|2019 Medical Examiner Mystery Reading Challenge|
- We will be away Sat Oct 26 thru Tue Oct 29 and this challenge will not be updated during that time. Please continue to submit your progress as usual, I will catch the page up upon our return.
- A new item has been added to the Death Certificate form. If you check the indicated box, you can also apply your submission to the Six Shooter challenge at the same time.
- Thinking about taking the Medical Examiner Challenge in 2020? Here's what will happen to the challenge. At the end of this year's challenge (December 2019), the challenge page and attached clipboards will be cryogenically frozen and remain online for your reference. The morgue and gurneys will be totally cleaned and disinfected, and we will start with clean clipboards for 2020!
- The submission form has been cleaned up so you need not type your name/email every time. Just click your name on the form. Easy!
- A new challenge is in the works for 2020: Murder Mystery Bingo. This one is easy, no need to document or submit details about any books. You get (well, you print) four bingo cards which you tuck in your current book and circle the items as you come across them (one card for each of these categories: Weapons, Crime Scenes, Clues, and Red Herrings. Your goal is to get Bingo on all four cards during the year. Look for a "soft opening" around Thanksgiving for this challenge.
Morgue:Welcome to the Morgue. We currently have 8 Medical Examiners on staff. You may refer to their autopsy notes by clicking on their clipboards below. Please note we no longer allow "signing out" corpses for Halloween displays. Too many were not being returned.
BUREAU of VITAL STATISTICS as of TUE OCT 22
sorted by toe tags issued
Medical Examiner Toe Tags issued Books read TTPB* Autopsy notes Personal effects Bev Hankins
279 79 3.53 Clipboard sk888888
242 55 4.40 Clipboard Rick Mills
211 66 3.19 Clipboard Tari Hann
111 55 2.02 Clipboard Avid Series Reader
107 41 2.60 Clipboard Ahcop
94 28 3.35 Clipboard Susan Jensen
80 34 2.35 Clipboard LuAnn Braley
2 1 2.00 Clipboard Help wanted.
Gurney available. Read up.
0 0 0.00 Help wanted.
Glove up and jump in.
0 0 0.00
indicates vital statistics and autopsy notes updated
* TTPB = Toe Tags Per Book (average). This is a measure of how lethal your reading preferences are.
- You are the Medical Examiner, and your goal is to issue as many Toe Tags as you can during 2019, by reading murder mysteries and determining the cause of death of the unfortunate victim(s).
- No advance signup needed.
- Read a murder mystery. Note the victim(s) and cause(s) of death.
- Submit one Death Certificate per book, identifying the Cause(s) of Death of the victim(s). Any death (accidental, natural causes, homicide, suicide) counts, as long as the person is significant enough to be named in the book.
- This page does not update in real time. Your submission generates an email to the Chief Medical Examiner, who will fill in the data.
- The challenge is open for business! Challenge runs Jan 1 - Dec 31 2019. Plenty of time to jump in!
- Formats: Print books, audio books, or e-books may be used.
- You get one Toe Tag per victim. What counts? If the person is significant enough to be given a name, and includes a cause of death you can cite, then it counts. Examples:
- Sophia was convicted of shooting her barista, Arabica Simpson, for messing up her coffee order. - COUNTS, NAMED and CAUSE OF DEATH cited
- While in the Chicago mob, Dwayne drowned 7 guys in the bay for messing up his alibi.- DOES NOT COUNT (CAUSE OF DEATH cited, but victims not named)
- He murdered his wife's asthmatic lover, Elmont Q. Thorpmeister III for messing up their relationship. - DOES NOT COUNT (NAMED, but no CAUSE OF DEATH cited).
- Reviews: You do not need to write reviews, but you are welcome to. If you supply a link to your blog or Goodreads review, I will link to it.
- Bloggers are welcome to copy the toe tag image from the header for your blog.
- Cross-entries from other challenges are encouraged.
- For more details on what counts and what doesn't, see the FAQ page.
- Toe Tags will be counted for prizes on or about Dec. 31 2019. A running tally is shown above. Top Ten Toe Taggers Treat Themselves To a (used but still with exciting words) book. See the prize list for details.
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Dr. Korn, the Medical Examiner, a cheerful man with a roly-poly figure, came in briskly, bobbed his head, beamed, threw down his black bag, unloosened the dead hands, propped the body into a sitting position, and addressed himself to Kelly. "Officer, would you be so kind as to hold up his head while I make my examination?" Edward J. Doherty in The Broadway Murders, 1929
The very name of Mills had become a huge and legendary symbol of villainy. John Dickson Carr in The Empty Flat, 1963