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2020 Medical Examiner's Mystery Reading Challenge

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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.

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BUREAU of VITAL STATISTICS updated THU DEC 24 2020 @ midnight EST convert
sorted by toe tags issued. highest stats highlighted in green.
Medical Examiner Toe Tags tied Books read TPB* Autopsy notes Personal effects
Avid Series Reader
New Mexico
425 101 4.20 Goodreads PaperBack Swap bookshelf<-- books for you!
Bev Hankins
415 100 4.15 Blogger Goodreads
382 94 4.06 Goodreads
Rick Mills
287 81 3.54 Blogger Goodreads PaperBack Swap<-- books for you!
New Jersey
269 78 3.44 PaperBack Swap
Tari Hann
247 133 1.85 Goodreads blog by Wordpress
Traci L.
219 93 2.35 Blogger Goodreads
167 48 3.47 Goodreads blog by Wordpress
Susan Jensen
167 44 3.79 Blogger Goodreads
93 24 3.87 Goodreads
25 3 8.33 Goodreads
Kari Woods
18 4 4.50
Jane Reads
South Carolina
3 2 1.50 Blogger Goodreads
2 1 2.00
  Morgue Totals 2719 toe tags 806 books read      

vital statistics and autopsy notes updated on date indicated

examiner has moved up a row

highest stats per column

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


How to:

  1. You can sign up at this page.
  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 review the data and submit it to the Department of Vital Statistics.


  1. The 2020 challenge has closed.
  2. Maintenance: Between Dec 25-31 2020, your host will be resetting the challenge for the next opening. Submissions made during that period will be held for the 2021 challenge.
  3. 2021 open: The 2021 challenge will open January 1, 2021.
  4. Genres: You get to decide what is a 'mystery'. Traditional murder mysteries, thrillers, police procedurals, romances, all are welcome.
  5. Formats: Print books, audio books, radio dramatizations, or e-books may be used.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Bloggers are welcome to copy the toe tag image from the header (or any image that catches your fancy) for your blog.



Inspirational quotes:

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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, writing in The D.A. Holds a Candle, 1938.

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