Thursday, October 20, 2016

Love Songs from a Shallow Grave

Love Songs from a Shallow Grave by Colin Cotterill 326 pp.

Three unusual murders of young women have Lao national coroner, Dr. Siri Paiboun, busy. All three were single and murdered with a fencing epee. The three also had a "Z" carved into their bodies (yes, like Zorro). There doesn't seem to be a connection between the three and this is the first time Dr. Siri has encountered deaths of this kind. Dr. Siri and Officer Phosey manage to solve the murders and a suspect is arrested to stand trial but have they arrested the right murderer? Dr. Siri is captured while on a diplomatic mission to Cambodia/Kampuchea and comes face to face with the horrors of the Khmer Rouge and the killing fields. Side stories about Nurse Dtui and Officer Phosey's marriage as well as Mr. Geung's new hairstyle and his upset at the hiring of another hospital staffer with Down's Syndrome.

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