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Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach (2012)

by Colin Cotterill

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Where to begin...... The main character, Jimm Juree, is suppose to be a 34 year old single Thai woman reporter, living w/ her family @ a dilapidated beach resort. Her Granddad is a former Traffic Officer, who sits & watches local traffic and counts violations all day. Her brother helps around the resort (and I forget what else) and is in love w/ a female body-builder his mothers' age. Her mother haphazardly runs the resort, which is now in the midst of a monsoon.

Jimm finds a man's head on the beach and the clean-up-crew are fierce mean men.... who don't want anyone looking into his death......

Then there is the girl & her mother who happen upon the resort & insist on staying there (hiding something) who are not who they say they are.

So it goes on, and I had to stop @ page 132..... To put it nicely, this was so very tedious.

There was one part that was very objectionable: "The hounds were forty meters from the debris. They were excited. When Gogo comes across something that confuses her, she whimpers and does a sort of canine Native-American war dance." What sort of insensitive culturally deficient gormless prat writes something like that? Oh yeah: "Born in London, Colin Cotterill has worked as a teacher in Israel, Australia, the United States and japan before he started training teachers in Thailand........" That about says it all, an erudite European educated male, writing in as a female persona he has never personally been. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
Much deeper than the first book in the series! It is still a great mystery but there are some darker issues addressed in this second book. ( )
  cygnet81 | Jan 17, 2016 |
This is the second Jimm Juree novel, and while Cotterill seemed slow to develop his style in the first novel—Killed at the Whim of a Hat—here he has no problem. From page 1, he’s off and running with the current breathless, youthful style of short sentences, sentence fragments, funny digressions, and wonderfully timely and imaginative metaphors. And he still manages to embed political commentaries and human rights issues that affect Thailand today, but without being obvious or preachy. This plot (and subplot and another subplot) has many LOL moments and long, drawn-out chuckles in store for you. The words “farce” and “ridiculous” will keep cropping up in your mind, yet it all fits, and there’s even a surprise ending (so I advise not reading ahead). And of course, the karaoke . . . well, you’ll just have to experience it yourself. Read this book! ( )
  jennorthcoast | May 14, 2015 |
Colin Cotterill usually manages combine crime and comedy successfully in both of his series of books. Certainly his Dr. Siri series are better overall,but his first Jimm Juree came over well too.This second one starts well with Jimm finding the head of the title,and investigating how and why it got there. As the book progresses the story leaves comedy and crime and moves into the area of farce. By the end I had largely lost interest and merely hoped for a quick release. A pity as you can usually count on Cotterill for a great story. ( )
  devenish | May 21, 2014 |
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In this second outing with reporter turned amateur sleuth, Jimm Juree, Colin Cotterill has once again mixed serious themes with humorous delivery for a mostly successful result.

Grandad, There’s a Head on the Beach focuses on the plight of Burmese immigrants in Thailand, particularly in the fishing village to which Jimm had been unexpectedly exiled in the previous book, as a result of her mother having bought a rundown resort in the area. Many madcap schemes and hilarious adventures occur as Jimm tries to solve the murder, with pretty much no help from the local police, and initial distrust from the very community she is trying to assist.

As in the first book in the series, Cotterill uses sarcastic and self-deprecating humor as a counterfoil for the serious issues being experienced by the characters. It’s a style he does very well, and it makes for an enjoyable, easy read. Revisiting the recurring characters was just as much fun as the last time, and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.

I listened to the audiobook version, and while overall it was a good experience, there were some concerns. The narrator has a good sense of pacing and tone, and the different voices were well handled for the most part. However, towards the end of the book there is an entire section with rapid-fire one-liners from multiple characters during a couple of very tense scenes. During this portion of the book, I felt that the narration did not work. It was very hard to distinguish who was speaking and thus, while the tension was well represented, it was difficult to get a complete understanding of the sequence of events. While I will definitely continue with this series, I probably won’t choose the audiobooks.
  sangreal | Jan 8, 2014 |
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In rural Thailand, former crime reporter Jimm Juree must grapple with her quirky family, a mysterious mother and daughter on the lam and the small matter of a head on the beach
When Jimm Juree’s mother sold the family house and invested in a rundown 'holiday camp' at the southern end of Thailand on the Gulf of Siam, the family had little choice but to follow. Jimm Juree, who was well on her way to achieving her goal of becoming the primary crime reporter for the major daily newspaper in Chiang Mai, is less than thrilled to have lost her job as a reporter and to be stuck in the middle of nowhere where little of interest happens. So it is with mixed feelings that she greets the news that a head has washed up on the beach. It’s tragic, of course, but this could be the sort of sensational murder that would get her a byline in a major daily and keep her toehold on her journalism career. Now all she has to do is find out who was murdered, and why.

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Reluctantly abandoning her crime-reporting job to accompany her family to her mother's newly acquired "holiday camp" on Thailand's Gulf of Siam, Jimm Juree investigates a morbid local mystery in the hopes of revamping her career.

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