Killed at the Whim of a Hat

Colin Cotterill


Killed at the Whim of a Hat

Killed at the Whim of a Hat

  • Title: Killed at the Whim of a Hat
  • Author: Colin Cotterill
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  • Page: 432
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When crime reporter Jimm Juree is forced to quit the city for a fishing village on the Gulf of Siam, she expects much in her life to change Quiet will replace quick, and, surely, crime will give way to calm There goes the career, then.Not a chance No sooner has she settled than a surprise discovery springs from a local well Two skeletons both wearing the signs of thirWhen crime reporter Jimm Juree is forced to quit the city for a fishing village on the Gulf of Siam, she expects much in her life to change Quiet will replace quick, and, surely, crime will give way to calm There goes the career, then.Not a chance No sooner has she settled than a surprise discovery springs from a local well Two skeletons both wearing the signs of thirty years of decay, with one also wearing a hat And, if this wasn t uncommon enough, a monk is soon killed in a neighbouring town.Who are the skeletons Who murdered the monk Is there a connection Step forward Jimm Juree


Recent Comments "Killed at the Whim of a Hat"

Though I can't exactly pinpoint why, this one was only an okay read for me. No bells and whistles went off, though dogs were rescued, so that made me smile. I doubt I'll continue with this series, though the next book - Grandad, There's A Head On The Beach - has to be one of the best titles ever.

I’m a fan of Cotterill’s Dr Siri series set in Laos in the 1970s. Although the characters are all a bit eccentric, they are all believable, warm and sit together comfortably, and there is a lovely sense of place and time. Killed at the Whim of a Hat had none of those things. The characters are a ragbag of caricature and are largely one-dimensional. They seemed forced and false. Moreover, told in the first person, the voice of Jimm Juree just didn’t click for me. The real let down of the bo [...]

This review and this rating have been revised. The review can now be found at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud.

Definitely a 3.5 -- but what's to be done? Until modifies its rating system, we need to be content with full stars.Once again, this is Cotterill having lots of fun, and it spills over to the reader, thank goodness. This is Murder Light, of course; murder so light that you wonder if you're even in a murder mystery, because you are having so much fun exploring the characters. Yes, there are bodies; yes, there are nasty characters, but all these things seem merely secondary to the cynical witticis [...]

Description: 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 [...]

Marketing works! I saw this book on a shelf next to the latest Number One Ladies Detective Agency novel. The cover has the same style of border and a central image reminiscent of earlier books in the series. The label on the shelf said “If you like… then you will enjoy…” So my husband bought the book for me for Mothers’ Day.Colin Cotterill is not Alexander McCall Smith, and Killed at the Whim of a Hat has a very different feel to the Number One Ladies Detective Agency Novels. It’s mu [...]

I had no idea what to expect when I got this book. I'd never read any of Cotterill's books before, but I'm glad I got this one. It was a load of fun.First point, though, I was torn about the mystery aspect because that part was almost a subplot. First and foremost this is a hilarious story about crime-reporter Jimm Juree and her completely insane family. Out of a family consisting of her whacky mother, her glum grandfather, a brother-turned-beauty-queen, and another brother who is a body builder [...]

First Sentence: 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.Jimm Juree is a crime reporter with aspirations for greatness until her mother announces the family is moving to rural Southern Thailand and she fears her reporting days are over. Not when a 1972 VW camper is found buried with the driver and passenger still in place and no apparent cause of death immediately evident. Additionally, a Buddhist monk, inexplicably [...]

The first Cotterill book I have read. I enjoyed his quirky characters and the Thai experience. Will have to check out more of his books."Free societies are hopeful societies. And free societies will be allies against these hateful few who have no conscience, who kill at the whim of a hat."George W. Bush,washington DC, September 17, 2004

This lacks the magical charm of the Dr Siri series. The characters and situations didn't seem fresh and intriguing as with the other series. This was just ok.

