The Axe Factor

Since Jimm Juree moved, under duress, with her family to a rural village on the coast of Southern Thailand, she misses the bright lights of Chiang Mai Most of all, she s missed her career as a journalist, which was just getting started In Chiang Mai, she was covering substantial stories and major crimes But here in Maprao, Jimm has to scrape assignments from the local oSince Jimm Juree moved, under duress, with her family to a rural village on the coast of Southern Thailand, she misses the bright lights of Chiang Mai Most of all, she s missed her career as a journalist, which was just getting started In Chiang Mai, she was covering substantial stories and major crimes But here in Maprao, Jimm has to scrape assignments from the local online journal, the Chumphon Gazette and be happy about it when she gets one This time they are sending her out to interview a local farang European writer, a man in his late fifties, originally from England, who writes award winning crime novels, one Conrad Coralbank.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 that farang writer, the aforementioned 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.The Axe Factor is a Jimm Juree mystery from Colin Cotterill.
The Axe Factor Since Jimm Juree moved under duress with her family to a rural village on the coast of Southern Thailand she misses the bright lights of Chiang Mai Most of all she s missed her career as a journal

  • Title: The Axe Factor
  • Author: Colin Cotterill
  • ISBN: 9781780876979
  • Page: 369
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “The Axe Factor”

    1. Colin Cotterill is one of the sneakiest writers I know. Author of the superb Dr. Siri Paiboun mysteries and now the Jimm Juree mysteries set in rural Thailand, Cotterill is a master at writing books so filled with wit and whimsey that you may not realize that you're actually learning something as you read. With the Jimm Juree books, you learn how a Westernized Thai city girl gets used to life out in the country. You learn about the political atmosphere in Thailand. You learn how poor people surv [...]

    2. Originally reviewed at Crime Fiction LoverFrustrated journalist Jimm Juree, hemmed down by family obligations and with no romantic life to speak of, has left her career as a reporter in the big city to help her mother run their shack of a hotel in the small village of Maprao on the coast of Thailand.When she is not solving crimes that seem to crop up in the vicinity, Jimm is running interference between a pushy transvestite brother, an intermittently sane mother, a brawny but otherwise ill-equip [...]

    3. So stupid. Anyone drawing comparisons (which they are and right on the book jacket!) to Alexander McCall Smith or Tarquin Hall ought to be shot. Or maybe they are not actually reading this book. I checked it out because I dearly love the AM Smith series Ladies No 1 Detective Agency, and I also totally love the Tarquin Hall Vish Puri series; and so I thought I might enjoy this one as well. Nope. Utterly vapid, none of the depth nor the lovable characters. Just a lot of dumb jokes, stupid wisecrac [...]

    4. I'm one of those suckers who will read anything by an author I like until I won't ever again. I will still try Cotterill's Loatian mysteries, but this Thai series, no. Did anyone read it through before publishing it? The evil corporation (which was old news in 1980 but is supposed to be interesting in 2014) gets its name spelled two different ways. Ed is mentioned as part of a rescue party, except he isn't in the rescue party. Our heroine wants to put on lipstick but doesn't have any until the [...]

    5. library audiobook. I like Cotterill's stuff. He's moved on from the Siri series, now with a female lead. The Lao series was very political, which I liked, but had a lot of supernatural stuff which I didn't. The Jimm Juree series is antic,maybe over the top, but there's no supernatural stuff. I take on faith the accurate portrayal of the scene in rural Thailand. I didn't so much like the interior thinking of the murderer, but it was limited. Jimm Juree is attractive, she has sex with a character [...]

    6. The Axe Factor by Colin Cotterill is another winning installment in his Jimm Juree mystery series. With each successive book, I enjoy Jimm Juree (and her eccentric family members and kooky, quirky friends) even more. Although the crimes committed this time around seem particularly gruesome and gory, thankfully, the characters' witty banter, wisecracks, and dark humor help to alleviate the horror. Excellent audio book! Reader Kim Mai Guest did an exceptional job bringing Jimm Juree and company to [...]

    7. Jimm Juree novels are Thai "cozy mysteries" This one starts out with a soon to be serial killers notes, which is a off putting. Jimm's excentric family is always a hoot

    8. I have trouble writing a review of a mystery as I don't want to reveal anything about the actual story. But I will say that I love all the books in this series. The characters are quirky, the plots are complex but hold your interest, and the finishing of the books leaves you wanting even more. This book is frightening and funny. A great read.

    9. Even though I am a dedicated armchair-traveler, this book set in Thailand just did not have enough nature/culture/ humanity to prompt another read. The writer has a sense of humor; it just is not mine - little too irreverent of modern values.

    10. Mildly entertaining, but difficult to follow at some points. Cultural references made it hard to figure out what going on.

    11. This one didn't have quite enough of Jimm's family and friends in it, Granddad was weirdly mean. Also, the ending was a bit too abrupt. Otherwise, enjoyable, as usual.

    12. Despite the grisly nature of the murders there was a lot of humor in this book. I enjoyed it especially the chapter titles.

    13. Jimm Juree bekommt in ihrem verschlafenen Nest endlich wieder eine Herausforderung, die ihr schmeckt: Für die Dorfgazette Chumphon News darf sei einen Starautoren interviewen: Coral Coralbank, Preisträger, Millionenseller - und er wohnt noch dazu gleich um die Ecke. Der Job läuft nicht ganz so glatt, wie erhofft. Der Hausherr macht Avancen, die Haushälterin warnt vor ihm und der Chefredakteur wollte kein tolles Interview, sondern eine schlagzeilenträchtige, dreckige Boulevardstory. Vielleic [...]

