A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner by Judy Melinek & T.J. Mitchell

Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner by Judy Melinek & T.J. Mitchell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published August 12th 2014 by Scribner
Source: Kindle Store

Excellent! I really enjoyed this biography of Dr Melinek's training. I have read a lot of books about both forensics and corpses; there is really nothing left to shock me. But Working Stiff is highly entertaining and interesting giving wonderful insight into both the medical profession itself, teaching circumstances and mostly the work that a medical examiner does. We also meet Melinek's coworkers and learn much about different speciality sidelines in anthropological forensics: the bone experts, the brain experts, etc. I also enjoyed the way Dr Melinek described how the ME's office truly works with law enforcement and when necessary the court system, giving TV viewers a much more accurate take on the relationship. Dr Melinek wrote this book along with her stay-at-home husband (Harvard degree in English) and the interwoven story of a marriage where the woman is the breadwinner was also encouraging. They have a great storyteller's voice and I hope they collaborate on Dr Judy's further adventures in forensics.

1 comment:

  1. I have been seeing this around. Glad you liked it!