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Morgue Drawer for Rent (Morgue Drawer series Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Jutta Profijt , Erik J. Macki
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Wishing to return to his peaceful life and spend more time with his girlfriend, coroner Martin Gänsewein wants nothing more than to rid himself of his foulmouthed undead sidekick, Pascha. Unfortunately, such things are easier said than done. When bodies at the local cemetery begin to turn up sans organs, Martin and Pascha are once again forced into partnership to solve the case. With the stakes higher and body count greater, Martin realizes he has no hope of ever finding solace until he solves one last crime.

Picking up where Morgue Drawer Next Door left off, this third chapter in the gruesomely hilarious crime-solving saga delves deeper into the relationship between Martin and Pascha and is sure to please fans of the series.

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About the Author

Inspired by her visit to a morgue in Cologne, Germany, Jutta Profijt has crafted a spellbinding tale that brings a new layer of depth to the paranormal genre. Nominated for the Friedrich Glauser Prize for best crime novel in 2010, Profijt continues to cast her spell on readers around the world.

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  • File Size: 1313 KB
  • Print Length: 315 pages
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossingEnglish (December 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0076P81KI
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Spirit Within Us November 8, 2012
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It was not until this book arrived, that I discovered that this was not the run of the mill mystery. I was a little apprehensive that this kind of novel would be too cute and fussy. However, by the end of the first chapter I was hooked. This is the third in a series of morgue mystery/thrillers, but it is a stand alone book.

The author, Jutta Profijt, went to visit a morgue and the unusual surroundings gave birth to a series of books taking place in a morgue in Cologne, Germany. The spirit of a man, Pasha, an ex-car thief and ladies man, hangs out at the Institute for Forensic Medicine. For some reason this morgue feels home to him, and he wasn't forced to leave. He can see the other spirits arrive and leave for destinations unknown. Besides, he has a friend, Martin, the coroner. Poor Martin is the only human who can hear Pasha, and though he has grown fond of Pasha, he is not the type who wants a spirit living near him. Pasha, however, turns out to be a terrific partner in investigation. He is able to lead Martin to places no one else can see. The downside is that Pasha wants to inhabit Martin's life, and that is not OK. Martin tries every devious trick to get Pasha to leave, to no avail. Martin and his girlfriend, Birgit, who has no idea that Pasha exists, are stuck with this spirit.

We get to know Martin's colleagues at the morgue. All of them have characteristics we find fun and irritating. Katrin, is the closest to Martin. Smart and beautiful, she has no love for their new boss, 'Piggy Bank'. His only mission is to save money and in the meantime makes life a little miserable. It is his idea to rent out the morgue drawers to pull in some money. There are many adventures in this novel, some are amusing and others a little less so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the prime of his afterlife, Pasha falls in love October 2, 2012
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This is the third book in the series featuring Pasha, the spirit who hangs out at the Institute for Forensic Medicine in Cologne. He can only communicate with one living being, the coroner Martin Gänsewein. Poor Martin isn't very happy about the voice he hears inside his head, Martin being a principled, clean-living, nerdy vegetarian and Pasha being an unprincipled, foul-mouthed ex-car thief. But despite their total incompatibility, they make a great investigative team.

There's a new director at the institute who's obsessed with increasing efficiency and cutting costs. This is a timely theme nowadays when number crunchers are taking over the management of all sorts of businesses and services they know nothing about. The new director's income-generating policies are pretty funny, like deciding to rent out morgue drawers to funeral homes.

Under new management, alarming things start happening at the Institute. Bodies are kidnapped. Corpses are mutilated. A coroner is attacked. It falls to Pasha to figure out what's going on, since he can whoosh around wherever he pleases and spy on people unseen.

Meanwhile Pasha has fallen in love with the granddaughter of the new night watchman. To see the normally lecherous Pasha revel in "pure, radiant, incandescent love" is endlessly amusing. After all, it's not easy for an electromagnetic wave to court a flesh-and-blood woman in another dimension.

