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The Merry Misogynist (Dr. Siri Paiboun #6)

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In poverty-stricken 1978 Laos, a man from the city with a truck 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. And though the victim had smooth, pale skin o ...more
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Published 2010 by Quercus (first published January 1st 2009)
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The sixth installment in a mystery series about a 73 year-old Laotian national coroner, Dr. Siri. A corpse of a young village woman ends up in his morgue, and he and his team take a personal interest in the case. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Housing is investigating the number and nature of illegal residents in Siri's government-supplied housing. As he ruminates with a friend, they realize they having seen Crazy Rajid skinny-dipping in some time, and decide to search for the village madman.

Let me
Book #6 in the series about the 70s-era reluctant Laos coroner/detective, this one had more spark than the last couple of instalments, with a return to more traditional sleuthing and less reliance on the spiritual world (other than the odd premonition) for solving the main mystery. We also got a bit more character development, with a secondary plot revealing an intriguing backstory for Crazy Rajid - more to come later, I suspect. The 'whodunnit' aspect of the story was satisfying, with the kille ...more
Richard Derus
Jul 23, 2014 Richard Derus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4* of five

The Publisher Says: 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
Aug 07, 2011 Elli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely rollicking, fast and fun read. Someone is killing young brides and it's Dr. Siri to the rescue (kind of). Madam Daeng is the perfect partner to the intrepid coroner. And who would have thought that Civilai could bake? The cast of characters get more and more likeable with book. Even that annoying Judge....

The sideplots of the officious Ministry of Housing harrassing Dr. Siri and the boarders at his residence, the missing Indian mad man are all equally captivating. The only one missing
Syl. A.k.a Topo di biblioteca
My first book by Cotterill and it reminded me a bit of Alexander McCall Smith. Siri Paiboun, the elderly coroner is a very endearing figure and along with his wife Madam Daeng (hope the spellings are correct) makes for a cute couple. In spite of being in his seventies he scampers around trying to solve cases and is helpful to quite a lot of people encumbered with a wide array of problems ranging from mere inconvenience to life threatening danger. In this book Siri manages to identify and capture ...more
Mark Stevens
Hard to start a series at the end, so I don’t know all that precedes “The Merry Misogynist.” However, Dr. Siri Paiboun is one of the most refreshing and memorable characters I’ve encountered in “mysteries.” He’s the national coroner of Laos. He’s 73, soon to be 74. He is five-foot-two. It’s the late 1970’s and the country is a mess. Siri is irascible, determined, jaded, feisty, ornery and determined. He’s surrounded by a colorful cast, including his wife, the “freedom fighter” Madame Daeng, who ...more
Jennifer (JC-S)
Feb 12, 2010 Jennifer (JC-S) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Days always had a standard length and breadth until that Monday.’

Dr Siri, newly married to Madame Daeng, is in trouble with the Laotian bureaucracy over his living arrangements: he is apparently not living in the accommodation assigned to him by the government. At the same time as zealous officials are investigating this, he is called on to examine the body of a beautiful young woman from the remote hill country. An examination of her body reveals that she was strangled – a very uncommon method
Sep 28, 2009 Spuddie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#6 Dr. Siri Paiboun series set in 1970's Vientiane, Laos. As usual, Dr. Siri and gang have two cases going--the first, a personal one, has Siri and his noodle-making wife Madame Daeng trying to locate Crazy Rajid, a mute Indian street person who hasn't been seen by anyone for several days. They follow a set of riddles around the city to try to figure out what happened to him--Siri has a bad feeling about it, and he's learned to pay attention to his spirit guides.

The second case involves a woman
Genine Franklin-Clark

It's such a joy to find a new, wonderful author at this stage of my life. So many of my favorite authors' writing has palled; just changes in me, not them, I suspect.

This writer is still surprisingly fresh, engaging, informative, witty in this, the sixth in the series about now-seventy-four year old Laotian coroner, Siri Paiboun, set in the mid-seventies.

Doesn't sound exciting? I urge you to check it out; I can't imagine anyone not loving these books. (The first in the series is Yhe Coroner's Lu
Catherine Woodman
I really love Dr. Siri and he is getting a little feistier the longer the Communists stay in Laos--he is starting to give back a little in his old age. in this one, the bad guy has a super creepy feel to him, nad some of the good guys are unusual as well. There are fewer ancillary players than is the norm for this series, and there is maybe even a little bit more action (although it is more of a British mystery in that sense--all very civilized, hardly any blood...beyond the murder, that is). So ...more
Sep 24, 2013 Audrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Oh Dr. Siri how I love you! This is another excellent book in this series. Colin Cotterill has such a gift for creating not only complex and wonderful characters, but also his descriptions of the landscape and atmosphere in this story are so vivid.

Whenever I finish one of these books I always feel like I've actually been a part of the story and lived it with the characters.

There is a chaos and near death experiences, babies, and even a serial killer in this book and I loved every minute of readi
Lani Duke
Dec 21, 2014 Lani Duke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Strong characters, great sense of place and culture, a few surprises in the plot. Very entertaining
Mar 13, 2014 Marfita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
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Joyce Lagow
Jan 23, 2011 Joyce Lagow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

6th in the Dr. Siri Paiboun, national coroner of the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos, series.

