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Colin Cotterill is a very motivating man who is talented in different fields including teaching, crime writing and cartooning. He was born in 2nd October 1952 in London but he has dual citizenship; English and Australian. In the beginning of his career he was worked as a teacher in different organizations in different countries. In Israel, he started working as a Physical Trainer, in Japan he was a lecturer in a university, in Australia he taught in a primary school and he has trained a lot of teachers around the World. He has written a series for Thailand National Television named “English by Accident”. Currently he lives in Southern Thailand with his beloved wife.
Order of Dr. Siri Paiboun Series
|1||The Coroner's Lunch||2004||Description / Buy|
|2||Thirty-Three Teeth||2005||Description / Buy|
|3||Disco for the Departed||2006||Description / Buy|
|4||Anarchy and Old Dogs||2007||Description / Buy|
|5||Curse of the Pogo Stick||2008||Description / Buy|
|6||The Merry Misogynist||2009||Description / Buy|
|7||Love Songs from a Shallow Grave||2010||Description / Buy|
|8||Slash and Burn||2011||Description / Buy|
|9||The Woman Who Wouldn't Die||2013||Description / Buy|
|10||Six and a Half Deadly Sins||2015||Description / Buy|
|11||I Shot the Buddha||2016||Description / Buy|
|12||The Rat Catchers' Olympics||2017||Description / Buy|
|13||Don't Eat Me||2018||Description / Buy|
|14||The Second Biggest Nothing||2019||Description / Buy|
|15||The Delightful Life of a Suicide Pilot||2020||Description / Buy|
Order of Jimm Juree Series
|1||Killed at the Whim of a Hat||2011||Description / Buy|
|2||Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach||2012||Description / Buy|
|3||Hidden Genders (Short Story)||2012||Description / Buy|
|4||The Axe Factor||2013||Description / Buy|
|5||The Amok Runners||2016||Description / Buy|
Order of Jimm Juree Case Files Series
|1||The Funeral Photographer (Short Story)||2017||Description / Buy|
|2||When You Wish Upon a Star (Short Story)||2017||Description / Buy|
|3||Highway Robbery (Short Story)||2017||Description / Buy|
|4||The Zero Finger Option (Short Story)||2018||Description / Buy|
|5||Trash (Short Story)||2018||Description / Buy|
|6||Spay With Me (Short Story)||2018||Description / Buy|
|7||Sex on the Beach (Short Story)||2018||Description / Buy|
|8||Smelly Man (Short Story)||2018||Description / Buy|
|9||Maprao Syndrome (Short Story)||2019||Description / Buy|
|10||Tom Tom (Short Story)||2019||Description / Buy|
|11||Whale Vomit (Short Story)||2019||Description / Buy|
|12||Lost Property (Short Story)||2019||Description / Buy|
Order of Colin Cotterill Standalone Novels
|1||The Night Bastard||2000||Description / Buy|
|2||Evil In The Land Without||2003||Description / Buy|
|3||Pool and its Role in Asian Communism||2005||Description / Buy|
|4||Average Alan||2013||Description / Buy|
|5||Bleeding in Black and White||2015||Description / Buy|
|6||The Motion Picture Teller||2023||Description / Buy|
Order of Colin Cotterill Short Story Collections
|1||Ageing Disgracefully: Short Stories about Atrocious Old People||2009||Description / Buy|
|2||Famous Last Selfies (Short Story)||2018||Description / Buy|
Colin Cotterill Anthologies
|1||Damn Near Dead||2006||Description / Buy|
|2||A Study in Sherlock||2011||Description / Buy|
|3||The Usual Santas||2016||Description / Buy|
|4||Sunshine Noir||2016||Description / Buy|
The author started his writing career in the year 2000 with his first novel “The Night Bastard”. After this novel he has written a lot of novels, series and short books mainly based on crimes. We will know about his books and publications in the next section. The author has received many awards and nominations for his writing and he was also involved in many social tasks. He has set up a NGO in Phuket for child protection. He was also associated with ECPAT which is an organization that fights against child pornography and prostitution. He is a great protestor of pornography and prostitution and always find ways to raise his voice against these mean acts.
