This was a good airplane read, which is not necessarily the same thing as "a good read." In fact, if a book is small it gets extra airplane points; the books in this series are compact little hardbacks. This one was good, but not as good as the one I read a few weeks ago, Thirty-Three Teeth. Disco for the Departed is another in the same mystery series about the Laotian coroner in the 1970's. I liked that it featured more from the secondary players, Mr. Geung and Nurse Dtui, but I thought the supernatural aspect got old pretty quickly, and the murder itself seemed really far-fetched. On the other hand (other other hand ) it was very funny and certainly was original.
I have some friends who, when they find an author they like, quickly read everything they can find by that author. I don't usually do this. In fact, it's unusual for me to read two books by the same author in the same year. In this case I was going on a trip and knew I needed something reliable for the airplane. I had started The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo but knew that I would finish it before the return flight. Thus Disco for the Departed seemed like a good safe choice -- I knew I would enjoy it enough, and best of all, it didn't take up too much room in my carry-on bag!
The prolific Cotterill already has three more titles available featuring Dr. Siri. But I think I am going to wait a bit before I go on to the next one. I'm getting kind of sick of mysteries.
(Book 42, 2008)