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The Axe Factor (Jimm Juree #3)

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  496 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
Since Jimm Juree moved, under duress, with her family to a rural village on the coast of Southern Thailand, she misses the bright lights of Chiang Mai. Most of all, she's missed her career as a journalist, which was just getting started. In Chiang Mai, she was covering substantial stories and major crimes. But here in Maprao, Jimm has to scrape assignments from the local o ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Minotaur Books (first published October 24th 2013)
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Cathy Cole
Sep 12, 2014 Cathy Cole rated it really liked it
Colin Cotterill is one of the sneakiest writers I know. Author of the superb Dr. Siri Paiboun mysteries and now the Jimm Juree mysteries set in rural Thailand, Cotterill is a master at writing books so filled with wit and whimsey that you may not realize that you're actually learning something as you read. With the Jimm Juree books, you learn how a Westernized Thai city girl gets used to life out in the country. You learn about the political atmosphere in Thailand. You learn how poor people surv ...more
Leila
Jun 18, 2014 Leila rated it did not like it
So stupid. Anyone drawing comparisons (which they are and right on the book jacket!) to Alexander McCall Smith or Tarquin Hall ought to be shot. Or maybe they are not actually reading this book. I checked it out because I dearly love the AM Smith series Ladies No 1 Detective Agency, and I also totally love the Tarquin Hall Vish Puri series; and so I thought I might enjoy this one as well. Nope. Utterly vapid, none of the depth nor the lovable characters. Just a lot of dumb jokes, stupid wisecrac ...more
Frank
Aug 10, 2014 Frank rated it it was amazing
library audiobook. I like Cotterill's stuff. He's moved on from the Siri series, now with a female lead. The Lao series was very political, which I liked, but had a lot of supernatural stuff which I didn't. The Jimm Juree series is antic,maybe over the top, but there's no supernatural stuff. I take on faith the accurate portrayal of the scene in rural Thailand. I didn't so much like the interior thinking of the murderer, but it was limited. Jimm Juree is attractive, she has sex with a character ...more
CarolineFromConcord
Apr 03, 2015 CarolineFromConcord rated it did not like it
I'm one of those suckers who will read anything by an author I like ... until I won't ever again. I will still try Cotterill's Loatian mysteries, but this Thai series, no. Did anyone read it through before publishing it? The evil corporation (which was old news in 1980 but is supposed to be interesting in 2014) gets its name spelled two different ways. Ed is mentioned as part of a rescue party, except he isn't in the rescue party. Our heroine wants to put on lipstick but doesn't have any ... unt ...more
Jeremy Megraw
Dec 05, 2015 Jeremy Megraw rated it liked it
Originally reviewed at Crime Fiction Lover

Frustrated journalist Jimm Juree, hemmed down by family obligations and with no romantic life to speak of, has left her career as a reporter in the big city to help her mother run their shack of a hotel in the small village of Maprao on the coast of Thailand.

When she is not solving crimes that seem to crop up in the vicinity, Jimm is running interference between a pushy transvestite brother, an intermittently sane mother, a brawny but otherwise ill-equip
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☺Trish
Sep 18, 2014 ☺Trish rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
The Axe Factor by Colin Cotterill is another winning installment in his Jimm Juree mystery series. With each successive book, I enjoy Jimm Juree (and her eccentric family members and kooky, quirky friends) even more. Although the crimes committed this time around seem particularly gruesome and gory, thankfully, the characters' witty banter, wisecracks, and dark humor help to alleviate the horror. Excellent audio book! Reader Kim Mai Guest did an exceptional job bringing Jimm Juree and company to ...more
Liz
Jul 29, 2014 Liz rated it liked it
Jimm Juree novels are Thai "cozy mysteries" This one starts out with a soon to be serial killers notes, which is a off putting. Jimm's excentric family is always a hoot
Wal.li
Jun 09, 2016 Wal.li rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Schnacken nicht Hacken

Das ist echt der coolste Spruch des Buches und etwas, was man aus vollem Herzen und mit Überzeugung unterschreiben kann. Besonders wenn man an die Beschreibung eines zerstückelten Körpers denkt, mit der der Prolog erfreut.

