Mar 17, 2017

Book Beginning: I Shot the Buddha by Colin Cotterill

My lucky library find:
I Shot the Buddha by Colin Cotterill, published August 16, 2016, is the 11th in the Dr. Siri Paiboun mystery series, featuring retired coroner Siri Paiboun and his wife, Madame Daeng, in Laos. 

The couple share their small Vientiane house with an assortment of homeless people, mendicants, and oddballs. One of these is Noo, a Buddhist monk, who rides out on his bicycle one day and never comes back, leaving only a cryptic note in the refrigerator: a plea to help a fellow monk escape across the Mekhong River to Thailand. (publisher)

Book beginning:
It was midnight to the second with a full moon overhead when three women were being killed in three separate locations. Had this been the script of a film, such a twist of fate would have been the type of cinematic plot device that annoyed Comrades Siri and Civilai immensely. In their book coincidences came in a close third behind convenient amnesia and the sudden appearance of an identical twin. But this was real life, so there was no argument to be had. 

Page 56:
"I can't start a mission by losing face," he said.
"You're not. Nobody knows you're here. They haven't even seen your face. We can return tomorrow, refreshed, and they'll all be embarrassed about today and your face will be intact."  

What are you reading this Friday?
Memes: The Friday 56. Grab a book, turn to page 56 or 56% of your eReader. Find any sentence that grabs you. Post it, and add your URL post in Linky at Freda's Voice. Also visit Book Beginning at Rose City Reader.


Suko said...

Hmm. . . sounds interesting!

Have a good weekend, Harvee.

fredamans said...

Sounds very good! Happy weekend!
(I added you to the Linky.)

Unknown said...

I think I'd enjoy this series. I'll be checking out the first book:)

My Friday 56 from Bone White

Brian Joseph said...

This book does have a great title.

I tend to like book beginnings that ease one into the plot a little slower however.

I will send this title to my wife I think that she would like this book.

Lauren Stoolfire said...

I can't say that I've heard of this series, but it sounds tempting. :)

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