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Killed at the Whim of a Hat (Jimm Juree #1)

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The launch of a brand new series by the internationally bestselling, critically acclaimed author of The Coroner’s Lunch

With worldwide critical acclaim, Colin Cotterill is one of the most highly regarded “cult favorite” crime writers today. Now, with this new series, Cotterill is poised to break into the mainstream. Set in present day rural Thailand, Cotterill is as sharp a
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published July 19th 2011 by Minotaur Books (first published March 1st 2011)
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Though I can't exactly pinpoint why, this one was only an okay read for me. No bells and whistles went off, though dogs were rescued, so that made me smile. I doubt I'll continue with this series, though the next book - Grandad, There's A Head On The Beach - has to be one of the best titles ever.
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
This review and this rating have been revised. The review can now be found at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud.
Rob Kitchin
I’m a fan of Cotterill’s Dr Siri series set in Laos in the 1970s. Although the characters are all a bit eccentric, they are all believable, warm and sit together comfortably, and there is a lovely sense of place and time. Killed at the Whim of a Hat had none of those things. The characters are a ragbag of caricature and are largely one-dimensional. They seemed forced and false. Moreover, told in the first person, the voice of Jimm Juree just didn’t click for me. The real let down of the book, ho ...more
Set in Thailand, this one took me a little bit to get into. But once I did, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The reader was excellent (I was a little slow getting into the rhythm of the speech, but was completely hooked when I did).

Jimm Juree is a crime reporter who moves with her family to a remote area of Thailand to operate a resort. Her family is very, very quirky, but they all fit well into the story. The characters are priceless (the gay policeman is one of the best characters I've encountered in
Definitely a 3.5 -- but what's to be done? Until goodreads modifies its rating system, we need to be content with full stars.

Once again, this is Cotterill having lots of fun, and it spills over to the reader, thank goodness. This is Murder Light, of course; murder so light that you wonder if you're even in a murder mystery, because you are having so much fun exploring the characters. Yes, there are bodies; yes, there are nasty characters, but all these things seem merely secondary to the cynical
Marketing works! I saw this book on a shelf next to the latest Number One Ladies Detective Agency novel. The cover has the same style of border and a central image reminiscent of earlier books in the series. The label on the shelf said “If you like… then you will enjoy…” So my husband bought the book for me for Mothers’ Day.

Colin Cotterill is not Alexander McCall Smith, and Killed at the Whim of a Hat has a very different feel to the Number One Ladies Detective Agency Novels. It’s much sharper a
First Sentence: Old Mel hired one of Da’s nephews—the slow-witted one with the dent in his forehead—to sink a well in his back acre.

Jimm Juree is a crime reporter with aspirations for greatness until her mother announces the family is moving to rural Southern Thailand and she fears her reporting days are over. Not when a 1972 VW camper is found buried with the driver and passenger still in place and no apparent cause of death immediately evident. Additionally, a Buddhist monk, inexplicably weari
I enjoyed this fast-paced mystery featuring sarcastic, cynical, wise-cracking Thai crime journalist Jimm Jurree and a cast of quirky and entertaining characters (including a gay detective, a transvestite sister, a body-building brother, and a spry grandpa). The author believably renders the setting of beach communities in South Thailand, and Jurree's personal transformation throughout the book is believable. However, parts of it still didn't ring true-- maybe because I'm not as familiar with Tha ...more
I won this book as an ARC through Goodreads Firstreads. I had a really hard time getting into this book. I don't know if it was the setting, because I was so unfamiliar with it, or the characters. Maybe it was both. Either way, I just struggled my way through this book. I had a hard time relating to the main character, but there was humor occasionally that made it more readable. I had really been looking forward to a good mystery, and this didn't live up to my expectations. However, I think a lo ...more
Ashland Mystery Oregon
Colin Cotterill is one of my favorite authors and so I'm quick to pick up his new books. Killed at the Whim of a Hat is unlike Cotterill's earlier works which are often painful and deeply moving, as much about isolation and spirituality as they are about the mystery.

