Thirty-Three Teeth

Thirty Three Teeth Praise for Cotterill s The Coroner s Lunch This series kickoff is an embarrassment of riches Holmesian sleuthing political satire and droll comic study of a prickly late bloomer Kirkus Reviews starre

  • Title: Thirty-Three Teeth
  • Author: Colin Cotterill
  • ISBN: 9781569474297
  • Page: 134
  • Format: Paperback
  • Praise for Cotterill s The Coroner s Lunch This series kickoff is an embarrassment of riches Holmesian sleuthing, political satire and droll comic study of a prickly late bloomer Kirkus Reviews starred review The Coroner s Lunch is marvelous The setting may be unique in Western fiction, and the characters are unique to themselves Sweet but not sappy, offbeat butPraise for Cotterill s The Coroner s Lunch This series kickoff is an embarrassment of riches Holmesian sleuthing, political satire and droll comic study of a prickly late bloomer Kirkus Reviews starred review The Coroner s Lunch is marvelous The setting may be unique in Western fiction, and the characters are unique to themselves Sweet but not sappy, offbeat but not self conscious about it, this book doesn t so much pull you in as open a door and let you walk happily through Fans of Alexander McCall Smith s books will love this one S J Rozan, author of Absent Friends The Coroner s Lunch is a satisfying feast for the mind Rebecca Pawel, author of Death of a Nationalist, winner of the 2004 Edgar Award for Best First Novel The national coroner of Laos, Dr Siri Paiboun, is no respecter of persons or party at his advanced age he can afford to be independent With the assistance of his helpers, the mentally retarded Mr Geung and Nurse Dtui Fatty who has dubbed him Super Spirit Doc he elucidates the causes of mysterious deaths But he also communes with the deposed king, whose special channel to the occult has left him, and attends a conference of shamans called by the Communist government to give the spirits an ultimatum obey party orders or get out 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 For the last several years he has worked for UNICEF and local non governmental agencies to prevent child prostitution and to rehabilitate abused children He lives in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand For information, visit colincotterill

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    1. Colin Cotterill

      Colin Cotterill was born in London and trained as a teacher and set off on a world tour that didn t ever come to an end He worked as a Physical Education instructor in Israel, a primary school teacher in Australia, a counselor for educationally handicapped adults in the US, and a university lecturer in Japan But the greater part of his latter years has been spent in Southeast Asia Colin has taught and trained teachers in Thailand and on the Burmese border He spent several years in Laos, initially with UNESCO and wrote and produced a forty programme language teaching series English By Accident, for Thai national television.Ten years ago, Colin became involved in child protection in the region and set up an NGO in Phuket which he ran for the first two years After two years of study in child abuse issues, and one stint in Phuket, he moved on to ECPAT, an international organization combating child prostitution and pornography He established their training program for caregivers.All the while, Colin continued with his two other passions cartooning and writing He contributed regular columns for the Bangkok Post but had little time to write It wasn t until his work with trafficked children that he found himself sufficiently stimulated to put together his first novel, The Night Bastard Suk s Editions 2000.The reaction to that first attempt was so positive that Colin decided to take time off and write full time Since October 2001 he has written nine novels Two of these are child protection based Evil in the Land Without Asia Books December 03 , and Pool and Its Role in Asian Communism Asia Books, Dec 05 These were followed by The Coroner s Lunch Soho Press Dec 04 , Thirty Three Teeth Aug 05 , Disco for the Departed Aug 06 , Anarchy and Old Dogs Aug 07 , and Curse of the Pogo Stick Aug 08 , The Merry Misogynist Aug 09 , Love Songs from a Shallow Grave Aug 10 these last seven are set in Laos in the 1970 s.On June 15 2009 Colin Cotterill received the Crime Writers Association Dagger in the Library award for being the author of crime fiction whose work is currently giving the greatest enjoyment to library users.When the Lao books gained in popularity, Cotterill set up a project to send books to Lao children and sponsor trainee teachers The Books for Laos programme elicits support from fans of the books and is administered purely on a voluntary basis.Since 1990, Colin has been a regular cartoonist for national publications A Thai language translation of his cartoon scrapbook, Ethel and Joan Go to Phuket Matichon May 04 and weekly social cartoons in the Nation newspaper, set him back onto the cartoon trail in 2004 On 4 April 2004, an illustrated bilingual column cycle logical was launched in Matichon s popular weekly news magazine These have been published in book form.Colin is married and lives in a fishing community on the Gulf of Siam with his wife, Jessi, and ever expanding pack of very annoying dogs.


