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Morgue Drawer Four (Morgue Drawer series) [Paperback]

Jutta Profijt
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13 Dec 2011 Morgue Drawer series (Book 1)
Coroner is the perfect job for Dr. Martin Gänsewein, who spends his days in peace and quiet autopsying dead bodies for the city of Cologne. Shy, but scrupulous, Martin appreciates his taciturn clients—until the day one of them starts talking to him. It seems the ghost of a recently deceased (and surprisingly chatty) small-time car thief named Pascha is lingering near his lifeless body in drawer number four of Martin’s morgue. He remains for one reason: his “accidental” death was, in fact, murder. Pascha is furious his case will go unsolved—to say nothing of his body’s dissection upon Martin’s autopsy table. But since Martin is the only person Pascha can communicate with, the ghost settles in with the good pathologist, determined to bring the truth of his death to light. Now Martin’s staid life is rudely upended as he finds himself navigating Cologne’s red-light district and the dark world of German car smuggling. Unless Pascha can come up with a plan—and fast—Martin will soon be joining him in the spirit world. Witty and unexpected, Morgue Drawer Four introduces a memorable (and reluctant) detective unlike any other in fiction today.

Morgue Drawer Four was shortlisted for Germany’s 2010 Friedrich Glauser Prize for best crime novel.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing (13 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611090326
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611090321
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jutta Profijt was born in 1967 in Ratingen, Germany. After finishing school, she lived abroad working as an au pair, an importer/exporter, a coach to executives and students, and a business English instructor. She published her first novel in 2003 and today works as a freelance writer and translator. Her first novel featuring coroner Martin Gänsewein, Morgue Drawer Four, was shortlisted for Germany’s 2010 Friedrich Glauser Prize for best crime novel.

Erik J. Macki worked as a cherry-orchard tour guide, copy editor, web developer, and German and French teacher before settling into his translation career--probably an inevitable choice, as he has collected foreign-language grammars, dictionaries, and language-learning books since childhood and to this day is not above diagramming sentences when duty so calls. A former resident of Cologne and Münster, Germany, and of Tours, France, he did his graduate work in Germanics and comparative syntax. He now translates novels and nonfiction for adults and children from his home in Seattle, where he lives with his family and their black lab, Zephyr.

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different kind of crime novel 11 Dec 2011
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I enjoyed this book about poor Martin, who is minding his own business getting on with his job as a coroner, when suddenly the ghost of one of his "clients", Pasha, starts to talk to him. Martin is really not the type of man to go out solving crimes, especially when this involves visiting criminals and prostitutes, but he is the only person Pasha can communicate with. They form an unlikely partnership as they hunt down Pasha's killer. This book is a good read and is a different take on the usual detective fiction. The book appears to be the first in a series so it will be interesting to see how the storyline develops.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Morgue Drawer four 28 Dec 2011
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I was very attracted to the idea of this book but my main feeling as I started to read was that it was written by two different people, one doing the character of Martin, the morgue pathologist, the other that of Pascha the victim and ghost. I liked Martin but I quickly tired of Pascha's laddish attitude and I didn't find his patter very funny. Whether this was the writing of the original author or the slant put on it by the translator I don't know but it didn't work for me. The interaction between the two characters was entertaining but I found the plot predictable and rather obvious.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ghostly Goings-On 4 Dec 2011
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Morgue Drawer Four reminded me a little of Randall and Hopkirk Deceased, the TV programme first broadcast on TV in 1969.

The story begins when Pascha, a likeable rogue who lives on the fringe of Cologne's underworld, gets himself ready for work. Pascha's `occupation' is stealing cars to order for a gang of international car smugglers.
Just before he hands the stolen car over, Pascha is shocked to discover the dead body of a young woman in the boot of the Mercedes SLR. Without mentioning the body, Pascha takes his money and decides to lie low for a time. Unfortunately for him, whilst descending a temporary set of stairs on a railway overpass, Pascha falls 6 metres to his death.

