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Killed at the Whim of a Hat

A Jimm Juree Mystery

Jimm Juree Mysteries (Volume 1)

Colin Cotterill

Minotaur Books

The launch of a brand new series by the internationally bestselling, critically acclaimed author of The Coroner’s Lunch
 
With worldwide critical acclaim, Colin Cotterill is one of the most highly regarded “cult favorite” crime writers today. Now, with this new series, Cotterill is poised to break into the mainstream. Set in present day rural Thailand, Cotterill is as sharp and witty, yet more engaging and charming, than ever before.

Jimm Juree was a crime reporter for the Chiang Mai Daily Mail with a somewhat eccentric family—a mother who might be drifting mentally; a grandfather—a retired cop—who rarely talks; a younger brother obsessed with body-building, and a transgendered, former beauty pageant queen, former older brother. When Jimm is forced to follow her family to a rural village on the coast of Southern Thailand, she’s convinced her career—maybe her life—is over. So when a van containing the skeletal remains of two hippies, one of them wearing a hat, is inexplicably unearthed in a local farmer’s field, Jimm is thrilled. Shortly thereafter an abbot at a local Buddhist temple is viciously murdered, with the temple’s monk and nun the only suspects.

Suddenly Jimm’s new life becomes somewhat more promising—and a lot more deadly. And if Jimm is to make the most of this opportunity, and unravel the mysteries that underlie these inexplicable events, it will take luck, perseverance, and the help of her entire family.
 
One of Library Journal's Best Mystery Books of 2011

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“Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream.”
—GEORGE W. BUSH, LACROSSE, WISCONSIN, 18 OCTOBER, 2000
 
Old Mel hired one of Da’s nephews—the slow-witted one with the dent in his forehead—to sink a well in his back acre. The irrigation trenches his family had dug between the rows of oil palms didn’t extend to the rear fence and the new fronds were browning even before they fanned open. It hadn’t rained for a month. Mel had been lugging watering cans out there for two weeks and his back bones were starting to clack
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REVIEWS

Praise for Killed at the Whim of a Hat

"The Jimm Juree series is off to at least as good a start as the Dr. Siri one was. It has the potential to be even better."
--Janet Maslin, The New York Times
 
"Excellent ... Cotterill ... combines a wry narrative voice with an appealing picture of a world unfamiliar to most Americans."
--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
 
"An ebullient series kickoff."
--Kirkus Reviews
 
"Cotterill's fiction has been compared to Alexander McCall Smith's, presumably because it also has a colourful location. It is far more complex and perceptive."
--The Independent
 
"A procession of memorable local characters.... By coming up with an original and entertaining new formula, this author reaffirms his creativity and versatility."
--Japan Times

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KILLED AT THE WHIM OF A HAT by Colin CotterillKirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of KILLED AT THE WHIM OF A HAT . Stuck in the boondocks, a former crime reporter finds salvation by getting back into that gritty game.
- Kirkus Reviews
Fiction Review: Killed at the Whim of a Hat by Colin Cotterill. Minotaur, $24.99 (320p) ISBN 978-0-312-56453-7
At the start of Cotterill's excellent first in a new series, 34-year-old Jimm Juree, who's poised to become only the second female senior crime reporter in all of Thailand, has her professional ambiti
- Publishers Weekly
'Killed at the Whim of a Hat' by Colin Cotterill - Book Review - NYTimes.com
Colin Cotterill's "Killed at the Whim of a Hat" starts off a new series set in Thailand and featuring the female crime reporter Jimm Juree.
- The New York Times

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Colin Cotterill

  • Born in London, COLIN COTTERILL has worked as teacher in Israel, Australia, the U.S. and Japan before he started training teachers in Thailand. Cotterill and his wife live in a small fishing village on the Gulf of Siam in Southern Thailand. He’s won the Dilys and a CWA Dagger, and has been a finalist for several other awards.
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Killed at the Whim of a Hat

A Jimm Juree Mystery

Jimm Juree Mysteries

Colin Cotterill

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