- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 - 12
- Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (June 25, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0670010960
- ISBN-13: 978-0670010967
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,033,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Morgue and Me Hardcover – June 25, 2009
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From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up—The summer before Christopher Newell is set to start college, he gets a job in the morgue because it's his life's goal to become a spy and working there should teach him about forensic pathology, if nothing else. Instead he discovers a murder cover-up that points to town officials and close friends. As he works to discover whodunit, the plot thickens with bribery, blackmail, murder, and revenge. With everyone suspect, and danger deepening, it seems that the only person Christopher can trust is Tina McIntyre, an insanely hot, brazen reporter who wants to boost her career with a killer story. Together they might discover the truth, but at what cost? Ford makes his debut with a solid mystery infused with dry wit, but it's his likable, quirky detectives and their crackling chemistry that make The Morgue and Me anything but stiff.—Terri Clark, Smokey Hill Library, Centennial, CO
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Senior year is history and college is still a few months off. What better way to kill the summer than by working as a janitor in a morgue? True, it’s Christopher’s interest in being a spy that draws him to the job, but it’s his first encounter with a corpse that really snares his attention. Mitch Blaylock is the dead man’s name, and he’s listed as a suicide. Those multiple bullet wounds, however, don’t look self-inflicted. What was the sheriff doing whispering over the body? And what gives with all that cash hidden in the medical examiner’s desk? The questions, suspects, and dangers keep accumulating, and soon Christopher pairs up with an “insanely hot” wannabe muckraker from the local newspaper. Too much serendipity plays into the hands of this crime-fighting duo (and not enough is made of the character traits that would drive someone to work at a morgue), but Ford’s unpredictable curveballs and switcheroos never relent. A satisfyingly grim departure from the usual squeaky-clean teen sleuthing. Grades 9-12. --Daniel Kraus
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While most of his job is filing and clean up, he comes across some odd information involving the cover up by crooked politicians hiding a toxic disaster. As he digs deeper, Christopher begins connecting further dots including a tie to a local felon. However, now that he has enough information to bring down a conspiracy fostered by a criminal industrial political complex, he has no idea who to turn to with his information as he distrusts everyone except a classmate he wants to date. Soon Christopher believes that someone is watching his every move; either that he figures or he has become paranoid.
THE MORGUE AND ME opens with the teen explaining how he just shot someone and now is seeing a shrink who accuses him of disassociation; not a good thing for a cop or an espionage agent. The story line just takes off from there as Christopher explains what happened during the craziest but most wonderful summer of his life as the young hero begins to tie together the conspiracy that engulfs Petoskey. Young adult fans will relish the class valedictorian turn hard boiled teen detective Mindful of the teen noir movie Brick, fans will enjoy the most insane summer of Christopher's young life.
When Christopher overhears his boss agreeing that a recent death at a local motel was the result of suicide, he doesn't think too much about it. That is, until he gets a peek at the body. There are five gunshot wounds in the guy's chest. That's hardly what most medical examiners would rule a suicide.
There's a mystery to be solved, and Christopher is on the case. When he tries to take the evidence he's found to the local newspaper, he meets up with a reporter named Tina. Not only is she interested in the case, but she's pretty hot, too. Together, they are determined to find out the truth.
THE MORGUE AND ME is a real whodunit kind of mystery. The two amateur detectives find themselves wrapped up in a complicated scenario that involves local business people, a couple of lawyers, the sheriff, and more. Not only are Christopher and Tina in danger, but so also is Christopher's kid brother. Can they find the evidence they need to convince the authorities that the would-be suicide was actually the victim of murder?
Both teen readers and adults will find this quirky mystery filled with plot twists and turns a satisfying read.
Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"