Judy Melinek, MD, & TJ Mitchell

Judy Melinek, M.D. is a graduate of Harvard College and earned her medical degree and completed a residency in pathology at UCLA. Her further training in forensics at the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner is the subject of the memoir Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner, co-authored with her husband, writer T.J. Mitchell. Melinek & Mitchell have launched a medical-examiner detective series with the mystery novel First Cut, and are writing the sequel, Cross Cut. Today Dr. Melinek is CEO of the medico-legal consultancy PathologyExpert Inc. and performs autopsy as a forensic pathologist in Oakland, California. Dr. Melinek writes a regular column for MedPage Today at https://www.medpagetoday.com/blogs/working-stiff. She travels nationally and internationally to lecture on anatomic and forensic pathology, and has been consulted as a forensic expert in many high-profile legal cases and in print, online, and broadcast media.

T.J. Mitchell is a writer with an English degree from Harvard who worked in the film industry before becoming a full-time stay-at-home dad. He is the New York Times bestselling co-author of the 2014 memoir Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner with his wife, Dr. Judy Melinek. He and Dr. Melinek have collaborated again to write First Cut, the debut novel in the Jessie Teska medical-examiner detective series, coming from Hanover Square Press (HarperCollins) in January, 2020. They live and work in San Francisco, where they are writing Cross Cut, the second book in the Jessie Teska series. Cross Cut is coming from Hanover Square in January, 2021.

Upcoming Appearances

Date Venue Address
January 28, 2020
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Judy Melinek & TJ Mitchell In Conversation with Mary Roach Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium
The Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, 94105
Come for an entertaining conversation with this unique writing team, who are partners in life and work. Tickets are required and can be purchased at https://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2020-01-28/authors-judy-melinek-and-tj-mitchell-mary-roach

Spouses Judy Melinek and T.J. Mitchell write about death but lead a most interesting life. They are the New York Times best-selling co-authors of the memoir Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and The Making of a Medical Examiner as well as the novel First Cut. Melinek studied at Harvard and UCLA, was a medical examiner in San Francisco for nine years, and today works as a forensic pathologist in Oakland and as CEO of PathologyExpert Inc. T.J. Mitchell is a writer with an English degree from Harvard, and he worked in the film industry before becoming a full-time stay-at-home dad to their children.

First Cut is the debut novel in their Jessie Teska detective series, centering on San Francisco’s newest medical examiner who uncovers a constellation of deaths that point to an elaborate plot involving nefarious opioid traffickers and flashy tech titans who got rich off Bitcoin. Autopsy means “see for yourself,” and in Melinek and Mitchell's novel, Teska won’t stop until she has seen it all—even if it means the next corpse on the table could be her own.

Mary Roach is the author of numerous books, including Bonk, Stiff, Packing for Mars, and Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War
February 18, 2020
7:00am - 8:30am
AAFS Annual Meeting Breakfast Seminar Anaheim Convention Center
800 W Katella Ave
Anaheim, CA 92802
Open only to AAFS Annual Meeting registered attendees Pre-Registration Required — $52
April 4, 2020
9:00am - 5:00pm
Literary Orange Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, 900 Newport Center Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660, USA
Panel Discussion -- California Crime: It's Not Always Sunny
Judy Melinek and TJ Mitchell join fellow authors Steph Cha (Your House Will Pay) and Patrick Coleman (Churchgoer) in a discussion moderated by Paddy Hirsch.

Registration information will be available on https://literaryorange.org/registration.php on February 3, 2020.

Recent Appearances

Date Venue Address
January 18, 2020
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Book Passage Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
Join us in Corte Madera, CA, for a "First Cut" launch event! Co-authors Judy Melinek, MD, and TJ Mitchell will read from "First Cut", discuss their writing, and sign books. Books will be for sale on site.
January 14, 2020
7:30pm -
Green Apple Books on the Park 1231 9th Ave. (@ Lincoln Way)
San Francisco, CA 94122
Join us for the San Francisco launch of "First Cut"! Co-authors Judy Melinek, MD, and TJ Mitchell will read from "First Cut", discuss their writing, and sign books. Books will be for sale on site.
January 9, 2020
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Brookline Booksmith 279 Harvard Street
Brookline MA 02446-2908
Join us in Brookline for a "First Cut" launch event! Co-authors Judy Melinek, MD, and TJ Mitchell will read from "First Cut", discuss their writing, and sign books. Books will be for sale on site.
January 8, 2020
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Nahant (MA) Hometown Book Launch Nahant Town Hall, 334 Nahant Road
Nahant, MA 01908
Join us in author TJ Mitchell's hometown for the Massachusetts launch of "First Cut"! Co-authors Judy Melinek, MD, and TJ Mitchell will read from "First Cut", discuss their writing, and sign books. Books will be for sale on site, from Whitelam Books.
January 7, 2020
7:30pm - 8:30pm
The Strand 828 Broadway at 12th Street
New York, NY 10003
Join us for the "First Cut" BOOK LAUNCH!!! We'll be at The Strand in the 2nd floor Art Department for the release of "First Cut", and a discussion between authors Judy Melinek and T.J. Mitchell and award-winning journalist Faith Salie. Doors open at 7:00pm; tickets/reservations can be made via the event link.