The Morgue and Me — John C. Ford

Viking Juvenile, 2009

morgue and me

Christopher just needed a job for the summer. He didn’t expect that the job he took at the morgue would lead him to a murder investigation that included kidnappings and bribery…or that it would involve his best friend. He also didn’t expect his partner to be the insanely hot journalist, Tina.  As the investigation goes on, Christopher realizes that his life will never be the same.

Review: Ford does a wonderful job with the mystery aspect of The Morgue and Me. It kept me guessing until the very end. I didn’t know who the killer was until Ford spelled it out for me. The twists and turns pile up as the novel goes on making it nearly impossible to put down. I was impressed how Ford tied everything in the end. During the middle of the book I felt that there were too many loose ends to possibly be able to tie up.

After going on about how well the mystery was played out, I have to say the characters weren’t skimped on at all either. Christopher was phenomenal.  As a reader, you quickly get to know Christopher as a person and who he presents himself to the world. He has a lot of insecurities, but presents a confident, go his own way persona. This is part of his charm. It’s also why he feels like he has to pay attention to the murder victim. He feels he has something to prove.

All in all, The Morgue and Me is a bit fantastical, but it was a page turner with great characters. If you are looking for a mystery, this is the book for you.

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