The Woman Who Wouldn't Die

by Colin Cotterill | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 9781616952976 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 7/5/2022
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, July 5, 2022
I got this softcover at a local Savers thrift shop for another release copy. It's the 9th book in the series that began with The Coroner's Lunch, and follows Slash and Burn. [While it isn't necessary to read the series in order (I haven't!), it does add some layers to the relationships (and avoids some spoilers) if you do.]

The series is about a 70-something doctor who finds himself appointed as the national coroner, and must do the best he can amid shortages of supplies - and lots of political pressure.

Here, Siri is increasingly frustrated at the limitations of his ability to see spirits - he can sense and see them but he can't talk with them, making it difficult for him to work out what they're trying to ask. It's this that nudges him into a trip to meet "the used-to-be woman," who allegedly came back to life after being murdered and her body placed on the traditional funeral pyre; she now claims to have significant gifts in the spirit-contact line, and Siri hopes she can teach him something.

But of course there's a lot more going on than that, and the number of conspiracies, threats, secrets from the past, and concerns about the future keeps increasing as the tension ratchets up. (I admit I was glad I'd read some of the later books in the series, so I knew who was going to survive this one!)

A significant part of the book deals with Madame Daeng, phenomenal noodle-maker and Siri's beloved late-in-life wife, as she writes her memoirs at his suggestion. We learn just how deadly a fighter she was in her youth, which explains some of her badassery even as an arthritic older woman - but also shows just how tough life has been for the people in Laos and surrounding countries during the many wars, internal conflicts, and transfers of power. Indeed, there's a darker tone to this book than in many, although our beloved characters still manage to banter as cleverly as ever.

The series continues with Six and a Half Deadly Sins.

Released 1 mo ago (7/6/2022 UTC) at Little Free Library, Lawrence Academy in Groton, Massachusetts USA


I left this book in the Little Free Library on this beautiful day; hope someone enjoys it!

[See other recent releases in MA here.]

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