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Morgue Drawer Four: Morgue Drawer, Book 1 | [Jutta Profijt]

Morgue Drawer Four: Morgue Drawer, Book 1

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.
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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.

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    Patricia POLK, PA, United States 01-09-13
    Patricia POLK, PA, United States 01-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "My first read by this author"
    Any additional comments?

    This is the first book in a series. It is a light and amusing mystery. I have listened to all three in the series. I hope there will be more to follow.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dinah J. Stoffregen Arlington, TX United States 08-20-12
    Dinah J. Stoffregen Arlington, TX United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2008

    dj

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    "Stick with it, it's great!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. I learned a bit about Germany.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to pick, the 2 main ones


    What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    Love how each character's voice was different enough to determine which was speaking. I take it when all male/female voices sound the same. It makes it hard to follow.


    Was Morgue Drawer Four worth the listening time?

    Yes. It took a little getting used to. I almost paused it for another day, but I stuck with it, and it really gripped me in the middle.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Albany, NY, United States 05-21-12
    Robert Albany, NY, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Enjoyable"

    I enjoyed the book and would check out any others by this author. I also believe that the narrator did well

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Avonelle White Plains, NY, United States 05-19-14
    Avonelle White Plains, NY, United States 05-19-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Deeply strange. very enjoyable"

    We found this book to be quirky, adorable and quite enjoyable. I think it's worth your time, though expect a very idiosyncratic little story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Parsippany, NJ United States 04-10-14
    Amazon Customer Parsippany, NJ United States 04-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Not the best, and not the worst"

    I picked up this book because I was looking for another series to start. I'm sure I wouldn't be reading the next one.

    This novel was just mediocre for me. There was nothing special about the plot, and the summary tells you all you need to know about the book - guy dies and he can only talk to one person - he wants to find out who killed him.

    Although I like MacLeod Andrews as a reader, I couldn't stand the sound of his voice in this reading. The accent, the emphasis, everything just drove me up the wall. I prefered him much more in Brandon Sanderson's Steelheart (there, the cadence of his voice was much more appropriate and added to the story as well as the character).

    This is a novel to pass the time. Nothing ground breaking here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    gardener97 Atlanta 03-13-14
    gardener97 Atlanta 03-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "excellent but be aware this continues in book 2"

    I would have gotten book two in this series anyway because I really like the story, the writing and I think MacLeod Andrews is one of the best narrators around, but I do not like the fact that it ends like the Perils of Pauline, with her tied to the railroad tracks and you have to wait until the next episode to see if the train runs over her. Well, you know it didn't but still... I don't like all the loose ends hanging that demand you get the next book.

    Still an excellent story - define 5 stars all around.

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    Carolyn C.Oschadlin East Coast 01-26-14
    Carolyn C.Oschadlin East Coast 01-26-14 Member Since 2013

    My own unique personality and self.

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    "Delightful, entertaining and captivating"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Morgue Drawer Four to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Morgue Drawer Four to and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

    I am convinced that MacLeod Andrews could make any character a favorite. However, Pascha has got to be my number one favorite.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly entertaining and fun audio with mystery and intrigue splashed in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Zulu Cedar Park, TX 08-04-13
    Zulu Cedar Park, TX 08-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "More New York than Germany"
    Would you try another book from Jutta Profijt and/or MacLeod Andrews?

    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.


    What could Jutta Profijt have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Erin Broccolo Lake Arrowhead, ca United States 06-08-13
    Erin Broccolo Lake Arrowhead, ca United States 06-08-13 Member Since 2011

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    "utterly unengaging"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    not sure, it just didn't resonate on any level


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jutta Profijt again?

    probably not


    Did MacLeod Andrews do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    have liked him in other narrations, but was indifferent to this narration.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    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.


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    Linda Burlington, KS, United States 01-06-13
    Linda Burlington, KS, United States 01-06-13 Member Since 2010

    RETIRED & LOVING IT.

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    "WONDERFUL NEW WRITER WHO MASTERS COMEDIC DETAIL."
    If you could sum up Morgue Drawer Four in three words, what would they be?

    LAUGH YOU WILL.


    What other book might you compare Morgue Drawer Four to and why?

    ON YOUR WAY OUT, TAKE OUT THE TRASH.


    What does MacLeod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    GREAT EXPRESSIONIST, KEEPS THE STORY PLAUSIBLE AND VERY FUNNY.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    THE AUTHOR'S GREAT COMEDIC TALENT WHILE WRITING A VERY GOOD MYSTERY.


    Any additional comments?

    PLEASE USE A CREDIT AND BECOME ADDICTED TO THIS AUTHOR.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Cathy
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    11/30/12
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    "Morgue Drawer Four"

    A refreshingly different and original detective story, amusing and entertaining and, as always, narrated masterfully by MacLeod Andrews. Looking forward to listening to the sequel(s) :)

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