Morgue Drawer Four

MourgeDrawerFourBy Jutta Profijt

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.

My thoughts…

I found Morgue Drawer Four on the Amazon Prime list and thought it would be a great, fun, and light mystery in lieu of the knock-down, drag-out hard core suspense/thrillers that I usually read. It was light.  It was kinda funny.  But it was not great.  I so much wanted to like this book that I had lined up the other books in the series to read right after.  Needless to say, I will not be reading the rest of the series.

I agree with some of the other reviewers at Amazon that gave the book three stars or less.  It just didn’t do it for me.

The other books in the series, if you’re interested:

Morgue Drawer Next Door

Morgue Drawer for Rent

Inferno: A Novel (Robert Langdon)

by Dan Brown
Pre-Order:  Release date of May 14, 2013 | Series: Robert Langdon

From the Hardcover edition:

In his international blockbusters The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. In this riveting new thriller, Brown returns to his element and has crafted his highest-stakes novel to date.

In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.

Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.

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Room 1515

“You can’t just pout and decide you don’t want to play anymore” quote from Point of no Return [the movie]

[amazon_link id=”B0077F9RFK” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Room 1515[/amazon_link] by Bill Wetterman

Book Description:  International Thriller.  A female agent named Peacock is sent on a mission to woo and win the heart of the world’s most powerful powerbroker.  Her job is to learn his secrets and foil his plans. Instead, she falls in love.  A story of the balance of world financial power, betrayal, and romance.  Pour two ounces of the most powerful financier in the world.  Mix in two ounces of America’s most treacherous female spy.  Stir in betrayal and love. Room 1515!

My take:

Power, greed, violence, international intrigue all fit into Room 1515.  I found Room 1515 to be a very well written CIA, financial takeover, espionage type novel.  In some ways it reminds me of the movie “Point of no Return” staring Bridget Fonda back in the 90’s, as well as La Femme Nakita.

Peacock takes her job very seriously.  She moves up the ranks in the CIA to become the “top notch” female spy.  Start reading this one early or you’ll find yourself up at the wee hours until you’ve reached that very last page.

I received this book free from the author and was asked to give my honest opinion.  I did enjoy reading Room 1515 and would read other books by Bill Wetterman.