Six and A Half Deadly Sins

Six and A Half Deadly Sins

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"Laos, 1979: Dr. Siri Paiboun, the twice-retired ex-National Coroner of Laos, receives an unmarked package in the mail. Inside is a hand-woven pha sin, a colorful traditional skirt worn by women in certain northern Lao tribes. A lovely present, but who sent it to him, and why? And, more importantly, why is there a severed human finger stitched into the sin's lining? Siri is convinced someone is trying to send him a message, and won't let the matter rest until he's figured it out. He finagles himself and his wife a trip up north to the province where the sin was made, not realizing they are embarking on a deadly scavenger hunt. Meanwhile, the northern Lao border is about to erupt into violence. China is at odds with Vietnam over the ongoing war in Cambodia, and the Chinese army is rumored to be poised at the Lao border, waiting to invade one or another of the erstwhile allies. The murder of two village chiefs is about to escalate into an international incident--and Dr. Siri and his entourage are walking right into the heart of the conflict"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Soho Crime, 2015
ISBN: 9781616955595
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Jul 19, 2017

What I especially appreciate about the Siri books is the relationships among the solid core of friends. Cotterill somehow figures out how to have all of them involved in each plot and each resolution to the mystery. I like all of them, and I am warmed by their loyalty to and trust in each other.

However, the plot of this book was not as engaging as some of the previous ones have been, partly because I couldn't get interested in the complexities of the woven patterns of the tribal skirts. To be more honest, I must say the brouhaha around the various patterns was unbelievable. OK, it was boring. Also, one of the secondary characters, who's been in the cast since the first book, was killed. That really bothered me. I liked this person. Yet there was hardly a ripple of interest shown by the rest of cast of characters. This was particularly surprising to me given the effort the author went to in the first book of the series to make the readers fond of this person and aware of the murder-solving skills that only s/he had to offer to the group process. I wanted him/her to be mourned, and missed, by the others. Truthfully, I wanted this person not to be dead.
But the rest of it, the historical part, regarding the warlord-type activities of the Chinese in the northern part of Laos in the late 1970's, was fascinating to me.

I think Cotterill believes, as I do, that there is no good war, and no good reason for starting one.

Jan 07, 2016

If you have been following the Dr. Siri books then this one will make you smile. All of components of a good Dr. Siri mystery are included here. A good book with good, well rounded characters.

Jul 17, 2015

Quirky but fascinating and upbeat definitely describes this book. I've loved the series and this is one of the best. Or it may be that I have been waiting for this one to come out for a while and haven't read anything quite this good in a while.

I started reading this series several years before I decided to visit Cambodia and Laos. The series gave me a good start on what had happened in the region in the 1970s and also of the people. In this book, Siri, the "retired" pathologist of Laos, is off on on adventure with his wife and friend/retired Communist leader Civilai to the north of the country near the border with China, when there is political intrigue along the Chinese and Vietnamese borders. For mystery lovers, the plot develops nicely and the end has several surprising turns. I love the very quirky characters who often succeed when the police cannot. The little bit of paranormal fits in nicely with the customs of some Laotians.


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