    1. The second installment in the mystery series featuring Dr. Siri, my favorite coroner and host of an ancient Hmong shaman's spirit. While it contains the ingredients that make the series great, there are several stumbles that make this book more of a leftover noodle soup--a nice accompaniment to a meal but not enough for a feast.In the beginning, several sidewinding storylines provided a great deal of pleasure. In Vientiane, two disparate bodies found with a badly damaged bicycle send the team of [...]

    2. Thirty-Three Teeth, the second book in the Dr. Siri series set in '70s Laos, is as fascinating as the first. The mystery is dessert. The main course is our protagonist, Dr. Siri (the reluctant coroner), the residents of Vientiane and elsewhere in Laos, the culture, the ease with which Cotterill blends the spiritual with the physical -- without turning this novel into fantasy/magic realism. The challenge of investigation and solving crimes in a world where the authorities may not care if or why a [...]

    3. Dr. Siri Paiboun is now 72 years old. Through no fault of his own, he is one of the last real medical doctors within Laos. The socialist/communist government (after the Pathet Lao takeover) has not been a welcoming place for those with such skills. Yet, people still die under suspicious circumstances and the country needs at least one forensic medical examiner. When the previous one passed on, they came to Siri and he had little choice.In this second book in the series, he has settled into his j [...]

    4. Thirty-Three Teeth is the second book in the Dr. Siri Paiboun about a 72 year old coroner in the 70's era in Laos. The last coroner swam across the river in Thailand when the new government came in so Dr. Siri was chosen for the position. He had hoped to be retired. I really was taken with the first book The Coroner's Lunch so I was eager to continue the series. I enjoyed this book but not as much as the first book. One reason is there is more mystical or supernatural element in this book. A pow [...]

    5. I continue to enjoy Dr. Siri's "cynical optimism" -- which just about sums up my view on life. His delightful, if slightly twisted, sense of humour and eastern spirituality carries the plot along at a brisk pace, and I am always disappointed it is over so soon. One would be very hard-pressed to find a more engaging, self-contradicting, paradoxical fictional detective. The plots are not "deep" or particularly devious -- but the exploration of character makes it all worthwhile. At the same time, I [...]

    6. First Sentence: The neon hammer and sickle buzzed and flickered into life over the night club of the Lan Xang Hotel.Dr. Siri Paiboun, the 72-year-old coroner for Laos, is being kept busy by both the spirit and human world. An old black mountain bear has escaped its cage but is it responsible for the bodies who’ve been mauled? The burned bodies of two men have been found. Siri is summoned to the area of his birth in an effort to identify them. A man working in the Department of archives jumped [...]

    7. ‘I’m a coroner, not a corpse.’This is the second novel of the series featuring Dr Siri Paiboun, the septuagenarian national coroner of Laos. In this engaging mystery, Dr Siri has a number of puzzles to solve with the assistance of his unlikely team of colleagues and friends. Oh, and some help from the spirit world as well.The communist regime of Laos brings its own flavour to proceedings. From the ingenuity of making casts of teeth marks when plaster is not available and the identification [...]

    8. I really enjoy the humor and irony of this mystery series. The characters are engaging and it is fascinating to read about Laos in the 70's and the challenges that the national (ie only) coroner faces on a daily basis. Everything from oppressive bureaucracy, lack of chemicals, limited resources (for example, the lab has one camera and is allowed 4 photos per "guest"---they save the last few for weddings, etc. and try not to get the photos mixed up), the fact that all autopsies must take place qu [...]