Pascha's death is deemed to be accidental by Martin, the prim and uptight Coroner for Cologne (he collects maps of cities) and the police are satisfied that no crime has been committed. However, the spirit of Pascha rises from Morgue Draw Four to confront poor Martin and demand that he investigates his `murder'. This is the start of the comical and sometimes menacing escapades in the quest to find the person who pushed Pascha to his death.

I read this book in two sittings, it's an easy and enjoyable read. However, two little niggles: I did find that halfway through the book the language became a little `wordy' and irrelevant - one sentence often turned into a short paragraph. Secondly, I would have liked the characters of Pascha and Martin to be fleshed out a little more. Perhaps this will happen in Ms Profijt's follow-ups entitled Morgue Drawer Next Door and Morgue Drawer to Rent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From a Ghost's Viewpoint 3 Dec 2011
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The novel starts with Pasha, a small-time car thief in Cologne, stealing a car to order - soon after that he finds himself in the Morgue - in Drawer Four - to be precise - as in the title.

Martin is a doctor working for the coroner's office and he does the autopsy on Pasha.

Pasha finds he can communicate with Martin and the story goes on with this unlikely duo investigating the cause of Pasha's death. (The concept reminded me of a TV series from the 70s or 80s? called "Randall and Hopkirk Deceased"? who were a private investigation team and one of them was a ghost)

The story is told from the viewpoint of Pasha - first alive and then the ghost. It is a very different take on the forensic science novel.

There is a lot of wit and humour in this novel and the story was very interesting moving through the seedy parts of the city and the world of car smuggling - the ending came very suddenly and one was left wanting more. There are more novels by Jutta Profijt - I wonder if they are about Martin only or does Pasha appear again - will have to wait to see when they come out in translation.

The ONE thing I did NOT LIKE about the novel was the TRANSLATION - the original written in German has been translated and I am sure very well but the language is very AMERICAN English and I found it hard to picture a European city and its low life when the language evoked American situations with American slang - so for me it did not conjurer up the feeling of a novel set in Europe - however that is a personal view and the book with mixture of light hearted and serious is a good read.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little slow but you get some chuckles 8 Dec 2011
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This book is translated from its original german and I think they've done a great job, I've read translated books in the past and they've been quite poor with the english language but this is done really well.

The story involves the relationship between a coroner and a 'spirit' of a recently dead where the spirit wants the coroners help to find out who killed him. Like I've said the story is a little bit slow with Pasha, the spirit, always going on about finding out who killed him. There are some points in the story where you get a little chuckle, the 2 characters of Pasha and the coroner Martin are chalk and cheese and have nothing in common but they have to learn to 'live' together.

Finding out who done it at the end is a little bit anti-climatic but as this is a short story (not too many pages) it didn't feel like I was having to wade through the book. There are obviously going to be other books and I would imagine with both Pasha and Martin being the main stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
An easy and amusing story but details lost in translation.
Published 6 hours ago by Mrs. A. Elliott
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Really quite funny in places/
Published 23 hours ago by Mrs Susan Cooper
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, will read more in the series
interesting concept, will very likely get more in the series, looking forward to see the characters develop and to see what impact the ending will have on work colleagues
Published 3 days ago by Diane Ogden
5.0 out of 5 stars Something different
Something different, very easy to read and have already purchased the other two in the series.
Published 5 days ago by Tilley123
4.0 out of 5 stars Ghostly Crime
Something quite different. Well drawn and interesting characters and some nice touches of black humour. I shall definitely read some other books in this series.
Published 7 days ago by Ruthy Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting murder mystery, with a difference!!
This is a great book. While being a thriller it's also very amusing, in as much as the two main characters go. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Jen.France
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and entertaining
Having read "Dust Angel" by Jutta Profijt, I had looked at the synopsis for this book and decided it was not for me. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Source drawer four
non stop all the way well worth a read a Twist. a.d turn at every turn of the page written well
Published 12 days ago by Jim Brown jimbo_Brown @hotmail .com
4.0 out of 5 stars Morgue Drawer 4
I found it quite funny in places, but didn't really think this is my choice of a crime novel. I might try the second novel in the series just to give that a try. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Graham Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
A very good read Enjoy!!! I had not read this author before I will be looking for more in the series ...
Published 14 days ago by Barrie white
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