The Coroner’s Lunch : A Dr Siri Murder Mystery
by Colin Cotterill, Quercus, Nigel Anthony
Editor: Quercus Publishing
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Laos, 1976The monarchy was deposed, the Lao Pathet Communists took over.Most of the educated class has fled, but Dr. Siri Paiboun, a trained Parisian doctor, remains.And so this 72-year-old doctor is appointed coroner despite the absence of training, equipment, experience or even inclination to work.But the work is not bad work and Siri quickly settles into a routine of study obsolete medical texts, snooping around in search of a rarer food, and the round of paperwork to arrive at justiceThe fact that the recently gone are inclined to pay Siri strange, unwanted night visit is proving to be an additional bonus in his new line of workBut when a party leader’s wife turns the dead and tortured Vietnamese soldiers organizations start dancing to the surface of a Lake Laotian, all eyes turn to SiriFaced with official blanket-ups and in a new international crisis, the doctor calls on old friends, village shamans, forest spirits, dream visits of death – and even occasionally a little medical deduction to solve the crimes
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