    14. Some time ago, Jimm Juree was an up-and-coming crime reporter for Chiang Mai’s paper of record, and felt that she was going places. Unfortunately, her mother had other ideas on the destination, and packed most of their odd and contentious family down to the southernmost part of Thailand — there to manage a dilapidated holiday resort in Maprao for reasons known only to her. Since then, Jimm’s writing has consisted of English translation, counter-scamming online charlatans, and the occasiona [...]

    15. Thai journalist Jimm Juree is back in an all new mystery in the book The Axe Factor by Colin Cotterill. I have enjoyed the previous two mysteries featuring the intrepid reporter and her wacky family, so I was hoping this book wouldn't disappoint. Now that I'm more familiar with the characters, I think I enjoyed this book the most so far. Jimm is a 30-something freelance crime reporter for the Chiang Mai Mail newspaper. She was having something of a successful career in the big city when she was [...]

    16. ‘It’s how I earn my living.’Yes, former big-city journalist and ‘English language doctor’ Jimm Juree is still in exile at the Gulf Bay Lovely Resort and Restaurant in Maprao on the south coast of Thailand. Not much seems to happen here, but Jimm has almost managed to retain her sanity courtesy of an occasional online assignment, while writing to Clint Eastwood about her dream screenplay. Jimm’s still with her family: Arny, her musclehead brother, her Grandpa Jah and her idealistic mo [...]

    17. Schnacken nicht HackenDas ist echt der coolste Spruch des Buches und etwas, was man aus vollem Herzen und mit Überzeugung unterschreiben kann. Besonders wenn man an die Beschreibung eines zerstückelten Körpers denkt, mit der der Prolog erfreut.Jimm Juree wohnt mit ihrer Familie seit Neuestem in einem kleinen Ort im Süden Thailand. Dort betreiben sie ein kleines Hotel, das von Touristen geflissentlich übersehen wird. Eigentlich Journalistin übernimmt Jimm jede Arbeit, die sich anbietet. Da [...]

    18. Endlich konnte ich die Jimm-Juree-Reihe weiterlesen, nachdem ich die ersten beiden Bände 2014 passenderweise in Thailand verschlungen habe. Diesen Band hatte ich mir nun aus der Bücherei entliehen.Es geht wieder um die ursprüngliche Reporterin Jimm Juree und ihre mehr als verrückte, aber dennoch liebenswürdige Familie in einem kleinen Küstendorf in Thailand. Im Auftrag eines kleinen Lokalblatts soll sie den englischen Krimi-Autoren Conrad Coralbank (eine Anspielung auf Colin Cotterill?), d [...]

    19. I have enjoyed reading this author’s Dr. Siri series, so approached this new Jimm Juree Mystery with great anticipation. Unfortunately, the mystery alone is what the novel is all about. Jimm, a former high-powered crime reporter in her former habitat, now lives with her nutty family in southern Thailand where she is basically unemployed and at loose ends. That’s how one gets into trouble, and she does. Basically, the plot is two-fold: how Jimm interviews a farang (European) writer and become [...]

    20. As usual with the books in this series, I never know what to make of the weird entanglement of violence and humor. The book opens with a blog entry from an axe murderer reliving a first killing. Or could it just be fiction – a sketch from a ghoulish mystery writer with a name suspiciously similar to the author’s own? The heroine, English fixer-uper and sometime journalist Jimm Juree does not seem to be able to lose her sense of humor even under the most extreme circumstances. For example, wh [...]

    21. I read this largely as part of my librarian's role to see if it is suitable for students. By and large it is, there would be no problem students from about Year 8 reading it. It is by the same author as Grandad, there's a Head on the Beach and has the same characters in it. Set in a sleepy Thai beach village a young woman fancies herself as a bit of a detective and gets into many scrapes as the mystery unfurls. It is definitely light weight and concentrates a fair bit on her love life, with some [...]

    22. Another winner in this third (?) installment of the Jimm Juree mystery series. Who says cozy mysteries can't be well-written, intelligent, and funny? I don't know but they'd be pleasantly surprised by this series. I'm fascinated by male writers who choose a female protagonist. Like Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next, Cotterill does a superb job of plopping us into the trying yet humorous life of Jimm, an unemployed journalist, forced to move to a garbage-laden stretch of beach in rural Thailand with [...]

    23. I hadn't cared for the first book in the series, finding the second much better; this one feel between those. Guest's narration is so well-suited for Jimm's voice that even the weaker aspects are tolerable.Strongest point is the personality of Jimm herself, an underachiever stuck in the sticks out of family loyalty. Plot drags in the middle with its lectures on the evils of multi-nationals' "forcing" baby formula in the third world to supplant breast feeding. It's part of the resolution, but com [...]

    24. This new series by Colin Cotterill features a young, plucky Thai woman who lives with her autocratic grumpy grandad; her mom, who is starting to succumb to Alzheimer's, and her kind, but steroid-taking younger brother. She relies on her older sister (who just had a sex change operation) in the States for support with frequent phone calls. Cotterill's madcap style is in evidence here, and I always love hearing about local Thai life and how it differs from what the Farangs (foreigners) think. I li [...]

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