Colin Cotterill takes a break from his popular Dr. Siri series, which is set in Laos, to introduce Jimm Juree in what hopefully will be a new series. “Killed at the Whim of a Hat”, title taken from a George W. Bush quote, is a fine beginning. Jimm, an aspiring crime reporter, has moved from the “big city” to rural Southern Thailand with her quirky family and jumps at the chance to get involved (and get a scoop!) in two cases. Cotterill writes with his usual humor about a world very different from ours but just as intriguing.