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Morgue Drawer Next Door (Morgue Drawer #2)

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  305 ratings  ·  40 reviews
As crime-fighting teams go, Dr. Martin Gänsewein and Pascha are an unlikely pair. Martin is a shy, scrupulous forensic pathologist who spends his days autopsying dead bodies, while Pascha is the gregarious ghost of a former car thief whose murder Martin reluctantly helped solve. After narrowly surviving that adventure, Martin wants nothing more than a little peace and quie ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published July 17th 2012 by AmazonCrossing (first published 2009)
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Katy
Sep 06, 2013 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who enjoy humorous mysteries w/ aspects of the paranormal
Recommended to Katy by: Amazon Vine program
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Book Info: Genre: Paranormal Thriller
Reading Level: Adult
Expected publication: book available 7/17/12

My Thoughts: I adored the first book in this series, Morgue Drawer Four (my review for that book can be seen here on my blog Now is Gone.), and was so excited to receive and read this second book in the series (which is slowly being translated and made available in the USA). Like the first book, this one is filled with amusing moments, starting r
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Amy Corwin
After having done a bunch of reviews and reading hundreds of other reviews, I've come to the conclusion that the reading experience is an intensely personal thing. What one person likes, another may loathe. So I try not to let my own subjectivity get too out of hand.

But I really, really loved this book, just like I loved its predecessor. The translator did an absolutely fantastic job and has a dry, sarcastic wit that is hard to resist. It comes across perfectly as Pascha, the dead car thief's ow
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Cathy Cole
When I read the first book in this series, Morgue Drawer Four, I wondered just how long this premise would be able to last. After all, pairing the ghost of a poorly educated, outgoing young car thief with a highly educated, introverted and meticulous medical examiner does sound gimmicky. I'm happy to say that the premise is alive and well in this second book. The author keeps her idea fresh by changing it up a little. Martin is pretty much kept in the background, although he is at the heart of a ...more
Sarah
I enjoyed the first book in this series so was very pleased to get the chance to read the second book. I was keen to see how the relationship between coroner Martin and ghost Pascha developed. In this book Martin is still recovering from the events in book one and Pascha is feeling bored. Then there is a fire in a convent and a nun, Marlene, is killed, her body is brought to Martin's morgue and Pascha discovers that Marlene's ghost is hanging around. With suspicions that Marlene's death was not ...more
Ikarus
Der erste Teil hat mir eindeutig viel besser gefallen. Der Krimi ist nicht schlecht geschrieben, aber der Hauptcharakter fängt an zu nerven.
Liz
A really refreshing approach to the "ghostly crimefighter" subgenre, this second outing of deceased car thief Pascha and his unwilling sidekick Dr Martin Gänsewein didn't disappoint. This time out, Pascha finally gets a spirit buddy, though to say he's disappointed when Marlene turns out to be a middle aged nun is an understatement. Together, they set about solving a double murder, foiling a kidnapping by interfering with electromagnetic signals, and generally making the murderer thoroughly regr ...more
Kaye Stambaugh
A party animal car thief (Pasha would not appreciate this description) whose untimely death (murder) turns him into a ghostly crime fighter, partners once again with Martin, a forensic pathologist. The second in the series, Pasha who can only communicate with Martin and glimpses other souls only briefly as they leave their bodies, finally encounters another soul. Not the buxom blonde that he's longing for, but a nun! Morgue Drawer Next Door continues a fresh and very funny take on crime/mystery ...more
Lisi
In Jutta Profijts Buch „Im Kühlfach nebenan“ treffen wir erneut auf den Geist Pascha, dessen Seele noch immer auf der Erde herumhängt, obwohl er eigentlich schon begraben ist und mittlerweile den Weg in den Himmel oder die Hölle gefunden haben sollte. Pascha bekommt Gesellschaft von Marlene, einer Ordenschwester, die bei einem ungeklärten Klosterbrand ihren Tod gefunden hat und noch nicht in den Himmel aufgestiegen ist. Gemeinsam mit Dr. Martin Gänsewein und dessen Freundin Birgit stürzen sich d ...more
Amy
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 m
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Pam Smith
This is the sequel to Morgue Drawer Four and it continues the story more or less straight away. It introduces another spirit to the partnership of Pascha and Martin and there is a brand new murder/mystery to get stuck into.

It's not quite as in-depth as the first installment, and there were more plot holes and unresolved strands to it, but it is still a massively engaging story. Martin continues to unravel as a consequence of his communicative ability with Pascha, but he amusingly tries to fight
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I_love_books
... und es geht eben doch - die Fusion Humor meets Krimi ist dank der Autorin Jutta Profijt wieder einmal geglückt:
Pascha is back - naja, er ist immer noch da, sollte ich wohl eher sagen. Nachdem er im Grunde seinem Freund Dr. Martin Gänsewein davor bewahrt hat zu sterben, hätte man annehmen können, dass Pascha endlich den Weg ins Licht findet. Jedoch wird Martin seinen persönlichen "Hausgeist" wohl nicht so schnell los. Und im Buch "Im Kühlfach nebenan" bekommt Pascha urplötzlich geist(l)iche U
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Glinda Harrison
This was a very enjoyable sequel to read!

I was a little suprised as some of the reviews expressing the opinion that this one wasn't as good as the first. A couple of points to consider about that:

First, most of the backstory about both Martin and Pascha was covered in the first book. This story picks up immediately after the end of the first.

