Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Thirty-Three Teeth (Dr. Siri Paiboun, #2)” as Want to Read:
Thirty-Three Teeth (Dr. Siri Paiboun, #2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Thirty-Three Teeth (Dr. Siri Paiboun #2)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  2,364 ratings  ·  294 reviews
Praise for Cotterill’s The Coroner’s Lunch:

“This series kickoff is an embarrassment of riches: Holmesian sleuthing, political satire and droll comic study of a prickly late bloomer.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The Coroner’s Lunch is marvelous. The setting may be unique in Western fiction, and the characters are unique to themselves. Sweet but not sappy, offbeat but
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Soho Crime (first published 2005)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Thirty-Three Teeth, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Thirty-Three Teeth

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Steve Sckenda
Aug 15, 2014 Steve Sckenda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Exotic Asian Mysteries and the Spirit World
Comrade shamans. The communist party of the new Democratic Republic of Laos has issued a directive: “The spirits will have to toe the line.” This is the second installment in my favorite mystery series, which is set in Laos in 1977 and features Dr. Siri Paiboun--"the reluctant national coroner, confused psychic, and disheartened communist."

In the first book, we learned that the amazingly calm Dr. Siri has been delegated Laos’ honorary counsel to the spirit world and that victims come to him in h
Apr 11, 2012 Carol. rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of cosy mystery
The second installment in the mystery series featuring Dr. Siri, my favorite coroner and host of an ancient Hmong shaman's spirit. While it contains the ingredients that make the series great, there are several stumbles that make this book more of a leftover noodle soup--a nice accompaniment to a meal but not enough for a feast.

In the beginning, several sidewinding storylines provided a great deal of pleasure. In Vientiane, two disparate bodies found with a badly damaged bicycle send the team of
I continue to enjoy Dr. Siri's "cynical optimism" -- which just about sums up my view on life. His delightful, if slightly twisted, sense of humour and eastern spirituality carries the plot along at a brisk pace, and I am always disappointed it is over so soon. One would be very hard-pressed to find a more engaging, self-contradicting, paradoxical fictional detective. The plots are not "deep" or particularly devious -- but the exploration of character makes it all worthwhile. At the same time, I ...more
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jennifer (JC-S)
‘I’m a coroner, not a corpse.’
This is the second novel of the series featuring Dr Siri Paiboun, the septuagenarian national coroner of Laos. In this engaging mystery, Dr Siri has a number of puzzles to solve with the assistance of his unlikely team of colleagues and friends. Oh, and some help from the spirit world as well.
The communist regime of Laos brings its own flavour to proceedings. From the ingenuity of making casts of teeth marks when plaster is not available and the identification of go
Jun 28, 2012 Judy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: atypical mystery lovers
Book 2 of the Siri Paiboun mystery series gripped me in its claws much like the first book, The Coroner's Lunch. The first half of the book moved a little slower than the second half, but I loved that sassy Nurse Dtui played a bigger role than in the first book.
The same components of Siri, the disrespected coroner, loyalty amongst co-workers and friends, voodoo and culture are prominent in this book also. I still get a kick out of Cotterill's style of writing.

Here are a couple examples:

A humor
First Sentence: The neon hammer and sickle buzzed and flickered into life over the night club of the Lan Xang Hotel.

Dr. Siri Paiboun, the 72-year-old coroner for Laos, is being kept busy by both the spirit and human world. An old black mountain bear has escaped its cage but is it responsible for the bodies who’ve been mauled? The burned bodies of two men have been found. Siri is summoned to the area of his birth in an effort to identify them.

A man working in the Department of archives jumped to
After The Coroner's Lunch, I was really looking forward to this book, but it didn't hold up as well. Sure, most of the best characters were back, but this time I found it too heavy on the supernatural, with extended sections that really challenged my sense of plausibility. The plot also lacked the strong forward movement of the first book, perhaps because it didn't have as much sleuthing. There were even times well into the book when I found myself only somewhat interested and it was easy to put ...more
“Hot, isn’t it?”
“Damned hot!”

Lao greeting

Dr. Siri Paiboun , the National coroner of Laos, returns for his second adventure. He is a widower, in his early 70s, still quite sharp-minded but looking to retire. He is also a shaman, so he has vivid and prophetic dreams and can see spirits lurking in the shadows.
Our setting once again, is the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos, mid-70s. A country in transition.
The story begins with Siri investigating several mysterious deaths, but the one that truly
I really enjoy the humor and irony of this mystery series. The characters are engaging and it is fascinating to read about Laos in the 70's and the challenges that the national (ie only) coroner faces on a daily basis. Everything from oppressive bureaucracy, lack of chemicals, limited resources (for example, the lab has one camera and is allowed 4 photos per "guest"---they save the last few for weddings, etc. and try not to get the photos mixed up), the fact that all autopsies must take place qu ...more
Joyce Lagow

2nd in the Dr. Siri Paibon, national coroner of Laos series.

