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Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach: A Jimm Juree Mystery (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Colin Cotterill

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Title:Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach: A Jimm Juree Mystery
Authors:Colin Cotterill
Info:Minotaur Books (2012), Hardcover, 336 pages
Collections:2013, Literary Lit (books in book)
Tags:Thailand, monsoon, Burmese slaves, mystery, AD, 13 in 13

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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 |
Book 2, in the Jimm Juree Mysteries

If humour is the essence we find here no shortage of it, actually we have plenty to make us laugh, a bit too much for my taste but again this is Colin Cotterill, a prolific and eccentric crime writer and cartoonist who is more than able to produce stories that will certainly throw us off guard, bring a sort of escape, provide an exotic ambiance and strike the right nuance between funny and subtle.

Told in the first person by Jimm the story opens with the discovery of a severed head on the beach where the Thai ex-crime reporter lives and works. Outraged when no one of authority is interested or wants to get involve and with the help of family and friends Jimm springs into action and sets out to track down what circumstances brought the poor fellow on her beach. On the journey this bunch of mishmash wannabes uncovers gruesome tales of piracy, slavery, violence and murder. Once more we have a tale where the amazing and the ridiculous clashes.

The story takes its merry time before getting to the meat of the mystery. Half the book’s dialogues is a play on words and seem funny but there is more to this laugh out loud silliness it does have an underlying seriousness. The plot centers on the situation Myanmar refugees in Thailand find themselves in, where some are kidnapped, forced into slavery aboard fishing ships and in a situation where some will never return to dry land. Although the story may sound rather grim, the hilarious spots make this book a really light read, one to enjoy to a degree ( )
  Tigerpaw70 | Jan 25, 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 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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