DELIGHTFUL LIFE OF A SUICIDE PILOT
By Colin Cotterill
Publisher: Soho Crime (June 2, 2020)
(Book 15 of 15: A Dr. Siri Paiboun Mystery – set in Laos)
Reviewed by Shirley Wetzel
Dr. Siri misses old friend Civilai, but can’t bring himself to visit his dear comrade in the spirit realm. He is no longer the chief coroner of the Republic of Laos, he hasn’t heard from the spirit world in weeks, and his job as maître de of his wife’s noodle shop is not exactly fulfilling. All his beloved books were lost in a fire and he has had to resort to reading dusty old agricultural reports in the town library. He needs something to challenge him and take his mind off his sorrow. He gets his chance when he receives a mysterious package from an anonymous sender. It contains an old diary, half in Japanese, half in Laotian, with a note asking for help.
He and Madame Daeng set off for a remote and secluded village in the north, looking for information about the WWII Japanese airman who was the author of the mysterious diary. They find much more than they’d bargained for, bringing them close to death as they uncover secrets from the past and crimes in the present.
It’s been said that all good things must come to an end. This is the final book in the Dr. Siri Paiboun Investigation series. This reviewer imagines that the doctor and his love, Madame Daeng, and the characters we’ve come to love, keep having adventures in this world and the next. Maybe they’ll finally even make that movie about their lives as young freedom fighters. Mr. Cotterill has created a series full of humor, history, mystery, tragedy, and characters who have become a part of the readers’ family.
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