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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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Trevor
Jun 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen-lit-read
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.
Charles Cody
May 22, 2014 rated it liked it
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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. Re
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Andrel
Nov 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book is so gangster
Samtodey
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Don’t waste your time reading this. The plot was the only reason I kept reading. This book was terribly written. If it wasn’t such an easy read I wouldn’t have bothered finishing it.
Jack Landis
If you find that books that question you are fun to read this would be a good book to give a chance. It shows how even the law enforcers can be breaking the law. The author writes good context between the characters and makes you consider how the book would look like as a film
Ally
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
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Beverly
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 13-15 year olds
Recommended to Beverly by: Best Books for Young Adults/ala.org
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
2nicoleR
Aug 19, 2011 rated it did not like it
the book i read was the morgue and me by john c.ford . 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
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Ane
This book was FANTASTIC!!! I can't usually read a mystery much without knowing "who-dunnit" way ahead of the game. But this book was awesome!!! Plot twists, red herrings and a teen-angst ridden wannabe spy Teenager named Christoper stumbles into detective role in a darkly humorous sort of way! I also liked that the inter-connection of the characters wasn't forced or felt "needed" it just happened!! Small town drama I guess haha!!
I totally gobbled this book up in a day!!! (and only took a break t
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Kathleen
Nov 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
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)!
Dilan Desai
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it
I’m not a book reader but I do like interesting things. This book was kinda interesting and gd some twists and turns. The main plot is about a kid named Chris who just graduated from high school and gets a job at a Morgue that was in need of workers. While at the morgue, he discovers a bunch of cash and a bullet ridden body that’s dismissed as a suicide. With the help of another lady, he uncovers a dangerous plot. Decent book, would I ever read it again? No.
Garrett S
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An extremely good book that left me wanting a sequel. I don't read books for fun often, and I banged out almost this entire book in a weekend. Really good mystery read. Take the chance and immerse yourself in THE MORGUE & ME ...more
Ben
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was very intriguing to me because it had a bit of mystery in it. This book really hooked me in with the interesting story of him trying to solve a murder, and not knowing who to trust. I must admit though, the ending really surprised me.
James Valderrama
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was very interesting and thrilling.
JJ Irwin
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
very good
Kevin Pruett
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read this book in high school and honestly it was a lot better then I figured it would be. Definitely would read it again.
Ginny
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
A good YA read. I was hoping that more would actually take place in the morgue, but a catchy title sells books.
Max
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I think that The Morgue and Me by John C. Ford was a great book. It starts in a small town called Petoskey in Michigan. The book is about a teenager named Christopher who gets a job at a morgue as a Janitor for the medical examiner Dr.Mobley. Chris was not planning to work at the morgue, he was going to work at the astronomy department at NWMU where his parents worked. That was before he broke into the planetarium and got arrested. Chris had a little brother, Daniel, was rarely seen without a ch ...more
Aiden Bruntz
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a very fun read and I loved it a lot, this book has interesting characters and a beautifully made story that keeps you on your heels. This book is made for more mature audiences because of language and other slightly gory scenes, other that that I recommend this book to older teens and adults.
Jake
Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Caroline
Dec 09, 2016 rated it liked it
I thought that overall, it was a pretty good book. It was predictable at times, but then again, there were times when I didn't know what was going to happen. I really like how descriptive the author was. Also, I think that the author did a very good job of giving the characters cohesive personalities. Some of the characters were introverted and then, on the other hand, there are characters that are extroverts, but their personalities work well together, even though they are so incredibly differe ...more
Sara
Jul 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sara by: Goodreads
Shelves: 2011, young-adult, mystery
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.

T
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Wisteriouswoman
Mar 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Jeffrey Westhoff
Nov 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

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
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Molly Eagan
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Carol
Dec 29, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Suzanne
Apr 09, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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Jess Schira
Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-challenge
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
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Danielle Larca
Jan 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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
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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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