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By David Casarett

“A wonderful debut novel full of the sights, sounds and senses of Thailand mixed in with one hell of a great plot and a heroine – Ladarat Patalung – who stays with you long after the book is closed. Bring on the second in the series.”
-Ian Hamilton, author of The Water Rat of Wanchai

“A wonderfully gentle and charming mystery set in Thailand featuring nurse-ethicist and budding detective Ladarat Padalung. This book draws you into Thailand’s rich and distinctive cultural and physical environment, whilst Ladarat – a good-hearted and practical woman with an illuminated sense of right and wrong – is a delight, an amateur sleuth hell bent on seeing justice served, whilst grappling with the not insignificant challenges of her day job and a tragic past.”
Vaseem Khan, author of the Baby Ganesh Detective Agency series

“I love this book. It’s not only a killer mystery, but it also introduces a
uniquely appealing central character and gives us a warm and accurate look
into the Thai heart.” – Timothy Hallinan, author of the Junior Bender mysteries and the Poke
Rafferty Bangkok thrillers

Casarett_RoosterHappiness_TPA fascinating mystery set in Thailand in the vein of Alexander McCall Smith, where a nurse-ethicist must become a detective.

Ladarat Patalung never wanted to become a detective. She was content with her work as a nurse-ethicist, exhorting her fellow nurses and physicians to behave ethically. But when a mysterious woman known as ‘Peaflower’ begins killing middle-aged men, hospital’s excellent reputation is threatened and Ladarat decides that she must act.

When she does, her efforts are confounded by an unkempt barefoot man  in the intensive care unit and by the fevered preparations for a royal inspection that will determine her hospital’s future. Nevertheless, Ladarat is surprised to discover that she has considerable talents as a detective, and with the help of her assistant and a kind detective, she sets out to catch a murderer.


Hachette, world, Fall 2016
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