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Morgue Drawer Next Door (Morgue Drawer series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Jutta Profijt , Erik J. Macki
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Life and death are not so black and white at the city morgue in Cologne, Germany. There, Dr. Martin Gänsewein spends his days autopsying dead bodies—and conversing with a ghost named Pascha. They are an odd couple, to be sure: a shy, scrupulous forensic pathologist and a gregarious former car thief whose murder Martin reluctantly helped solve in Morgue Drawer Four.

As the second installment of Jutta Profijt’s popular series opens, a recently convalesced Martin returns to work anxious for a little peace and quiet and hoping that Pascha has finally gone into the light. Not only is the doctor out of luck, but the morgue soon welcomes Marlene, the spirit of a nun killed in the fire that ravaged her medieval convent and home.

Though disappointed that his new sidekick isn’t a leggy blonde, Pascha empathizes with the recently deceased holy sister—and suspects the fire that claimed her life was no accident. The ghosts are determined to uncover the truth, but they can’t do it without Martin’s help. Together with Martin’s girlfriend Birgit, the trio embarks upon a madcap (and frequently hilarious) adventure that will enchant readers from beginning to end.

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 971 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossingEnglish (17 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007FGJP0S
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,271 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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This is the second in a series of German detective novels, translated into English. I hadn't read the first novel, and it took me a little while to get to grips with the style of 'Morgue Drawer Next Door'. But you don't need to have read the first book: I enjoyed this well enough on its own merits.
It uses an entertaining storytelling device to complicate an otherwise straightforward investigation which features a well-worn tradition of detective novels. The investigators are a mis-matched pair: an introspective pathologist who'd prefer a quiet life, and a wideboy loudmouth car thief... who happens to be deceased. And only the long-suffering pathologist can hear the agitated ghost. (Not that this is too new an idea; who remembers 'Randall and Hopkirk, Deceased?')
The result is a strangely-paced, offbeat investigation into arson and murder at a suburban convent, where the Sisters take care of society's unfortunates (but society doesn't thank them for it). This set-up delivers an intriguing dynamic between the protagonists: Pascha the car thief can see plenty but affect little, has time on his hands and a strange sense of mission. He's the essence of disembodied frustration, being able only to affect the actual world by goading Dr Martin into action. Martin would rather regain his privacy and stop being distracted by a disembodied voice yelping in his head. And then things get even more complicated when they are joined by a second ghost of a murdered nun... and Martin can't hear her, so some weird three-way conversations ensue.
At times the narrative gets overwhelmed by the clunky, repeated dialogue and too many shouted or tearful interventions from various ghosts.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Ghostly Help 8 July 2012
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This is the second novel featuring Pasha, the ghost of a murdered car thief, who helps the coroner Martin Gangeswein solve crimes.

It is translated from German.

In this novel he is joined by Marlene, a nun in her past life, who died when a fire broke out in her convent.

They believe that the deadly fire was no accident and are determined to uncover the truth which leads to some madcap adventures.

I enjoyed the first novel and enjoyed this one as well. It might be better to have read Morgue Drawer Four first but I think if you had not, it would not matter too much.

The book covers serious crimes but has a light-heartedness which makes them not too sombre and heavy whilst still getting a message across.

As with the first novel for me the one criticism is that the translation has been done into very AMERICAN English - as Pasha, who is from Cologne, speaks/thinks in a very colloquial style then this becomes very American slang which is sometimes hard to follow and also does not give the European feel that I think is needed for this novel.

However I did like reading this book and I if there are others to follow in the series I WILL be reading those.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pascha continues his haunting . . 14 Aug. 2012
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This book is the sequel to Morgue Drawer Four and features the same central character of Pascha, a ghost, who in life was a likeable rogue. Unfortunately, Pascha stuck in limbo haunting the morgue in Cologne. This book also sees the return of gentle pathologist Martin, who is the only person on earth that Pasha can communicate with.

