Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach: A Jimm Juree Mystery (Jimm Juree Mysteries)
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I must admit that it got a bit strange (even for me!) toward the end, though this was the author's way of trying to lighten a serious and timely social issue.
Not having read any of Cotterill's other (Dr. Siri Paiboun) series, I can't say how this compares, though Paiboun has several installments whereas there's only one more in this series. I wonder if they are as offbeat and humorous. Will have to try and see!
The "modified song lyrics at the beginning of each chapter were amusing and creative. :-) [There's an author's note at the end with the correct ones].
Later: This was quite entertaining, though I admit I prefer the style and characters in the "Dr. Siri" series - Jimm was a bit too frenetic for my taste. Though I was amused to note a cover-blurb comparing Jimm to Stephanie Plum, an apt comparison!
Other characters include Jimm's transgender sister, other members of the family (including grandad, though despite his mention in the title he doesn't play an especially large part in the story), her gay policeman friend Chompu (who has rather a trying time here), and an assortment of increasingly-corrupt officials, criminals, and more. The plot gets quite dark with regard to the slavery-and-murder element, and doesn't pretend that justice will prevail, though there are a few wins here and there.
I did get a kick out of the "mondegreen" chapter titles - and my favorite bit had to do with the cavalry coming to Jimm's rescue, to the soundtrack of Abba's "Dancing Queen"!
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*** Released for the 2018 Keep Them Moving release challenge. ***
*** Released for the 2018 Great Backyard Bird Count release challenge, for the birds on the cover. See this year's GBBC here. ***
*** Released for the 2018 Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes release challenge. ***