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The Axe Factor (Jimm Juree #3)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  751 Ratings  ·  118 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
Jun 21, 2014 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
Apr 03, 2015 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
Nov 12, 2013 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
Jun 18, 2014 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
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-challenge
Quirky and delightful book -- wish that there were more books in the series.
Aug 10, 2014 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
Jul 23, 2014 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
Jul 29, 2014 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
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: asian
I liked Cotterill's Siri Palboun series set in Laos much better.
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-books
Having read several of this series, it was a pleasure to visit the interesting cast of characters in Southern Thailand where the main character, Jimm Juree is a budding reporter/journalist which as usual, gets her and her fascinating family involved with many other interesting characters!!
The author, Colin Cotterill is an American who went to SE Asia work and I believe still lives there. He has another series that we also like!
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have trouble writing a review of a mystery as I don't want to reveal anything about the actual story. But I will say that I love all the books in this series. The characters are quirky, the plots are complex but hold your interest, and the finishing of the books leaves you wanting even more. This book is frightening and funny. A great read.
Shiela Rozich
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Even though I am a dedicated armchair-traveler, this book set in Thailand just did not have enough nature/culture/ humanity to prompt another read. The writer has a sense of humor; it just is not mine - little too irreverent of modern values.
Linda Gaines
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very funny but also gruesome. Cotterill even puts someone like himself in this novel set in SE Asia.
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was ok

I really enjoy the Coroner series he writes but this series just doesn't do it for me.
Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Mildly entertaining, but difficult to follow at some points. Cultural references made it hard to figure out what going on.
Reynolds Darke
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
A quirky fun mystery set in Thailand - third in the series.
Dec 06, 2017 rated it liked it
This one didn't have quite enough of Jimm's family and friends in it, Granddad was weirdly mean. Also, the ending was a bit too abrupt. Otherwise, enjoyable, as usual.
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
funny, and yet keeps the mystery going till the end. love the US references.
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Despite the grisly nature of the murders there was a lot of humor in this book. I enjoyed it especially the chapter titles.
Brenda Landau
Dec 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Fun. Very much a “place” book (series)
Phyllis Bismanovsky
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Love the main character but I felt the story slogged a bit.
Connie Hutchison
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think these books are hilarious
Nov 25, 2015 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
J Edward Tremlett
Apr 22, 2014 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
Lisa Ahlstedt
Aug 05, 2014 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
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.

Jun 09, 2016 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
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
Gloria Feit
Nov 14, 2014 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
Jan 19, 2015 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
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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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