Jimm Juree wohnt mit ihrer Familie seit Neuestem in einem kleinen Ort im Süden Thailand. Dort betreiben sie ein kleines Hotel, das von Touristen geflissentlich übersehen wird. Eigentlich Journalistin übernimmt Jimm jede Arbeit, die sich anbietet. Da ist zu
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Bettina
Nov 25, 2015 Bettina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Jimm Juree bekommt in ihrem verschlafenen Nest endlich wieder eine Herausforderung, die ihr schmeckt: Für die Dorfgazette Chumphon News darf sei einen Starautoren interviewen: Coral Coralbank, Preisträger, Millionenseller - und er wohnt noch dazu gleich um die Ecke. Der Job läuft nicht ganz so glatt, wie erhofft. Der Hausherr macht Avancen, die Haushälterin warnt vor ihm und der Chefredakteur wollte kein tolles Interview, sondern eine schlagzeilenträchtige, dreckige Boulevardstory. Vielleicht is ...more
Gloria Feit
Nov 14, 2014 Gloria Feit rated it liked it

I have enjoyed reading this author’s Dr. Siri series, so approached this new Jimm Juree Mystery with great anticipation. Unfortunately, the mystery alone is what the novel is all about. Jimm, a former high-powered crime reporter in her former habitat, now lives with her nutty family in southern Thailand where she is basically unemployed and at loose ends. That’s how one gets into trouble, and she does.

Basically, the plot is two-fold: how Jimm interviews a farang (European) writer and becomes se
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J Edward Tremlett
Apr 22, 2014 J Edward Tremlett rated it really liked it
Some time ago, Jimm Juree was an up-and-coming crime reporter for Chiang Mai’s paper of record, and felt that she was going places. Unfortunately, her mother had other ideas on the destination, and packed most of their odd and contentious family down to the southernmost part of Thailand — there to manage a dilapidated holiday resort in Maprao for reasons known only to her. Since then, Jimm’s writing has consisted of English translation, counter-scamming online charlatans, and the occasional fluf ...more
Jennifer (JC-S)
‘It’s how I earn my living.’

Yes, former big-city journalist and ‘English language doctor’ Jimm Juree is still in exile at the Gulf Bay Lovely Resort and Restaurant in Maprao on the south coast of Thailand. Not much seems to happen here, but Jimm has almost managed to retain her sanity courtesy of an occasional online assignment, while writing to Clint Eastwood about her dream screenplay. Jimm’s still with her family: Arny, her musclehead brother, her Grandpa Jah and her idealistic mother Mair.

‘P
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Lisa Ahlstedt
Aug 11, 2014 Lisa Ahlstedt rated it really liked it

Thai journalist Jimm Juree is back in an all new mystery in the book The Axe Factor by Colin Cotterill. I have enjoyed the previous two mysteries featuring the intrepid reporter and her wacky family, so I was hoping this book wouldn't disappoint. Now that I'm more familiar with the characters, I think I enjoyed this book the most so far.

Jimm is a 30-something freelance crime reporter for the Chiang Mai Mail newspaper. She was having something of a successful career in the big city when she was
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Sally Flint
Nov 12, 2014 Sally Flint rated it liked it
I read this largely as part of my librarian's role to see if it is suitable for students. By and large it is, there would be no problem students from about Year 8 reading it. It is by the same author as Grandad, there's a Head on the Beach and has the same characters in it. Set in a sleepy Thai beach village a young woman fancies herself as a bit of a detective and gets into many scrapes as the mystery unfurls. It is definitely light weight and concentrates a fair bit on her love life, with some ...more
Susan
Jan 19, 2015 Susan rated it liked it
As usual with the books in this series, I never know what to make of the weird entanglement of violence and humor. The book opens with a blog entry from an axe murderer reliving a first killing. Or could it just be fiction – a sketch from a ghoulish mystery writer with a name suspiciously similar to the author’s own? The heroine, English fixer-uper and sometime journalist Jimm Juree does not seem to be able to lose her sense of humor even under the most extreme circumstances. For example, when t ...more
John
I hadn't cared for the first book in the series, finding the second much better; this one feel between those. Guest's narration is so well-suited for Jimm's voice that even the weaker aspects are tolerable.