It isn’t a Dr. Siri book if there weren’t weird deaths in the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos of 1977. Two men have been mysteriously killed on the same bicycle and it’s hard to figure out how exactly that could have happened. Then other mysterious deaths occur, and fear is about that a large, vicious animal--or worse--is preying on the countryside. Of equal significance, Dr. Siri discovers that he has 33 teeth (instead of the usua
Dr. Siri Paiboun is a 73 year old doctor living in Laos in 1977 after the Communist revolution. He has been appointed as national coroner but spends much of his time solving the mystery of the deaths of his clients. Added to this is that he is the host for an ancient spirit shaman and the fun begins.

Mr. Cotterill has written an intriguing mystery with characters that are realistic and entertaining. This is the second in the series and it was at the same level of excellence as the first. As well
I really don't enjoy Magical Realism in fiction, and don't believe in ghosts, spirits, or any other juju in real life. Because of this, I fought like hell against enjoying the 1st book in the series, "The Coroner's Lunch". But once I willed myself into a suspension of disbelief, I was able to enjoy this book.

The combined foreignness of life in a deeply impoverished and Kafkaesque communist society with the exoticism of the Laotian setting makes the series fascinating, even if the trade-off is a
Intriguing and absorbing mystery set in communist Laos. Dr. Siri Paiboun is 72 and, as a reward for his long and zealous service fighting in the revolution, he is appointed official coroner for the young communist government. In this capacity he is called upon to determine cause of death and becomes conversant with a number of ghosts and ends up solving murders. And the amazing thing about this book is that I became so immersed in the story that I found all of this perfectly reasonable! I really ...more
Sharon Reamer
Thirty Three Teeth is book 2 of the Siri Paiboun series set in quasi-historical Laos in the mid-seventies just after the communist coup.

Dr. Siri Paiboun newly appointed national coroner, and his few friends - a police officer, an intelligence officer, and his two morgue assistants, the charming Dtui and the loyal Geung, set out on their next adventure to explain mysterious deaths by trying to find out the stories behind them. In this book, women are attacked and killed by an unknown animal, and
Years have passed since I read the first Dr. Siri story, thanks to a mention on NPR. It was a little gruesome for my taste, but I seem to have forgotten that and started up again. Cotterill takes you back to another time and place: Laos in the 1970s. I think this is what makes me return to the books - the description of life and locations.
Dr. Siri discovers that he has 33 teeth, just like Buddha and other spiritual luminaries. That would explain his ability to see ghosts and dream clues. But evi
I really liked this book. The more of Mr. Cotterill's books that I read the more I look for them. Thankfully, the public library here has an amazing assortment of series, so I haven't had too much trouble getting the books in this series.

Dr. Siri is perhaps one of the most interesting main characters I've met in a long while. He is a hero in the true sense of the word, and it's not since I last read a book by Robert Parker that I've found such a hero. I enjoy reading about characters who are lo
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
A good enough read, considering how quickly I devoured it (48 hrs, and that was with other activities and reading other books in there). Not bad for yet another novel series. Fortunately we are given enough "back story" (without it being too much) that it could be read as a stand-alone. However there are a few quibbles.

The author's perceived necessity to provide "hooks" in every chapter or at the end of every scene leads to an awful lot of ambiguous, throwaway remarks or narrative phrases that a
Rebecca Mulligan
Book Two: Journey With the Spirits

Laos is in the middle of its hot season. The Laotians are attempting to adjust to life under communism. The spirits are being ignored. This is the setting for book two in the doctor Siri series. The doctor and nurse T'dui face two mysteries. First, there are two communist victims who die in mysterious circumstances. Second, an unknown animal is attacking and killing innocent passersby. In his attempts to solve them, Dr. Siri comes face-to-face with the spirit wo
Enjoyed the first book - The Coroner's Lunch - better. But, still a delightful read. How often do you read books about Laos and actually laugh out loud!
Dr. Siri is at it again. There is to be no rest for this 72 year old coroner. When bodies start to turn up that are horribly mutilated, and the investigation involves his able assistant nurse Dtui, Dr. Siri knows he can not rest until the murderer is discovered.

