2021 Medical Examiner's Mystery Reading Challenge

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Welcome to the 2021 Medical Examiner's Mystery Reading Challenge! Your goal as Medical Examiner is to issue as many Toe Tags as you can during 2021, by reading murder mysteries and documenting the cause of death of the unfortunate victim(s). Just read a book and submit your first Death Certificate to join.

15 days remain until the Abra Cadavers game closes for the 2021 season (Sep. 30)

We know you are all anxiously awaiting the unveiling of the great new Mystillery game on October 1. It is only 16 days away! Here is something you can do to prepare! Without revealing too much yet, the game requires submissions of books you have read (since Jan 1 2021) which have numbers in their titles. You can go through your Medical Examiner Clipboard and your Six Shooter Gallery and note down any such titles, so you will be all ready on Day One!

Here is Mystillery Newsletter #13 for September.


Welcome to the Morgue. We have a full staff of 36 competent Medical Examiners ready to examine your 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.

Who else examined my book? Enter Author or Title:

BUREAU of VITAL STATISTICS updated WED SEP 15 2021 @ 11.00 am EDT convert
sorted by toe tags issued. highest stats highlighted in green. 2nd highest in yellow.
Medical Examiners
3 6
Toe Tags tied
7 2 6 6
/ Books read
1 3 8 9
= TPB*
Personal effects
Groaning Golden Gurney (most toe tags @ 996)
996 103 9.66 Blog Goodreads profile
Laura Marlane Nebraska 949 85 11.16 Goodreads profile
Sanacrow Tennessee 730 93 7.84 Blog Goodreads profile
Bev Hankins Indiana
Slippery Silver Scalpel (most books @ 152)
Bulging Bronze Body Bag (most authors @ 106)
680 152 4.47 Blog Goodreads profile
OutsmartYourShelf United Kingdom 518 101 5.12 Goodreads profile
Tracy New York
Squishy Scarlet Sponge (400th toe tag)
455 74 6.14 Goodreads profile
Jjean Missouri 447 85 5.25 Goodreads profile
Tina Hilbert Utah 372 72 5.16 Blog Goodreads profile
SueC Utah 366 77 4.75 Goodreads profile
Avid Series Reader New Mexico
Bent Brass Bone Saw (300th Toe Tag)
330 53 6.22 Blog Goodreads profile PaperBack Swap bookshelf
Scott Nickels Nebraska 273 45 6.06 Goodreads profile
Rick Mills Maine 273 89 3.06 Blog Goodreads profile PaperBack Swap bookshelf
Susan Jensen Arizona
Floppy Fuschia Forceps (200th toe tag)
213 40 5.32 Blog Goodreads profile
Traci L. Illinois 174 98 1.77 Blog Goodreads profile
Guatemala Paula Texas 112 30 3.73 Blog Goodreads profile
Erika California
Lavender Lab Coat (100th toe tag)
110 22 5.00 Goodreads profile Instagram
Jen Alaska 101 15 6.73
sk888888 New Jersey 82 20 4.10 Goodreads profile PaperBack Swap bookshelf
Simone C Alabama 70 32 2.18
Tara Illinois 55 18 3.05 Goodreads profile PaperBack Swap bookshelf
BobbeyM Texas 36 10 3.60 Goodreads profile
Karen Baroness Montana 33 25 1.32 Blog 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
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 4Nebraska 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

Key to symbols
Moved up
New or updated today
Honorary badge
High column stat
2nd place column stat
Tracker page
Goodreads profile
Paperback Swap bookshelf

* 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, 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:

Christopher Bennett, Coroner for Eastrepps, was seated at his office table in Church Street, a thin little man with greying hair and pendulous cheeks which gave him a very odd appearance, owing to the slightness of his body. But a man is as large as he feels, and Mr. Bennett was being called upon as Coroner to inquire into the strange circumstances surrounding the death of Miss Mary Hewitt.

Francis Beeding, writing in Death Walks in Eastrepps, 1931

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