Secondly, this book makes it clear that Pascha is the protagonist in this series, not Martin. (In the first book, it seemed 50-50.) I can see how that could
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Johanne
Hmmm I liked the premise although the plot was a little thin. Essentially an unpleasant dead car thief's spirit is hanging around the morgue after his murder (Pascha). He teams up with a newly arrived nun who has died in an arson attack on her convent & between them (with the help of a couple of live humans) they go about solving her death. The language given to Pascha is sometimes anachronistic & I think this is a translation issue - some of the slang used struck me as very dated giving ...more
Sandi
Crime fiction's oddest team are back for a second time. I wondered how a follow-up story would work but was pleasantly surprised. Pascha and Martin are still engaging characters and the plot perked along quite nicely. Listened to the audio version once again read by MacLeod Andrews who does a great job with Pascha's first person narration.
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Nach „Kühlfach 4“ der zweite Roman mit „Seele Pascha“ als Erzähler und Hauptfigur.

Ich muss sagen, dass Pascha in diesem Roman nicht mehr ganz so „prollig“ rüberkommt wie im ersten, aber auch wenn mir seine Art im ersten Teil sehr gut gefallen hat, vermisse ich in diesem zweiten Roman nichts. Obwohl Pascha sich diesmal etwas „normaler“ ausdrückt, ist er trotzdem so cool drauf wie in Teil eins.

Außerdem hat mir in diesem Buch der Fall irgendwie besser gefallen. (Die Tatsache, dass Pascha sich das
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Dena Mehling
I just love Pascha. He's good-hearted but rude as hell. This outing finds him communicating with another spirit, that of a murdered nun. Between Martin booby-trapping his apartment to sense Pascha and Sister Marlene's arguments about religion, I was laughing... a lot.
Rek21
ok story, kept referring back to the editor, which interrupted the story. Characters a little bland.
Tara
Okay, that's enough of this series. Everything about these books--writing, plot, characterization--is so over-simple and pedestrian, it's unbearable. The people are one-dimensional, the whodunit is practically telegraphed from page one, and the language is completely without style. Honestly, if it weren't for the hero's occasional references to late night porn, ladies' knockers, and auto-eroticism, I'd swear this was a reading primer written for schoolkids.

Disappointing, because I really wanted
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Bethack
Another fun mystery. I am enjoying this series
Joyce
This is 2nd in the series, and the 2nd that I read. Nice easy read, enjoyable. At one point I'm laughing out loud as my husband is trying to go to sleep. Works for me. It was fun to see our ghost, Pasha, develop, albeit a bit too late to do him much good. His character took center stage in this book, leaving Martin, the medical examiner, seem a bit crotchety. It will be interesting to see how the author deals with this in book 3.
Tanja
This is one of the most hilarious and entertaining stories I've read in a long time. The story idea is brilliant with lots of comical moments when the ghosts of car thief Pascha and nun Magdalene try to find the murder of Magdalene and fellow nun Martha. Of course it wouldn't be possible without the help of coroner Martin who is the only one able to sense and "hear" Pascha. I definitely want to read the other books in this series!
Tracy Dobbs
I enjoyed the first book, but hated the ending.
I liked this one a bit better. The ending wasn't anticlimatic like the first. The story basically takes off from where the first one ended. Poor Martin is in the Hospital recovering and Pascha the ghost is hanging around. Soon Pascha find a new "hanging-around" ghost with a new mystery to chase...and he drags Martin along for the ride.
Janyne
Four stars. Good book. I enjoyed the writing style and the humor. I liked seeing the way that Martin and Pascha's relationship is developing.

At first I thought that this was not as good as the first book in the series, Morgue Drawer Four, but by the time that I got to the end, I thought that it as better than book one.
Margaret Wichorek
This is the second book featuring the good-hearted, but very dead, car thief named Pascha. He is still haunting the hapless pathologist at the hospital and in this adventure is joined by the spirit of a murdered nun. This is a fun read read if you are looking for simething light.
Cyn
This was definitely an amusing read but I think the device of the wandering spirit helping to solve crimes is starting to wear a bit thin. It was definitely laugh out loud in several places and I actually do like most of the characters but I'm not sure I would read a third in this series.
JAnet
This is the second in a series and I liked it but not as much as the first. I think that is only because I knew what was going on in this book having read the first. The first was much funnier.But this is a quick read and still worth the time. Not sure how things can improve in book 3.
Denise
Really good, enjoyed the second in this series. First of all, the concept is unique, the trials and tribulations of being "in-between" with only one person who can hear you is often funny. Second, the mystery is also keeps one guessing quite a way into the book.
Mel Horne
I read Morgue Drawer Four and was disappointed, but decided to give it annother go . It just didnt work for me. I thought the plot was weak and had to work hard to finish it. I liked the ideas in the book but it just didnt hit the spot for me I am sorry to say.
Paula
I will be brave to state that this is better than the first.
Mild mannered John, desperate fir a quite simple life. Pashca, the cocky ghost and Marlene, the murdered Nun.
Seriously brilliant
Doris
It's not high literature but an okay read to pass time. The car thief's language gets irritating after a while although it fits the character of a small time crook.
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“It was time for her to finally get that all of that sanctimonious drivel is just the opiate of the masses. Ha, even I was educated enough to know that quote. From Gandhi.” 2 likes
“Marlene’s praise went down like a cold beer after a greasy burger.

She could sense this. “You’re not at all as bad as you pretend,” she said.

Careful... Now she was talking crap, that much was clear. I needed to change the topic.”
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