Whim of a Hat, on the other hand, is about the close and loving ties of family and community, about adjustment and realization. Jimm Juree's the protag, an ambitious journalist who's reluctantly moved with her family to a rural coast
This was a random find on the Amazon deal of the day and I was pleasantly surprised. The book centred around Jimm Juree and her family who have moved down to the south of Thailand after her mum sold their house in the bustling metropolis. Jimm loved her job as crime reporter but decides to move along with her mother, her brother, and her grandpa to the coast. Her boredom ends when a VW camper van is found buried several feet under a farmer's field with two bodies inside.

I enjoyed reading this in
Having read and enjoyed Colin Cotterill's series featuring Dr. Siri Paiboun, the eighty year old national coroner of Laos I thought his new series would be worth a try. It is and I am looking forward to the next book with Thai crime reporter Jimm Juree. She and her family are in a southern province of the Land of Smiles although not one of those close to Malaysia that are experiencing armed clashes between minority Muslims and the Thai police.

Cotterill has to cover a lot of ground since "Killed
Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
This review first appeared on my blog:

The origin of the title comes from her school studies of oratory skills, where Jimm was picked to study George W. Bush:

George was in Washington DC and he'd fallen off the edge of the teleprompter again and he was caught somewhere between "on a whim" and "at the drop of a hat" and ended up with terrorists killing one another "at the whim of a hat."

This also explains the less-than-phenomenal Bush quotes that head each c
Amy Corwin
I had no idea what to expect when I got this book. I'd never read any of Cotterill's books before, but I'm glad I got this one. It was a load of fun.

First point, though, I was torn about the mystery aspect because that part was almost a subplot. First and foremost this is a hilarious story about crime-reporter Jimm Juree and her completely insane family. Out of a family consisting of her whacky mother, her glum grandfather, a brother-turned-beauty-queen, and another brother who is a body builder
Jennifer (JC-S)
‘People who connect the past and the future may know the present.’

This is the first instalment in Colin Cotterill’s new series about the ‘almost award-winning’ female crime reporter Jimm Juree. The novel is set in southern Thailand.

Jimm and her relatives move from northern Thailand to the south to run the Gulf Bay Lovely Resort and Restaurant. There’s Jimm, her mother Mair, her bodybuilding brother Arny and her Grandad Jah. Her sister, Sissi, who used to be her older brother Somkiet, stays in th
Apr 13, 2013 Tony rated it 2 of 5 stars
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I absolutely adore Cotterill's Laos-set "Dr. Siri" series, and have pressed it upon many friends with excellent results. When I saw he had a new series set in Thailand, I looked forward to it, having spent a very enjoyable several weeks there once. Unfortunately, I am sad to report that this first book in the new series is rather limp and I can't recommend it to anyone.

It revolves around a 30ish single woman and her wacky family and their misadventures as they sell the family business in Chang M
I was prepared to like this very much. I enjoyed the Dr. Siri books, and the setup for this was amusing — a young Thai newspaper reporter and her weird family in what is apparently one of the odder parts of Thailand, and the reporter girl starts investigating a killing.

But I only got about five chapters in.

Why? Because each chapter started with a quotation from George W. Bush — some inane, malaprop-ridden remark that has, as far as I could tell, absolutely zero to do with the story.

This is not t
Val Sanford
George Bush mis-quotes inspire this fantastic new Cotterill character, Jimm Juree. A would-be famous journalist uncovers a sinister and inhumane plot while trying to adjust to the family's recent move to a little town in rural Thailand. Juree moves through the world with grace and humor and comes to understand both herself and her family. Cotterill uses his sense of the absurd and his knowledge that we all want to be accepted and to do something that matters to drive this book to a wonderful con ...more
ღ Carol jinx~☆~
Okay once again I have picked out a book at the whim of it's cute title and cover. I was not disappointed. It's a great mystery. To add to the highlights, the character, Jimm, a journalist did her dissertation on studying famous people and their speeches...her study was none other than our George W. Bush. Everyone says something without thinking it out once in awhile but these quotations are mostly funny. Half the funny was, I believe, he meant to be taken seriously.
I enjoyed the book and learne

April has been a good month. I read three books – The Help, Lexicon and The Resistance Man, all of them top notch. When I was thinking it could not get better than this, comes along Jimm Juree. I have been reading about Cotterill’s Dr. Siri books for a while now but decided to start with his new series to test the waters. And Jimm just swept me off my feet. You cannot meet a quirkier family than this. A sometimes off kilter mother with her “Titanic” smile,
Aug 22, 2011 Mark added it
I really enjoyed this one. Great writing, great sense of humor. For those who have enjoyed Cotterill's books set in Laos this is a must. I hope this is the start of a new series.
Beach reading (well, maybe not here in Maine in January) and top of the genre for that. I thought it was a lot of fun and extraordinarily funny, but others may find it (accurately) a bit slight and overlong.

