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Meet Ladarat Patalung - the first and only nurse detective in Thailand. Two nights ago, a young woman brought her husband into the emergency room of the Sriphat Hospital in Thailand, where he passed away. A guard thinks she remembers her coming in before, but with a different husband - one who also died. Ladarat Patalung, for one, would have been happier without a serial mMeet Ladarat Patalung - the first and only nurse detective in Thailand. Two nights ago, a young woman brought her husband into the emergency room of the Sriphat Hospital in Thailand, where he passed away. A guard thinks she remembers her coming in before, but with a different husband - one who also died. Ladarat Patalung, for one, would have been happier without a serial murderer-if there is one -- loose in her hospital. Then again, she never expected to be a detective in the first place. And now, Ladarat has no choice but to investigate...The first novel in a captivating new series by David Casarett, M.D....

Title : Murder at the House of Rooster Happiness
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ISBN : 9780316270632
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Number of Pages : 368 Pages
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Murder at the House of Rooster Happiness Reviews

  • Lauren (Shooting Stars Mag) Becker
    2019-03-24 04:36

    This was a book I picked up at BEA16. I can't remember how I came across it, though I imagine it was a simple book drop that I came across and realizing it was a mystery, I grabbed a copy. I'm a huge fan of mysteries because I love following the case, whether I guess the culprit or piece it all together or not. Murder at the House of Rooster Happiness is the first book in a new series which follows a nurse ethicist in Thailand named Ladarat Patalung. She's an intriguing character, having lost her husband 12 years prior and still living alone with only her cat. She loves her job and is very committed though. I loved that the book was set in Thailand though, as I don't believe I've read another book set in this country. The author did a great job not only describing the hospital and its functions, but also the language, the people, and certainly the food. There is the use of Thai throughout the book, but it is always explained and therefore, I never felt confused or lost while reading the book.As for the mystery in this one, Ladarat is approached by a detective at the hospital she works at concerning what he believes could be murder. A woman had brought her husband into the emergency room of Ladarat's hospital the night before, where he was declared dead and his death certificate signed. The woman left and that was it, except someone who worked at the hospital thought he had seen this same woman bringing her dead husband in a few months previous, at a different hospital. Is it the same woman, and is she marrying and killing off men? What could she gain? And how would they find her?It's not known until near the end of the book while the detective enlists Ladarat's help, besides her being the nurse ethicist of the hospital (this means she's a nurse, yes, but she also deals with any ethical decisions the hospital may face), but I promise there is an answer. It's nothing huge, but it does make Ladarat even more determined to continue her detective work at the end of this novel. However, back to the initial story - there is a lot going on in this book besides the mystery, but it worked well. The author handled these various story lines with ease, weaving between them throughout the book so you were always curious what would come next, yet never confused. I thought about explaining some of this, but I think it would be best to enjoy the book without knowing too many details! Believe me, it's worth it!I love books where the main character is not a detective but is called upon to become one. This isn't like cozy mysteries, where the main character makes themselves a detective. Ladarat is called upon for her help and she does waver if she should help as much as she can, or focus instead on her paying job, especially with a big inspection coming up. One of the things that I really loved about this book is the writing style. It's not one I can really explain, but it seemed to suit the story and most especially the character of Ladarat. I appreciated how the author talked about Thai culture and explained how it is very different in many ways to American culture, as Ladarat is often commented to be a bit American. She spent a year studying there in college, but she also seems to understand the world in a slight American way and all of this is included expertly in the story. I definitely loved this one - five stars for sure- and I am excited to read more about Ladarat and her mysteries!

