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Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach

A Jimm Juree Mystery

Jimm Juree Mysteries

Colin Cotterill

Minotaur Books

In rural Thailand, former crime reporter Jimm Juree must grapple with her quirky family, a mysterious mother and daughter on the lam and the small matter of a head on the beach
 
When Jimm Juree’s mother sold the family house and invested in a rundown 'holiday camp' at the southern end of Thailand on the Gulf of Siam, the family had little choice but to follow. Jimm Juree, who was well on her way to achieving her goal of becoming the primary crime reporter for the major daily newspaper in Chiang Mai, is less than thrilled to have lost her job as a reporter and to be stuck in the middle of nowhere where little of interest happens. So it is with mixed feelings that she greets the news that a head has washed up on the beach. It’s tragic, of course, but this could be the sort of sensational murder that would get her a byline in a major daily and keep her toehold on her journalism career. Now all she has to do is find out who was murdered, and why.

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Slipping on the Dog
(from “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head”—BURT BACHARACH)
“Grandad?”
 
 
He didn’t so much as look up. He had a lot of problems, did Grandad. Deafness wasn’t one of them. Ignorance was. He feigned the former to achieve the latter.
“Grandad?”
He knew I was there, but I admit I’d chosen a bad time to get through to him. It was the morning rush hour in downtown Maprao and he had traffic to examine. As the fishermen traveled to or from their boats, a lot of them stopped off at Jiep’s
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REVIEWS

Praise for Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach

"Cotterill effortlessly merges murder and mirth.... Impressively, the author manages to insert a serious human rights problem amid the larking around without hitting a false note, and is on track to duplicate the acclaim and commercial success of his Dr. Siri series."
Publishers Weekly

"Definitely puts the fun in family dysfunction. Jimm, an Asian Stephanie Plum, rattles steadily to a solution, with many hilarious episodes along the way."
Kirkus Reviews

"The author's natural gift for irony ... is to be relished."
Library Journal

“Cotterill masterfully blends real-world issues . . . with appealing cozy elements and his trademark humor. Series readers will be thrilled with this installment and anxious for the next one.”
Booklist

“The best beach title around.”
New York Times

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Fiction Review: Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach: A Jimm Juree Mystery by Colin Cotterill. Minotaur, $24.99 (384p) ISBN 978-0-312-56454-4
Cotterill effortlessly merges murder and mirth in his second light mystery featuring crime reporter Jimm Juree (after 2011's Killed at the Whim of a Hat). Juree, who has reluctantly joined her eccen
- Publishers Weekly
GRANDDAD, THERE'S A HEAD ON THE BEACH by Colin Cotterill | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of GRANDDAD, THERE'S A HEAD ON THE BEACH . Exploding grenades, Burmese slaves and, yes, a head on the beach. How much excitement can one tiny Thai town take?
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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 has won the Dilys and a CWA Dagger and has been a finalist for several other awards.

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Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach

A Jimm Juree Mystery

Jimm Juree Mysteries

Colin Cotterill

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