Cotterill, author of the unique Dr. Siri series set in Laos and beginning with The Coroner’s Lunch, writes a new series for us. This time he features a youngish Thai female reporter, scouring the southern countryside for crime stories to place in the national newspaper she had to leave behind. She has kept her distance from predatory men by declaring herself lesbian, but she is no such thing. In a country where sex and sex changes are advertised, declaring herself homosexual elicits from her f [...]

Set in Thailand, this one took me a little bit to get into. But once I did, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The reader was excellent (I was a little slow getting into the rhythm of the speech, but was completely hooked when I did).Jimm Juree is a crime reporter who moves with her family to a remote area of Thailand to operate a resort. Her family is very, very quirky, but they all fit well into the story. The characters are priceless (the gay policeman is one of the best characters I've encountered in [...]

I found this book both confusing and annoying. I was recommended this book by GoodReads, and I thought that it would be funny with a tricky little mystery. The setting is southern Thailand and the main character is an investigative journalist named Jimm Jurree. There are lots of eccentric and enjoyable characters in the book. Jimm's mother and grandfather, her transgender older sister, her younger body building brother and best of all a gay policeman named Chompu who becomes a friend and aly of [...]

Life is full for Jimm, a crime reporter who just moved to the south in Thailand. Two skeletons of dead hippies are found in a VW buried in a pit, a Buddhist abbot is stabbed to death and found wearing an orange hat ( Buddhist Abbots are not allowed to where hats!) , and Jimm's mother is looking for revenge on the person who poisoned her dog. These are the mysteries Jimm is trying to solve with the help of a gay policeman and her grandpa who's pretty good at getting information. Jimm, who has mor [...]

I was prepared to like this very much. I enjoyed the Dr. Siri books, and the setup for this was amusing — a young Thai newspaper reporter and her weird family in what is apparently one of the odder parts of Thailand, and the reporter girl starts investigating a killing.But I only got about five chapters in.Why? Because each chapter started with a quotation from George W. Bush — some inane, malaprop-ridden remark that has, as far as I could tell, absolutely zero to do with the story.This is n [...]

I won this book as an ARC through Firstreads. I had a really hard time getting into this book. I don't know if it was the setting, because I was so unfamiliar with it, or the characters. Maybe it was both. Either way, I just struggled my way through this book. I had a hard time relating to the main character, but there was humor occasionally that made it more readable. I had really been looking forward to a good mystery, and this didn't live up to my expectations. However, I think a lot of it i [...]

I don't know about this one.ill contemplating.

This was a slow start for me. Felt obvious that author was setting up a series with the long bits of exposition. Didn't understand reasoning for all the George W. Bush epigraphs. The main character had once taken a class where you were assigned a famous person and had to follow their speeches. Apparently Bush 43 actually used the phrase 'Killed at the Whim of a Hat'. Once I got past those issues I really enjoyed and will definitely read next in series as well as short story prequel.

First Line: 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.Young Jimm Juree has the life she wants as a crime reporter for the Chiang Mai Daily Mail, but when her mother suddenly sells the family business, familial obligation means that Jimm follows her mother, grandfather and brother to rural southern Thailand to run a decrepit resort on the coast. How in the world is she ever going to become the first female senior crime [...]

This review first appeared on my blog: knittingandsundries/20The origin of the title comes from her school studies of oratory skills, where Jimm was picked to study George W. Bush:George was in Washington DC and he'd fallen off the edge of the teleprompter again and he was caught somewhere between "on a whim" and "at the drop of a hat" and ended up with terrorists killing one another "at the whim of a hat."This also explains the less-than-phenomenal Bush quotes that head each chapter.I would def [...]

‘People who connect the past and the future may know the present.’This is the first instalment in Colin Cotterill’s new series about the ‘almost award-winning’ female crime reporter Jimm Juree. The novel is set in southern Thailand.Jimm and her relatives move from northern Thailand to the south to run the Gulf Bay Lovely Resort and Restaurant. There’s Jimm, her mother Mair, her bodybuilding brother Arny and her Grandad Jah. Her sister, Sissi, who used to be her older brother Somkiet, [...]

