2021 Medical Examiner's Mystery Reading Challenge

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The 2021 Medical Examiner's Mystery Reading Challenge has closed. Here is the 2022 edition of this challenge.


Welcome to the Morgue. We have a full staff of 37 competent Medical Examiners ready to examine mystery readings. You may refer to their autopsy notes by clicking on their clipboard icons.

Honorary badges are conferred to autopsy leaders as follows. Each badge is handed off from person-to-person as earned.

Morgue Annual Report
Medical Examiners8 14 37
Total toe tags issued1444271910822
Total books read441806 1883
Average toe tags per book3.27 3.37 5.74
Average toe tags per examiner180194 292
Average books read per examiner5557 51

Who else examined my book? Enter Author or Title:

BUREAU of VITAL STATISTICS updated SAT DEC 25 2021 @ 10.00 am EST convert
sorted by toe tags issued. highest stats highlighted in green. 2nd highest in yellow.
Medical Examiners
3 7
Toe Tags tied
1 0 8 2 2
/ Books read
1 8 8 3
= TPB*
5. 7 4
Personal effects
Laura Marlane Nebraska
award badge Groaning Golden Gurney (most toe tags @ 1782)
1782 115 15.49 Goodreads profile
Sanacrow Tennessee 1310 128 10.23 Goodreads profile
C0NTENTH0MEB0DY USA 1291 132 9.78 Blog Goodreads profile
Bev Hankins Indiana
award badge Slippery Silver Scalpel (most books @ 194)
award badge Bulging Bronze Body Bag (most authors @ 128)
832 194 4.28 Blog Goodreads profile
OutsmartYourShelf The United Kingdom 802 143 5.60 Goodreads profile
Tracy New York 689 109 6.32 Goodreads profile
Jjean Missouri 591 110 5.37 Goodreads profile
Tina Hilbert Utah 584 109 5.35 Blog Goodreads profile
SueC Utah
award badge Massive Magnesium Magnifier (500th toe tag)
510 109 4.67 Goodreads profile
Avid Series Reader New Mexico 475 80 5.93 Blog Goodreads profile PaperBack Swap bookshelf
Susan Jensen Arizona
award badge Squishy Scarlet Sponge (400th toe tag)
award badge Bent Brass Bone Saw (300th Toe Tag)
433 82 5.28 Blog Goodreads profile
Rick Mills Maine 377 123 3.06 Blog Goodreads profile PaperBack Swap bookshelf
Scott Nickels Georgia 352 64 5.50 Goodreads profile
Traci L. Illinois
award badge Floppy Fuschia Forceps (200th toe tag)
205 115 1.78 Blog Goodreads profile
Erika California
award badge Lavender Lab Coat (100th toe tag)
199 38 5.23 Goodreads profile Instagram
Guatemala Paula Texas 112 30 3.73 Blog Goodreads profile
Jen Alaska 101 15 6.73
sk888888 New Jersey 96 24 4.00 Goodreads profile PaperBack Swap bookshelf
Simone C Alabama 70 32 2.18
Tara Illinois 55 18 3.05 Goodreads profile PaperBack Swap bookshelf
Karen Baroness Montana 46 34 1.35 Blog Goodreads profile
BobbeyM Texas 36 10 3.60 Goodreads profile
Kirstin B. Massachusetts 33 27 1.22 Goodreads profile
Shannon The Netherlands 22 4 5.50 Goodreads profile Instagram
DrDoom Alberta 20 4 5.00 Goodreads profile
Sarah Whitten Texas 19 2 9.50
Tari Hann Ohio 17 8 2.12 Blog Goodreads profile
Cheyenne McQuain Upstate New York 16 6 2.66 Goodreads profile
Leonie Koch New York 16 5 3.20
Penelope Piebaker Ohio 15 5 3.00 Goodreads profile
Dr. Kate Michigan 11 6 1.83
Anna Marten Wisconsin 10 4 2.50 Goodreads profile
Angel Nebraska 6 1 6.00 Goodreads profile
Rachel Roy Vermont 5 2 2.50 Blog Goodreads profile
Sharon Angle-Boyer North Carolina 3 1 3.00 Blog Goodreads profile
Laura United Kingdom 2 1 2.00 Goodreads profile
Brandi Wyoming 1 1 1.00 Goodreads profile

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

How to:

  1. No advance signup necessary.
  2. Read a murder mystery. Note the victim(s) and cause(s) of death. If unsure what counts, see the Frequent Autopsy Questions (FAQ) page.
  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. See the Frequent Autopsy Questions (FAQ) page for examples.
  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 Bureau of Vital Statistics; as summarized above. Generally, you should see your submission posted within 24 hours. If you do not see it, click the REFRESH button on your web browser to reload the page.


  1. This challenge is open from Jan 1 2021 - Dec 24 2021.
  2. Genres: You get to decide what is a 'mystery'. Traditional murder mysteries, thrillers, police procedurals, short stories, true crime, romances, all are welcome.
  3. Formats: Print books, audio books, radio dramatizations, or e-books may be used.
  4. 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 Frequent Autopsy Questions (FAQ) page.
  5. 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.
  6. Bloggers are welcome to copy the toe tag image from the header (or any image that catches your fancy) for your blog.


medical examiner

M.E.'s notebook:

The County Coroner arrived. A smallish man, Mr. Munson, and an inefficient looking chap. But his looks belied him, for he fairly sprang to his job, and before he had been in the house ten minutes, he had organized his plan of inquiry and set to work. He chose Barry's library for his headquarters, and asked for a bridge table, which he placed in front of a large easy chair, and then called his witnesses.

Carolyn Wells, writing in The Beautiful Derelict, 1935.

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