- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: AmazonCrossing (4 Dec. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1611090423
- ISBN-13: 978-1611090420
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 20.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,321,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Morgue Drawer for Rent (Morgue Drawer series) Paperback – 4 Dec 2012
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About the Author
Inspired by her visit to a morgue in Cologne, Germany, Jutta Profijt has crafted a spellbinding tale that brings a new layer of depth to the paranormal genre. Nominated for the Friedrich Glauser Prize for best crime novel in 2010, Profijt continues to cast her spell on readers around the world.
Top Customer Reviews
This series always reminds me of 'Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)' but Pascha is much more fun than the sanctimonious Hopkirk in his white suit and you can feel his frustration at being alone in the world except for his contact with Martin.
A clever little twist in the tale is the way that Pascha has become the author of his own novels and there's a clever little twist in the epilogue on this one.
Overall this is a very entertaining series and yes you can easily figure out the plot as it goes along but that in no way detracts from the enjoyment of the story.
The author, Jutta Profijt, went to visit a morgue and the unusual surroundings gave birth to a series of books taking place in a morgue in Cologne, Germany. The spirit of a man, Pasha, an ex-car thief and ladies man, hangs out at the Institute for Forensic Medicine. For some reason this morgue feels home to him, and he wasn't forced to leave. He can see the other spirits arrive and leave for destinations unknown. Besides, he has a friend, Martin, the coroner. Poor Martin is the only human who can hear Pasha, and though he has grown fond of Pasha, he is not the type who wants a spirit living near him. Pasha, however, turns out to be a terrific partner in investigation. He is able to lead Martin to places no one else can see. The downside is that Pasha wants to inhabit Martin's life, and that is not OK. Martin tries every devious trick to get Pasha to leave, to no avail. Martin and his girlfriend, Birgit, who has no idea that Pasha exists, are stuck with this spirit.
We get to know Martin's colleagues at the morgue. All of them have characteristics we find fun and irritating. Katrin, is the closest to Martin. Smart and beautiful, she has no love for their new boss, 'Piggy Bank'. His only mission is to save money and in the meantime makes life a little miserable. It is his idea to rent out the morgue drawers to pull in some money. There are many adventures in this novel, some are amusing and others a little less so.Read more ›
Pathologist Martin and ghost Pascha, thrown together by circumstance on Pascha's death in the first story, are still pursuing their unlikely and, on Martin's side, unwanted partnership, as nobody but Martin can hear Pascha. Pascha is still the bumptious arrogant brat he was in life, but maybe he is learning a little humility, and Martin - is Martin, still totally uncool.
In this case they must deal with a useless, and possibly worse, new boss; the theft of corpses from the morgue; overwork and overcrowding due to the renting out of morgue drawers; Martin's often faltering romance with Birgit (usually due to Pascha's machinations); Pascha's own hopeless love for a live Russian girl and a mystery involving a cosmetic clinic.
I do not find Pascha lovable, but I do find him irresistable. He has managed, via Martin's computer, to get a publisher interested in his stories and I loved the twist at the end.
I don't know how many more books the duo may have in them, but this one keeps up the standard very well indeed. I like the Cologne setting, the dialogue, and Pascha's overview of life and the living. May the series continue.
I enjoyed reading this - though I think the first 2 were better - but it is good to carry on reading a series and I would recommend the reading of these 2 first novels in order before this one.
In this story the coroner's office has a new director who is very penny pinching and has many money saving ideas as well as some bizarre money making schemes.
Corpses begin disappearing and organs begin to disappear from corpses in the local cemetery...
As in my previous reviews I think these books would have been better if translated more into English than American slang used by Pasha - as I think that would have given the books a more European feel.
Pasha's comments about his book editor I found a bit annoying but it did not detract too much from the interesting & amusing story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I cannot believe that souls everywhere would not like to spend a day in this morgue.
The first book in the series was good but 2 and 3, this one, as excellent, really... Read more
Is this a joke?? Unbelievably juvenile language, maybe it loses something in translation, utter toshPublished 18 months ago by RedPippen
I've enjoyed the previous morgue drawer books and this one is just as good. When I first encountered the narrator, Pascha, he annoyed me so much that I thought I wouldn't be able... Read morePublished 19 months ago by S K NOWLER