  • Cathy Cole
    2019-03-08 07:04

    Through the talents of writers such as Timothy Hallinan, Colin Cotterill, and now David Casarett, I am learning a great deal about the wonderful people of Thailand. How many other cultures do you know of that have names for all of the many different types of human smiles? I quickly fell under Ladarat Patalung's spell. She is a truly solitary woman whose life revolves around the hospital. She takes her job as an ethicist very seriously, but outside of her job, the only interactions she has are with the person running the food cart in her neighborhood and her cat. (By the way, those stops at that food cart made me ravenous for Thai food!) Ladarat travels to and from the hospital in a forty-year-old Volkswagen Beetle, and the year she spent studying in Chicago means it's easier for her to bridge the cultural gap between East and West when patients and their families need her.It doesn't take long for us to know what's happening with the woman and her serial husbands; the pleasure is in watching the way Ladarat tracks down this black widow. Ladarat does do something very ill-advised that in other books would make me accuse the main character of being too stupid to live, but in Murder at the House of Rooster Happiness, Ladarat's actions prove her to be as naive as only the truly good-hearted can be. I don't quite know how Casarett managed my volte-face, but kudos to him! There's more to this book than a nurse ethicist's investigation. Besides the mouth-watering food, there's an extremely important inspection that she needs to get ready for, and a severely injured newlywed couple and their parents who need her skills. I also learned a bit more about the role of Chinese immigrants in Thai history.This is a book that's perfect for the armchair traveling amateur sleuth. Exotic location. Food. Culture. Intriguing mystery. And a main character who will have you eagerly awaiting the next book in the series-- just as I am.

  • Jaclyn
    2019-03-24 04:42

    Loved this book and looking forward to the next in the series!

  • Janet Martin
    2019-03-12 11:00

    A bit of a slow start, but a charming cozy mystery. Nurse Ethicist Ladarat Patalung is already frantically busy getting ready for a hospital inspection when three thorny problems are dropped in her lap--a murder, a dying tourist whose family is in desperate need of compassion and advice, and a reclusive mountain man lurking shoeless in the waiting room. Set in Northern Thailand, this book is filled with cultural detail, appealing characters, and insight into a lifestyle not familiar to many North American readers. There will be parallels with Precious Ramotswe of Botswana, and Ladarat is similar in that she is another woman who watches and considers carefully before jumping to conclusions. There is a little VW Beetle, and an annoying assistant. But this book is not a clone! Situations, style, and plotting are unique. The author, an MD, brings his own medical knowledge and hospital experience to the descriptions of a Thai hospital, doing its best to treat patients with both professional and respectful medical care. I look forward to more books in this series!

  • Nina
    2019-03-24 07:00

    Anybody who is a fan of Alexander McCall Smith (Mma Ramotswe) books--and to a certain extent Colin Cotterill (Dr. Siri Paiboun) books--will immediately identify and like this book. An exotic setting (Chiang Mai, Thailand), a detective story that highlights human values that are rooted to the local culture but at the same time are universal and a strong sense of ethics accompanied by human kindness are what they share in common. A bit cozier than the Cotterill and McCall Smith series, but it left a pleasant and warm feeling at the end.

  • Adam Dunn
    2019-03-17 12:39

    This book starts well but with a LOT of similarities to The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. There is the foreign locale, the meddling assistant, even the old car that is held on to for sentimental reasons. This being said I enjoy that series a lot and I enjoyed this as well. As the story goes on it becomes more centered in Thai culture than standard mystery plot devices and I enjoyed it.Near the reveal and climax at the end I did manage to lose track of who was whom, with all the Thai names being thrown around and the mystery could have been a touch stronger, but overall I'm happy and will be reading the next book in this series.

  • Emma
    2019-02-21 05:41

    I found this book rather dull. It was technically a mystery, but it wasn't a whodunit because there weren't any suspects or anything. The characters weren't that interesting and the mystery itself wasn't that great. The author was CONSTANTLY comparing Thailand and the US which was interesting the first half dozen times but then got really tedious.

  • Melanie
    2019-03-19 06:58

    This was slow to start because the author spends a lot of time explaining Thai culture, food, etc. However, I got hooked in the story and the last half sped along. I ended up enjoying the main character, Ladarat.

