- Welcome to the Medical Examiner's Mystery Reading Challenge! Please consider joining us! In this challenge, you only compete against yourself, so we welcome new Medical Examiners any time! You may find this simpler than other challenges, as all record-keeping is done at this end - all you do is complete one report (Death Certificate) per book.
- Great to hear from Neeru (Ahcop) in India again! Neeru's blog is active now, check it out.
- Thanks to Tari Hann, I always enjoy the clever food-related titles appearing in the cozies. So I thought I would try making up a few of my own ... what do you think of:
- Of Mice and Menu, in which a restaurant owner is shocked to find the city health inspector dead in the basement, beside an empty bottle of rat poison ...
- The Pie That Came in From the Cold, in which a Russian agent plants a biological virus in the dessert served at the summit meeting ...
- The Unpleasantness in the Bellona Club Refrigerator, in which the missing club maitré d is finally found ...
And may I have the envelope, please ...
- And Then There Weren't Noms, in which ten strangers are isolated on a mysterious island, and every day one less container of takeout arrives ...
- Spring is here! The snow is just about gone, the flag has been run up the pole, and baseball season is beginning! We encourage all hard-working Medical Examiners to take a swing for our baseball team, the Abra Cadavers. It will give you a nice break after a long day in the morgue. Come on out to the ballpark!
Morgue:Welcome to the Morgue. We currently have 14 overworked Medical Examiners on staff. You may refer to their autopsy notes by clicking on their clipboards below.
BUREAU of VITAL STATISTICS as of TUE MAR 31 2020 @ 3 PM EDT
sorted by toe tags issued. highest stats shown in red.
Medical Examiner Toe Tags issued Books read TTPB* Autopsy notes Personal effects Tari Hann
107 65 1.64 Jjean
99 27 3.66 Rretzler
85 22 3.86 Rick Mills
83 21 3.95 sk888888
82 22 3.72 Bev Hankins
77 17 4.52 Susan Jensen
49 8 6.12 Traci L.
45 21 2.14 Deanie
25 3 8.33 Kari Woods
18 4 4.50 Ahcop
14 2 7.00 Avid Series Reader
7 4 1.75 Jane Reads
3 2 1.50 Nessa
2 1 2.00 Help wanted Space available!
indicates vital statistics and autopsy notes updated on the date indicated
* 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 2020, by reading murder mysteries and documenting 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 review the data and submit it to the Department of Vital Statistics.
- Challenge IS OPEN NOW and through Dec 31 2020.
- Formats: Print books, audio books, radio dramatizations, 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. For more details on what counts and what doesn't, see the FAQ page.
- 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 (or any image that catches your fancy) for your blog.
- Cross-entries from other challenges are encouraged, whatever that means.
- Toe Tags will be counted for prizes on or about Dec. 31 2020. 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.
- 2020 Murder Mystery Bingo Reading Challenge
- 2020 Six Shooter Mystery Reading Challenge
- Bev Hankin's 2020 Reading Challenges
Harry Perkins, the Medical Examiner, was a tall, thin, bony-faced individual who moved with a certain lanky grace. He radiated homely efficiency, and regarded corpses with detatched impartiality. His hobby was trout fishing.
Erle Stanley Gardner in The D.A. Holds a Candle, 1938.
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.