I Shot the Buddha

by Colin Cotterill | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 9781616957223 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 3/28/2020
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, March 28, 2020
I got this ex-library hardcover from Better World Books, after listening to the audiobook version. I've enjoyed several books in this series, which begins with The Coroner's Lunch and Thirty-Three Teeth.

The series is about a 70-something doctor who finds himself appointed as the national coroner, and must do the best he can amid shortages of supplies - and lots of political pressure. Despite the often-harsh setting, the tone is very upbeat, with Siri's wit and humor shining through. And the supernatural touches add interest - and occasional confusion!

This book picks up after the events of Six and a Half Deadly Sins, with Siri continuing to attempt to expand his interactions with the spirits of the dead to being able to actually converse, rather than having to guess what they want via often-bizarre appearances. And, of course, there are other things going on - including Siri and Daeng helping a monk to escape to Thailand, leading to some pretty dramatic adventures over there, while the rest of the gang attempts to solve a series of murders. Oh, and Siri's pal Civilai is off to a remote village to check out reports of the reincarnation of Buddha... Apparently such reports come in weekly and never pan out, but Civilai wants an excuse to take his wife on vacation, so off they go. And they find a man who firmly denies being Buddha at all, though there are a lot of unusual things going on around him!

This book has a higher supernatural quotient than most - indeed, there's a warning up front to readers who prefer their mysteries non-supernatural! - but it also has plenty of the delightful banter, serious badassery, and quirky plot twists that I enjoy so much in the series. (Oh, and there are puns: a chapter titled "Felonious Monk", for example.) It also features some pretty significant harm to main characters, which would have been even more horrifying if I didn't know that they survived until the next book {wry grin}; still very suspensful!

The series continues with The Rat Catchers' Olympics.

Released 1 mo ago (11/30/2020 UTC) at Little Free Library, Revive Recovery Center in Nashua, New Hampshire USA


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