    9. Thirty-Three Teeth is the second installment in the Siri Paiboun series. Dr. Paiboun and his coterie remain as engaging as ever, and while there's a savage, serial murderer loose in Vientiane, the bulk of the novel is more concerned with Siri's efforts to cope with the fact that he's the reincarnated soul of a thousand-year-old shaman, Yeh Ming.Even though the spirits of the dead continue to help Dr. Paiboun solve his cases, those who wish can still rationalize it away as Siri's subconscious wor [...]

    10. After The Coroner's Lunch, I was really looking forward to this book, but it didn't hold up as well. Sure, most of the best characters were back, but this time I found it too heavy on the supernatural, with extended sections that really challenged my sense of plausibility. The plot also lacked the strong forward movement of the first book, perhaps because it didn't have as much sleuthing. There were even times well into the book when I found myself only somewhat interested and it was easy to put [...]

    11. “Hot, isn’t it?”“Damned hot!”Lao greetingDr. Siri Paiboun , the National coroner of Laos, returns for his second adventure. He is a widower, in his early 70s, still quite sharp-minded but looking to retire. He is also a shaman, so he has vivid and prophetic dreams and can see spirits lurking in the shadows.Our setting once again, is the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos, mid-70s. A country in transition.The story begins with Siri investigating several mysterious deaths, but the on [...]

    12. This is the second book in the series set in Laos in the 1970's. They're supernatural murder mysteries and rather low key but I really dig them. Filled with Thai / Lao humor, spiritual and mystical beliefs, Cotterill's tales are original and filled with quirky characters. And I swear I met most of them while living in northern Thailand myself. His books definitely take me straight back to those hot, dust covered days and I love it.

    13. Book 2 of the Siri Paiboun mystery series gripped me in its claws much like the first book, The Coroner's Lunch. The first half of the book moved a little slower than the second half, but I loved that sassy Nurse Dtui played a bigger role than in the first book. The same components of Siri, the disrespected coroner, loyalty amongst co-workers and friends, voodoo and culture are prominent in this book also. I still get a kick out of Cotterill's style of writing.Here are a couple examples: A humor [...]

    14. Dr. Siri Paiboun is a 73 year old doctor living in Laos in 1977 after the Communist revolution. He has been appointed as national coroner but spends much of his time solving the mystery of the deaths of his clients. Added to this is that he is the host for an ancient spirit shaman and the fun begins.Mr. Cotterill has written an intriguing mystery with characters that are realistic and entertaining. This is the second in the series and it was at the same level of excellence as the first. As well [...]

    15. I really don't enjoy Magical Realism in fiction, and don't believe in ghosts, spirits, or any other juju in real life. Because of this, I fought like hell against enjoying the 1st book in the series, "The Coroner's Lunch". But once I willed myself into a suspension of disbelief, I was able to enjoy this book. The combined foreignness of life in a deeply impoverished and Kafkaesque communist society with the exoticism of the Laotian setting makes the series fascinating, even if the trade-off is a [...]

    16. 2nd in the Dr. Siri Paibon, national coroner of Laos series.It isn’t a Dr. Siri book if there weren’t weird deaths in the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos of 1977. Two men have been mysteriously killed on the same bicycle and it’s hard to figure out how exactly that could have happened. Then other mysterious deaths occur, and fear is about that a large, vicious animal--or worse--is preying on the countryside. Of equal significance, Dr. Siri discovers that he has 33 teeth (instead of [...]

    17. I really liked the style of Mr.Cotterill lovely phrases and sentences, adequately sprinkled with humour and irony. In my opinion, these books border on what we call literature and definitely much more than just a detective story.The backdrop of the stories is Laos, a country less known and even more so in English writing. The period is ‘70s, the aftermath of the Vietnam war. The challenges our hero, the national coroner faces in his daily life in the communist ruled Laos, makes fascinating rea [...]

