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The Morgue and Me

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  465 ratings  ·  101 reviews
Christopher just needed a job to kill time the summer after high school graduation. He didn't expect it to be in the morgue. Or that he would accidentally discover a murder cover-up. Or that his discovery would lead him to a full-blown investigation involving bribery, kidnappings, more murders... and his best friend. And he certainly could never have predicted that Tina - ...more
Hardcover, 313 pages
Published June 25th 2009 by Viking Books for Young Readers (first published May 22nd 2009)
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Charles Cody
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The Morgue and Me book review
In this novel, Chris, an eighteen year old guy is working at the morgue cleaning once a week as a summer job. One day at the morgue, his boss was doing an autopsy on a man named Mitch Blaylock. On his way out he stumbles into his bosses’ office where he finds a lot of cash in his bosses’ desk. He soon meets a young woman named Tina who helps him research the death of Mitch. Throughout the book he is kidnapped and more murders accrued. Read the bo
One of the tightest, fastest moving 300-ish pages existing in the teen book world -- or hell, anywhere -- this mystery is deep and it brilliantly keeps readers up in the air until it's over...then you're only a little in the air. The layers upon layers of questions that keep coming up in the story keep your dried out eyes lasered to every page. Cool as hell.
This book is so gangster
Sep 29, 2012 Beverly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 13-15 year olds
Recommended to Beverly by: Best Books for Young Adults/
The Morgue and Me is an excellent YA introduction to the classic murder mystery with a reluctant but determined hero, his misfit sidekick, quirky family members, plenty of suspects and plenty of bad guys. The Morgue and Me could be a good gateway into the adult mystery genre. Author, John C. Ford says his inspiration was Elmore Leonard, but protagonist, Christopher, reminds me more of Spenser in the Robert Parker books. Christopher is smart, but shy. His best friend accuses him of spending too m ...more
the book i read was the morgue and me by john . this book was amzing. even though i didnt get to finish it yet, i think its a really ood book. i would recommended it to anyone who likes mystery and a little bit of troubled romance.
the book starts off with this guy christopher newall, who is trying to get a job at the planetarium where his parents work. well he ends up getting arrested for one little mistake. he was caught in the planetarium. now instead of working in the place he always
Okay, I'll admit that I was a bit bored. In the beginning, there is a really strong hook, but then it goes downwards really fast. The Morgue and Me is a mystery novel about a dead man who seems to be murdered, not the supposed "suicide." Chris would normally go to the police, but he has one problem. It appears the sheriff was the one who paid off the examiner of the dead body. So Chris turns to someone else. A reporter.

Doesn't it sound like a wonderful story? Well, I'll tell you the truth. It is
Chris is 18 and just out of high school and lands a job at the county morgue; he always wanted to be a spy…and now he is thrust into a murder mystery. Wow – this was a really great ride; an exceptionally well-done murder-mystery with its share of twists and turns. This book had great character development and a super-rich, super-detailed backdrop. Brilliant. I LOVED the quirky writing style of this author; for example, Chris thinking to himself: “Time was funny that day, the way it didn’t budge. ...more
Well played Mr. Ford! I think you might have an Edgar Award winner on your hands.

The Morgue and Me is a page-turner, keep you at the edge of the your seat, plot-twisting murder mystery for anyone who loves a good mystery. This story had me guessing right up until the bitter end (which I did not see coming)!
1. The novel began with Christopher Newell, a teenager who recently graduated high school, searching for a job. He was planning to work at the planetarium in a nearby museum since he was so interested in astronomy, but due to complications, he could not. He found a job in the paper as a janitor for the local morgue, applied for it, and was accepted. A few weeks into the job, the morgue owner was conducting an autopsy alongside the local sheriff, who prevented Christopher from entering the room. ...more
Although this is a young adult book it might be a good crossover to adult fiction as well. Enter murder, bribery, gumshoeing, and love confusion, with enough red herrings and a cast of suspicious characters throughout to prove them worthy of a whodunit. this book is really a bit better than 3 stars, but maybe not quite 4. Even so, i would thank this author for his first novel and for a good read for this reader. And, i am way past young adult. It's always about the story and the characters for m ...more
This is really more of a 2.5. A fairly predictable murder mystery to me, so I'm disappointed that we placed it on the Peach Nominee list BEFORE I got the chance to read it. If I had, I would have argued against it in favor of something better. Maybe I just don't love the murder mystery as I did when I plowed through all the Agatha Christie's when I was a tween. So contrived, they feel.

