Friday, March 16, 2012

"Morgue Drawer Four" by Jutta Profijt review

5 out of 5 stars

Disclosure: I received a complimentary galley of this book from the Vine program in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: 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.

My Thoughts: What a wonderfully fun book! That the narrator is dead through most of the story is just an added bonus – that it creates such a wonderful odd-couple pairing between Pascha and Martin is even better. I must say I read through it straight over the course of 6 hours, wanting to find out what happened, whodunit and what hilarious mix-up would occur next. Highly recommended!

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