Book Review-Death by Autopsy: A Toni Day Mystery-Jane Bennett Munro | Miki's Hope

Book Review-Death by Autopsy: A Toni Day Mystery-Jane Bennett Munro

Friday, December 12, 2014

Another book written by an MD--I am truly beginning to wonder whether there will be any doctors left--they all seem to be writing fiction and are extremely good at it! Maybe because they are writing Medical Mysteries and they know about it first hand? If you enjoy medical mysteries that twist and turn-you will enjoy this one. This is actually the 2nd book I've read by this author. You can see my review of the first one Grievous Bodily Harm (also a Toni Day Mystery) here

You know that old saying--"No good deed goes unpunished"? Well that certainly holds true in this novel! Pathologist Toni Day tries to save the occupants of a car that slid off the road into VERY cold water. Both occupants of the car (one who was found in the trunk) are dead--until the female is on the autopsy table-----it just keeps getting better and better. Toni's husband (also a doctor) spends most of his time saying oy veh or oy gevalt (with good reason)--her Mom is always reminding people to mind their language--there is quite a bit of comic relief in this book! No one can stop Toni from trying to figure out the mystery--and she keeps getting deeper and deeper into trouble--The woman's sister even wants to sue for wrongful death!!

About the Book: (from her Website)

Pathologist Toni Day is faced with a situation most pathologists only joke about. Beulah Pritchard comes back to life on her autopsy table. Beulah was a coworker of Toni’s at Cascade Perrine Regional Medical Center, where she was known as a merciless gossip, happiest to attack female doctors with slander and lies.

Beulah drove her car off a snow-covered road with her husband’s dead body in the trunk. Although Beulah survived her injuries and hypothermia, she died, only to come alive on Toni’s table—and die again. Beulah’s estranged sister threatens to sue both Toni and the hospital for wrongful death, but it’s soon apparent both Beulah and her husband were murdered.

To save her career and the hospital, Toni investigates the mysterious deaths of Mr. and Mrs. Pritchard. Her inquiries uncover a decades-old scheme of embezzlement, blackmail, and more. Soon, someone is on Toni’s tail: the killer, desperate to stop the curious pathologist from uncovering the truth. In order to stay alive, Toni must confront a vicious and clever murderer who will do anything to keep the past under wraps.

Read a chapter or two here

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About the Author: (from Amazon)

I'm a pathologist in a rural hospital in Twin Falls, Idaho, trained in Southern California. I worked my way through medical school as a medical technologist. I came to Twin Falls right out of residency, and was in a solo practice for 24 years before my hospital was purchased by the other one; now I have three partners. I now work part-time at St. Luke's Magic Valley in Twin Falls. I'm 67, divorced, and live in Twin Falls with my best friend, Rhonda, and our cat, Henrietta.
Unlike most pathologists in murder mysteries, my protagonist, Toni Day, MD, is not a forensic pathologist, and neither am I. Like me, she is a hospital based general pathologist who has forensic autopsies thrust upon her. Instead of the usual morgue scene, Toni's work involves all the other things pathologists do that nobody knows about; surgicals, cytology, the clinical laboratory; all this in addition to solving the odd heinous crime.
Reviewers have suggested that I develop a platform upon which to provide information for those who have lab work done, or must have something biopsied or removed at surgery, and the interrelationship between pathologists, surgeons, and oncologists (cancer doctors) which are so frightening and mysterious to the average patient. I've set up a second blog for that;
The readers of my books will at least get an idea of what the average pathologist does all day besides autopsies.
We're not all Quincy.
Some of us are Toni Day.


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Beck Valley Books said...

It's a good job my hubbie is a quick reader, I see so many awesome books you've reviewed that he would love and this is one of them.

Masshole Mommy said...

This sounds like a great read. I love a good mystery!

Literary Winner said...

This sounds like a funny and engrossing mystery! I do like when there is lots of real medical facts in a piece of fiction.

Unknown said...

I love fiction books written by authors with the actual character experience! Adds a great dimension, for sure!

Unknown said...

I really enjoy books about murders and mysteries. They seem to keep me wanting to continue reading and reading.

mail4rosey said...

I'm not surprised that doctors have a knack for being good writers. ;) The title of this one draws you right in from the start...that's an eyebrow raiser, to be sure.

Southern Mom Loves said...

It sounds riveting! And what a nightmare! To survive something like that only to die during an autopsy?! Horrifying!

Scott said...

I've had nightmares about waking up during surgery, I don't even want to think about an autopsy. Yikes!

Theresa Mahoney said...

That's cool that this one was written by and actual doctor! I hate reading books that seem so unbelievable because they can't get the facts right. This sounds like a great read!

Michele said...

I am trying to make sure everyone can enter comments!

Mom Blog said...

What a way to go! Looks Like I need to add this to my wish list.

Liz Mays said...

I never would have expected you to say there was comedy in this book with that title. It sounds so interesting!

Unknown said...

This looks like a good read - I sometimes get strung up into drama in books though!

Unknown said...

This looks like a good read - I sometimes get strung up into drama in books though!

The AnnMarie John said...

I don't read much medial mysteries but this one sounds truly intriguing. I might pick this one up. Heading on vacation and need books to read while there.

Rebecca Swenor said...

This sounds like an interesting book indeed. I love these medical mystery novels with a twist. My mom would love this one too. Thanks for sharing.

Kiittäkää Aina ja Kaikesta said...

Sounds like a really great book! I love it when the suspens keeps you on the edge until the very end :)

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