Frustratingly for Martin, Pascha is once again badgering him to help solve a murder - a nun is the victim of an arson attack on a monastery set in an area of land ripe for prime development. This time around, Pascha has another person with whom he can communicate - the dead nun is also stuck in a half-life and Pascha is forced to act as intermediary between Sister Marlene and Martin in order to solve the crime. The once bad-boy Pascha has to watch his language when speaking with Sister Marlene and there are many funny parts in the book when Pascha loses his restraint and vents his frustrations out on Martin.

Morgue Drawer Next Door is a decent enough thriller on its own, but it's the dialogue and relationship between the sweet, oddball Martin and reluctant ghost Pascha that makes the book. If you liked Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), then you will enjoy this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Morgue Drawer Series 19 Feb. 2014
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I bought this book purely because i thought it was a weird idea for a story - the main character who tells the story is a ghost!

Bizarre but it works - the stories are great - well written and funny. The ghost is forced to try and get help from a very reluctant human who hates the idea he sees this ghost and comes up with ever more bizarre ways of getting rid of him - none of which work fortunately.

The mysteries themselves are really good and the novel idea for a detective makes them even better.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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I read the first book in the series, Morgue Drawer Number Four, with growing delight and this one lived up to the promise. Pascha, the bumptious, sexist murdered ex-car thief ghost is again the narrator; impossible as ever but learning a few 'people' skills as he finds himself working again in tandem with Martin Ganswein, living pathologist, to solve a fire which killed and injured nuns in a Cologne convent devoted to helping the homeless and downtrodden.
As well as Martin's girlfriend, Birgit, and his incredulous police friends Gregor and Katrin, we are joined this time by Marlene, ghost of the nun who died, who only Pascha can see and hear but who is determined (once she gets used to the idea of being dead) to help solve the mystery.
The whole story is quite mad, but once disbelief has been suspended, endlessly entertaining. Marlene and Pascha make a reluctant but increasingly competent team,learning to use radio waves and electrical engineering to gain their ends; unworldly Martin, still resenting the voice in his head, is drawn along in spite of himself and Birgit throws herself into the proceedings with enthusiasm.
I like the fact that this is translated from the German and enjoy the different patterns of speech and outlook. For all its unusual approach the story deals with homelessness, prostitution, prejudice and villainy seriously. I love the voice of the narrator, Pascha, and the way he deals with the very difficult decision he has to make at the end. Long may he live in Martin's mind, on the computer and in the airwaves. I want the next story now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... into this series but once I did I thoroughly enjoyed
Took a while to get into this series but once I did I thoroughly enjoyed them
Published 15 days ago by Pol
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it!
Published 1 month ago by Fiona
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea
Couldn't get on with this style of writing but prepared to admit that might just be me. I found it irritating and shallow.
Published 2 months ago by G. W. Lynes
5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant story
This is the second novel in the series and, although each story doesn't have to be read in order, it does help with the continuity. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Liza Dolittle
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Books best read in order, very funny
Published 5 months ago by pierre gourmelen
5.0 out of 5 stars only still on first chapter but its funny. not quit what I expected...
taken a long time to get around to reading this book. only still on first chapter but its funny. not quit what I expected but I am sure it will be a good read
Published 5 months ago by walter
4.0 out of 5 stars Non scary a book to smile over
Just loved it, Pasha the unwilling to be a ghost but was, did all the things that anyone would love to do if invisible, listen in to conversations, be a bit of a bedroom spy, until... Read more
Published 6 months ago by TrishB
5.0 out of 5 stars Morgue Drawer
Novel concept, very enjoyable - I would recommend
Published 7 months ago by Chrissie
4.0 out of 5 stars Morgue Drawer Next Door
Another great read in the 'Morgue Drawer' series, funny and sometimes touching, would recommend you give them a try. I will be reading the next in the series soon.
Published 7 months ago by Elliet
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