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.
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: