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Thirty-Three Teeth (Dr. Siri Paiboun 2) (original 2005; edition 2005)

by Colin Cotterill

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Title:Thirty-Three Teeth (Dr. Siri Paiboun 2)
Authors:Colin Cotterill
Info:Soho Crime (2005), Hardcover, 256 pages
Collections:Read, Read but unowned, Read in 2012
Rating:****
Tags:20th Century, 1970s, 21st Century Publication, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Crime Fiction, Murder, Mystery, Humour, Coroner, Forensics, Communism, Politics, Animals, Bears, Shamans, Laos, Southeast Asia, Asia, Dr. Siri Paiboun, Series, Library Book, Read in 2012, Completed July 2012

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I am still very much enjoying the Dr. Siri series by Colin Cotterill of which Thirty-Three Teeth is the second book. Continuing on with his story of the reluctant seventy year old national coroner set in 1977 Laos after the communist take-over, this book finds Dr. Siri less reluctant about having to work as the corner and coming to terms with playing host for an ancient shaman’s spirit.

Three mysteries are touched upon in this book and there is a lot of spiritual activity. I felt perhaps this aspect was a little overdone, but the author still implants plenty of humour and keeps his settings interesting and informative. Along with the pragmatic Dr. Siri there is a great cast of supporting characters that help to flesh out the story and his writing style is witty, sharp and ironic.

These books are not classic whodunits in any way, relying less on mystery solving and more on descriptions of Dr. Siri’s day-to-day activities and the strange things that happen around him. Extremely entertaining, I relish my time spend with Dr. Siri and his cronies. ( )
1 vote DeltaQueen50 | Oct 21, 2014 |
I remember the first book 'The Coroner's Lunch' as amusing and quirky but this one transcends that somehow - the characters all leap from the page and he had me looking up maps of Laos and learning a bit about why the country is such an odd shape. I think magical realism is a good description, even though it masquerades as as niche detective story. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jun 17, 2014 |
Quite an interesting mystery and so much culture (Laos) as well. I will definitely read more in this series. ( )
  Becky221 | Jun 4, 2013 |
Enjoyed this as much as the first book. I thought I had figured out the solution to the mystery, but at the end I was off. I really liked the supernatural aspect of the mystery - it wasn't too 'ghost/zombie' to turn me off, but it was different enough to make me take it seriously in a spiritual context ( )
  sriemann | Apr 2, 2013 |
Library discard. 1 of 12 for $6. Mine = different ed & cover.
  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Praise for Thirty-Three Teeth:

“Paiboun’s droll wit and Cotterill’s engaging plot twists keep things energetic; the rather grisly murders are offset by comedy…. The elegant, elderly Paiboun seems an unlikely vehicle to carry a series … but he does so with charm and aplomb.”—Entertainment Weekly

“The series neatly manages to include an engrossing mystery—political and folk history and a lot of sly satire.”—Day to Day, NPR

“Keeps a perfect balance between the modern mysteries of forensic science and the ancient secrets of the spirit world.”—The New York Times Book Review

Feisty Dr. Siri Paiboun is no respecter of persons or Party; at his age he feels he can afford to be independent. In this, the second novel in the series, he travels to Luang Prabang where he communes with the deposed king who is resigned to his fate: it was predicted long ago. And he attends a conference of shamans called by the Communist Party to deliver an ultimatum to the spirits: obey Party orders or get out. But as a series of mutilated corpses arrives in Dr. Siri’s morgue, and Nurse Dtui is menaced, he must use all his powers—forensic and shamanic—to discover the creature—animal or spirit—that has been slaying the innocent.

Colin Cotterill was born in London in 1952. He has taught in Australia, the United States and Japan, and has lived in Thailand, on the Burmese border and in Laos. He lives in Chiang mai in northern Thailand.

For more information, visit www.colincotterill.com 

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"The reluctant national coroner of Laos, Dr. Siri Paiboun, is no respecter of persons, or Party; at the age of seventy-two he can afford to be independent. With the assistance of his helpers, Mr. Geung, a mentally challenged lab technician and Nurse Dtui, whose nickname means "Fatty", he continues to elucidate the causes of mysterious deaths and defy the incumbent Communist government bureaucracy." "In the course of this latest investigation, Dr. Siri, who has been dubbed "Super Spirit Doc', travels from his home base to Luang Prabang where he communes with the deposed king, who believes he lost his kingdom because his special channel to the occult closed. The king is resigned to his fate; it was predicted long ago. Dr. Siri also attends a conference of shamans called by the Communist government to deliver an ultimatum to the spirits: obey Party orders or get out." "Something wild and evil has been let loose in the city of Vientiane. A series of mutilated corpses lands in Dr. Siri's morgue, but it is only when Nurse Dtui is menaced that the elderly coroner can discover the cause of these deaths and identify the creature, animal or spirit, that has been slaying the innocent."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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