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Morgue Drawer Next Door (Morgue Drawer series) [Paperback]

Jutta Profijt , Erik J. Macki
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17 July 2012 Morgue Drawer series (Book 2)

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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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing (17 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611090407
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611090406
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 827,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Readable but not great 30 Aug 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was spoiled for me by the language. I don't know whether the author or the translator is to blame but the voice of the ghost is way OTT with colloquialisms. It tries way too hard to be funny and street and the result made me cringe.

I didn't find the murder mystery very interesting either, it was pretty obvious from early on who was responsible.

One thing I really enjoyed was the relationship between Martin and the ghost (it can't be a good sign than I finished this three days ago and I've forgotten the main character's name...). Martin is a well drawn and believable character, it's just a shame that he's plagued by such a twit of a sidekick. I also liked the way the ghosts messed with the murderer's head towards the end, trying to scare him into confession. I could picture the scene in my head as if it were a movie and it was very funny.

I won't be reading any more of this author's works.
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9 of 10 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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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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3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read with a twist 're "Ghost Writers"
Having read the other two books in the series I suppose I am getting used to the unusual plots & characters in these books. Read more
Published 2 days ago by HPC
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
a good read
Published 4 days ago by frank
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It is a fairly quick read. The main character can start to grate with his teenager attitude.
Published 6 days ago by Bigo
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
Slightly quirky and definitely original. No quite a surprising as No1 and a fairly obvious ending, but well written, super humour. Superb characterisation. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Xet
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great read. I thorouly enjoyed the different twist on the usual armature sleuth.
Published 17 days ago by Annie
3.0 out of 5 stars I was dissappointed Would I recommend the series - not based on the...
In choosing this concept the author had to have been aware that almost every element has been done before in Cinema, TV and script. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Dodge51
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
After reading the first of the Morgue Drawer series, and really enjoying it, I was looking forward to book two. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Jen.France
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A light hearted supernatural thriller and really good read. Enjoyed reading it
Published 22 days ago by Huge
3.0 out of 5 stars MORGUE DRAWER NEXT DOOR
Strange American English set in Germany, lot of American slang but quite funny in parts, quite a good read really
Published 24 days ago by Mrs. C. M. Madeley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Really enjoyed reading this book. Well written and really couldn't put it down. Great plot. A story well told. Worth a read.
Published 4 months ago by Luisa
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