I absolutely adore Cotterill's Laos-set "Dr. Siri" series, and have pressed it upon many friends with excellent results. When I saw he had a new series set in Thailand, I looked forward to it, having spent a very enjoyable several weeks there once. Unfortunately, I am sad to report that this first book in the new series is rather limp and I can't recommend it to anyone.It revolves around a 30ish single woman and her wacky family and their misadventures as they sell the family business in Chang M [...]

Having read and enjoyed Colin Cotterill's series featuring Dr. Siri Paiboun, the eighty year old national coroner of Laos I thought his new series would be worth a try. It is and I am looking forward to the next book with Thai crime reporter Jimm Juree. She and her family are in a southern province of the Land of Smiles although not one of those close to Malaysia that are experiencing armed clashes between minority Muslims and the Thai police. Cotterill has to cover a lot of ground since "Killed [...]

Colin Cotterill is one of my favorite authors and so I'm quick to pick up his new books. Killed at the Whim of a Hat is unlike Cotterill's earlier works which are often painful and deeply moving, as much about isolation and spirituality as they are about the mystery.Whim of a Hat, on the other hand, is about the close and loving ties of family and community, about adjustment and realization. Jimm Juree's the protag, an ambitious journalist who's reluctantly moved with her family to a rural coast [...]

This book took the word mystery out of his attempt to write a mystery. The characters in this novel were well done and interesting but replayed the same personality traits in several characters. The gay police is reflected in the transsexual sister and the sister of one of the main characters suitor. The two mysteries set out in the book are of one mystery an unbelievable culprit and the opening mystery is not even solved.The author tries to tell us when to laugh by telling us what he thinks is [...]

After reading the third book in this series first, this first book explain a whole heck of a lot!I love the female character, Jimm, and her relationship with others. It is a bit like the Dr. Siri series in which people become intertwined. I enjoy how the characters are coming to life since they moved from the city. Jimm's relationship with her grandpa is changing in a good way.This mystery is also good.I thought the way the author uses George Bush quotes is quite funny. On page 169, Jimm explain [...]

The first installment of the Jimm Juree series was a sweeping roundhouse kick, reminscing not only two murders in Southern Thailand but also Jimm Juree's whole family history. Jimm is curious by nature and leads the whole commentary on the cases, her snarky comments are addictive.(view spoiler)[Jimm Juree's family is a quirky bunch. There's Arnie, the bodybuilder brother who cries easily and sulks easily, her sister Sissy (who formerly was her brother), the only family member who did not move to [...]

This was a random find on the deal of the day and I was pleasantly surprised. The book centred around Jimm Juree and her family who have moved down to the south of Thailand after her mum sold their house in the bustling metropolis. Jimm loved her job as crime reporter but decides to move along with her mother, her brother, and her grandpa to the coast. Her boredom ends when a VW camper van is found buried several feet under a farmer's field with two bodies inside.I enjoyed reading this in the m [...]

This book, by the author of the Dr. Siri mysteries, took me by surprise at first. It takes place in present-day Thailand, with a young female protagonist, Jimm Juree. At first I was a bit thrown off by Jimm’s character, written with more gushing female teenager angst than I would expect from someone who is supposed to be older. But once I accepted the style of the writing, I was hooked on the nutty plot and knew I was immersed in a Cotterill novel. As always, the ancillary characters -- family [...]

I enjoyed this fast-paced mystery featuring sarcastic, cynical, wise-cracking Thai crime journalist Jimm Jurree and a cast of quirky and entertaining characters (including a gay detective, a transvestite sister, a body-building brother, and a spry grandpa). The author believably renders the setting of beach communities in South Thailand, and Jurree's personal transformation throughout the book is believable. However, parts of it still didn't ring true-- maybe because I'm not as familiar with Tha [...]


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