Strongest point is the personality of Jimm herself, an underachiever stuck in the sticks out of family loyalty. Plot drags in the middle with its lectures on the evils of multi-nationals' "forcing" baby formula in the third world to supplant breast feeding. It's part of the resolution, but com
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Lisa
Jul 22, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it
Another winner in this third (?) installment of the Jimm Juree mystery series. Who says cozy mysteries can't be well-written, intelligent, and funny? I don't know but they'd be pleasantly surprised by this series. I'm fascinated by male writers who choose a female protagonist. Like Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next, Cotterill does a superb job of plopping us into the trying yet humorous life of Jimm, an unemployed journalist, forced to move to a garbage-laden stretch of beach in rural Thailand with ...more
April
Jul 16, 2014 April rated it liked it
This new series by Colin Cotterill features a young, plucky Thai woman who lives with her autocratic grumpy grandad; her mom, who is starting to succumb to Alzheimer's, and her kind, but steroid-taking younger brother. She relies on her older sister (who just had a sex change operation) in the States for support with frequent phone calls. Cotterill's madcap style is in evidence here, and I always love hearing about local Thai life and how it differs from what the Farangs (foreigners) think. I li ...more
Mary
Jun 17, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-series
Born in London, Colin Cotterill now lives in Thailand. In 2006, his novel “Thirty-Three Teeth” won a Dilys Award. “The Axe Factor” is the third novel in the Jimm Juree mystery series. Jimm Juree is a former crime reporter who is stuck with her eccentric family managing a run-down beach resort. Jimm keeps her sanity writing online assignments and thinking about her dream screenplay. When Dr. Somluk (who champions the rights of rural mothers) goes missing, Jimm takes on the story only to find the ...more
Martha Bullen
May 21, 2014 Martha Bullen rated it liked it
Colin Cotterill is one of my favorite mystery authors - I'm a huge fan of his Dr. Siri mysteries set in Laos. His second series features Jimm Juree, a former big city reporter, now exiled to a remote and rundown beach "resort" in southern Thailand with her eccentric family.

I enjoyed The Axe Factor, but found some of the scenes too gruesome and bloody, and not in keeping with the light satirical tone of the rest of the book. I guess the word "axe" in the title should have warned me there might b
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Joyce
There's so much to enjoy in this series--the wonders of Thailand, a host of quirky characters headed by heroine/journalist Jimm Juree, smart writing with witty dialog and chapter headings taken (directly, one imagines) from mis-translated English versions of Thai signs. And a good mystery. I confess the descriptive violence sometimes seems at odds with the rest of the story, but I do like the unattributed and increasingly frightening blog posts that are interspersed and contrast nicely with the ...more
Peggy
Jul 07, 2014 Peggy rated it really liked it
I think I liked this book better than the other two in the series (although still not as much as the Dr. Siri series set in 1970s Laos). It is very funny; Cotterill enjoys poking fun at the customs of Westerners and Thais. He even takes a poke at himself, making one of the main characters an author of mysteries set in Laos "easily the most boring place on the planet". Each chapter heading is a mis-translated phrase from Thai to English, e.g., "Ladies are Requested not to Have children in the Bar ...more
Suzka
May 18, 2014 Suzka rated it really liked it
Recommended to Suzka by: continuation of series
I'm a huge fan of Colin Cotterill's quirky characters, both in this and the Dr. Siri series. Following is my favorite little passage from this book which illustrates just what I enjoy:


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"I wanted you all to get used to not having me around," said Mair. "It's like the mother hen leaving the hive and all the workers having to sort out where to store the honey without a technical adviser. And certainly without jars. It was such a lovely place and the staff were so polite."

