2019 Medical Examiner's Mystery Reading Challenge

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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.

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sorted by toe tags issued
Medical Examiner Toe Tags issued Books read TTPB* Autopsy notes Personal effects
Bev Hankins
341 95 3.58 Blogger Facebook Goodreads
New Jersey
321 71 4.52
Rick Mills
275 79 3.48 Blogger Facebook Goodreads web site PaperBack Swap
Tari Hann
140 66 2.12 blog by Wordpress Facebook Goodreads
Susan Jensen
140 53 2.64 Blogger Facebook Goodreads Instagram Twitter
118 35 3.37 Goodreads
Avid Series Reader
New Mexico
107 41 2.60 Goodreads
LuAnn Braley
2 1 2.00 Blogger
Totals 1444 441 3.27

indicates vital statistics and autopsy notes updated

* TTPB = Toe Tags Per Book (average). This is a measure of how lethal your reading preferences are.


How to:

  1. No advance signup needed.
  2. Read a murder mystery. Note the victim(s) and cause(s) of death.
  3. 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.
  4. This page does not update in real time. Your submission generates an email to the Chief Medical Examiner, who will fill in the data.


  1. The challenge has closed.
  2. Formats: Print books, audio books, or e-books may be used.
  3. 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).

  4. 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.
  5. Bloggers are welcome to copy the toe tag image from the header for your blog.
  6. Cross-entries from other challenges are encouraged.
  7. For more details on what counts and what doesn't, see the FAQ page.


medical examiner The Medical Examiner arrived while I was still standing there. I saw his gay little car come in, and he himself emerge, dapper as usual. I have sometimes thought that his bright car and his dandied dress were a sort of defense which he set up against what was often a gruesome business.
Mary Roberts Rinehart in Miss Pinkerton, 1932

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

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