    18. An engaging continuation from The Coroner's Lunch about a year later. Politics, crime, relationships, Buddhism, animism, shamanism, a little bit of horror, and the operation of an under-resourced coroner's office are well combined in this story. Cotterill is an expressive and often amusing writer - Chapter 2 is titled "Tomb Sweet Tomb." Siri Piboun, "reluctant national coroner, confused psychic, disheartened communist," (p.12) is a low energy, never-predictable, and observant detective. The audi [...]

    19. Intriguing and absorbing mystery set in communist Laos. Dr. Siri Paiboun is 72 and, as a reward for his long and zealous service fighting in the revolution, he is appointed official coroner for the young communist government. In this capacity he is called upon to determine cause of death and becomes conversant with a number of ghosts and ends up solving murders. And the amazing thing about this book is that I became so immersed in the story that I found all of this perfectly reasonable! I really [...]

    20. I'm so happy a friend lent me this book!!, otherwise I would have never read it (it's not the type of book I would have chosen at a bookshop)A very compelling story presented in a pace slow enough to familiarize yourself with the characters, their culture, beliefs and the country it takes place but fast enough to keep the plot interesting and the desire to solve the mystery.Ideal to be enyojed on a rainy dayyou'll find out why :)

    21. I like Dr. Siri Paiboun, a feisty and independent 72 year old doctor-turned-national-coroner (not his choice) who doesn't always conform to the party line in newly Communist Laos in the 1970s. I like that spirits communicate with him, although he's not always comfortable with that. And I love reading about the time and the culture. Even when all of it seems a bit over the top as in this 2nd book of the series.

    22. Enjoyed the first book - The Coroner's Lunch - better. But, still a delightful read. How often do you read books about Laos and actually laugh out loud!

    23. Dr. Siri is a delightfully crotchety protagonist. His connection to the spirit world puts an interesting spin on already intriguing murder mysteries. I'm curious to see where this series goes.

    24. When I first saw the book "Thirty-Three Teeth" by Colin Cotterill, then read that the main character was a 72-year-old coroner, named Dr. Siri Paiboun, I thought I was going to be in for a long, dry mystery with a lethargic senior citizen who talked in technicalities. After the first 25 pages I was happy to discover an enthralling mystery full of exotic intrigue. Set in Laos, amidst a Communist regime. Surrounded by equally rich and humorous characters the way the story vacillated between ancien [...]

    25. I am so happy to have found this series. I like the main characters, including protagonist Dr. Siri. I appreciated the development of the character Dtui in this book, especially as she is the main active female character in the series (at least so far). The addition of new characters and relationships also added to the book; I hope these continue over the series.The plot lines were interesting and moved along nicely. Although I flinched away from some of the grittier scenes, the book never gets [...]

    26. Thirty-Three Teeth is the second book in the Dr Siri series set in Laos in the 1970s. Like the first in the series there is much to like about the story and storytelling. The real delight is the characterisation, especially Dr Siri, Nurse Dtui, and mortuary assistant, Mr Geung, who are all extremely likeable, multidimensional characters with interesting back stories. Dr Siri, in particular, shines with his easy-going charm and slightly rascal persona. Added to this is: the sense of place and tim [...]

    27. This is book 2 of the Dr. Siri Paiboun series, and I'm hooked. I would understand if you, the reader, were tired of mysteries set in Laos in the 1970s but I can't seem to get enough. Dr. Siri has fought in the jungle with the Path Lao for 40 years; the king has abdicated, the Americans have left, and the glorious revolution is in power. Siri, now 72, is named official coroner of Laos despite the fact he has no experience other than as a doctor. Oh, yeah, he's also hosting an ancient shaman. The [...]

    28. Lots of people prefer visible books, but with this series, I feel that readers who are unfamiliar with the sounds of words in the Southeast Asian languages would enjoy the audio as much as those of us who choose audiobooks for other reasons. That being said, I really love the writing and the characters and the stories themselves. This one has a lot more of the ethnic supernatural stuff in it. I always find that kind of thing fascinating to compare with others. There is also an abundance of suspe [...]

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