Anyway, just a few words more: a dude graduates high school and takes a summer job in the local morgue, thinking
Jess Schira
I made a mistake with this book. I flew through the first 60 or so pages before falling asleep. I loved the book. For some reason, after that I had a very difficult time picking up the thread of the novel, and had to force myself through the second section. I really don't think this was the book's fault, but rather my ability to focus. I should have tried to read straight through.

I quite enjoyed the story. Sure, some, perhaps even most, of the characters were cliched, but I suspect that had a gr
Mar 02, 2011 Sara rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sara by: Goodreads
Shelves: 2011, mystery, young-adult
3.5 stars. The summer after high school graduation, Christopher starts a part time janitorial job at the local morgue, where his hours are flexible and the work repetitive. When Christopher secretly discovers that a body has arrived riddled with bullets and the ME was paid off to rule it a suicide, he starts investigating the case on his own to find the real killer. Tina, a local reporter, is his sidekick in this investigation and the only person he trusts as the suspect list continues to grow.

Fun mystery book especially for a teen boy!

I found it delightfully refreshing especially since it wasn't about high school girls falling in love with football players or goth kids being bullied. It is nice to hear about high school relationships from a somewhat clueless 'boy' perspective. The love story elements are off beat and keep you guessing and there isn't the sex scenes that you might find in an adult mystery story. It had several twists and turns that I couldn't anticipate which kept me
Jeffrey Westhoff
John C. Ford's "The Morgue and Me" is a dynamite YA detective story because, I believe, Ford approached it as a pulp detective story that just happens to have a teenage boy as its protagonist. He doesn't write down to his audience in any way.

Christopher Newell's first choice for a part-time job following high school graduation isn't as custodian in the local morgue, but it does have a strange appeal for him. Shortly after taking the job, though, Christopher discovers the medical examiner is cove
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

A summer job at the morgue? It's not for everyone, but it's just right for Christopher. Mystery, intrigue, and some day working as a spy are what fill his thoughts.

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 ex
Molly Eagan
By; molly eagan

The morgue and me
written by John C. Ford

Thoughts: the Morgue and me is a very interesting book, it is filled with action and plot twists. if you like mysteries then this would be a good book for you, Christopher gets into many though situations and the book is very good in a sense that it keeps the action going and makes you want to read more

main idea Summary:
The main character ( Christopher ) was a teen ager that was quite intelligent, it was summer time and Christopher ( never
Danielle Larca
Christopher Newell didn't plan to spend his summer working at the morgue, but when he sees the ad in the paper, he decides it might help him with his dreams of working as a spy someday. From day one, Christopher is sucked into what looks like a murder cover-up. The police appear to be involved, leaving Christopher, along with the femme fatale journalist, Tina, to carry on an investigation of their own. Under the guise of "innocent" journalism, the pair manage to uncover a scenario of events invo ...more
Shellie Foltz
Chris wants to be a spy. Really? How many people do you know who actually say they want to be spies when they grow up? The thing is, John C. Ford really made me believe in Chris' dream right along with him. This could have been a completely cheesy novel; instead it was completely enjoyable.