I picked up this book because I really enjoyed the first in the series. It wasn't just the setting of newly communist Laos in the 1970s, but a combination of the character, Dr. Siri, and the way he sees himself fitting into the new regim
Carolyn Bitetti
This is the second book in the Dr. Siri novels by Colin Cotterill. Dr. Siri is the "national coroner" of communist Laos - a dubious distinction which Dr. Siri is not very fond of. While the plot is good enough, it really is Dr. Siri's show in these novels. Dr. Siri's wry sense of humor about the new Communist government and its ineptitude make me smile and even laugh out loud. I also love Dr. Siri's two colleagues at the coroner's office - a supposedly "slow" Mr. Deung (who is really NOT so slow ...more
Colin Cotterill's characters are engaging, his descriptions not at all cliche'd. The main character's observations of the foibles of the Laotian communists suddenly inheriting government responsibility after a twenty year guerilla war, sliding from idealism into incompetence and corruption are ascerbic and droll. The spice and plot twists contributed by the Laotian spirits who insist on invading the lives of the main characters, who are rational, scientific thinkers, sometimes seems a little con ...more
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Love, love this series!
“Teeth” is the second in a currently 9-book set featuring Dr. Siri Paiboun, a 72-year-old MD forced by the national communist government of Laos to be the nation’s one and only coroner, despite his few tools or preparation for performing autopsies. A bit of a rebel, Siri rarely complies with the rubber stamping outcomes his party overlords seek, preferring detective work, both real and paranormal (Siri communes with dead spirits in his dreams!), to discover who did what to whom.

In this story, th
After reading the first book in the Dr. Siri Paiboun series, The Coroner's Lunch, I decided that I had not had enough of the good doctor and so I immediately started this second book in the series, Thirty-three Teeth. It is another charming study of Colin Cotterill's unique character, the 72-year-old Pathet Lao revolutionary, who, upon the success of the revolution in 1975, was drafted by the Party to become Laos' one and only coroner.

In this entry, it is 1976 and something is killing women in V
Kathleen Hagen
Thirty-three Teeth, by Colin Cotterill, b-plus, Narrated by Clive Chafer, Produced by Blackstone Audio, downloaded from

This is the second in the Dr. Siri Paiboun series, involving a reluctant state coroner in Laos, appointed by the communist party in power in the ‘70’s after the U.S. left. The coroner is interested in pursuing answers to any mysteries which come up in the morgue, and he has no time for the rudeness of party officials. He is in his 70’s and feels that if the party do
In his second mystery set in post-colonial Laos, Cotterill delivers a story that is a little less focused than his debut effort, but engages the reader through compelling character develop in Dr. Siri Phaiboun and Nurse Dtui. The main action takes place in the north of the country in the historic capital and home of the recently deposed king (who even makes a cameo appearance). As with the first book, there is a political sensitive murder for Phaiboun solve, but far more enjoyable is the ruling ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Flora 3 19 Mar 02, 2013 11:26AM  
  • Bone Mountain (Inspector Shan, #3)
  • White Sky, Black Ice (Nathan Active Mystery, #1)
  • The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken (Vish Puri, #3)
  • The Last Six Million Seconds
  • Death of a Red Heroine (Inspector Chen Cao #1)
  • The Collaborator of Bethlehem
  • A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder (Inspector Singh Investigates #1)
  • A Corpse in the Koryo (Inspector O, #1)
  • The Chinese Lake Murders
  • The Queen of Patpong (Poke Rafferty Mystery, #4)
  • A Carrion Death (Detective Kubu, #1)
  • The Shape of Water (Inspector Montalbano, #1)
  • Folly Du Jour (Joe Sandilands, #7)
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
More about Colin Cotterill...

Other Books in the Series

Dr. Siri Paiboun (10 books)
  • The Coroner's Lunch (Dr. Siri Paiboun, #1)
  • 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)
  • The Merry Misogynist (Dr. Siri Paiboun, #6)
  • Love Songs From A Shallow Grave (Dr. Siri Paiboun, #7)
  • Slash and Burn (Dr. Siri Paiboun, #8)
  • The Woman Who Wouldn't Die (Dr. Siri Paiboun, #9)
  • Six and a Half Deadly Sins
The Coroner's Lunch (Dr. Siri Paiboun, #1) 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) Killed at the Whim of a Hat (Jimm Juree #1)

Share This Book

“Honesty can be a dirty gift. It can muddy a sparkling stream of memories.” 1 likes
“So, there it was in a nutshell. Poverty led him to religion, religion to education, education to lust, lust to communism. And Communism had brought him back full circle to poverty.” 1 likes
More quotes…