Title: Coroner's Lunch
Author: Colin Cotterill
Confronted by murders that may create an international incident between Laos and Vietnam, 72-year-old state coroner Dr. Siri Paiboun keeps his cool in Cotterill’s engaging whodunit, set in Laos a year after the 1975 Communist takeover.
“A wonderfully fresh and exotic mystery.If Cotterill had done nothing more than treat us to Siri’s views on the dramatic, even comic crises that mark periods of government upheaval, his debut mystery would still be fascinating. But the multiple cases spread out on Siri’s examining table are not cozy entertainments, but substantial crimes that take us into the thick of political intrigue.”—The New York Times Book Review