Thailand – A good place to write?

It must be. Just look at these. If you want to read the book click the cover or the price, the link will take you to the author’s Amazon page.

Street Music (A Poke Rafferty Novel Book 9) by [Timothy Hallinan]

Timothy Hallinan splits his time between LA and Bangkok. He is an American but enjoys working and writing in Bangkok.

Timothy Hallinan has written twenty-one published novels, all thrillers and mysteries, all critically praised. He currently writes two series, one set in Los Angeles and the other in Bangkok, and in 2017 he also revived his earlier series, which was written in the 1990s about the overeducated slacker private eye Simeon Grist. The new book, the first since 1995, is “Pulped”.

His 2014 Junior Bender novel, “Herbie’s Game,” won the Lefty Award for Best Comic Crime Novel of the year. His 2010 Poke Rafferty Bangkok novel, “The Queen of Patpong,” was nominated for the Edgar as Best Mystery of the Year.

The Junior Bender mysteries chronicle the adventures of a burglar who moonlights as a private eye for crooks. Six titles have been published to date, and “Herbie’s Game” (2015) won the Lefty Award for Best Comic Crime Novel. The other titles in the series are “Crashed,” “Little Elvises,” “The Fame Thief,” “King Maybe,” and “Fields Where They Lay,” which was on many “Best Books of 2016” lists. Coming in 2018 is “Nighttown.”

The Junior Bender books are presently in development as a primetime television series.

In 2007, the first of his Edgar-nominated Poke Rafferty Bangkok thrillers, “A Nail Through the Heart”, was published. “Hallinan scores big-time,” said Kirkus Reviews, which went on to call the book “dark, often funny, and ultimately enthralling.” “Nail” was named one of the top mysteries of the year by The Japan Times. 

Rafferty’s Bangkok adventures have continued with “The Fourth Watcher,” “Breathing Water,” “The Queen of Patpong,” “The Fear Artist,” “For the Dead,” and “The Hot Countries.” Coming in 2017 is “Fools’ River.”

In the 1990s he wrote six mysteries featuring the erudite private eye, Simeon Grist, beginning with “The Four Last Things,” which made several Ten Best lists, including that of The Drood Review. The other books in the series were well-reviewed, and several of them were considered for motion pictures. The series is now regarded as a cult favourite and is being revived, with “Pulped”.

Street Music – Eight years ago, Poke Rafferty, an American travel writer, and his Thai wife, Rose, adopted a Bangkok street child named Miaow, forming an unconventional intercultural family. That family has weathered extreme challenges — each of its three members carried the scars of a painful and dangerous history — but has stuck together with tenacity and love (and a little help from some friends). 

Now that family is in jeopardy: the birth of Poke and Rose’s newborn son has littered their small apartment with emotional land mines, forcing Poke to question his identity as a dad and Miaow to question her identity as a daughter. At the same time, the most cantankerous member of the small gang of Old Bangkok Hands who hangs out at the Expat Bar suddenly goes missing under suspicious circumstances. Engaged in the search for the missing American, Poke was caught completely off-guard when someone he thought was gone forever resurfaces—and she has the power to tear the Raffertys apart.

AND BROTHER IT'S STARTING TO RAIN: An August and Tay Novel (The Mean Streets Crime Novels Book 11) by [Jake Needham]

JAKE NEEDHAM is an American screen and television writer who started writing crime novels when he realized he didn’t like movies and television all that much. Since then, he has published eleven titles in The Mean Streets Crime Novels series. 

For nearly thirty years, Jake lived and worked in Europe and Asia. He, his wife, and their two sons now divide their time between homes in Washington DC and on the Gulf of Thailand. 

You can learn more about Jake and his books at his web site:

And Brother – It’s Starting To Rain – Inspector Samuel Tay has retired from Singapore CID so he’s no longer Inspector Tay. It wasn’t entirely his idea, but that’s another story. John August is a guy who has saved Tay’s butt more than once over the years. He’s an American who may or may not do something for the CIA. 

Now August wants to collect on all those favours Tay owes him. He needs Tay’s help to investigate a homicide.

