Thirty-Three Teeth : A Dr Siri Murder Mystery Paperback
Against all his expectations, Dr Siri Paiboun has rather enjoyed his first five months in office.
Now, as hot-season nights close in, Siri is spirited away from Laos' steamy capital on a Matter of National Security.
Arriving in Luang Prabang, he's a busy man, examining carbonized corpses, dining with the deposed king, attending a shamans' conference and being rescued by the ghost of an elephant.
Not that Siri's complaining ...Luang Prabang is in mountains and a good fifteen degrees cooler. Meanwhile, back at Vientiane headquarters, it's hot.
Bloody hot - savaged bodies are piling up in Siri's absence.
Is it the missing black bear from the circus, or could it be a weretiger?
Siri's trusty assistant Nurse Dtui goes snooping but, unlike her boss, the spirits aren't looking out for her...And just what creature, if any, has thirty-three teeth?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Quercus Publishing
- Publication Date: 01/04/2010
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9781849165198
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Review by Olivermagnus
Thirty-Three Teeth continues the story of Dr. Siri Paiboun who, well into his seventies, is drafted to be state coroner of the newly liberated People's Democratic Republic of Laos, circa 1976. In this second book of the series, Dr. Siri has a number of puzzles to solve with the assistance of his unlikely team of colleagues and friends, as well as some help from the spirit world. In the first book of the series, The Coroner's Lunch, Dr. Siri had learned he was the incarnation of the spirit of a powerful 1,000-year-old Hmong shaman. <br/><br/>Dr Siri has been called upon to travel to Luang Prabang on a national security matter so top secret that the Judge who has dispatched him is unable to tell him anything about it. In the meantime, savaged corpses are piling up in Vientiane. Dr. Siri's able and loyal assistant, Nurse Dtui, undertakes some independent research of her own. Her investigation takes her from the Russian compound, where circus acts practice alongside top-secret work, to an island prison and a search for a weretiger. <br/><br/>Cotterill's descriptions of Laos in the 1970s are written with knowledge, insight and a wry sense of humor. His characters are richly drawn and complex in nature. Not only is this a great series but I've learned so much about Laos, it's culture and its history. His characters are delightful and captivating. I think it's helpful, but not essential, to read this series in order due to some of the characters development paths and to better understand how Dr. Siri learns of his spiritual incarnation. I highly recommend them to anyone looking something a little different in their next mystery series.<br/>