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As usual, all is abnormal in Dr Siri Paiboun's morgue in downtown Vientiane. Siri and his team are investigating the case of the Three Epees: three women skewered by a sword... Read more
As usual, all is abnormal in Dr Siri Paiboun's morgue in downtown Vientiane. Siri and his team are investigating the case of the Three Epees: three women skewered by a sword through their hearts. A culprit has been apprehended, tried and sentenced to death in a week's time. But Siri isn't sure they have the right man. Unfortunately, the number one, and only, coroner of Laos isn't in a position to help anyone - not even himself. As his 74th birthday dawns, Siri finds himself incarcerated in prison by the Khymer Rouge, facing torture and starvation. As usual, his curiosity is to blame for his predicament, but this time it looks as though his inquisitiveness could be the end of him. Could Dr Siri's next outing be from beyond the grave?
Love Songs from a Shallow Grave Paperback edition by Colin Cotterill
I only read the Dr Siri books during the summer months, so it feels a little more like Laos. The previous one, The Merry Misogynist, was just ok and I was afraid the quality of this series was starting to decline. Luckily, Love Songs from a Shallow Grave, was again a fantastic read. As with The Curse of the Pogo Stick, much more than by the murder mystery I was fascinated with the political and cultural information. This time, unfortunately, Dr Siri comes in too close contact with the Khmer Red in Cambodia and the solution to the murder did take second seat to the horrible tales from Cambodia.
Colin Cotterill was born in London. He has taught in Australia, the USA and Japan and lived for many years in Laos where he worked for nongovernmental social service organizations. He now writes full-time and lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Colin won the 2009 CWA Dagger in the Library for the Dr Siri series of novels.
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