Jane Bennett Munro, M.D., is a hospital based pathologist who has been involved in forensic cases during the course of her thirty-five year career. She also spent 8 years on the Idaho State Board of Medicine and was chairman 1997-1999. Now semi-retired, she lives in Twin Falls, Idaho, where she enjoys music, gardening, scuba diving, and skiing. She is the author of Murder Under the Microscope, winner of an IPPY Award, and Too Much Blood..
Grievous Bodily Harm (A Toni Day Mystery)by Jane Bennett Munro
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A new administrator is hired to ease the transition when overcrowded and landlocked Perrine Memorial Hospital is bought out by a behemoth hospital system that covers much of the Pacific Northwest and promises to build a new hospital in Twin Falls. But Marcus Manning, a good ole boy with roots in Twin Falls, far from making anything easier, manages to earn the enmity of medical staff and employees alike as he ruthlessly goes about eliminating anyone who might oppose him in his quest to become not only CEO of Perrine Memorial, but CEO of the entire system.
Unwisely, he starts his campaign with pathologist Toni Day, who blows the whistle on Marcus’s twisted campaign of lies, blackmail and sexual abuse until the medical staff finally considers firing him, but is saved the trouble by someone with a more permanent solution … of cyanide.
Toni, as one of the prime suspects, is forced to solve the mystery of Marcus’s murder to keep herself out of jail, and as she delves further into the private lives of those involved in Marcus’s life, finds herself forced to kill in order to save her life and finally learn the truth.
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Toni Day is back and deep in the thick of murder, mystery and mayhem, once again! Grievous Bodily Harm by Jane Bennett Munro is an excellent addition to the Toni Day Mystery Series. Toni is among several hospital employees being targeted for dismissal by a newly hired administrator, Marcus Manning. Seems Marcus has his eye on being the hospital CEO and his mind in the gutter as he uses sexual harassment, lies and intimidation to revamp the staff to his liking and hopefully strengthen his powerbase in the process. With the staff up in arms, Toni spearheads the counter attack on Marcus in an effort to get him fired and out of the picture. But someone else wanted him gone more permanently and figured a little cyanide might just do the trick. Sure, there are lots of likely suspects, but Toni becomes suspect number 1 and must risk everything to find the real killer. Hal just isn’t totally onboard with all that is happening, Toni’s mother is getting married and in her own world, so Toni does her usual thing and ignores all sense of caution in her quest. There are tons of people who despised Marcus, and his track record is less than stellar. Will Toni be able to uncover what the police cannot? Or perhaps the question should be: Can Toni survive long enough to uncover what the police do not seem to be able to? The answer and the reasons why Marcus met an untimely death are best labeled as, “Didn’t see THAT one coming!” Once again, Jane Bennett Munro has taken her vast medical experience, sliced it up and tossed into the mystery hat and pulled out another winner! Her world-building is fabulous, anyone who can make me think I’m smelling a hospital, or a musty pile of old records, all while keeping me on the edge of my seat waiting for Toni’s next move has talent through and through! Each character is unique, complete and human. I didn’t have to always like or hate them, no one was all evil or all good, like I said, these characters felt human, flawed, real. Each subplot was strategically placed and added realism to the story. And Toni? I’m not sure she isn’t part cat, she seems to have at least nine lives and eventually ends up landing on her feet, time after time! She is over-the-top brilliant, tough and determined in this fast-paced who-dun-it!