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.

Recent Appearances

Date Venue Address
Date: October 10, 2020
12:00am - 12:00am
Venue: National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) 2020 Annual Meeting Address: The Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center, 650 15th St
Denver, CO
Notes: Time and more details TBA.
Date: April 11, 2020
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Venue: Mystery Writers of America, NorCal Chapter Presentation Address: ONLINE -- details at https://mwanorcal.org/events/
San Francisco, CA
Notes: Get Your Murder Scene Right</br> Dr. Judy Melinek, a board certified forensic pathologist, and with her husband, writer T.J. Mitchell, are the New York Times-bestselling coauthors of Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner, and the new forensic detective mystery First Cut. They will present an overview of death investigation procedures, and will discuss their process of weaving science and art into genre fiction.</br></br> Register on the Mystery Writers of America NorCal Chapter site at https://mwanorcal.org/events/
Date: April 4, 2020
10:40am - 11:40am
Venue: Literary Orange Address: Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, 900 Newport Center Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660, USA
Notes: Panel Discussion -- California Crime: It's Not Always Sunny</br>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.</br> Panel 10:40-11:20, Book Signing 11:20-11:40 </br>Event is sold out, waitlist for tickets is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LO20waitlist
Date: March 14, 2020
10:00am - 1:00pm
Venue: Redding Writer's Forum Address: The McConnell Foundation Headquarters Meeting Room, 800 Shasta View Drive
Redding, CA
Notes: Working Stiffs: Get Your Murder Scene Right</br> Judy Melinek, M.D. and T.J. Mitchell are the New York Times bestselling co-authors of the memoir Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner(Scribner, 2014). First Cut (Hanover Square, January 2020) is their debut novel, launching a forensic-noir detective series with a plot that involves opioid traffickers.</br></br>This event is free to Writers Forum members. The public is invited to attend at $20 per person. RSVP required by March 6. WRITERS FORUM MEMBERS: RSVP BY MARCH 6 VIA EMAIL TO:writersforummembership@gmail.com or writersforumprogramchair@gmail.com</br></br>MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: RSVP BY MARCH 6 TO: Writers Forum, P. O. Box 492282, Redding, CA 96049-2282 with check or money order for $20 payable to Writers Forum.
Date: February 18, 2020
7:00am - 8:30am
Venue: AAFS Annual Meeting Breakfast Seminar Address: Anaheim Convention Center</br>800 W Katella Ave
Anaheim, CA 92802
Notes: Open only to AAFS Annual Meeting registered attendees Pre-Registration Required — $52
Date: January 28, 2020
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Venue: Judy Melinek & TJ Mitchell In Conversation with Mary Roach Address: Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium</br>The Commonwealth Club</br> 110 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, 94105
Notes: 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</br></br> 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.</br></br> 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.</br></br> Mary Roach is the author of numerous books, including Bonk, Stiff, Packing for Mars, and Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War
Date: January 18, 2020
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Venue: Book Passage Corte Madera Address: 51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
Notes: 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.
Date: January 14, 2020
7:30pm -
Venue: Green Apple Books on the Park Address: 1231 9th Ave. (@ Lincoln Way)
San Francisco, CA 94122
Notes: 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.
Date: January 9, 2020
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: Brookline Booksmith Address: 279 Harvard Street
Brookline MA 02446-2908
Notes: 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.
Date: January 8, 2020
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue: Nahant (MA) Hometown Book Launch Address: Nahant Town Hall, 334 Nahant Road
Nahant, MA 01908
Notes: 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.
Date: January 7, 2020
7:30pm - 8:30pm
Venue: The Strand Address: 828 Broadway at 12th Street
New York, NY 10003
Notes: 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.