Book Review: Toni Day Mystery Series by Jane Bennett Munro
by Joanne Troppello
I recently entered a book giveaway and won six books in the Toni Day mystery series written by Jane Bennett Munro. I hadn’t had the time to read in a while and couldn’t even remember the title of the last book I read.
However, when I found out that I won and received six books in the mail, I was ecstatic. I had new books to read by an author that I’d never read before.
I love a good mystery. My favorite mystery series on TV was Castle and any of the old Agatha Christie books that were made into movies starring the well-known characters, Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot.
From the moment I started reading Ms. Munro’s book, Murder Under the Microscope, I was hooked on the character of Toni Day. She is an interesting character with flaws, and a desire to solve any puzzles that come her way—especially murders.
She has more lives than a cat and has survived harrowing situations where I was on the edge of my seat, rooting for this self-proclaimed mystery solver to come out alive and save the day.
After reading these six books, I am sad to say that I will miss Toni Day, her husband Hal, her mum Fiona, stepfather Nigel, and all the other great characters who’ve been with her and helped her solve murder mysteries.
I am new to the Toni Day series, but I hope that Ms. Munro writes another book soon. I can’t wait to see what other misadventure Toni gets herself into. I highly recommend this series to those who love a good mystery!
NOTE TO OUR READERS: This book contains some profanity, so it may not be suited to our more sensitive readers. However, that did not overtake the books in any way. Also, this book is very detailed. This is good, but sometimes the medical / pathology terms may be confusing. Yet, Ms. Munro weaves them seamlessly into the story.
About the Author, Ms. Munro
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: Big Juicy Colon. 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.
About the Reviewer
Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, internet and media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs.
Reading this reminded me that I need to update my bio. I’m now 74 and retired, and Henrietta has been replaced by Elvira.
Toni Day Mystery #7 is in the works. I hope to get it published sometime in 2020.