  • Jodi
    2019-03-10 07:47

    I loved this book. It was a fun experience and the setting in Thailand was a fun escape.

  • Charlene
    2019-03-20 07:02

    It was an interesting look into Thai culture. And I never knew there could be so many types of smiles, Khun.Like the Vish Puri series I read about India, this gives the readers wherever they are from some social commentary to think about - that is, tourism and Western mannerisms for this book. I look forward to Ladarat's next adventure.

  • Akimmel
    2019-03-17 08:48

    Really a 3.5. A delightful mystery in the vein of No. 1 Ladies Detectives Agency but better.

  • Anu
    2019-03-01 04:40

    Nappasin tämän pahimpaan kaukokaipuuseen ja auttohan se, vähän. Nyt seikkaillaan Thaimaassa jossa erittäin tunnollinen, yksinäinen, vaatimaton ja varsin arkipäiväisen näköinen (laiha, isot rillit) sairaalaeetkko ryhtyy avustavaksi etsiväksi paikalliselle rehelliselle sankaripoliisille. Työaikalakeja ei tunneta, empatiaa kylläkin ja hankalan paikan tullen siteerataan amerikkalaisen filosofian tohtorin kirjoittamaa ja koirankorville selattua kirjaa Etiikan perusteet. Ja tietenkin aina tilaisuuden tullen herkutellaan ihanilla Thaimaalaisilla ruuilla. Ihan kiva kurkistus Thaimaailmaan ja sopii oikein mainiosti Naisten etsivätoimisto 1:n ja Vish Purin ystäville. Tosin (tämäkään) kirjoittaja ei ole kantaväestöä, vaikka on Thaimaassa paljon aikaansa viettänyt... Tämän tapaisissa kirjoissa onkin itseäni yhä enemmän alkanut vaivata tuo kerronnan selkoa hipova yksinkertaisuus. Lauseessa on yksi virke tai korkeintaan kaksi ja seutaava lause alkaa ihan häiritsevän usein mutta sanalla. Ysinkertaisia asioita todetaan kahteen kertaan ja hitusen naiivin päähenkilön pohdinta on poikkeuksetta kirkasotsaista ja ylevää. Hyvään pyritään aina, mutta armoa ja ymmärrystä riittää myös niille kanssakulkijoille, joilta se ei suju. Että, onko tämä nyt oikeasti joku muodissa oleva tyylikeino vai halutaanko tällä kielen yksinkeraisuudella jotenkin romantisoida ja korostaa päähenkilön eksoottista yksinkertaisuutta ja länsimaisesta hapatuksesta vapaata viattomuutta?No, viihdyttävä kirja kuitenkin, nopealukuinen ja helppo. Toimii kuin kuin lounas Hesalaisessa (Kiinalaisten omistamassa) Thaikkupaikassa. Jännältä ja eksoottiselta maistuu, kun ei ole koskaan syönyt sitä aitoa alkuperäistä johon voisit verrata. Paitsi että olen ja se alkuperäinen oli kyllä todella paljon parempaa.

  • Eyehavenofilter
    2019-02-21 12:51

    Who knew that there were so many different ways to describe a smile? In ThaiYim thak thaii: means ( I don't what's going on but I'm smiling anyway because, well, it can't hurt.)Yim thak than : means a smile of disagreementYim yae: means ( well its awful but what can you do?)Yim chug cheuan: is " the winners smile"All of these occur in this amazing debut novel filled with the delights and dangers of Thailand. How life is so different than it is in the USA.. except they still murder each other there, for the same reasons, or perhaps not? Ladarat Patalung is a nurse ethicist, and is curious why 2 men show up dead in her hospital within a year of each other with the same name, same birth certificate, dying from the same symptoms, within a year of each other, and brought in by the same beautiful wife...." Let the games begin!"