‘Whose homicide?’ Tay asks. ‘Mine,’ August tells him.

Tay’s little inner voice is shouting at him not to get involved. He’s a cop, he keeps telling himself, not a spy — well, at least he used to be a cop — but he’s bored and curious so how can he resist? There’s a woman who knows who tried to kill August, and that’s a good place to start if only Tay can figure out who she is.

When Tay picks up the woman’s trail, he follows her first to a beach resort on the coast of Thailand that is surely one of the most notorious towns on earth, and then on to Washington DC, another equally notorious town, although perhaps for slightly different reasons.

Tay doesn’t want to go to Washington since he doesn’t like Americans very much, but he’s onto a murder plot that lies right at the heart of the American intelligence establishment, and Washington is where all the answers are. 

Washington doesn’t frighten Samuel Tay. He’s the kind of man who lives to blow away the smoke and break the mirrors. This time, however, Tay is going up against people who may be too powerful to be exposed, people who know exactly how to protect themselves.

If Sam Tay gets too close to the truth, they’ll simply kill him.

Murder at the Horny Toad Bar & other Outrageous Tales of Thailand by [Dean Barrett]

Dean Barrett first came to Asia as a Chinese linguist with the American Army Security Agency specializing in Intelligence Operations. He later did graduate work in Asian Studies at San Francisco State College and received his M.A. from the University of Hawaii.

Originally from Groton, Connecticut, Dean was a playwright in New York City for 14 years and a librettist/lyricist at BMI and a member of Dramatist Guild. He was also a board member of Mystery Writers of America. Almost all of his books – fiction and nonfiction – are set in Asia or have a close connection with China or Thailand. His novel set in New York City, Murder in China Red, stars a Chinese detective.

His detective series set in Bangkok includes Skytrain to Murder and Permanent Damage. His erotic novel set in China – A Love Story: The China Memoirs of Thomas Rowley – is available on Kindle and in Bookworm Beijing. Hangman’s Point is an adventure novel set in 1857 Hong Kong and has recently been followed by its sequel, Thieves Hamlet, published in mid-2014. His latest novel is set in Manhattan but also related to China: Pop Darrell’s Last Case.

His musical, Fragrant Harbour, set in 1857 Hong Kong, was selected by the National Alliance for Musical Theater to be shown to producers and directors on 42nd Street, NYC. His play, Bones of the Chinamen, set in Swatow (Shantou) in 1862, won the South Asian prize of the BBC International Playwriting Competition, coming in among the top 8 selected out of 1200 entries. His one-act plays have been staged in ten countries. Dean now lives in Thailand.

His websites are: and

Murder at the Horny Toad Bar – Among several exotic and erotic tales of Thailand, readers are introduced to Bangkok’s sexiest, most daring and least principled detective, Harry Boroditsky, who solves not one but two bizarre cases including, Murder at the Horny Toad Bar. Hard Bones Haggerty is a haunting tale of the Vietnam War, and, in Obsession, a man obsessed with his Thai girlfriend seeks revenge.

In the non-fiction section of the book, the author writes of searching Bangkok for his Vietnam War-era barracks; he describes his encounters with the Khmer Rouge in eastern Thailand including a meeting with a beautiful and mysterious Cambodian woman, and his need to flee a Vietnamese army; and what happens when a traveler boards the wrong train in southern Thailand.

In the section “Memoirs of an Oversexed Farang,” the author writes of his several decades of encounters with the often enigmatic but, always beguiling, ladies of Thailand.

Next Life in the Afternoon: A Journey Through Thailand by [Carl Weaver]

Carl Weaver is a writer and photographer living in the Washington, DC area. In addition to travelling to Thailand, he has also eaten brown cheese in Bergen, Norway; watched footie matches on the telly in London pubs; scoured Albuquerque and Santa Fe for the best huevos rancheros; and even photographed Kansas City, Missouri from the top of the famous Liberty Memorial. Weaver, a travelling man by profession, is a perpetual nomad and considers himself to be the last of the Renaissance men and the luckiest guy in the world.

Next life in the afternoon – This is the story of what happens when the author’s plans to ordain as a Buddhist monk in Thailand are derailed after he has arrived in the country. Next Life in the Afternoon is spiritual, funny, at times irreverent, and full of personal lessons learned along the way.

