Dr. Siri Paiboun (7 books)


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Laos, 1976. In this offbeat and delightful mystery series, Dr. Siri Paiboun, a 72-year old, Paris-trained doctor, one of the last of the educated class remaining in Laos after the Communist Pathet Lao have taken over, is appointed state coroner at 72 years old, despite having no training, equipment, experience or even inclination for the job. When confronted with mysterious deaths, the doctor enlists… (more)


Disco for the Departed

Dr. Siri Paiboun #3

by Colin Cotterill

Dr Siri Paiboun, reluctant national coroner of the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos, is summoned to a remote location in the mountains of Huaphan Province, where for years the leaders of the current government...

Anarchy and Old Dogs

Dr. Siri Paiboun #4

by Colin Cotterill

A blind retired dentist has been run down by a logging truck on the street in Vientiane just opposite the post office. His body is duly delivered to the morgue of Dr. Siri Paiboun, the official and only coroner...

Curse of the Pogo Stick

Dr. Siri Paiboun #5

by Colin Cotterill

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,...

The Merry Misogynist

Dr. Siri Paiboun #6

by Colin Cotterill

In poverty-stricken 1978 Laos, a man with a truck from the city was “somebody,” a catch for even the prettiest village virgin. The corpse of one of these bucolic beauties turns up in Dr. Siri’s morgue...

Love Songs from a Shallow Grave

Dr. Siri Paiboun #7

by Colin Cotterill

Three young Laotian women have died of fencing sword wounds. Each of them had studied abroad in an Eastern bloc country. Before he can complete his investigation, Dr. Siri is lured to Cambodia by an all-expenses-paid...

Slash and Burn: A Dr. Siri Mystery Set in Laos

Dr. Siri Paiboun #8

by Colin Cotterill

Dr. Siri might finally be allowed to retire (again). Although he loves his two morgue assistants, he’s tired of being Laos’s national coroner, a job he never wanted in the first place. Plus, he’s pushing...

The Woman Who Wouldn't Die

Dr. Siri Paiboun #9

by Colin Cotterill

The long-awaited follow-up to 2011's Slash & Burn.


In a small Lao village, a very strange thing has happened. A woman was shot and killed in her bed during a burglary; she was given a funeral and everyone...

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