  • Vineet
    2019-03-23 04:51

    A beautifully written book, truly splendid. The major story line that is the mystery is good, just ok though especially vis a vis the language that completely mystifies. I was completely enthralled by the language, the thought, the expression, the emotion and the ethics especially medical ethics. Even the chapter titles are so thoughtful, each title is a metaphor in itself. I'd love to be able to write this splendidly.....some day.

  • Joe
    2019-02-24 11:38

    There is much to enjoy in this light mystery—Chiang Mai, Thailand especially —but the book is severely marred by certain stylistic tics. The effort to portray our detective’s reticence and care in proceeding becomes heavy-handed, repetitious and slow-going.

  • Sister
    2019-03-20 11:44

    It does have its charms. I like the main protagonist Ladarat Patalung. I'd like to see her get together with her policeman friend Wiriya. But it's a slow-moving book, & I'm not the most patient person in the world. Lots of thinking, not enough action.

  • Ellie Oberth
    2019-03-05 11:51

    An interesting story set in Thailand. I liked the style of writing.

  • Rachel C.
    2019-03-05 05:39

    Destination read for Chiang Mai, Thailand.After some heavy reads for Cambodia and Laos, it was nice to turn to something light and fun. Thx for the rec, Charlotte.

  • Santhi
    2019-03-02 08:52

    #LitWorld2018GB ThailandThrilled to have discovered this delightful series...

  • Melissa
    2019-03-17 11:38

    If you like the No 1 a ladies Detective Series then you will enjoy this book. These cases take place in Thailand with a female nurse ethicist as the protagonist.

  • Mary
    2019-03-02 08:04

    I really liked this book. It's a solid mystery and an intriguing look at Thai culture, and I truly liked and admired Khun Ladarat, the main character. Then why only three stars? Well, for one thing, I found it a bit derivative of McCall Smith's Precious Ramotswe books. For another, the writing is sometimes clumsy. Casarett switches from past to present tense within the same paragraph. It's rather disorienting. I also found the mystery of the injured tourists more gripping than the central murder, or murders.But it's a very likeable book with an admirable protagonist, and I'm likely to take a look at the second volume. Recommended for most libraries, and most fans of McCall Smith who are looking for a similar series.

  • Tracy Leigh
    2019-03-16 10:02

    A charming and beautiful book. I'd recommend it to anyone for a light read.

  • Christopher Toon
    2019-03-08 11:40

    Fun read, with moments of hilarity. Fascinating depiction of Thai culture by an American author. Can't wait for the next instalment of the redoubtable nurse ethicist cum ethical detective Madam Ladarat Patalung!

  • Melissa Mackenzie
    2019-03-16 08:47

    What a delightful new series. Reminds me a bit of Alexander McCall Smith's Isabel Dalhouse Sunday Philosophy Club set in Chiang Mai, Thailand. What a delightful treat this book is. Looking forward to more in this series.

  • April
    2019-03-08 10:57

    DNF early on in the book.Why? Because on page one, the author uses a phrase that Alexander McCall Smith used - the description of being "comfortably built" - to describe a character. Never mind the fact that I was already feeling somewhat leery of this book as it sounds (just from the blurb) very similar to McCall Smith's books.And it only goes from there for being a Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency knockoff. Perhaps combined with Isabel Dalhousie, since she is more of the ethicist detective (created also by McCall Smith). Other reviewers have used this as a positive about Casarett's writing, even stating that Casarett used some of the same character roles in this book as McCall Smith did in the Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency series. And this isn't seen as being a problem...?I'm staunchly in support of authors retaining their own ideas. The style of writing in this book is one that I associate with McCall Smith and McCall Smith alone. Okay, yes, other people can write in that style, of course they can! But to use some of the same phrases that McCall Smith has used (which I've never read elsewhere in cozy detective fiction), and to use some of the same plot devices (meddling assistant, female detective in a non-Western country, stress on philosophy and the importance of ethics [i.e., having the detective be a philosopher/ethicist], etc., combined with a very similar but more clunky writing style) just seems like too much of an insult to people who actually do come up with fairly original ideas.(Note: I'm not saying that McCall Smith never ever borrowed ideas from other authors/books that he read. I am saying that he did not collect all of the exact same everything and use it in a book in the same genre as the person being copied, who is a contemporary of him. That, to me, is almost despicable.)(Note #2: Perhaps I should read the entire book. But right now I can't handle it. It made me angry enough to read the little that I did. So, if you disagree with me, then by all means, take this with a huge grain of salt.)

