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 issue 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.
Tina Hilbert (Utah) grabs the Groaning Golden Gurney (Most Toe Tags @ 94) !
Welcome to our newest examiner, David Salley (New York) as he joins in with authors Auralee Wallace and Julie Hyzy !
Welcome to our newest examiner, Morgan KP (New Jersey) as she jumps in to the morgue with author Tracy Wolff !
Welcome to Anne A. (Maine) as she brings in authors C. J. Box and Walter Satterthwait !
Bev "Quincy" Hankins (Indiana) manages to seize the (shared w/Simone) Slippery Silver Scalpel (Most Books @ 16)!
Who will be first to don the stylish lavender lab coat? Whoever ties their 100th Toe Tag! Won't be long now.
Here is the January Mystillery Newsletter.


Welcome to the Morgue. We have a skeleton crew (get it?) of 23 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 passed from person-to-person as earned.

Who else examined my book? Enter Author or Title:

BUREAU of VITAL STATISTICS updated THU JAN 20 2022 @ 1.15 pm EST convert
sorted by toe tags issued. highest stats highlighted in green. 2nd highest in yellow.
Medical Examiners
2 3
Toe Tags tied
0 7 6 1
/ Books read
0 1 5 0
= TPB*
5. 0 7
Personal effects
Tina Hilbert Utah
Groaning Golden Gurney (Most Toe Tags @ 94)
94 13 7.23 Blog Goodreads profile
Bev "Quincy" Hankins Indiana
Slippery Silver Scalpel (Most Books @ 16)
93 16 5.81 Blog Goodreads profile
OutsmartYourShelf The United Kingdom 74 10 7.40 Goodreads profile
Susan Jensen Arizona 54 7 7.71 Blog Goodreads profile
Rick Mills Maine 54 11 4.90 Blog Goodreads profile PaperBack Swap bookshelf
SueC Utah 48 10 4.80 Goodreads profile
Simone C Alabama
Slippery Silver Scalpel (Most Books @ 16)
Bulging Bronze Body Bag: (Most Authors Read @ 14)
45 16 2.81
Avid Series Reader New Mexico 45 7 6.42 Blog Goodreads profile PaperBack Swap bookshelf
Colleen Illinois 43 9 4.77 Goodreads profile
Jjean Missouri 39 9 4.33 Goodreads profile
Sanacrow Tennessee 37 6 6.16 Goodreads profile
Tracy New York 28 7 4.00 Goodreads profile
Scott Nickels Georgia 24 4 6.00 Goodreads profile
Erika California 21 5 4.20 Goodreads profile Instagram
Tari Hann Ohio 13 10 1.30 Blog Goodreads profile
JenneB Pennsylvania 11 2 5.50 Goodreads profile Instagram
Tara Illinois 10 4 2.50 Goodreads profile PaperBack Swap bookshelf
Anne A. Maine 10 1 10.00 Goodreads profile
Jessica Wale Washington 7 1 7.00 Blog Goodreads profile
David Salley New York 2 2 1.00 Goodreads profile
Kim Prytherch South Carolina 2 2 1.00
Morgan KP New Jersey 1 1 1.00
Rhonda D Alabama 1 1 1.00 Goodreads profile

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Honorary badge
High column stat
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Tracker page
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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 now until Dec 31 2022.
  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.


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M.E.'s notebook:

Dr. Tardieu, the great French physician, examined the remains and pronounced an unhesitating verdict that a grave error had been made by the original medical examiners. It was a man's body, he said.

Lassiter Wren, writing in Masterstrokes of Crime Detection, 1929.

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