High Praise for Too Much Blood!

According to Amazon, Too Much Blood has reviews that run the full gamut from 1 star to 5. I haven’t looked at the 1-star. I just don’t want to go there.

This isn’t that. This is a 5-star.

5.0 out of 5 stars          Fascinating!  Intense!, June 7, 2013      
This review is from: Too Much Blood: A Toni Day Mystery (Kindle Edition)      

Where do I start? Too Much Blood by Jane Bennett Munro captured me from that first “middle of the night” phone call that could have waited until morning! You know the one, regarding work, that you can do nothing about, and it wakes up everyone in the house and no matter what you CANNOT get back to sleep! From this moment on, we are inside Toni Day’s mind, living each scene with her, processing the events with her and being poked in the heart with her emotions! Toni is a pathologist, suspicious deaths that need to be examined, bodies that need to be dissected for hidden information, its all part of her life. What happens when a possible murder hits too close to home? The list of suspects is as large as a small town phone book and the possible reasons behind the unusual death of a man who has swindled millions of dollars from investors, is long and varied. The cause of death? Although mysterious in origin, it is brutal, bloody and obviously torturous, the deed of extreme calculation and malice. After finding the cause, will Toni find the murderer before the murderer can add her to their list of victims?
Jane Bennett Munro writes with the knowledge of one who once dealt with the medical society, pegging not only the medical jargon, but the often stereo-typical personalities of those in the medical field. Toni is a brilliant, force to be reckoned with! As I was transported into her mind, following her thoughts, I felt the need to buckle in and hold on tight! Ms. Munro has created and shaped a huge cast of characters that beg to be released from the pages of this tale, they are that real, from quirky to solidly twisted and everything in between! She is not afraid to make the reader hate the character one minute, feel their pain the next! Sarcasm rules, too, with intense dialogue and interaction between characters!
The pace NEVER slows down, the subplots add even MORE reality, because life isn’t a straight line, there are roadblocks, detours and danger signs mixed in with those warm and fuzzy moments. I want to thank the author for sharing this book with me in exchange for my honest review! If you love a good medical mystery, with a dash of romantic conflict, a few fires and you don’t mind the mental sight/smell of blood and guts, you are going to love this book!


What do you mean, my characters aren’t developed?!

Here’s a not-so-good review of Too Much Blood, which is the subject of this blog and self-flagellation.

TOO MUCH BLOOD, A THRILLER in which author, Jane Bennett Munro takes the main character, Toni Day and wakes her in the middle of the night. An autopsy needs to be performed on a low life attorney, Jay Braithwaite Burke. In the investigation to find out what killed the lawyer, Day discovers quite a few people who had a reason to take him out.
On the list are most of her friends from the hospital where she works, her neighbors and many more.Burke was involved in some not so kosher deals which drew the attention of FBI agents.  He was also father of many children with many women. He leaves an odd condition in his will so the  children will be taken care of.
this is one big web.  Along with the low life lawyer, Day has an idea her husband is not being so faithful. Looks like the pathologist has a full plate.

 Ms. Munro herself is a 34 year pathologist, so writing the medical parts of the book are second nature to her.
The author wrote a good thriller with lots of webs to untangle.I only have one complaint with the book.  too many characters to keep up with.  There wasn’t time and room in the book to go into depth on most of the characters.

This was a good read but there just wasn”t enough depth on the characters and the story kept going back and forth all the time, never giving a chance to get to know the characters and their real situations.

I would give this book 3.5 STARS.

Well, I guess that’s better than no stars at all. I’ve sent my books out to be given honest reviews, and that’s what I wanted to get. I shouldn’t complain when I get constructive criticism because that’s what I wanted to get. Most of my reviews have been 5 stars so far, so getting one for 3.5 stars is a bit of a dash of cold water in the face. No matter. It’s life for an aspiring author.

My first reaction was What do you mean, my characters aren’t developed? Of course they’re developed. I spent lots of time developing them. But wait. I did that in Murder Under the Microscope. I didn’t re-do it in Too Much Blood. That’s probably a common mistake inexperienced authors make when writing a series. They assume everybody’s read the first one. But they haven’t.


Besides which, there are an awful lot of characters in Too Much Blood. Many of them are children, who are peripheral. Why did I make the Maynards and the Burkes so prolific in the first place? I’m not a mother, so I didn’t give Toni children. I didn’t think I’d be able to make her convincing as a mother. So I gave the kids to her best friend and next door neighbor, Jodi Maynard.

I didn’t need to give Jay Braithwaite Burke so many children. I did so to make him look like more of a sleaze, leaving not only his wife but four children besides.

Mea culpa.

It’s too late to do anything about that in Grievous Bodily Harm; it’s already in publication. But I took the criticism to heart. In Death by Autopsy, I’m developing the pure living bejeezus out of my characters, just as if it were the first book in the series.

Let it never be said that I can’t learn from my mistakes. Thanks Goodreads, for setting me straight.