Death by Autopsy: A Toni Day Mystery

Death by Autopsy: A Toni Day Mystery

by Jane Bennett Munro

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ISBN-13: 9781491744796
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Pages: 268
Sales rank: 615,533
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

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Death by Autopsy: A Toni Day Mystery 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
KevinPeterKP More than 1 year ago
Precision Strikes – A review of the novel ‘Death by Autopsy’ “By medicine life may be prolonged, yet death will seize the doctor too” - William Shakespeare Author Jane Bennett Munro’s latest novel ‘Death by Autopsy: A Toni Day mystery’ is the fourth book in the Toni Day series of mystery books. As the self serving title suggests, it tells the tale of Toni Day, a pathologist by profession who takes it upon herself to solve a couple of mysterious deaths when she is accused of causing death to a patient, death by autopsy. Beulah Mae Pritchard was the woman Toni was supposed to conduct an autopsy on but when she wakes up alive on the table; it sets in motion a series of events that spells trouble for all those involved in the case. Accused of malpractice and being sued, Toni works hard to get her name cleared while also dealing with multiple threats, including one from the actual killers of Beulah and her husband Dwayne. Now although this is the fourth book the titular protagonist Toni Day makes an appearance in, Death by Autopsy is the first book I’ve read in the series. But that didn’t stop me and I’m sure it won’t stop you either from enjoying this book as a standalone mystery novel. All the characters have been developed in such a manner that you will get to know each person intimately through the course of the book. Toni, her husband Hal, mother Fiona, step father Nigel and a host of secondary characters, including the antagonists are all real and life like and this helps in connecting with their story and emotions. And although it takes advantage of a few fictional liberties to move the narrative forward, it still turns out to be a highly credible and believable story. This is a medical mystery novel that is thoroughly researched but that’s no surprise considering the author is a board certified pathologist in real life. She takes you through the day to day happenings in the life of a pathologist and lets you know that the job isn’t as glamorous or easy as it’s portrayed on television. And you really got to have a hard stomach to sit through some of the passages as she literally dissects the autopsy procedures, in graphic detail too and it isn’t recommended for the squeamish readers. The strength of the research can be felt in other areas too when she’s discussing about the irrigation company, law enforcement agencies and the judiciary as well. And unlike a lot of other books in this genre, Jane hasn’t tried to dumb it down to reach a wider audience. And I appreciate this because even if you can’t follow all the medical terms and procedures at least you feel that the characters uttering these lines know what they are doing, making the proceedings seem more real. Toni Day is a woman of strong principles who is intelligent, honest, energetic and exuberant. She has got great attention to detail and the tenacity to follow up on even the hardest of leads, two qualities that any successful detective or sleuth must possess. The first person narrative will take the reader into the thick of the action and the author has managed to make this work throughout the length of the book without it ever becoming monotonous or stale. She also has a great mix of secondary characters who will keep you entertained with their quirks and dysfunctional interpersonal interactions. A lot of the story moves forward on the strength of some nicely written rapid fire dialogues spoken between the various characters, this also help in creating artificial urgency in the narrative. With almost every chapter ending on a cliff hanger note, you will be hard pressed not to finish the book in a single sitting.
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
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 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!!
MargieS1 More than 1 year ago
Given To Me For An Honest Review Death by Autopsy: A Toni Day Mystery by Jane Bennett Munro is a book that is going to grab you from page one and hold on to you until  the final page.  You'll be on the edge of your seat finding yourself turning page, after page, after page and turning more pages.  This book  is about, Toni Day, a pathologist.  One night she witnesses a car drive off a bridge into frigid water.  She discovers that the victim is  Beulah Pritchard.  Thinking Beulah is dead, she is brought to the morgue for an autopsy.  When the autopsy is almost complete, Toni sees that Beulah is alive.  Beulah lives for 2 more days.  Toni then receives a court order that both she and the hospital are being sued for  malpractice.  There are twists and turns in this book.  Including Beulah,s husband is found dead in the trunk of her car.  Why is her dead  and in the trunk?  What caused Beulah's death?  The malpractice suit ... what will happen with that.  This book is a fantastic crime thriller.  You won't be able to put it down until you finish reading it.  I loved it.  I gave it 5 stars but it deserved many, many more.  I highly  recommend this book to everyone especially if you enjoy crime and thriller books.  You will love this one.  I look for more from Jane  Bennett Munro.