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Killed at the Whim of a Hat

Killed at the Whim of a Hat

A Jimm Juree Mystery

Jimm Juree Mysteries (Volume 1)

Colin Cotterill

Minotaur Books

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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, starting with Killed at the Whim of a Hat, 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

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

In the Press

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

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

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. His Jimm Juree Mysteries include Killed at the Whim of a Hat; Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach and The Axe Factor.

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