From the start, we learn that Chris is a little on the outside of, well, everything. Doing life with an injured ego, a secret crush, a delightfully quirky family, and a "past", Chris is determined to pursue h
Nusrat Sultana
The book was a classic mystery, something you don't find enough of nowadays. The story moves at a fast pace so none of the scenes feel boring or unneccesary. I definitely liked the twists and turns that brought you to the climax.
At first, I thought Christopher was an unreliable narrator--mostly due to the fact that he tended to let his imagination run away with him-but it turns out he was on the right path all along. The book surprised me when it was revealed who did the murder, which is a good
Mrs. Foley
This is a Gateway nominee for 2011-2012. Interesting little mystery.

Review from School Library Journal:
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
We read this last spring for the high school book club and it was one of the top favorite reads for the year. Suspense, and an intriguing cast. I appreciated the Midwestern (Michigan) setting. Even though I am not a big reader of murder-mystery-suspense, this one caught me and pulled me straight through to the finish (also, the novel has one of the best openings that points to the ending while giving nothing away).
May 29, 2011 Elaine added it
This is the first of the YA books I have read for the summer. It is a nominee for this year's Georgia Peach Award and definitely a good start.

Christopher (not Chris) is a classic example of "curiosity killed the cat" and "being in the wrong place at the wrong time." He took the job in the morgue because he wanted to be a spy when he grew up. He figured he could learn something about forensic pathology while he was there.

When the first dead body arrives, he sneaks a look at the corpse after every
F.T. Bradley
Christopher has a job at the morgue for the summer. He cleans part-time, and finds the job pretty uneventful, until the body of Mitch Blaylock shows up at the morgue. That same day, Christopher finds $15k in cash in the medical examiner (his boss)’s office. He quickly figures out that something’s not right about the investigation into Blaylock’s murder. He joins young reporter Tina (who’s also hot) to find out why Blaylock’s murder is being covered up.

With a solid mystery and suspenseful plot tu
Excitement, humor, interesting and well developed characters, and most of all a mystery that keeps you guessing until the end. I couldn't put it down! If you're looking for a solid hardboiled detective tale, check this out.
Gwen the Librarian
This first novel reads like a classic pulp mystery, with an anti-social teen detective, fast-talking femme fatale journalist, and plenty of corruption to go around. It is the summer after senior year, and Christopher takes a job cleaning the morgue because he thinks he wants to be some kind of investigator, CIA or something. Well, contrary to his expectations, Christopher finds himself knee-deep in a murder with the medical examiner and the sheriff in on the deal. Joined by a foxy newspaper repo ...more
Matthew Morgan
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3 1/2 stars
While some what incredulous, I couldn't put this book down. Christopher has taken a summer job cleaning the morgue in Petoskey, Mi. While working he sees the medical examiner and the sheriff huddled over a body on the table in the autopsy room. Christopher tells them he left something in the office. After rummaging through the doctor's desk, he finds his briefcase stuffed with hundreds of dollars. This is a pretty weak link to get it started, but what follows is great following up on
There aren't enough young adult mysteries out there, especially ones as enjoyable as this! The mystery zips along, but not so quickly that there isn't enough time for well-drawn characters, especially the main character, an Every Guy who dreams of catching bad guys and jumps at the chance to catch some in his small Michigan college town. The progression of the mystery hung together well for me, although it got a little garbled at the end. The other characters were well fleshed-out and as much fu ...more
This is a mystery in the classic sense. Christopher is filling the summer between senior year and college with a part-time job cleaning the morgue. While there, he stumbles on a cover-up. The majority of the book covers the ensuing investigation he conducts in league with a hot 20-something reporter. Country clubs, old boyfriends, government officials, environment destruction, and digital photography all come into play. There’s really nothing here that wouldn’t be appropriate for a middle school ...more
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I’m John C. Ford, author of The Cipher and The Morgue and Me. I grew up outside Detroit, Michigan before venturing off to Stanford University, where a desperate search for spending money led me to a reporter position at The Stanford Daily. The pay was terrible, but discovering how much I loved writing was priceless.

After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School and pract
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