From Next Life in the Afternoon:
“I’m squatting naked on a concrete floor in the predawn coolness of Udon Thani, pouring water from a washbasin onto my head to rinse off the bar soap I used as a shampoo. My hair is long and stringy. I had counted on it being shaved off by now, so I had let it grow out a bit leading up to the trip. It’s about fifty-five degrees, and I am trying to be as quiet as possible so as not to wake the monks and my travelling companions. The splish-splosh of water is punctuated by my sharp, pronounced inhaling, a result of being doused with such breathtakingly cool water. My toes tingle against the cold floor, and I am momentarily brought back to Boston, where my trip began. It seems to be a different planet, almost, although the air and water hold a familiar chill.

“A week into the trip, I still haven’t acclimated to everything, and I am stuck somewhere between amazement and culture shock. My mind tries to escape like the cool sudsy water that pools at my feet. The sun is nearly on the horizon, and the temple is coming alive with slow-moving footsteps along the rainy paths outside. I should get going. The morning alms rounds have begun, and I hear familiar voices muffled outside the door. I can’t make out many words, but hear one that is familiar: Farang. A half-derogatory Thai word for ‘foreigner’ and the name I have in this country that keeps me at arm’s length.”

What’s with the name?

“Next life in the afternoon” is a translation of the Thai idiom “Chat na bai bai.” It’s a lightly humorous expression of frustration in plans not working out as intended. This seemed to me to be an apt title since I was not able to become a monk. It also ties in the concept of reincarnation, which is key in Buddhist belief and thus Thai culture.


PAILIN CHONGCHITNANT was born and raised in Thailand. After attending the University of British Columbia, she made her way to Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in San Francisco and began cooking for both Western and Thai restaurants. She is the creator and host of Hot Thai Kitchen, a popular cooking show on YouTube, which takes an educational approach to Thai cuisine. Visit her at

Hot Thai Kitchen – Growing up in Thailand, Pailin Chongchitnant spent her childhood with the kitchen as her playground. From a young age, she would linger by the stove, taking in the sight of snowy white coconut being shredded, the smell of lemongrass-infused soups, and the sound of the pestle pounding against the granite mortar. 
   Years later, as a Cordon Bleu–educated chef in San Francisco, Pailin vividly remembered the culinary experiences of her youth. And so, on YouTube, Hot Thai Kitchen was born. Combining her love of teaching with her devotion to Thai food, Pailin immediately connected with thousands of fans who wanted a friend and educator.
   In this much-anticipated cookbook, Pailin brings her signature warmth and impressive technique to Thai food lovers everywhere. She begins by taking readers on a beautifully photographed trip to Thailand to explore the culinary culture and building blocks central to Thai food. With foolproof and easy-to-follow instructions, Pailin breaks down the key ingredients, flavours, equipment, and techniques necessary to master authentic Thai cooking. Then, she shares her must-make recipes for curries, soups, salads, and stir-fries, including entire chapters on vegetarian and vegan dishes, dips and dipping sauces, and sumptuous Thai desserts. With QR codes to video tutorials placed throughout the book, you’ll be able to connect with Pailin online, too.  
   Both a definitive resource and an extraordinary exploration of Thai cuisine, Hot Thai Kitchen will delight and inspire you in your Thai cooking journey.

And please don’t forget my books –

The box set is $4.99.

Not Far Enough From Worries $0.99

Worry No More $3.99

Children With No Worries $3.99

We Have More Worries $3.99

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Born in England before The Beatles became famous. I worked in the printing and allied trades, starting as a compositor, anyone remembers those? Eventually grafting as an editor. Twenty years on a lifestyle magazine. With my wife and children, we have lived in Thailand for over thirty years, and love it. Now? I write thrillers, with a touch of humour. 'No Worries' series, book number one, 'Not Far Enough From Worries' book two, 'Worry No More' published at the end of 2018. 'Children With No Worries' was released in August 2019. All published with Book number 4, as yet unnamed is being written, it's about Thai black magic. Dark thrills!

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