DEATH BY AUTOPSY
A Toni Day Mystery
Jane Bennett Munro
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.
Paperback: 268 pages, Publisher: iUniverse (October 7, 2014), Language: English, ISBN-10: 1491744790, ISBN-13: 978-1491744796
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; bigjuicycolon.com.
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.
She is such a brain that Toni Day speaks intelligently with such techncial terms. Her vocation is a pathologist.. but it also enters into her daily life too. She slides a little humor in while she is doing her autopsies. As most people were talking of the car accident as the death getting rid of a constant troublemaker and rumor teller. Toni Day was the one who found the car accident and had tried to save the passenger. She couldn't get to the driver of the car.Quite a shock was to prevail when she was doing an autopsy on Beulah Pritchard and found out that the woman was not dead. No, NOT DEAD. However after working on her in the Emergency room she died several days after.Now, on top of everything else, the hospital and Toni Day are being sued for "Death by Autopsy" The author put in a little twist.The suit was by the fraternal twin sister of Beulah. Toni came to the conclusion that drawing blood from Beulah could have led to her death. Now she had a personal reason to become involved in the case again.The author makes the story rather complicated. Who really killed Beulah.? Was it Toni Day or someone else. that murdered her? During all of this when Beulah was in the ER, is off to do another autopsy and who might that be? Beulah's husband,Dwayne. He was found in the trunk of the car Beulah crashed. Did Beulah murder him or did he die of natural causes? Maybe he had an enemy. Later in the day, Nigel talked to Toni privately, showing her his medical records and diagnosis for prostrate cancer. Adding a family member to the plot made the story a little more interesting and caring of thee characters.Then attempts on Toni's life begins. What's going on? Can you as the reader answer all the questions? There's quite a few twisting, turning and winding trails in this plot. Fascinating and page turning.
I received a complimentary copy of DEATH BY AUTOPSY from the author, Jane Bennett Munro and Bostick Communications for my view of the book. No other compensation took place.
I would give this book 4 STARS.