The Axe Factor (Jimm Juree #3)
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The Axe Factor (Jimm Juree #3)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  164 ratings  ·  41 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
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Published April 15th 2014 by Minotaur Books (first published October 24th 2013)
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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
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
J Edward Tremlett
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
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
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
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
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...more
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
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
May 18, 2014 Suzka rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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:


"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...more
Ashland Mystery Oregon
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
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
Jeremy Megraw
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...more
it was a little more bloody and gory then his other books.

I love Cotterill books, though there were parts of this one that I felt were a little lazy, I am not a big fan of the author adding himself to the book especially if it is a major part. Jimm Juree's family is hilarious and crazy and as always absolutely adorable. The revelation about her father made me laugh and shake my head.
The mystery was good - I was not expecting the twist so that was a lot of fun. it was an enjoyable book.
I keep trying to like this series. The author's books about Dr. Siri Paiboun (the elderly national coroner of Laos)is creative, quirky, eccentric and altogether enjoyable. Cotterill himself seems like an interesting guy - check out his web site. But his Jimm Juree series, of which this is entry #3, is self conscious, arch, and full of tiresome characters. Disappointed again!! P.S. Don't read chapter one if you are squeamish; I wish I hadn't.
This third (and final?) entry in the Jimm Juree series is a bit odd. Not sure exactly why, but I didn't like it as much as the first ones. Whether it was a bit too much social commentary woven into the story, the introduction of the love interest for Jimm, English writer Conrad Coralbank whom I kept wondering whether the author was using to poke fun at himself, or just that the whole scenario was beyond the pale of far-fetchedness, I don't know.

I'm hoping beyond hope for another Dr. Siri book.
Mary Ahlgren
The marketing of formula as superior to breast milk for babies is an issue that has been around for a long time.....and one which I had hoped was dead. Evidently not. I really appreciate the issues Cotterill raises in his books, especially the Jimm Juree books. And I love the chapter headings. I certainly hope his "western author C.C." is not intended to be a self portrait!.
“I love this sharply-written and quirky cozy mystery. Jimm Juree is a wonderful character, slyly funny and insightful, with an oddball cast of family and friends to back her up. Set in coastal Thailand, this is a laugh-out-loud funny mystery with plenty of great twists and turns that will keep readers guessing.”

Vicki Nesting, St. Charles Parish Library, Destrehan, LA
Erstwhile jounalist Jimm Juree wrangles an interview with an American writer whose much-younger wife has suddenly departed the home, and of whom there is not a trace. Meanwhile, readers are treated to the musings of a newly-minted axe muderer. The gang's all here: Jimm's sister (who used to be her brother), her other brother, mom, grandfather, and the flamboyantly gay Lieutenant Chompu. Hilarious. Write faster, Mr. Cotterill.
Sherry Mackay
This third installment is a lot of fun. I was even a bit shocked by Jimm Juree's scandalous behaviour:). There are some very gory murders too. I really enjoy this author's other novels set in Laos, but these will suffice for the moment. The stories are fun and easy to read, and give a bit of insight into a culture we may know little about ie Thailand.
If you've reached that heartbreaking moment when you realize you've read every one of Colin Cotterill's Dr. Siri Paiboun novels, take heart.
He has another series, set in Thailand, with an equally delightful cast of characters including Jimm Juree, wannabe reporter and inveterate snoop, her transexual sister Sissi, hacker extraordinaire, assorted mangy dogs and a fabulously assorted extended family. Colin, you are a treasure and should live a thousand years.
Jimm is always fun to spend time with, I felt this time the plotting went a little cockeyed and the introduction of the local English author was odd in the sense that he seemed to echo the author himself in some ways, but I can't imagine in others. I sure wouldn't parody myself quite like this.
This is the first I've read of Cotterill's series set in Thailand, and I don't like it as much as I do the series set in 1970s Laos. However, since the author now lives in Thailand, I got some interesting information on what it is like there.
I'm not sure if the fictional author pretext was really tongue-in-cheek or if it was a stretch, but I enjoyed the rest of the book anyway.
Amusing, intriguing characters and setting, with a surprise ending. A mystery anyone interested in south Thailand should read.
Tom Gorski
Hate to make this only 3 stars as I've loved his particular the Dr. Siri series...but, this one got a bit to "cute" during the first half in particular. Jimm's family and friends are of course an odd collection to begin with but perhaps Cotterill overplayed his hand. I found the second half of the book more up to the standard I've come to expect with perhaps it is really three and one half stars.
rollicking,farcical fun mystery, intelligently written
I was so hungry for a Colin Cotterill book, and I was not disappointed. This is another kooky book in the Jimm Juree series, and it was funny and extremely fast-paced. Though the story is often over the top, it was not predictable. I'll just be real---I totally didn't see it coming.
Library Reads April 2014
Wendy E.
Always enjoy his books!
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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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