2019 Medical Examiner Mystery Reading Challenge
- You are the Medical Examiner, and your goal is to examine as many homicide victims as you can during 2019, by reading murder mysteries. You will file a Death Certificate for each book, identifying the Cause of Death of the victim(s). You will be able to compare your progress with others in the challenge in the Morgue (below) as you go along.
- No advance signup needed.
- Read a murder mystery. Note the victim(s) and cause(s) of death.
- Submit one Death Certificate per book.
- Try to get the most toe tags, as shown in the Dept. of Vital Statistics (below).
- Please note the Morgue does not update in real time. Your submission generates an email to the Chief Medical Examiner, who will fill in the data.
- Print books, audio books, or e-books may be used.
- You get one Toe Tag point per victim (Well, the victim actually gets the tag, but you know what I mean).
- You do not need to write reviews, but you are welcome to. If you do, the Chief Medical Examiner will link to the review from the Morgue.
- Bloggers are welcome to copy the toe tag image from the header for your blog.
- Cross-entries from other challenges are encouraged.
- Toe Tags will be counted for prizes on Dec. 31 2019. A running tally is shown in the Dept. of Vital Statistics (below). Winners get to select a book from either my Paperback Swap Bookshelf, or the actual cardboard box on the floor of random mysteries (I'll post the list a bit later). Number of winners will depend on participation, and the number of books in the box!
The Morgue does not update in real time. It was last mopped up on THU JAN 17 11:30 AM EST
Sorted by Examiner name
Asph = asphyxiation, strangling, air deprivation
Drown = drowning
Fall = from height, or pushed
Fire = fire, bomb, or explosion
Hit = by object or vehicle
Pois = poison, drugs, snake venom, carbon monoxide
Shot = by gun, arrow, other projectile
Stab = by knife, other sharp object
Dept. of Vital Statistics:
||Toe Tags issued
|Avid Series Reader
Some High Body Counts:
These books will give you a lot of toe tags quickly.
- The Invisible Host by Gwen Bristow & Bruce Manning (1930), in which eight people are summoned to a New Orleans dinner party by anonymous invitation. When they arrive, they are told by a voice over the radio that they are all going to die before the night is out. Published by The Mystery League.
- And Then There Were None (a.p.a. Ten Little Indians) by Agatha Christie (1939), in which ten strangers are summoned as weekend guests to a private island. Their host is nowhere to be found, and each has been marked for murder.
- Email me at email@example.com. Thank you for participating!
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