstrong, he was brilliant. Then the following 3 read by Nigel Armstrong, he was absolutely brilliant. Then Audible miss several books out of the series and go straight to this one. What a terrible shame, what a shock to the system! Whoever asked Clive Chafers to read should be shot! Pardon the pun! He is dreary, boring, and puts no inflection in his voice to reflect the characters he is quoting. They all sound the same in the lame droning voice he has, so you can barely follow the story. COME ON audible, I am not the only person to complain! I am asking for my credit back and will be for the next in the series.
I could comment on the story, and I should, as it is funny, witty and interesting, but with that voice...… I could never recommend.