Well, Laos in 1977 has made the big time--it has its first serial killer. The killer is a clever one, and at first even Dr. Siri, with all his connections to the spirit world (although they are never around when he needs them the most) is unaware that the murder of a pretty rural young woman, done in a ritual fashion, is one of many. And as usual winds up risking both life and 73 year-old limb solvi
May 20, 2015 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my second Dr Siri mystery – though number six in the series. Dr Siri Paibour is now 73, and the national coroner in The People's Democratic Republic of Laos. It is 1978, and he has recently married the ever-resourceful Madame Daeng, aged 66, who runs a noodle shop. Life is good for them, but not without challenges. These include solving a series of esoteric riddles, tracking down a suave, calculating, ruthless killer, who is given space in the book to voice his strange obsessions, and at ...more
Nov 15, 2009 Lindsay rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 19, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The merry misogynist( serial killer of young country girls) is a SOB and Dr Siri is bound and determined to find him while he also deals with finding the town's favorite crazy man who has gone missing. My favorite communist is also dealing with the anal and over zealous socialist bureaucracy,in particular the housing authority. A good mix of humor with the seriousness of a murder mystery just kept me turning the pages. My favorite one to date-number six. Dr Siri is a unique character: a dedicate ...more
Kate Zager
Dec 28, 2015 Kate Zager rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never put it down.

This is my 6th encounter with Dr. Siri and his crew. Always an adventure, touching and beautifully written. Looking forward to number 7.
Jun 06, 2013 Gill rated it really liked it
I have read three of this series of books about a retired revolutionary conscripted to become the Laos' only state coroner in his 70s. I had thought of passing this one on to my daughter-in-law, but the subject matter and the murders in question are more disturbing than most and I think she would find it upsetting. The end looks like being very dark too, which is not everyone's cup of tea. I did enjoy it, the little vignettes of life in post-revolutionary Laos, the characters, the way society ru ...more
Nov 09, 2012 Mei rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Awh. My least favourite so far. It was kind of trashy in a CSI way. My charming hero has no call jumping around and engaging in feats of physical strength - he's 72 after all. There was too much of...well, everything, so I felt a little overdone by the time I finished it. It was like going to your favourite little independent cafe and finding out it had been taken over by a large American chain of coffee houses. Designer coffee, shiny seats, fancy mugs - but really, all you wanted was the little ...more
Aug 09, 2015 WarmerSommerregen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Laos' einziger amtlicher Leichenbeschauer Dr. Siri Paiboun hätte momentan eigentlich schon genug zu tun: Das Wohnungsamt bereitet ihm Ärger, da Dr. Siri seine Sozialwohnung untervermietet. Doch leider bleibt dem Laoten nicht viel Zeit, um sich mit diesem bürokratischen Problem auseinander zu setzen, denn schon bald taucht die erste Leiche auf seinem Seziertisch auf:
Die wunderschöne Junge Frau wurde auf bestialische Weise ermordet. Gefunden wurde sie nackt an einen Baum gefesselt...
Bei den Ermitt
Dr Siri Paiboun is now married to Madame Daeng and even being the one and only coroner for the Republic of Laos can't dampen Siri's enthusiasm for life. Unfortunately he's being distracted by two events. The first one is the discovery of a murdered young girl, left naked and tied to a tree. By the time another young girl’s body lands in the morgue, the villain has already picked his sixth victim: a schoolteacher in a remote village. The murderer of the young girls tells his story in alternating ...more
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
While seriously underwhelmed by yet another suspense novel about a serial killer, I did enjoy most of this book. We actually made it into 1978, proving that Paiboun's Laos is not in a timewarp somewhere. The Lizard Lady is nowhere to be seen, thank goodness. I liked the byplay of Siri hassling the men from Housing (he's in his seventies, what does he have to lose?). I enjoyed the interaction between him and his new bride. Dtui and Mr Geung are as always things of beauty and joys forever. Even po ...more
A satisfying Mystery in which Dr. Siri & Co. try to track down a serial killer who targets young, beautiful hilltribe women. At the same time, Crazy Rajid has disappeared and Siri and Daeng worriedly put on a search for him.

As he has in the past, Cotterill cleverly weaves Lao culture and history into the story line. The spirits show up to help solve a mystery, but not in the expected way. I love how the characters have developed and the obvious mutual affection they have for each other.

Another in the Dr Siri series. Dr Siri is now running afoul of the Housing Department because of the people living in his official house and because he's been caught going into Madame Daeng's apartment. How Judge Haeng deals with the officers from this department is downright hilarious! But there is a serial killer on the loose whose identity appears to escape Inspector Phosy and Dr Siri, who is also distracted by the disappearance of Crazy Rajid .... who may not be quite so crazy after all.
A serial killer in Laos (spoiler alert) and a hermaphrodite who needs to prove he is a man is a little bit of a disappointment, almost like the sensationalism of Patricia Cornwell. There is some good plotting and great red herrings. What I do like is crazy Rajid subplot, he is lost, and his metaphoric poetry as well as artifacts he collects, lead everyone to his trapped place. A good read but not one of his best. The history of Buddhist temple architecture was interesting.
Jun 09, 2011 Monty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading another delightful episode (book #6) in the life of Dr. Siri. Again, I just loved the sense of humor, the characters, the storyline and mystery filled with tension at times. I am on to the next one and just learned that there is an eighth book due to be published later this year. Just try reading the Coroner's Lunch (the first in the series) and see what you think.
Heather Sinclair
Apr 23, 2016 Heather Sinclair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: laos
Here it is up front: I'm actually leaving for a volunteer position in Laos in a few months, so I'm exceedingly biased in my review and rating. Just so you know.

Objectively however, this was an exciting book with very interesting characters. The writing didn't exactly blow me away (which I expected), but there were a few instances where the author really turned a phrase that stuck with me.

What I really enjoyed was learning about Laos - the culture and the people. Like I mentioned up front, I'll
Dec 30, 2015 Amor rated it it was amazing
This book is simply amazing!!!
Sep 09, 2011 Debra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great book in this loveable series. This time Dr Siri is out to catch a serial killer. A romping good read... as always.
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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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