There are both novels and shorts to the Jimm Juree series by Colin Cotterill (who is a writer of crime novels and cartoonist). It stars Jimm Juree, who used to report crimes for the Chiang Mai Daily Mail. She moves to be with her family in a rural part of southern Thailand.
Order of Jimm Juree Series
|1||Killed at the Whim of a Hat||2011|
|2||Granddad, There's a Head on the Beach||2012|
|3||Hidden Genders (Short Story)||2012|
|4||The Axe Factor||2013|
|5||The Amok Runners||2016|
This series is for those readers who do not like Colin Cotterill’s Dr. Siri books for whatever reason. It can also be read by those who enjoyed the Dr. Siri books and would like to venture into other things that Colin Cotterill has written. Jimm Juree (she is feisty Thai who works as a journalist, and is female) has relatives who were wrenched from Chiang Mai by a mother with dementia, and taken to a seaside resort that is in terrible shape in a polluted area on the Gulf of Siam.
BEST JIMM JUREE BOOKS
This next section will help those interested in checking out the Jimm Juree series. It will go over the novels Killed at the Whim of a Hat, Granddad, There’s A Head on The Beach, and The Axe Factor.
Killed at the Whim of a Hat: This is the first novel in the Jimm Juree series that was released in 2011. Jimm’s family is quite eccentric. There is her grandfather (a cop who has retired and does not talk a lot), a younger brother (that has an obsession with body building), her former older brother (who is trans gendered and has competed and won some beauty pagents), and a mother (who seems to have mental problems). She moves with her family to the coast of Southern Thailand, convinced that perhaps her life, and her career is done with. A van is found in the field of a farmer, inside are the skeletons of two hippies. One of which, is wearing a hat. It thrills Jimm. An abbot is brutally murdered at a Buddhist temple nearby. The only people who are suspects are the nun and monk that are at the temple. This is quite promising, thinks Jimm. Not to mention deadly. If she is to get to the bottom of what has happened, it will take the help of her whole family, some good luck, and the ability to keep pushing on.
Granddad, There’s A Head On The Beach: This is the second novel in the Jimm Juree series that was released in 2012. This novel is based on some events that actually happened. This time, Jimm has found a severed head that has washed up on the beach. Quite tragic, of course. But this could also be the sensationalist murder that gets her a byline in a big time newspaper, and keep her struggling journalism career going. She still has to find out who was killed, and why. But at least she has her grandfather, the ex cop, to help her figure things out.
The Axe Factor: This is the third novel in the Jimm Juree series that was released in 2014. Jimm’s journalism career currently involves her writing for the Chumphon Gazette (an online publication), when they decide to throw her an assignment every now and then. This current assignment sees her interviewing Conrad Coralbank. He is an author that writes crime novels that win awards; he is in his late fifties and hails from England. While this is going on, many local women have been leaving town, without word to anyone. Nor do they take any of their possessions wherever it is that they are going. There is the local doctor (Dr. Sumlak) that did not come back from a conference, and the Thai wife of Conrad Coralbank. It looks a little odd, mainly to Jimm’s grandfather. Who notices that Conrad is taking an interest in his granddaughter. There is a big storm that is coming and killer on the loose. Jimm’s family, Jimm herself, and the whole town they live in are in for some big changes here pretty soon.
OTHER BOOK SERIES YOU MAY LIKE
“Sonchai Jitpleecheep” series by John Burdett, which was written by a British crime novelist and set in Bangkok. It stars Sonchai Jitpleecheep who has a lot of internal dialogues. His mother was a rented-wife (or prostitute), while his dad was a U.S. Officer in the military that he never got to meet.
“Rebus” series by Ian Rankin. These police procedural, detective fiction books (that have just a hint of hard boiled thrown in) have been called Tartan Noir. The plots have been praised for being inventive and elaborate.