Reading challenge time! This time,the task was to read a book that was not originally written in my native language. Exciting!
I have been to Berlin last weekend and I read the entire book on my train ride up there. I very much enjoyed it!
This is Killed at the Whim of a Hat by the british writer Colin Cotterill.
Jimm Juree was a crime reporter for the Chiang Mai Daily Mail with a somewhat eccentric family—a mother who might be drifting mentally; a grandfather—a retired cop—who rarely talks; a younger brother obsessed with body-building, and a transgendered, former beauty pageant queen, former older brother. When Jimm is forced to follow her family to a rural village on the coast of Southern Thailand, she’s convinced her career—maybe her life—is over. So when a van containing the skeletal remains of two hippies, one of them wearing a hat, is inexplicably unearthed in a local farmer’s field, Jimm is thrilled. Shortly thereafter an abbot at a local Buddhist temple is viciously murdered, with the temple’s monk and nun the only suspects. Suddenly Jimm’s new life becomes somewhat more promising—and a lot more deadly. And if Jimm is to make the most of this opportunity, and unravel the mysteries that underlie these inexplicable events, it will take luck, perseverance, and the help of her entire family.
I got this book, because I have never read a book set in Thailand and to be honest I did not expect much from it! But! In the end it was a great read. Although this is said to be a mystery novel, the part about the murder was more like a subplot. It really was all about the witty and crazy family of Jimm Juree. I am very much in love with her former brother – now ladyboy, Beauty Queen and computer genius. It was so much fun to read!
It’s a quick-paced read full of witty characters and unexpected twists and turns and I would totally recommend it!