Don't Eat Me

Don't Eat Me

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Between getting into a tangle with a corrupt local judge, and discovering a disturbing black-market business, Dr. Siri and Inspector Phosy have their hands full in the thirteenth installment of Colin Cotterill's quirky, critically acclaimed series.

Dr. Siri Paiboun, the 75-year-old ex-national coroner of Laos, may have more experience dissecting bodies than making art, but now that he’s managed to smuggle a fancy movie camera into the country, he devises a plan to shoot a Lao adaptation of War and Peace with his friend Civilai. The only problem? The Ministry of Culture must approve the script before they can get rolling. That, and they can’t figure out how to turn on the camera.

Meanwhile, the skeleton of a woman has appeared under the Anusawari Arch in the middle of the night. Siri puts his directorial debut on hold and assists his friend Phosy, the newly promoted Senior Police Inspector, with the ensuing investigation. Though the death of the unknown woman seems to be recent, the flesh on her corpse has been picked off in places as if something—or someone—has been gnawing on the bones. The plot Siri and his friends uncover involves much more than a single set of skeletal remains.

Baker & Taylor
Dr. Siri Paiboun, the ex-national coroner of Laos, must figure out how to use a high-tech movie camera so he can film a Lao adaptation of War and Peace while helping his friend Inspector Phosy with a murder investigation involving gnawed human remains.

Baker
& Taylor

"Between getting into a tangle with a corrupt local judge, and discovering a disturbing black-market business, Dr. Siri and his friend Inspector Phosy have their hands full in the thirteenth installment of Colin Cotterill's quirky, critically acclaimed series. Dr. Siri Paiboun, the ex-national coroner of Laos, may have more experience dissecting bodies than making art, but when he manages to smuggle a fancy movie camera into the country he devises a plan to shoot a Lao adaptation ofWar and Peacewith hisfriend Civilai. The only problem? The Ministry of Culture must approve the script before they can get rolling. That and they can't figure out how to turn on the camera. Meanwhile, the skeleton of a woman has appeared under the Anusawari Arch in the middle of the night. Siri puts his directorial debut on hold and assists his friend, the newly promoted Senior Police Inspector Phosy Vongvichai, with the ensuing investigation. Though the death of the unknown woman seems to be recent, the flesh on her corpsehas been picked off in places as if something--or someone--has been gnawing on the bones. The plot Phosy soon uncovers involves much more than single set of skeletal remains"--
"Dr. Siri Paiboun, the ex-national coroner of Laos, may have more experience dissecting bodies than making art, but when he manages to smuggle a fancy movie camera into the country he devises a plan to shoot a Lao adaptation of War and Peace with his friend Civilai. The only problem? The Ministry of Culture must approve the script before they can get rolling. That and they can't figure out how to turn on the camera. Meanwhile, the skeleton of a woman has appeared under the Anusawari Arch in the middle ofthe night. Siri puts his directorial debut on hold and assists his friend, the newly promoted Senior Police Inspector Phosy Vongvichai, with the ensuing investigation. Though the death of the unknown woman seems to be recent, the flesh on her corpse has been picked off in places as if something--or someone--has been gnawing on the bones. The plot Phosy soon uncovers involves much more than single set of skeletal remains"--
Dr. Siri Paiboun, the ex-national coroner of Laos, must figure out how to use a high-tech movie camera so he can film a Lao adaptation of "War and Peace" while helping his friend Inspector Phosy with a murder investigation involving gnawed human remains.

Publisher: New York :, Soho Crime,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781616959401
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY COT
Characteristics: 290 pages ;,22 cm
Alternative Title: Do not eat me

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sandraperkins
Jan 18, 2019

This is the most recent book in the wonderful series about Dr. Siri Paiboun and his many quirky friends and colleagues. These books are set in Laos in the 1970s. I love this series!

This may be the best book in the series so far. I found it very moving.

As usual, there is a clever plot and plenty of opportunity to enjoy our favorite characters that we have grown to love over the past 12 books.

In this book we learn of some of the terrible things that happen in the trafficking of exotic wild animals. What humans do to animals is horrific (and Mr. Cotterill says he did not even include the worst abuses in this book). As he says in the Afterword, “It’s not all right to take your kids to a zoo because all you see there are the survivors. And even they have a limited shelf life.”

The speech at the end of the book by one of our beloved characters points out that we (including humans) are all animals, and we should stop thinking we are better than other animals. “We all contribute something different and wonderful to our planet. . . If I can have one wish this day, it is that we all stop comparing the size of our brains and learn to see the size of each other’s hearts.”

This brought tears to my eyes. I hope you love this book as much as I do!

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savtadina
Dec 29, 2018

I've thoroughly enjoyed reading the Dr. Siri Paiboun mystery series by Colin Cotterill.

This is one of the best. At first I could not understand how the undertaking of a movie could connect to the main mystery, but Cotterill did a masterful job of uniting it and other themes in this book.

The characters have been very well developed in this series, and the quirkiness of the people continue, but most importantly, I've learned a tremendous amount about Laos in modern times. The focus in this book is on the trade of animals and animal parts with thorough disregardful for animals' treatment as well as how corrupt the political and civil system continue to be, under the communist system too. I traveled to SE Asia five years ago and really loved Laos and the people. Laos is still one of the few remaining officially communist countries in the world. I strongly recommend this series and it is best to begin with the first book, The Coroner's Lunch.

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imagenel
Aug 20, 2018

A cleverly concocted cat n' mouse yarn with a serious message on illegal wildlife trafficking, headed by the ever plucky 75-yr young Dr. Siri Paiboun and his crime busting cohorts. For those not familiar with the history of Laos and its relations with Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia, this book offers informative tidbits that don't impede the story telling.

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