The Curse of the Pogo Stick

Colin Cotterill

Dr. Siri Paiboun #5

2008

Mystery

Book Club

Hardback

★★★★

‘In Vientiane, a booby-trapped corpse, intended for Dr. Siri, the national coroner of Laos, has been delivered to the morgue. In his absence, only Nurse Dtui’s intervention saves the lives of the morgue attendants, visiting doctors, and Madame Daeng, Dr. Siri’s fiancé. On his way back from a communist party meeting in the north, Dr. Siri is kidnapped by seven female Hmong villagers under the direction of the village elder so that he will-in the guise of Yeh Ming, the thousand-year-old shaman with whom he shares his body-exorcise the headman’s daughter whose soul is possessed by a demon, and lift the curse of the pogo stick. Colin Cotterill is the author of The Coroner’s Lunch, Thirty-Three Teeth, Disco for the Departed, and Anarchy and Old Dogs, featuring seventy-three-year-old Dr. Siri Paiboun, national coroner of Laos. He and his wife live in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he teaches at the university.’

This book was such a quick and easy read. The Curse of the Pogo Stick was filled with humor and wit that helped keep you interested and reading. The supernatural point was different and added this great element to the story. While this book is a part of a series, you don’t necessarily have to read the rest of the books in the series to follow along. This was the first book I had read of Colin Cotterill’s.

The thing I loved the most about this book was some of the underlying issues of the society are still relevant today. Similarly the book draws attention to the issues that Laos faced during the Vietnam War.

While I loved the story and Cotterill’s, there was no wow factor to warrant a 5 star rating.

My recommendation: Perfect if you want something a little different.

Cai xx

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