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- 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!
- What we really need around here is someone writing a doctoral dissertation on "Various Causes of Death Cited in Mystery Fiction". We would make a wicked good reference source. Maybe Bev can post that idea on the bulletin board over at Indiana University.
- Don't you just love goofy statistics? They add a bit of flavor to the challenge. Take the Toe Tags Per Book (TTPB) stat. Tari has the highest number of books read (90) yet has the lowest TTPB (1.76). So she has clawed her way up the Bureau of Vital Statistics chart by brute force, as most of her cozies has 1, occassionally 2 victims. Meanwhile Deanie has an insurmountable TTPB of 8.33 after only 3 books! (and what's on her clipboard? Aha! Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None! which produces a very high body count which varies between 11-16 depending on how you choose to count them). The more books you have under your belt, the smaller your TTPB changes with each read. "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." - Mark Twain
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 MON JUN 1 2020 @ 5 PM EDT
sorted by toe tags issued. highest stats highlighted in green.
Medical Examiner Toe Tags issued Books read TTPB* Autopsy notes Personal effects sk888888
202 60 3.36 Jjean
202 48 4.16 Tari Hann
159 90 1.76 Bev Hankins
127 37 3.43 Rick Mills
118 34 3.47 Rretzler
93 24 3.87 Traci L.
84 35 2.40 Avid Series Reader
70 27 2.59 Ahcop
60 15 4.00 Susan Jensen
59 12 4.91 Deanie
25 3 8.33 Kari Woods
18 4 4.50 Jane Reads
3 2 1.50 Nessa
2 1 2.00 Your pic! You could be here! 0 0 0.00 Current Totals 1222 toe tags 392 books read 2019 Totals 1444 toe tags 441 books read
vital statistics and autopsy notes updated on the date shown
challenger has moved up a row
highest stats per column
* 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
"You get to looking at dead people through a microscope and you'll never be satisfied with anything," the Medical Examiner objected. "Things never do check out in real life. I've seen lots of deaths that couldn't be explained ... but you learn to take cases for granted after a while."
Erle Stanley Gardner in The D.A. Calls It Murder, 1937.