Saturday, June 1, 2013

Guest Author: Jane Bennett Munro

I’m a pathologist. To most people, that means Quincy, or Ducky, or Lainie, forensic pathologists on TV who do only autopsies. Most pathologists do much more; evaluate surgical specimens, review abnormal Pap smears, perform bone marrows, fine-needle aspirations, and run the clinical lab. Most pathologists only do an autopsy once in a while.

I spent 24 years as a solo pathologist in a rural hospital. During that time, I had occasion to do quite a few forensic autopsies for the coroners of several counties here in southern Idaho. Also during that time, I had encounters with certain people whom I would cheerfully have killed had it been legal. 

But it isn’t. So I write about them instead.

Below is what various folks have said about Too Much Blood, my second Toni Day mystery.

Author Jane Bennett Munro brings readers back into the life of Dr. Toni Day in her second murder mystery Too Much Blood. In Munro’s novel, a sequel to Murder Under the Microscope, Day once again becomes the center of a complicated web of deception and murder. Underlying themes of questionable investment strategies, financial scams and relationships between medical professionals help to create a novel that is much more than just a murder mystery.

Using her background and experience, Munro hopes to entertain readers while giving an inside look into the nature of her career. “Pathology is not a well-understood medical specialty,” said Munro. “This book offers readers a taste of what most pathologists do on a daily basis and combines that with a story of greed, romance, sex and murder.”

Pathologist Toni Day returns in this gory tale of a sleazy lawyer and his scam involving the doctors at Perrine Memorial Hospital, in which their earnings go directly into his hedge fund via an offshore leasing company, avoiding taxation. That is, until the economy takes its worst dive since 1929, and Jay Braithwaite Burke’s hedge fund is revealed as a Ponzi scheme. The Feds move in. Jay declares bankruptcy and disappears, only to reappear two months later, dead in his car in the middle of the snowy interstate.

At autopsy, Toni discovers that Jay bled to death. Shortly thereafter, Jay’s partner also bleeds to death. Jay’s widow and four children are kept on the move by a series of house fires, and soon everybody ends up at Toni’s house. Toni’s life is already complicated enough; her work schedule is brutal, and she fears that her husband, Hal, is having an affair. Her mother comes to visit. In the meantime, a mysterious illness casts a bloody pall over the Christmas season. Toni must use all her pathological expertise to keep her loved ones from a similar fate, and in so doing nearly comes to a bloody end herself.  

Too Much Blood is a gripping book that reveals how one midnight call drastically changes everything in the life of a brilliant and young female pathologist—leading her to a life-threatening situation. Between its covers, you will follow Toni Day as she must use all her expertise to unmask a killer and save herself and her loved ones from a gory death. Follow her as she attempts to uncover the truths of the suspicious circumstances and complex web of events and resolve the conundrum. Riveting and action packed, this book will take you on a mind-blowing journey of a lifetime! 
Jane Bennett Munro, M.D., is a hospital based pathologist who has been involved in forensic cases during the course of her thirty-six 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.

Too Much Blood

Author: Jane Bennett Munro
Mass Market Paperback: 389 pages
Publisher: iUniverse (July 19, 2012)

Kindle Edition
ISBN: 9781473929195
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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Also available at and as a Nook book.


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