2022 Medical Examiner's Mystery Reading Challenge

Medical Examiner Reading Challenge textbooks

Welcome to the 2022 Medical Examiner's Mystery Reading Challenge! Your goal as Medical Examiner is to keep the office operating efficiently by issuing as many Toe Tags as you can during 2022, 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.
Jun 30: We're home! Kathy & I have just returned from our vacation to Glacier National Park, Montana by train. We had a great time and now it's back to work hosting the Mystillery challenges! I have missed reading your reviews! Click image at left for full size pic of us at the Great Northern Railway dining room at Glacier Park Lodge.
Jun 30: Update status: There are 28 death certificates waiting to be posted. This summary page has been partially updated. The individual clipboards will be updated as time allows.
Jun 30: Tina Hilbert squeezes the Scarlet Sponge, having secured her 400th toe tag!
Jun 30: Avid Series Reader brandishes the Brass Bone Saw for attaching her 300th toe tag!


Welcome to the Morgue. We have a staff of 30 Medical Examiners ready to examine mystery readings. You may refer to their detailed autopsy notes by clicking on their clipboards.

Who else examined my book? Enter Author or Title:

BUREAU of VITAL STATISTICS updated THU JUNE 30 2022 @ 3.30 pm EDT convert
Medical Examiners
3 0
Authors Books
1 2 2 8
Toe Tags
6 3 4 8
Personal effects
OutsmartYourShelf The United Kingdom 71 73 652 Goodreads profile
Gold Gurney (Most Toe Tags @ 647)
25 50 647 Blog Goodreads profile
Colleen Illinois
Magenta Magnifier (500th toe tag)
39 83 580 Goodreads profile
Bev "Quincy" Hankins Indiana
Bronze Body Bag (Most Authors @ 96)
Silver Scalpel (Most Books @ 137)
Magenta Magnifier (500th toe tag)
96 137 579 My Reader's Block All Covered Up Goodreads profile
Sanacrow Tennessee 6 46 511 Goodreads profile
Tina Hilbert Utah
Scarlet Sponge (400th toe tag)
40 60 401 Blog Goodreads profile
Tracy New York 49 71 379 Goodreads profile
Jjean Missouri 46 58 333 Goodreads profile
Scott Nickels Georgia 23 47 331 Goodreads profile
Avid Series Reader New Mexico
Brass Bone Saw (300th Toe Tag)
43 45 302 Blog Goodreads profile PaperBack Swap bookshelf
Medical Examiner Authors Books Toe Tags Notes Personal effects
SueC Utah 23 61 288 Goodreads profile
Rick Mills Maine
Chief Medical Examiner
Fuschia Forceps (200th Toe Tag)
34 68 225 Blog Goodreads profile PaperBack Swap bookshelf
Susan Jensen Arizona 37 40 177 Blog Goodreads profile
JenneB Pennsylvania 32 60 173 Goodreads profile Instagram
Tari Hann Ohio 68 104 170 Blog Goodreads profile
Traci L. Illinois
Lavender Lab Coat (100th Toe Tag)
48 60 115 Blog Goodreads profile
Erika California 17 18 90 Goodreads profile Instagram
Anne A. Maine 9 11 62 Goodreads profile
Rhonda D Alabama
Garnet Gloves (50th Toe Tag)
21 23 58 Goodreads profile
Jen Montana 15 18 45 Goodreads profile
Medical Examiner Authors Books Toe Tags Notes Personal effects
Simone C Alabama 14 16 45
David Salley New York 11 12 40 Goodreads profile
Kim Prytherch South Carolina 11 13 31
Karen Baroness Montana 7 18 27 Blog Goodreads profile Instagram
Dr. Anna Geddes The United Kingdom 6 10 26 Goodreads profile
Tara Illinois 10 10 20 Goodreads profile PaperBack Swap bookshelf
Jessica Wale Washington 4 4 15 Blog Goodreads profile
Jana S. Estonia 1 2 12 Goodreads profile
Morgan KP New Jersey 2 2 8 Goodreads profile
Shannon The Netherlands 4 4 6 Goodreads profile Instagram
Medical Examiner Authors Books Toe Tags Notes Personal effects

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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 now until Dec 31 2022.
  2. Genres: You get to decide what is a 'mystery'. Traditional murder mysteries, thrillers, police procedurals, romances, true crime, 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: Writing reviews is optional. If you supply a link to your blog or Goodreads review, the title of your submission 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.
  7. Honorary badges are conferred to autopsy leaders as follows. An examiner holds a badge only until someone else qualifies for it. Multiple challengers may share a badge in case of ties.
    • Gold Gurney: Most Toe Tags Tied
    • Silver Scalpel: Most Books Read
    • Bronze Body Bag: Most Authors Read
    • Garnet Gloves: Most recent 50th Toe Tag
    • Lavender Lab Coat: Most recent 100th Toe Tag
    • Fuschia Forceps: Most recent 200th Toe Tag
    • Brass Bone Saw: Most recent 300th Toe Tag
    • Scarlet Sponge: Most recent 400th Toe Tag
    • Magenta Magnifier: Most recent 500th Toe Tag


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M.E.'s notebook:

The Assistant Medical Examiner, after stowing the flask and bottle into his bag, tenderly adjusted the hat on his head.
"Well, I'll be going, Inspector," he drawled. "I'll have a fuller report for you when I've performed the autopsy. Ought to give you something to work on. Incidentally, the morgue-wagon must be outside - I 'phoned for one on my way down. So long." He yawned and slouched away.

Ellery Queen, writing in The Roman Hat Mystery, 1929

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Despite popular demand, this is another Mystillery Manor reading challenge hosted by Rick Mills. Contact: rickmills9@gmail.com