Shy, but scrupulous, he is happy working as a coroner in the Cologne morgue - until one of his usually taciturn “clients” 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 actually murder. Pascha isn’t too keen on the good doctor, considering the tidy manner in which his body was dissected upon the autopsy table. But Martin is the only person Pascha can communicate with, and the only person who can do the detective work required to smoke out his killer.
Desperate to reclaim his quiet life, Martin grudgingly agrees to help the ghost, setting off on a wild adventure through the city’s red-light district and the dark world of German car smuggling. Witty and unexpected, Morgue Drawer Four introduces a memorable (and reluctant) detective unlike any other in fiction today.
©2011 Jutta Profijt (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I'm not sure what I was expecting with this book... I guess I thought it was an urban fantasy where the main character solved crimes, or sought revenge, etc...
What it really is is a story about a guy we don't like very much being as annoying after death as he must have been in life. I'm actually not sure why this book was as unenjoyable to me as it was... I think it must be that the main character is so unlikeable and annoying that, really, I didn't care that he was dead, or if his murder got solved. In fact, I think I spent about half the book hoping Martin would figure out how to exorcise the main character so he'd leave the story.
Not that exorcising the main character would have made the story much better, just less annoying - it was a plodding, bumbling investigation that was "solved" mostly by luck (well, actually, it was solved because the author wrote it that way, not due to any investigative skill of any of the characters). There was no way for readers to figure it out on their own, since there are no clues or investigative nuggets in the story for us to follow... just a lot of whining and complaining by characters we don't like... until... voila! solved!
Maybe the good parts got lost in translation? I dunno. But I won't be reading any more in this series. The narration is fine. There is nothing graphic, and only a minor amount of swearing.
I never read the hard copy, but I found myself enjoying the audio version.
Any of the MC Beaton novels.
Didn't really have just one favorite.
Not really, it was more of "what's going to happen next?"
This came up in one of those cheap promotions and I thought what the heck, $4.99. I had no idea who the author was or anything about the book but I soon discovered both.
Interesting characters, unique plot line and dark humor. The narration was just perfect. More than once I stopped what I was doing and chuckled out loud. I will be getting every book in this series.
Odd Thomas would be a comparison.
No, but I will be looking for them. great narration
I have never been inside the box; why in the world would I start now? Learning about the everything is my specialty!
I have not yet read the print version of this book. I can say with complete assurance that the reader of this book hooked me with his engaging voice and endearing attitude. I love the Pascha character most along with the others. The story line is intriguing and the forensics touch is captivating. I have three of them so far, and hope to have more as soon as they are available.
I can't say I've read another book like it. I do think of the old detective mysteries when I listen to this one.
I am convinced that MacLeod Andrews could make any character a favorite. However, Pascha has got to be my number one favorite.
Not only did I want to listen to this one in one sitting, and I very nearly did, but I also would like a marathon of these books in one sitting.
Highly entertaining and fun audio with mystery and intrigue splashed in.
Unfortunately I have the other two books in this series and the first book ends on a cliffhanger so you almost have to listen to at least the beginning of the next one to see how it plays out.
I was expecting more of a forensic-type book since you have a coroner as one of the main characters but all he did was go around and ask people questions and a too chatty ghost that could get on anyone's nerves. The book was set in Germany but it sounded more like New York or New Jersey.
La Quinta, ca
not sure, it just didn't resonate on any level
have liked him in other narrations, but was indifferent to this narration.
Disappointment that I spent a credit, and was underwhelmed and there was nothing in this story that interested or engaged. if it hadn't been so short, i would not have finished it.
RETIRED & LOVING IT.
LAUGH YOU WILL.
ON YOUR WAY OUT, TAKE OUT THE TRASH.
GREAT EXPRESSIONIST, KEEPS THE STORY PLAUSIBLE AND VERY FUNNY.
THE AUTHOR'S GREAT COMEDIC TALENT WHILE WRITING A VERY GOOD MYSTERY.
PLEASE USE A CREDIT AND BECOME ADDICTED TO THIS AUTHOR.
yes, both were excellent, story moved along nicely.
yes, hopefully will be more with these two charactors.
i liked everything about it
Paranormal-urban fantasy book lover!
Nuff said! In the sample bit it did not give any inclination that it old be a crude but wow it was.
I love Audible for their variety and number of options of books available. I can enjoy books, take care of my grandchildren and drive too.
I have enjoyed all four books in this series so far and look for new ones as they are released. I have a very catholic taste in books and will read almost any genre. Take a chance on this series and try to read it in published order. It will give the story more sense.
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