  • Mikko Saari
    2019-03-08 04:56

    I was teetering between 3 and 4 stars, but since I'm a positive reader, I'll round the 3.5 to 4. This is a very cozy detective novel. I haven't read any of the Mme Ramotswe novels, but the idea seems quite familiar, just with a Thai setting. Lots of talk about food, no hard feelings, even tough topics like prostitution and wife trade are handled with kid gloves.The plot itself is fine. Nothing special, but I did like the protagonist, typical as she is. The depiction of Thai culture was interesting. I was familiar with the basics of the Thai culture, but this gave a new insight into the culture. That was good, and made reading the book interesting.The way the prostitution was depicted in a mostly positive light and how the brothel run by the protagonist's cousin was such a splendid and friendly establishment did bother me a bit – sure, I guess that happens, but it doesn't seem very likely to me. Also, even if the author has spent time in Thailand, he's still an outsider, so there's the whole question of cultural appropriation and whatnot. So, not without issues, but on the other hand, if you don't mind that, this is not a bad cozy detective. It was pleasant enough that I'll read the other one, too.

  • Sohvi
    2019-03-14 11:56

    I have no idea what to think of this book. on the other hand I like cozy mysteries with smart and kick-ass lady detectives. But when a white western man writes a book about a thai woman and thai culture there is bound to be some... Hiccups. To say the least. I'm sure I didn't spot all the problems, thai people would definitely have more to say on this. Still, by far the biggest issue was that it is completely fine to want to write a lighthearted cozy mystery. You know, one of those books where murders happen but things are still okay and people are fine as long as there's tea and biscuits. I quite like the genre. However, if you want to write a crime novel with a light tone, maybe don't make international sex trade a big part of the plot. 'Cause like "this brothel is actually a good place for the women to work and it's fine that these foreign men come to thailand as sex tourists!" -sorta message makes you sound like a privileged western man who might have seriously warped ideas about the realities of sex tourism.

  • Kate
    2019-03-12 12:58

    I had just discovered this book series (courtesy of Goodreads) and obtained the first one from the library. However, it is Christmas crafting season, so I also purchased it through audible and listened to most of it.Similar to Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, it is not quite as similar as some reviews might lead you to believer. I very much enjoyed the narration - and would have never been able to pronounce the names correctly. I loved all the Thai food mentioned (reminds me of Tarquin Hall's Vish Puri novels). There is much more of a 'mystery' here, actually, several of them, ranging from the mysterious man in the ICU waiting room, a medical crisis and a serial killer.

  • Tiia
    2019-03-07 07:44

    This was nice change for all the other crime novels and detective stories, or this is what I thought when I picked it. It is easy to read and it is much brighter than most. Instead if dark alleys in old London or depressing Oslo without sun, all this happened in sunny Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. And this and all the delicious food she was dreaming or eating were pretty much only reason to read it. Story wasn't strong and there were no need to hold your breath to see what happens next, no exciting twists of any kind. Very predictable and a bit boring to be honest. There could have been lots of potential.

  • Jeri Gabrielson
    2019-02-25 08:42

    Khun Ladarat is a nurse ethicist in a Chiang Mai hospital. In that capacity she needs to ready the hospital for an upcoming inspection. She needs also to deal with an American couple who have been seriously injured when an elephant threw them off the ride. To top off her responsibilities, a local police detective employs her services to help him find a woman who presents a series of dead husbands to local hospitals. Ladarat is not sure she is up to detective work along with her hospital duties which have become very complicated. This is the first in a new series and I am looking forward to the next one.