Even though Colin Cotterill started his writing career quite late, he has earned a lot of reputation being a great crime writer. Since 2000 he has written a lot of series and novels and all his writing have recieved huge appreciation from the readers. The first book was “The Night Bastard (2000)” but according to sources he did not get any money for this book from the publisher. His first paid novel was “Evil in The Land Without(2003)”. The first series written by Colin Cotterill was “Dr. Siri Paiboun” series which has 11 editions till now including “The Coroner’s Lunch (2004)”, “Thirty-Three Teeth (August 2005)”, “Curse of Pogo Stick (August 2008)”.
After that he has written another series named Jimm Juree series and three novels has published on this series including “Killed at Whim of a Hat (July 2011)”, “Grandad”, “The Axe Factor (April 2014)”. There are many other books has been written by this author and some of the publications include Ageing Disgracefully (October 2009) and many others.
Colin Cotterill Awards
As mentioned earlier Colin Cotterill has earned a lot of awards and nominations throughout his career for his writings. He was first nominated for “The Coroner’s Lunch” in 2005 for Barry “Best First Novel”. In 2006 he has received Dilys Award for “Thirty Three Teeth”, a book from the famous series. In 2008 he was shortlisted for the award “CWA Dagger” but he did not receive the award. In 2009 he received the CWA honor for the same series. These are few reputed awards he received. owever, apart from these he received many other awards and honored by many organizations.
Best Colin Cotterill Books
All of the books written by Colin Cotterill are really great but some best books written by the author include:
The Coroner’s Lunch: The story of the book is set in Laos describing the situation of the country in 1976. The main character of the book or series is Dr Siri Paiboun who is a Paris-trained doctor. The 72 year old doctor has been appointed as a state coroner even though he had no experience, training or equipment to fit that job. However, all things are going well until the death of a famous party leader’s wife. According to the husband she died because of food poisoning but Siri has suspected that it is not simply an accident rather she was murdered and then he got engaged to find the real cause of this death.
Anarchy and Old Dogs: It is another famous book written by Colin Cotterill. Here, the doctor faces a new case where a blind, retired dentist gets killed by a logging truck while crossing the road to post a letter. It seems a very simple accidental death but the letter on his hand turns this case into a very complicated and challenging case for Dr. Siri Paiboun. Then what? You can read the book to know the full story.
Thirty Three Teeth: This is the second book in the Dr. Siri Paibaoun Mystery series. As one of the last doctors left in Loas after the Communist takeover, Dr. Paibaoun is assigned to the city coroner. He is quite unqualified for the job as it was not his specialty whatsoever, but he does have one thing that makes him good at his job: curiosity. He doesn’t mind incurring the wrath of the ruling Communist party in his search to solve the murders either. When there is a series of what looks to be bear bites killing the bodies coming across his desk, he looks to investigate. There’s also the case of the governement official who ran full speed through a 70-story window and the charred remains from a helicopter crash at the temple at Luang Prabang. The more cases he comes across, the more Dr. Paibaoun realizes that not all is fine and well in the city of Laos.
Another series by Cotterill is the Jim Jurree Case Files and the first book in the series is called The Funeral Photographer. Jimm Jurree is a female detective and news reporter. She doesn’t report the news as much as she is the news, when she solves the cases with the help of her strange family. This one sees Jimm exiled from the north of Thailand and sent to the south where she finds some more trouble. This is a short and part of a series of short novellas by Cotterill following the Jim Jurree character. They all have his trademark puzzles, humor, and love for human life.
When Does The Next Colin Cotterill book come out?
Colin Cotterill doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is The Motion Picture Teller and was released on January, 17th 2023.