It’s been a while since I did any recommendations on this blog, but I have run across a series that I am really enjoying. It’s also kind of topical, since it’s almost Halloween and this series is about a ghost.
Pascha Lerchenberg is Cologne, Germany’s top car thief. Unfortunately, he’s also recently deceased. Martin Gänsewein is a brilliant, methodical medical examiner.
Pascha’s problem is that his homicide has been judged an accident and all of his ex-friends will think he died from drunkenly falling off a railway overpass. Martin’s problem is that he is the only living person that Pascha can communicate with, and if he is going to get any peace from the foul-mouthed and determined ghost he’s going to have to find some way to prove that Pascha’s death was murder and bring the killer to justice.
Their story is told in Morgue Drawer Four, by Jutta Profijt. The original novel is written in German, and translated by Erik J. Macki. I have been listening to the series on audiobook, read by MacLeod Andrews, who does a wonderful job of bringing Pascha to… uh, life, as it were.
The series continues with Morgue Drawer Next Door, Morgue Drawer For Rent (which I am currently listening to) and Morgue Drawer: Do Not Enter, which is scheduled for release on November 4th of this year.
I’d call the series Paranormal Comedy Mystery, and I think it works in all three genres. The physics of the ghosts is well thought out and consistent. The Odd Couple chemistry of Pascha and Martin is witty, often laugh out loud funny. The mysteries are solidly plotted, not too obvious, but logical.
All in all, highly recommended.