Morgue Drawer Four by Jutta Profijt

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Morgue Drawer Four won Germany’s prestigious Friedrich Glauser Prize for best crime novel of 2010, and it’s easy to see why after reading this humorous, and darkly refreshingly original crime novel.
-NY Journal of Books

Synopsis

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.
 

About Jutta Profijt

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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, won Germanys 2010 Friedrich Glauser Prize for best crime novel.
 
Published December 13, 2011 by AmazonCrossing. 245 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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NY Journal of Books

Good
on Dec 13 2011

Morgue Drawer Four won Germany’s prestigious Friedrich Glauser Prize for best crime novel of 2010, and it’s easy to see why after reading this humorous, and darkly refreshingly original crime novel.

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Booklist Online

Good
on Dec 15 2011

Fans of crime novels and out-of-body fantasies should have a very good time with this one.

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City Book Review

Above average
on Jan 25 2012

While it may not appeal to all tastes, Morgue Drawer Four is a highly original mystery with a lot of punch and urban grit to it.

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Portland Book Review

Above average
on Oct 05 2012

Morgue Drawer Four will probably not make mystery readers anxiously await a sequel, it does make for a fun “odd couple” caper that will keep readers entertained for a few hours.

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Portland Book Review

Above average
on Oct 05 2012

Morgue Drawer Four will probably not make mystery readers anxiously await a sequel, it does make for a fun “odd couple” caper that will keep readers entertained for a few hours.

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Mystery Scene

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Reviewed by Oline Cogdill on Jan 01 2012

Jutta Profijt skillfully makes Morgue Drawer Four not only funny, but an insightful look at class and culture clashes.

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