Somebody in Laos is wooing and wedding country girls—and then killing them on their honeymoon and binding their bodies to trees—in this sixth entry in a series with "richer plots than Alexander McCall Smith's African detective stories, but the same comic charm" (Sunday Times, London). Laotian coroner Dr. Siri Paiboun and his morgue team are determined to find out who this monster is and put a stop to the horror. But they're distracted by the disappearance of an itinerant mute nicknamed Crazy Rajid; Siri has been getting premonitions that he's in danger, and a trail of elaborate clues and remarkable disclosures about the Indian's past lead them to Vientiane's most ancient temple and a terrible discovery.
"Witty dialogue and engaging characters, especially the irrepressible Siri, who becomes more lovable with each appearance. The combination of humor, social commentary and a clever mystery make this one of the most enjoyable books I've read all year."—Sunday Telegraph (London)