Pasha is full of surprises in this book. He's become very knowledgeable about autopsy procedures. And he's growing less selfish. He's beginning to see Martin as a friend, not just a useful connection to the realm of the living. Pasha might even be willing to put Martin's happiness before his own.

Pasha is the most original amateur detective I've encountered in recent memory. I just hope he won't mature too much. I'd hate to lose him to the White Light. I want more books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow, Slow Start, But It Gets There. October 11, 2012
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MORGUE DRAWER FOR RENT by Jutta Profijt gets off to a slow start with pages of backstory. Near page 150 the story picks up with some interesting twists. What seems obvious from the beginning isn't what you assumed in the first place.
Pasha is a fun protagonist who as a ghost can only communicate earthwise with Martin Gansewein. Martin is not mentally equipped to handle the advent of a ghost in his life, but relies on Pasha unique abilities to find out what is happening.
Good read, but remember it takes a while.
Nash Black, author of SANDPRINTS OF DEATH.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Can be read without reading the first two. November 17, 2012
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ARC/Mystery: This book is a German to English translation and book three of the morgue drawer series. After reading Dragon Tattoo, I've been interested in authors from other countries simply because I'm tired of the same ole plots. This is a ghost story, but it is different.
First, I had to look up the name Pascha because it sounds feminine, and in most cases it is. However this Pascha is a male ghost. The only person this ex-car thief can communicate with is the nerdish coroner, Martin. Unlike most talking ghost stories, Martin and Pascha can talk through thoughts. I liked that aspect because there was none of the supposed comedic "communication" that has been done so many times. The author does a good job of balancing what is said, and how, with who "knows" about Martin's spiritual friend.
In the middle of an asbestos move, Martin's boss is replaced by the bean counter that is nicknamed "Piggy Bank". The book is done in the first person of the snappy and rude Pascha. After body parts, and bodies, start to disappear, Martin starts to implode over the investigation.
The first half of the book is slowish at points. Over time, you understand what happened in the first two books. The second half is a lot better. It's a faster pace in which Pascha tries to solve the case.
One good point of reading book three without the other two books: I have a feeling Pascha was even more egotistical and obnoxious in before this book. Yes, his character grows in this one too. However, I can't imagine how Martin was before. He seems a little to static.
The translator did a good job and the writing is done well. I do think that Pascha's gender needed to be explained earlier.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not my favorite of the series. It seemed a little slow this time.
Published 1 day ago by Linda L.
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Entertaining
First time reading a story by this author and enjoyed the writing. Loved Pasha's dialogue and laughed a lot!! Will have to purchase book #1 in this series
Published 4 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
quirky...a new perspective talking "from the drawer"
Published 9 days ago by E. J. T.
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm sooooo sad that I finished the series and have to wait for the...
I love the Morgue Drawer Books!! I've read/listened to them all and now have to wait until July until the next one comes out. I love the person that narrates the stories. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Kathleen Bergen
5.0 out of 5 stars This series is a hoot!
This series is wonderful!!! If you possess a sense of humor, and can deal with a corpse talking from the grave, this series is a hoot! Read more
Published 15 days ago by Corsair174
5.0 out of 5 stars So fun!
This book and the series are very entertaining. Not only are they suspenseful mysteries they also make me laugh out loud!
Published 1 month ago by Lauretta Cortez
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very very funny book
Published 1 month ago by Cheryl K.
4.0 out of 5 stars great concept
Such a different approach and done with humor,too. Enjoyed this and others in the series a lot. On to the next...
Published 2 months ago by Marti Paulson
1.0 out of 5 stars Why Bother?
I enjoyed the first 2 books. This book is basically a cut and paste of those books. You do not need to read the first 2 if you read this one first. Read more
Published 3 months ago by G. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoy this authors humor and plots
I have never read a German writer before. I enjoy this authors humor and plots.
Great stories.
Published 5 months ago by Marlene Slusher
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