The Merry Misogynist by Colin Cotterill
A Dr. Siri Investigation Set in Laos (Dr. Siri Paiboun)

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In poverty-stricken 1978 Laos, a man with a truck from the city was “somebody,” a catch for even the prettiest village virgin. The corpse of one of these bucolic beauties turns up in Dr. Siri’s morgue and his curiosity is piqued. The victim was tied to a tree and strangled but she had not, as the doctor had expected, been raped, although her flesh had been torn. And though the victim had clear, pale skin over most of her body, her hands and feet were gnarled, callused, and blistered.

On a trip to the hinterlands, Siri discovers that the beautiful female corpse bound to a tree has already risen to the status of a rural myth. This has happened many times before. He sets out to investigate this unprecedented phenomenon—a serial killer in peaceful Buddhist Laos—only to discover when he has identified the murderer that not only pretty maidens are at risk. Seventy-three-year-old coroners can be victims, too.


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About Colin Cotterill

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Born in London, COLIN COTTERILL has worked as teacher in Israel, Australia, the U.S. and Japan before he started training teachers in Thailand. Cotterill and his wife live in a small fishing village on the Gulf of Siam in Southern Thailand. He has won the Dilys and a CWA Dagger and has been a finalist for several other awards.
 
Published July 5, 2011 by Soho Crime. 289 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Crime. Fiction

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Elderly Dr. Siri Paiboun (Curse of the Pogo Stick, 2008, etc.) continues to thumb his nose at the officious communist government in Laos.

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The Bookbag

The Mma Ramotswe books are little more than a series of short stories loosely woven together to give the semblance of a unified book.

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Reviewing the Evidence

This is the sixth in the series featuring an aging medical examiner in Laos, Dr. Siri Paiboun, during the 1970's, but it was a first read for me.

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Mysterious Reviews

Review: Coroner Siri Paiboun is involved with two cases, one a suspected serial killer and the other a missing person, all the while battling endless bureaucracy in late 1970s Laos in The Merry Misogynist, the 6th mystery in this series by Colin Cotterill.

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The victim was tied to a tree and strangled but she had not, as the doctor had expected, been raped, although her flesh had been torn.

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Dr. Siri Paiboun is back in Colin Cotterill’s sixth book featuring the 73-year-old coroner.

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In The Merry Misogynist, Siri investigates the gruesome murder of a beautiful young woman who was brought to his office, while also tracking down a missing homeless eccentric and negotiating with the communist government to keep possession of his house.

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