2021 Medical Examiner's Mystery Reading Challenge

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Welcome to the Morgue. We currently have 16 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 FRI JAN 1 2021 @ 12:01 AM
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
0 0 0.00 Goodreads PaperBack Swap bookshelf<-- books for you!
Bev Hankins
0 0 0.00 Blogger Goodreads
0 0 0.00 Goodreads
0 0 0.00 Goodreads
0 0 0.00 Goodreads
Laura Marlane
0 0 0.00 Goodreads
Rick Mills
0 0 0.00 Blogger Goodreads PaperBack Swap<-- books for you!
United Kingdom
0 0 0.00 Goodreads
0 0 0.00 Goodreads
0 0 0.00
0 0 0.00 blog by Wordpress
Simone C
0 0 0.00
0 0 0.00
Traci L.
0 0 0.00 Blogger Goodreads
Rachel Roy
0 0 0.00 blog by Wordpress
Sharon Angle-Boyer
North Carolina
0 0 0.00 blog by Wordpress
  Morgue Totals 0 toe tags 0 books read      

vital statistics and autopsy notes updated on date indicated

challenger 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. 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, 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 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.



Inspirational quotes:

medical examiner

Harry Perkins, medical examiner of Madison County, was also the town's leading mortician. His living quarters were over his undertaking establishment. In the privacy of his apartment, his bony face naturally tended to relax into lines of whimsical humor. His professonal expression, as befitted his occupation, was one of fixed solemnity.

Erle Stanley Gardner in The D.A. Goes to Trial, 1940.

Your host, Rick MillsThe Mystillery • rickmills@gmail.com • @rickmills9

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