I assumed she'd stopped
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Audrey
Jan 03, 2016 Audrey rated it it was amazing
I love Colin Cotterill, I can't help it the man is such a gifted writer and his books are just such fun and really such a delight to read.

This one is the third in in his humorous mystery series that takes place in Southern Thailand and stars all the fascinating and hilarious characters of the Jimm Juree family.

There are so many twists and turns in this plot that I can even begin to describe it without giving it away, just let me say that there quite a few times while reading the book that I had
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Maria
Oct 26, 2014 Maria rated it really liked it
3.5

Jimm continues to grow on me. In this addition to the series, she ends up in situations that I find less than plausible, but that almost doesn't matter because it's entertaining and fun to read her take on various people. There are more funny/flippant one-liners in this than in the past two. I did find some of the one-liners to be used to simply dismiss rather than investigate a character or situation further, but it's a quick, silly read. I love that the book shows the characters as modern
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Rogue Reader
Jun 11, 2014 Rogue Reader rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thailand
A wonderful red herring that I won’t speak of here, but Colin Cotterill makes a cameo as Conrad Coralbank, a rich, slutty writer intent on despoiling the local women, including Jimm Juree. As always in this series, a wonderful wacky set of characters, the family growing again to include even more nuts. Includes the back story of why Mair returned to Lovely Resort on the Gulf and sought out her husband, Jimm and Arny’s father. Ends with a cliff hanger! A must read!

--Ashland Mystery
Susan
May 29, 2014 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-asia
Would-be journalist Jimm Juree is stuck with her eccentric family in a remote part of Thailand, and also rather struck by the foreign novelist (rich, good-looking, attentive) living in some splendor near the beach. The reader is privy to blog posts "found two weeks too late" that might be written by the novelist--and just what did happen to his wife? Jimm is also on the hunt for the local doctor, who is mysteriously missing. As a storm comes in and her family situation gets even stranger, Jimm u ...more
Lee Killough
Feb 05, 2016 Lee Killough rated it really liked it
Jim Juree #3. Jimm searches for a missing doctor and begins dating a reputedly famous author. The doctor may be missing because she confronted a big corporation about luring mothers into hooking their babies on formula instead of breastfeeding them. The hunt, of course, lands Jimm ultimately in peril. The author may or may not be an axe murderer. He's amusing because his fame is for writing books set in Laos (as Cotterill does), and Jimm can't imagine how anyone could write an interesting book a ...more
Literaturina
Endlich konnte ich die Jimm-Juree-Reihe weiterlesen, nachdem ich die ersten beiden Bände 2014 passenderweise in Thailand verschlungen habe. Diesen Band hatte ich mir nun aus der Bücherei entliehen.

Es geht wieder um die ursprüngliche Reporterin Jimm Juree und ihre mehr als verrückte, aber dennoch liebenswürdige Familie in einem kleinen Küstendorf in Thailand. Im Auftrag eines kleinen Lokalblatts soll sie den englischen Krimi-Autoren Conrad Coralbank (eine Anspielung auf Colin Cotterill?), der sic
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Melissa
Jun 03, 2015 Melissa rated it liked it
I picked up this book at random haven't read any other books by this author, nor the earlier books in this series. Still there were definite bits and pieces that I enjoyed. The mystery itself kept me reading until the end. However, I didn't feel much of a connections to the characters. I didn't care much for them, and the earlier chapters were overwhelming because I had no idea what was supposed to be happening, and they throw a lot at you.
An enjoyable read, but I wouldn't read it again.
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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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