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Morgue Drawer Four [Excerpt] by Jutta Profijt, translated by Erik Macki

Morgue Drawer Four [Excerpt] by Jutta Profijt, translated by Erik Macki

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Life and death are not so black and white at the city morgue in Cologne, Germany. There, Dr. Martin Gänsewein spends his days autopsying dead bodies—and conversing with a ghost named Pascha. They are an odd couple, to be sure: a shy, scrupulous forensic pathologist and a gregarious former car thief whose murder Martin reluctantly helped solve in Morgue Drawer Four.

As the second installment of Jutta Profijt’s popular series opens, a recently convalesced Martin returns to work anxious for a little peace and quiet and hoping that Pascha has finally gone into the light. Not only is the doctor out of luck, but the morgue soon welcomes Marlene, the spirit of a nun killed in the fire that ravaged her medieval convent and home.

Though disappointed that his new sidekick isn’t a leggy blonde, Pascha empathizes with the recently deceased holy sister—and suspects the fire that claimed her life was no accident. The ghosts are determined to uncover the truth, but they can’t do it without Martin’s help. Together with Martin’s girlfriend Birgit, the trio embarks upon a madcap (and frequently hilarious) adventure that will enchant readers from beginning to end.
Life and death are not so black and white at the city morgue in Cologne, Germany. There, Dr. Martin Gänsewein spends his days autopsying dead bodies—and conversing with a ghost named Pascha. They are an odd couple, to be sure: a shy, scrupulous forensic pathologist and a gregarious former car thief whose murder Martin reluctantly helped solve in Morgue Drawer Four.

As the second installment of Jutta Profijt’s popular series opens, a recently convalesced Martin returns to work anxious for a little peace and quiet and hoping that Pascha has finally gone into the light. Not only is the doctor out of luck, but the morgue soon welcomes Marlene, the spirit of a nun killed in the fire that ravaged her medieval convent and home.

Though disappointed that his new sidekick isn’t a leggy blonde, Pascha empathizes with the recently deceased holy sister—and suspects the fire that claimed her life was no accident. The ghosts are determined to uncover the truth, but they can’t do it without Martin’s help. Together with Martin’s girlfriend Birgit, the trio embarks upon a madcap (and frequently hilarious) adventure that will enchant readers from beginning to end.

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berly_4 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
The second in this murder mystery series was just as fun as the first! Poor Pascha is a spirit who cannot seem to find the light. He is still stuck in this world and the only one who can hear him is coroner Martin Gansewien. Pascha was a first class car thief in his former life, something he still takes great pride in. Deprived of his former career, he has put his mind to solving crimes with the still-living Martin serving as his often unwilling partner. The mystery this time is who tried to burn down the Cathedral and killed two nuns in the process. Pascha has a wicked sense of humor and his crass and course exterior does little to hide his big heart. Morgue Drawer Four, the first in the series, was shortlisted for Germany's 2010 Friedrich Gluaser Prize for the best crime novel. A wonderful, funny, quick read.
teresa1953_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
A return for Pascha...the very non PC ghost and Dr Martin Gansewein, the pathologist, who is recovering from injuries which left him close to death in the first book.The story has a serious background story about marginilisation, the treatment of prostitutes, greed and "nimbyism". However, the whole thing is kept light hearted due to Pascha's voice throughout. This time round he is joined by Marlene, a nun who has perished in a convent fire. There is more to this fire than meets the eye, and Marlene and Pascha leave no stone unturned in getting to the bottom of the mystery....using Martin and his girlfriend Birgit to do the dirty work!My only criticism is the translation from German to English which doesn't seem to ring true all the time. Pascha is sometimes too "witty" for his own good and this gets quite irritating. I did love the references to Pascha's "editor" and what her opinions would be...very funny.Altogether a good read and recommended for something a bit different.
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