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Morgue Drawer Next Door (Morgue Drawer series Book 2) by [Profijt, Jutta]
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 971 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing (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 118 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,317 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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Hmmm I liked the premise although the plot was a little thin. Essentially an unpleasant dead car thief's spirit is hanging around the morgue after his murder (Pascha). He teams up with a newly arrived nun who has died in an arson attack on her convent & between them (with the help of a couple of live humans) they go about solving her death. The language given to Pascha is sometimes anachronistic & I think this is a translation issue - some of the slang used struck me as very dated giving me a couple of unintentionally comic moments as the nasty car thief metamorphosed in to a "Carry-On" character. Its an easy read and it kept me hooked despite my reservations about the language, I might well try another in the series but but I think the books would be improved by a Europe based translator rather ran someone in the US with a toe in Europe.
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