|2020 Medical Examiner's Mystery Reading Challenge|
- Welcome to our newest examiner, Deanie!
- The Death Certificate form has been simplified (I think) by combining the two separate questions on causes and quantities of deaths into one multiple-choice table. You will see a "NONE" choice, you don't HAVE to click that ... I added it because it is the only way you can cancel out an incorrect choice.
- Pseudo-news: Let's see ... included in today's updates: Rretzler posts a book by Leonard Gribble ... a new one on me! With a name like that it couldn't possibly be a pseudonym - and it isn't. So here is the dirt on him. So many titles! So many snappy James Bond style pseudonyms (could he be a Walter Mitty?)! And beginning in 1929! That hits my sweet spot. I will be looking for some from this author. Meanwhile, Tari Hann posts a book by Livia J. Washburn. Normally, when I list an author, I put the pseudonyms along with the name, but wow! Talk about an identity crisis. Fantastic Fiction lists her pseudonyms as: Elizabeth Hallam, Livia Hallam, Livia James, J L Reasoner, Livia Reasoner...
- While we are on the subject of perfect names ... one time I was a witness to a car accident. The authorities pressed charges and subpoena'd me as a witness. The subpoena was signed by the D.A. .. Veronica Fortune !
- About those author links: I try to find meaningful author links for the challenge. If the author is deceased, this usually means a Wikipedia article or Fantastic Fiction. If the author is living, this usually means their web site.
- Accidental deaths and deaths prior to the story always count, as long as you have a name and a cause of death.
- Cele (sk888888) writes: Glad to see new members - I posted a link to your challenges on one (or two, can't remember) of my FB groups, and a couple of these folks have joined. Yay! Good to see the cult (lol) growing. good reading! - Cele
- Submitting a book for both the Medical Examiner and Six Shooter challenge? If so, you only need to fill out one form ... the Medical Examiner form ... there is a checkbox at the bottom which allows you to submit to both challenges at once. How efficient! This should get you back to reading quicker!
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a mystery writer now? Who would have thought? See Rretzler's clipboard!
Morgue:Welcome to the Morgue, where we have yet to have a customer complain. We currently have 14 Medical Examiners on staff. You may refer to their autopsy notes by clicking on their clipboards below. Please remember, if your gurney is out of toe tags, go get another box from the supply closet. Sticky notes are not acceptable substitutes, they fall off too easily and wind up on the wrong bodies. We have an inspection coming up and we cannot afford any more mix-ups like last time.
BUREAU of VITAL STATISTICS as of SAT JAN 18 2020 @ 1 PM EST
sorted by toe tags issued
Medical Examiner Toe Tags issued Books read TTPB* Autopsy notes Personal effects Rick Mills
29 7 4.14 sk888888
25 6 4.16 Tari Hann
21 15 1.40 Rretzler
19 5 3.80 Bev Hankins
15 3 5.00 Jjean
12 4 3.00 Susan Jensen
12 2 6.00 Traci L.
8 4 2.00 Deanie
4 1 4.00 Jane Reads
3 2 1.50 Kari Woods
3 1 3.00 Nessa
2 1 2.00 Avid Series Reader
2 1 2.00 Ahcop
0 0 0.00 Help wanted Help wanted
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 2020, 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.
- 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. 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 Nasturtium 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 wealthy lover, Elmont Q. Dresden-Thorpmeister III for programming the TV to only play Hallmark Christmas movies. - 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 (or any image that catches your fancy) for your blog.
- Cross-entries from other challenges are encouraged, whatever that means.
- 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 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
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?"
"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.