Saturday, July 30, 2011

Win Colin Cotterill's new book

Colin Cotterill, author of the Dr. Siri  Paiboun mysteries about the aging chief (and only) coroner in post-revoltionary Laos and his odd cast of helpers, has begun a new series about an eccentric family in Thailand.

The series opens thus: "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."

That's typical Cotterill in form and substance, and if you shudder a politically correct shudder at slow-witted, don't. Cotterill is the most human, compassionate and generous of authors in his depictions of the elderly and of a character with Down syndrome in his Dr. Siri books. I'm confident he won't make cruel or gratuitous fun of anyone here.

But why trust me? One lucky reader in the U.S. only can win a copy of the book, Killed at the Whim of a Hat, courtesy of the good people at Minotaur Books, and judge for her or himself.  All you have to do is answer the following skill-testing question.

Cotterill's novel The Coroner's Lunch tells us a bit about Dr. Siri's reading habits:
"During his stay in Paris decades before, he'd taken his delight in the weekly serializations of one Monsieur Sim in the l'Oeuvre newspaper ... Siri had been able to solve most of the mysteries long before the inspector had a handle on them."
Who is Monsieur Sim?
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   Liz from Maryland knew that "Monsieur Sim" was Georges Simenon. He used the alias early in his career, and Liz wins a copy of Killed at the Whim of a Hat. Congratulations, and thanks to Liz and to Minotaur Books. 
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 (Read Colin Cotterill's blog for information about his books and samples of his cartoons. Watch an entertaining interview with Cotterill here, and read my previous posts about Cotterill; just click the link, and scroll down,)

© Peter Rozovsky 2011

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6 Comments:

Anonymous Liz said...

Have emailed an answer. Thanks for opportunity.

July 30, 2011  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

You win!

July 30, 2011  
Anonymous Liz said...

Don't always comment, but check out your blog daily. Such great information. Thanks.

July 31, 2011  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

My pleasure. Many thanks, and enjoy the book. On my end, it's off to a good start.

July 31, 2011  
Anonymous I.J.Parker said...

There's much to love about Cotterill, but I just don't relate well to mixing the supernatural with crime investigation.

July 31, 2011  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

The supernatural sometimes fits uneasily with the investigation in the Dt. Siri books, especially so in one of the books. On the other hand, I like the respect with which Cotterill treats these odd beliefs.

July 31, 2011  

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