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Killed at the Whim of a Hat by Colin Cotterill
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Dec 25, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery-thriller
Read in December, 2011

I had major problems getting into this book. I was expecting the wise, ancient and amusing Dr. Siri from 1978 in Laos. Instead, I was faced with a thoroughly modern young female reporter who lives in Thailand. Unlike the Siri books, I had no sense of place. Further, I was unfailing shocked when Jimm (our heroine) made references to current American culture--like CSI and Bon Jovi. So why would I give it four stars? Aside from the fact that I finally got used to it, Cotterill is a completely amazing writer. He's one of those whose descriptions of everything are totally fresh and original. You read sentences twice just for the enjoyment. Cotterill is also hilarious but in such a low key and unique way that it sneaks up on you. I do love the Dr. Siri series but I will read anything this man writes because his kind of talent is so rare.

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