For sure, this new series by Cotterill is not at the level of the Dr. Siri one. Siri is a well-developed character, whose humor is organic to his personality. Jimm Juree, on the other hand, seems mostly a vehicle for Cotterill's formidable wit. There is also something about how she is depicte
Anne Egbert
What an unusual title, I thought. Then ended up laughing, each chapter is introduced by a quote. Here is the one that gave the book it's title. "Free societies are hopeful societies. And free societies will be allies against these hateful few who have no conscience, who kill at the whim of a hat" George W. Bush, Washington, D. C., September 17, 2004
Every chapter has one of 43's quotes, although the book has absolutely nothing to do with him or USA. But I started each chapter with a laugh, and a
This was my first Colin Cotterill book, but it won't be my last. The plot is filled with twists, the characters are like able and quirky, and the setting is well used to carry the plot. The main character, Jimm, is a crime reporter whose family at the whim of her mother moved to a remote area in southern Thailand. Jimm soon finds herself investigating not one but two bizarre crimes in the rural village.
Other thoughts:
*map was intrusive to reading rather than an aid
*hat on the cover (Minotaur,
Vollkommen anders als das, was ich bisher von Cotterill kannte. Man muss sich, wenn man die Dr. Siri -Romane gewöhnt ist, sich erstmal mit dem Gedanken des "Ich"-Erzählers anfreunden und dann, dass der Protagonist kein schrulliger Mediziner in den 70gern ist, sondern eine Protagonistin, die in der Gegenwart lebt und eigentlich nur durch ihre Sippe von der Großstadt aufs Land geschleift wurde und dadurch erstmal ihre Karriere als Journalistin aufgegeben hat. Wenn man sich aber umgestellt hat und ...more
Colin Cotterill has done it again! love the characters and intrigue with humor.
I started reading this after reading the Dr. Siri series, this one is set in modern Thailand and with a female protagonist. She moves with her mother and brother from a large city to a small town and is stuck trying to find her way, her family is crazy (so is she) and that is part of the joy of the book - family relations. The murder mystery was more intense then I would have thought and was much creepier then I was expecting. It reminded me a lot of the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich, ...more
Going through withdrawal waiting for the next Dr. Siri Paiboun novel, I thought I would give this series a try. Where I fell instantly in love with Dr. Siri, it took me almost until the end of this book to start to feel affection for any of the characters, because the narrator isn't as instantly lovable. But she grew on me.

I didn't really care about the mystery she needed to solve (that's not the point of the book to me, in the same way that Dr. Siri's mysteries are somewhat tangential to seein
Toni Osborne
Book 1 in the Jimm Juree series

This delightful first entry into a new series is set in southern Thailand and focuses on Jimm Juree, an eccentric 34 year old woman, who desperately wants to become a senior crime reporter. In a public oration course in college, Jimm has studied the speaking style of President George W. Bush and all through the mystery the author strategically quotes some of the President’s slips and gaffes to add a touch of humour to the story.

Jimms first big break comes at the st
Cotterill, author of the unique Dr. Siri series set in Laos and beginning with The Coroner’s Lunch, writes a new series for us. This time he features a youngish Thai female reporter, scouring the southern countryside for crime stories to place in the national newspaper she had to leave behind. She has kept her distance from predatory men by declaring herself lesbian, but she is no such thing. In a country where sex and sex changes are advertised, declaring herself homosexual elicits from her fam ...more
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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 tau ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Jimm Juree (3 books)
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  • The Axe Factor (Jimm Juree #3)
The Coroner's Lunch (Dr. Siri Paiboun, #1) Thirty-Three Teeth (Dr. Siri Paiboun, #2) Disco For The Departed (Dr. Siri Paiboun, #3) Anarchy and Old Dogs (Dr. Siri Paiboun, #4) Curse of the Pogo Stick (Dr. Siri Paiboun #5)

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