The Crime Writers' Association

Gold 2012

Colin Cotterill
Grandad, There’s a Head on the Beach


Synopsis: Who do you tell when you wake up to find a severed head on your resort-front beach in the morning? For frustrated ex-crime reporter Jimm Juree it means action. With her former cop grandfather as back up, she sets out to discover how the poor fellow ended up where he did – and why.

On their journey, with the rest of their disjointed family in tow, they uncover gruesome tales of piracy and slavery, violence and murder in the Gulf of Thailand. Are the authorities uninterested because they’re involved, or because the victims aren’t Thai? Whatever the reason, Jimm and her team are going it alone and their lives are under threat. And who exactly are those two elegant women in cabin three and why has the engine number of their car been filed away? Airport hostages and hand grenades, monkeys and naked policemen – once more the sublime and the ridiculous clash at the Gulf Bay Lovely Resort and Restaurant.

The Judges said: “These endearing and engrossing characters return in a fast-paced comical whodunit that strikes a wonderful balance of light-heartedness and tension, highlighting very real problems in the region.”