Don't eat me / Colin Cotterill.

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      Summary: "Between getting into a tangle with a corrupt local judge, and discovering a disturbing black-market business, Dr. Siri Paiboun, the ex-national coroner of Laos and his friend Inspector Phosy have their hands full in the thirteenth installment of Colin Cotterill's quirky, critically acclaimed series. Dr. Siri Paiboun, the ex-national coroner of Laos, may have more experience dissecting bodies than making art, but when he manages to smuggle a fancy movie camera into the country he devises a plan to shoot a Lao adaptation of War and Peace with his friend Civilai. The only problem? The Ministry of Culture must approve the script before they can get rolling. That and they can't figure out how to turn on the camera. Meanwhile, the skeleton of a woman has appeared under the Anusawari Arch in the middle of the night. Siri puts his directorial debut on hold and assists his friend, the newly promoted Senior Police Inspector Phosy Vongvichai, with the ensuing investigation. Though the death of the unknown woman seems to be recent, the flesh on her corpse has been picked off in places as if something--or someone--has been gnawing on the bones. The plot Phosy soon uncovers involves much more than single set of skeletal remains"-- Provided by publisher.
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      Do not eat me.
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      COTTERILL, C. Don’t eat me. [s. l.]: Soho Press, Inc., 2018. ISBN 9781616959401. Disponível em: Acesso em: 3 jun. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Cotterill C. Don’t Eat Me. Soho Press, Inc.; 2018. Accessed June 3, 2020.
    • APA:
      Cotterill, C. (2018). Don’t eat me. Soho Press, Inc.
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      Cotterill, Colin. 2018. Don’t Eat Me. A Dr. Siri Paiboun Mystery: [13]. Soho Press, Inc.
    • Harvard:
      Cotterill, C. (2018) Don’t eat me. Soho Press, Inc. (A Dr. Siri Paiboun mystery: [13]). Available at: (Accessed: 3 June 2020).
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      Cotterill, C 2018, Don’t eat me, A Dr. Siri Paiboun mystery: [13], Soho Press, Inc., viewed 3 June 2020, .
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      Cotterill, Colin. Don’t Eat Me. Soho Press, Inc., 2018. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Cotterill, Colin. Don’t Eat Me. A Dr. Siri Paiboun Mystery: [13]. Soho Press, Inc., 2018.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Cotterill C. Don’t eat me [Internet]. Soho Press, Inc.; 2018 [cited 2020 Jun 3]. (A Dr. Siri Paiboun mystery: [13]). Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2018 June #1

*Starred Review* Zany isn't the first word that springs to mind when you think of murder mysteries, but CWA Dagger in the Library winner Cotterill's series about Dr. Siri Paiboun, the former national coroner of Laos, set mainly in Laos but also in Thailand and at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, expands the boundaries of mystery fiction into a heady brew of Communist-oppressive noir and magical realism. Regarding the latter, Siri is haunted and annoyed by a series of spirits, a fact that is expressed in a deliciously deadpan manner. In this thirteenth in the series, the action opens with Siri and a buddy returning from Thailand by boat with a movie camera used to shoot The Deer Hunter. They intend to film, without knowing how to operate the camera, a Laotian version of War and Peace. Meanwhile, a young woman's skeleton has been discovered in the middle of the town square; what bothers the investigators—and Siri, as he becomes drawn into the case—is the strong suggestion that the flesh was physically eaten away. Watching Siri and his indomitable wife, Madame Daeng (who runs the best noodle shop in Vientiane), fight bureaucrats with guile is wonderful in itself. Add to that a plot that keeps deepening, riotously comic schemes and encounters, and the vividly realized atmosphere of life in late '70s and early '80s People's Democratic Republic of Laos, and you have something remarkably deep—and, yes, quite zany. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2018 July #1

The 13th entry in Cotterill's popular series (after The Rat Catcher's Olympics) sees Siri, the former national coroner of Laos, married and settled down and ready to make a film using a camera that he and his longtime friend Civilai have smuggled across the Mekong River. But when a woman's skeleton is found, Dr. Siri must marshal his group of dedicated friends, plus the loyal customers of Madame Daeng's noodle house, to identify the murderers. In the process, more killings are discovered—not human ones, but those of wild animals taken under cruel conditions to other countries for zoos and medicinal uses. Into this complicated mix comes the slow realization that Judge Haeng may be in some way involved. Cotterill uses subtle humor and historical fact to write a compelling mystery in which marginalized people (the elderly, the mentally challenged, etc.) are integral characters. VERDICT Fans of Alexander McCall Smith and Boris Akunin will enjoy this gently ironic series. Definitely recommended for its inclusive characters, humor, and a thought-provoking ending. [See Prepub Alert, 12/11/17.]—Susanne Lohkamp, Multnomah Cty. Lib., Portland, OR

Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2018 June #2

In Cotterill's excellent 13th mystery, set sometime after 1980 in the People's Democratic Republic of Laos (after 2017's The Rat Catcher's Olympics), Dr. Siri Pauboun, the country's national coroner, and his friend Chief Insp. Phosy Vongvichai, who's a rare honest cop, have a grisly murder to solve. A night patrol has found a skeleton at the base of the Anusawari Victory Arch belonging to a woman who was apparently eaten by animals, possibly while she was still alive. The sensitive inquiry implicates a powerful official, placing Phosy's career and life at risk. The crime may also be connected with illegal animal trafficking. A subplot involving Siri's plans to produce a film based on War and Peace—and his navigating of the bureaucracy to get the project green-lit—provides comic relief from what would otherwise be a grim tale. Wry prose ("Life sped by in Vientiane like a Volkswagen van on blocks") also lightens the mood. The eccentric Siri, who's possessed by spirits (including those of a dog, his dead mother, and a transvestite fortune-teller), continues to stand out as a unique and endearing series sleuth. (Aug.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.