... her oh so wonderful anomalous family.
This is the new adventure of Jimm Juree, our yet so well known thirty-something ex-crime-reporter from Chiang Mai. Unfortunately transplanted by the (higher) force of her a-little-bit-out-of-the-road Mair (Mum), together with her body-building brother Arny (in honor of Schwarzy) and her one-dimensional Granddad Jah, an ex street policeman in semi-permanent mental absence, to a lovely but doomed seaside resort in the rural coastal Southeast of Thailand, as yet described masterly by the author Colin Cotterill in Killed at the Whim of a Hat (Jimm Juree 1) and in Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach (Jimm Juree 2).
Yet one member is missing, staying in the North - Sissi, the former elder brother, now after the "Great Snip" an "Auntie", ex Miss Thay, Asia, Frisco World of Transgender etc., but in Midlife Crisis because of ..., but read and learn!
This time the newest, latest Jimm Juree could easily being also the LAST adventure we may have the pleasure to read about our heroine, because in the Pak Nam area there is an aspirant serial killer with an axe on the loose. And logically our sniffing reporter will be in deadly danger. Because she digs far too deep into affairs she'd better left alone...
On the gulf of Thailand, the Juree family members are managing their run-down Gulf Bay Lovely Resort for the second year - still stalked by disaster. No money is to be made with it, and if Jimm wouldn't work a second job besides her first for the Chumphon Gazette, they literally would be starving...
So she doesn't only write about sleazy details and petty criminality, but is eagerly correcting billboards, traffic signs and advertising of all kind which lost almost every sense in the translation into English...
Meanwhile, Jimm's new private case is that of Dr Somluk, a defender of the rights of rural mothers to breastfeed their babies, who is missing after her insistent complaints about the damages of infant formula to Medley - a multicorporate enterprise based in Switzerland - but with its tentacles all around the world.
Then fate is striking and our reporter finds herself involved with a man so fascinating she falls for him and into ... NO-NO - read it by Yourselves!
Conrad Coralbank, an English writer of Laotian crime novels with a beautiful Thai wife half his age and a villa with vista as far as Vietnam is very interested in our Jimm. Because... the young Thai wife is gone and he seems to be sooo alone.
So, after some misunderstandings at the interview Jimm has to conduct, "Love is in the Air, du-dum-du-du-dum-du, Love is in the Air." Angels are floating all around and Cupido sends his "Little arrows, Little arrows, Little arrows everywhere"... But this seems to good to be true and ...
But Jimm Juree and her Nearest and Dearest, supported by the long lost Daddy Captain Kow personally and Sissi virtually, are the right persons to solve all those mysteries. But this time the foe is hiding in full sight and hasn't any scruples left, because the killing has become addictive. So, Jimm will have to be very inventive to get her nice little head out of the noose around her pretty neck.
And all this is happening in one of the most dangerous sceneries Mother Nature has at her disposal - a thunderstorm of biblical magnitude which will cause a total chaos in the whole Chumphon province...
The wits and twists of this bloody thriller, those very out-of-a-normal-range-persons, the ideas and last but not least Conrad Coralbank make this book a more than appetising story for readers who yet enjoy the Dr Siri series set in Laos. But also for those who simply want their thrillers intelligent - and maybe like rural coastal Southern Thailand (and the Islands just a bit more to the East...), so masterly described by Colin Cotterill.
am 23. November 2013
Ein echt gelungener laid back Krimi mit vielen falschen Fährten und vielen wundersamen Wandlungen, ich habe das Buch nur so verschlungen, viel gelacht und oft ausgerufen, weil es einfach so herrlich war. Jimm kämpft diesmal an diversen Fronten und bekommt Unterstützung nicht nur von ihrem Opa, Bruder und Chompu, sondern auch von ihrem Vater. Sissy ist via Telefon und Internet mit von der Partie. Ein durch und durch einfallsreicher Band, von dem man sich umgehend eine Fortsetzung wünscht.
am 9. November 2013
I love all of his books. Funny, intelligent, clever and a good read.
I do mourn a bit the disappearance of Dr Siri Paiboun, but well I guess he was old already. Jimm Juree more than makes up for this loss. She is clever, disorganized, witty and funny. This book is a fast read, you wont want to put it down ...
But, damn you, Colin for the cliffhanger!
am 26. Januar 2014
... aber zum Glück nur beinahe! Der Prolog begann wie viele 08/15 Psycho-Massenmörderbücher, aber Colin Coterill baut sehr viele originelle Drehungen ein, so dass mir als Leser schwindlig wurde, parallel zu den vor humorvollen Dialogen strotzenden Zeilen.
Wie schon bei Dr. Siri gilt für mich auch hier, dass ich Coterills Fähigkeit bewundere, wie er seine "Figuren" so liebevoll und deteilliert schnitzen kann. Ich liebe die Crew um Jimm Juree!