Monday, April 4, 2016

D is for DEADLY SINS #AtoZChallenge

For this year's challenge, my theme is The Fun in Writing. Each of my 26 posts for April is aimed at illustrating fun parts of an author's day. A writer doesn't only write. Creating a story or an essay requires research, revision, editing, and lots and lots of coffee and chocolate.

D is for Deadly Sins

When authors entertain me from cover to cover, this solidifies my belief that the art of writing is fun. Every writer knows to balance reading with writing. How easy that goal is to meet with books that are fun to read - from cover to cover; books like Six And A Half Deadly Sins.
Six And A Half Deadly Sins by author Colin Cotterill is a Dr. Siri Paiboun mystery set in Laos. When I learned that Mr. Cotterill was invited to be a guest speaker at the 2017 Left Coast Crime Conference in Honolulu (another event where you can have fun being a writer), I looked for his books at the main library on King Street. How lucky of me to have found this book, one of my “fun-est” reads of the year.

Dr. Siri Paiboun’s witticisms make him a loveable character who never becomes overbearing or boring. The novel's humor is subtle, woven into the fabric of the story. It creeps up on you with a quick punch while the action continues to move forward, leaving you to catch up.
Retired coroner Siri and his wife are the quintessential happily-married couple; their love undying. When the doctor receives a mysterious package containing a handwoven skirt, known as a “pha sin” with a human finger sewn into the hem, it sends them on a scavenger hunt of clues around the countryside of Northern Laos.
Adventure within the pages, the historical narrative, clever clues, and dangers encountered along the way make this a unique mystery. Another Dr. Siri Paiboun Mystery will be available on August 2, 2016, I Shot the Buddha. With a fun title like that, how can I resist?


  1. Sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for the review, I'll be adding this to my TBR list.

  2. Thank you for reminding me why I write! Today I have been on a bit of a downer, frustrated with the business side of books. But you know what? I love books, I love words, and I love to write. This one does sound rather intriguing too...

    1. Catherine, I planned to edit a final chapter and Epilogue of a novel today and then read lots of AtoZ posts. It is now 7:23 pm, just finished the edits! Glad you like the book choice.

  3. Intriguing!

  4. Thank you for visiting today, Caz, Tamara, and Trisha. I planned to edit a final chapter and Epilogue of a novel this morning and then read lots of AtoZ posts. It is now 7:23 pm, just finished the edits! Will be visiting many blog sites tomorrow!

  5. Raising a hand with another intriguing. Added to my towering wishlist!

  6. Nice review Gail.
    I hope I get to read this book soon.

    @SarahVamshi from
    The Tin Trunk


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