The Woman Who Wouldn’t Die (Dr. Siri Mysteries Book 9)


Colin Cotterill

In a small Lao village, a very strange thing has happened. A woman was shot and killed in her bed during a burglary; she was given a funeral and everyone in the village saw her body burned. Then, three days later, she was back in her house as if she'd never been dead at all. But now she's clairvoyant, and can speak to the dead. That's why the long-dead brother of a Lao general has enlisted her to help his brother uncover his remains, which have been lost at the bottom of a river for many years.

Lao national coroner Dr. Siri Paiboun and his wife, Madame Daeng, are sent along to supervise the excavation. It could be a kind of relaxing vacation for them, maybe, except Siri is obsessed with the pretty undead medium's special abilities, and Madame Daeng might be a little jealous. She doesn't trust the woman for some reason─is her hunch right? What is the group really digging for at the bottom of this remote river on the Thai border? What war secrets are being covered up?

Reviews:Cavalletta on Amazon wrote:

Excellent series. All the Dr Siri Mysteries are gorgeously written and consistently good (so many writers are uneven, don't keep up the excellence, but Cotterill is 100%). "The Woman Who Wouldn't Die" is the most recent (ninth in the series?) and I have found the Dr. Siri books to be most enjoyable read in the order written, because the characters and plot develop "over time" and it's very satisfying to experience the passage of time and events. However, of course they can be read as stand-alones, so go ahead and start with "Woman Who Wouldn't Die" (but I still recommend proceeding from the beginning, with "The Coroner's Lunch," for your ultimate reading pleasure). This is some of the most stunningly beautiful writing I've encountered in mysteries. It's actually "literary" writing, which you rarely find in the mystery genre. The characters are wonderful, the plots superb, the setting astounding (Laos in the 1970s), everything about the Dr. Siri books is wonderful. Cotterill has given mystery readers a phenomenal gift with the Dr. Siri mysteries. I am a finicky, judgmental, critical reader, and I would give the Dr. Siri books TEN stars, if I could.

Martina on Goodreads wrote:

Wonderful to see Dr. Siri back... but this ninth in the series is as much or more about Daeng as it is about Dr. Siri.... This series has been completely satisfying since the beginning and as with previous books, is filled with humor, humanity, and the spirit in many guises. 100% treat!

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