Pascha, the snarky ghost of a deceased 25-year-old, finds himself stuck between this world and the next with no one to talk to aside from Martin, a coroner with the dubious gift of being able to hear the dead. Since Martin prefers his girlfriend's company to Pascha's, Pascha is stuck haunting hospital rooms and accident sites hoping to meet a spirit who will stay a while and keep him company. He gets more than he bargained for when four small children are gravely injured in a car accident and put into induced comas, letting their anxious little spirits out to roam. What's more, the young teacher who had been driving the totaled van seems to have disappeared into thin air. Pascha suddenly becomes not only a reluctant babysitter but an unlikely detective in this quirky, engrossing murder mystery from celebrated German author Jutta Profijt.
©2012 Jutta Profijt. Translation © 2014 by Erik J. Macki. (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
A pair of sound dampening headphones, My old tractor , and a good audible book puts me in grass cutting bliss.
Four stars because the translational I made it difficult to follow at times
Great narration and story
I LOVED the first three books of this series. Okay...maybe I LOVED the first two, & really, really liked the third. This one? Meh. It was phoned in. If you've already read the other three, this is worth it if you get it on a CHEAP sale (do NOT use a credit for this book!), just to finish out the series & because there are some fun moments. But, Profijt is getting close to jumping the shark w/this book. Kids floating around & watching their smashed up bodies in drug-induced comas while their parents show their true selves - including some not giving a crap about their kids (NOT a spoiler - this is at the very beginning)? Yeah - that's just the very start. The characters we've come to love (Martin?!) are on the periphery in this book, and there's a lot of 'splainin' going on. As in the last 45 min. Yep. The plot is so convoluted & weak that Profijt actually has the characters sit around for three-quarters of an hour explaining to each other how it all added up. Ummmmm...Novel Writing 101 is "show, don't tell". In the first three books the author seems to know this, but perhaps she, too, was in a drug-induced coma while her neurons caused the computer to write this yawner? That would be the only acceptable excuse. I got to the last ten minutes & had to FORCE myself to listen! "Yeah, yeah..finish up already...whatever."
As to the narrator - part of me wants to give him a 5 because he makes the main character so...alive (ahem)...but then part of me wants to give him a -5 because it's a book based in GERMANY, yet he has ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA how to pronounce any German words! I'm not talking about rolling Rs & the special "ch" sound. German has a few very simple rules of pronunciation, & they never stray. "Ei" is always pronounced "I", "ie" is always pronounced "e", & an "e" on the end of a word is pronounced how English-speakers pronounce an "a" at the end of a word; "uh". "KAY-trin"???? If spelled "Katrin", it's pronounced "Kah-trin". If spelled "Katrine", it's pronounced like English "Katrina". Yeah, roll the "r" if you must, but any German-speaker will be fine w/just plain "Kuh-treen-uh". I just can't understand it when a narrator knows he's reading a book based in a non-English-speaking country, yet doesn't bother to learn how to pronounce the words he must give voice to.
I repeat: if on sale ($2.95 or so) AND you've read the other three in the series, buy it. Do not, however, use/waste a credit on this "story"!
I like mysteries (particularly British ones, historical fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy.
Pascha, the ghost of a deceased car thief who did not quite make it to the age of 25 before he was murdered, finds himself involved in another case. A young teacher has been kidnapped, the four children in her charge left in comas and Pascha seems to be the only one who cares. Martin, the coroner, is involved with his personal life leaving Pascha in a bit of a bind because he is the only living person that Pascha can communicate with directly.
Not quite the best but still good enough to be quite entertaining. Actually I picked up a copy of the paperback through Vine, then I bought the Kindle download and ended up listening to the Audio version, which I recommend as the best version. Read by MacLeod Andrews who as far as I am concerned is the voice of Pascha, it has good production values and and a nice snarky edge.
So you think Germans are not funny will just have a read of any of the Morgue Drawer series and you will change your opinion. Jutta Profit has taken a subject that few know much about except through CIS on the telly and turned it upside down. Who would ever have thought a dead person flying around could be funny, sad, tear jerking and did I say funny. What a way to catch a killer. Can't wait for the 5th in the series.
Also try Angel dust by the same author a tale of how to dispose of a body.
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