THE AXE FACTOR is on the April 2014 LibraryReads list!

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libraryreadssWONDERFUL NEWS! THE AXE FACTOR by Colin Cotterill is #8 on the April 2014 LibraryReads list!

In Cotterill’s outstanding third Jimm Juree mystery, Jimm's latest assignment for the local online journal is to interview Conrad Coralbank, a local farang (European) writer in his late fifties, originally from England, who writes award-winning crime novels.

At the same time, several local women have left town without a word to anyone, leaving their possessions behind. These include the local doctor, Dr. Sumlak, who never returned from a conference, and the Thai wife of Conrad Coralbank. All of which looks a little suspicious, especially to Jimm’s grandfather, an ex-cop, who notices Coralbank’s interest in Jimm with a very jaundiced eye. With a major storm headed their way and a potential serial killer on the loose, it looks like Jimm Juree, her eccentric family, and the whole town of Maprao is in for some major changes.

“In addition to a clockwork plot and an intriguing setting, what really makes this book sing is Jimm’s own caustic, ribald observations. A stunner of a novel, third in the Jimm Juree series by the author of the acclaimed Dr. Siri novels.”   Booklist, starred review

“...Cotterill keeps the tone light, aided by the conceit of starting each chapter with Thai signage, replete with malapropisms (e.g., 'Ladies are Requested not to Have Children in the Bar').”   Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review

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Need a primer on the series?


Jimm Juree was a crime reporter for the Chiang Mai Daily Mail, until she was forced to follow her eccentric family to a rural village on the coast of Southern Thailand. She's convinced her career (and maybe her life) is over until her salvation comes in the form of helping solve some murders on the island.

One of Library Journal's Best Mystery Books of 2011

“The best new international mystery series since the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.”



It's with mixed feelings that Jimm Juree greets the news that a head has washed up on the beach. It's tragic, of course, but this could be the sort of sensational murder that would get her a byline in a major daily and keep her toehold on her journalism career. Now all she has to do is find out who was murdered, and why.

“Definitely puts the fun in family dysfunction. Jimm, an Asian Stephanie Plum, rattles steadily to a solution, with many hilarious episodes along the way.”   Kirkus Reviews


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