Toni V. Sweeney

Toni V. Sweeney has lived 30 years in the South, a score in the Middle West, and a decade on the Pacific Coast, and now she’s trying for her second 30 on the Great Plains. An accomplished artist and writer, she has a degree in Fine Art and a diploma in Graphic Art and also produces videos. Since the publication of her first novel in 1989, Ms. Sweeney divides her time between writing scifi/fantasy under her own name and romances often set in the South under her pseudonym Icy Snow Blackstone. She recently had her 35th book published.

Book Reviews by Toni V. Sweeney

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“Those readers thinking they can outguess the author will find their abilities tested . . . ”

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“The fictionalized Alice is an entertaining creation and one of whom the actual Alice probably would’ve approved . . .”

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“a hint of The Thin Man and novels of that genre . . .”

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“Some novels . . . stay with us and haunt us . . . The Zero and the One is one of those tales.”

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“the best example of the hardboiled crime noir novel . . .”

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“a remarkable piece of writing in its building of suspense and horror . . .”

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The Lost Book of the Grail may send readers on their own searches for more Charlie Lovett novels.”

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“a fascinating thriller that is at the same time a dark fairy tale. . .”

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“the evil men do truly does live after them . . .”

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“filled with the excitement of a Saturday morning matinee . . .”

The early life of the man calling himself Roamer was a Cinderella story.

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“a beautiful epic of the meaning and misinterpretation of honor and bravery, and the triumph of will over power . . .”

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“The story itself is entertaining, a tense and taut mystery with a circuitous plot that intrigues as it mystifies.”

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“a chilling reminder that occasionally things going bump in the night often can’t be explained.”

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“‘Lovecraft saw it coming . . . his stories weren’t fantasies . . . they were predictions . . .’”

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“The Thames holds the collective memory of the city and its dwellers . . . it’s a sacred river granting death and rebirth.”

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“‘Let’s raise a glass of sparkling champagne to the great blondes of Hollywood: the sacred and the profane, the damned and the deified, the fragile and the unassailable, with Harlow’s line from

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“There are mysteries men can only guess at, which age by age they may solve only in part.”

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“Truth . . . the one thing people will do anything to hide . . . because the truth will always come out in the end.”

A killer is stalking the women of Göteborg.

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“Who says you have to be human to have a soul? . . .”

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“a face belonging in the Sistine Chapel, and his soul in Hell . . .”

Morgan D’Arcy is an English nobleman, a concert pianist, and a vampire.

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“the Narrow Gate may lead to heaven, but it may also lead to death . . .”

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It is the mid-1930s. Rumania has been invaded by Germany; SS officers are in control of Brasov and surrounding towns. Townspeople are brutalized and arrested, disappearing, never to return.

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“Never enter a toy shop after midnight. . . .”

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“A necromancer, a witch, a vampire, and a devil walk into Hell . . . ”

A necromancer, a witch, a vampire, and a devil walk into Hell . . .

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“Trapped between truth and lies and an overwhelming sense of further tragedy if she speaks out . . .”

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“one comes away with a sense of futility and a loss of sleep from reading on to the bitter end.”

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“a definite tribute to Campion’s creator author Margery Allingham . . .“

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“in his house at R’lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming . . .“

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“. . . enough horror to transform the most steadfast insect-lover into an arachnophobe.”

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“she and her family are a fiction to each other as well as to the public. . . .”

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“. . . a powerful story of sacrifice and secrecy and a poignant love surviving over half a century.”

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“for a lie to become truth, the past only needs to be rewritten . . .”

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“time is indeed a river in which events converge, collide, and flow on to an unavoidable future.”

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“a man who discovers he has something to live for may have to die to achieve his goal . . .”

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“danger . . . can also lurk in less inhabited places, as well as in one’s own heart and mind.”

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“a cop’s loyalty to justice and the law must take precedence over her personal opinion of the victims.”

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“‘My brother and I were kidnapped off a street in Chungking, China, when I was five years old . . . We never saw our father or mother again.

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“while a serial killer threatens the beleaguered city, two old friends fight a new but very intimate foe . . .”

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“Folly is a place where everyone knows everyone’s business . . . except when that business is murder.”

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“. . . guarantees the reader will believe there are truly things that go bump in the night . . . ”

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“one woman’s determination to protect her husband is juxtaposed against the panic of the city’s inhabitants . . . ”

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“a beautiful first novel, filled with vivid imagery . . . and a delicate love story . . .”

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“. . . a mystery starting out small and building to a large and fiery climax.”

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“. . . a cozy little mystery with a neat alchemical twist and some very endearing characters . . .”

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“a torturous, suspense-filled journey through the maze of a man’s jumbled memories . . . ”

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“. . . a maelstrom of long-term child abuse, childhood love ironically gone bad, and a family feud coming full-circle.”

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“evil is never fully destroyed; it simply takes another form.“

Apple, Massachusetts is a dying town, a roach motel in which its inhabitants only escape through death.

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“. . . one woman’s search for the truth of her brother’s death at the risk of her own life.”

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“ . . . a mélange of the ways politics not only makes strange bedfellows but also spawns recurrent cycles of deceit and murder . . .”

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“Botticelli’s Bastard is a delightful story, a fantasy revealing the extremes of human nature as well as the depths of emotion possession of a work of art may evok

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“. . . a thriller. . . on the lengths men will go to in order to possess something intangible: the creation of beauty . . .”

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Swann Dive may have a contemporary setting whose snappy repartée is reminiscent of the comedy-mystery movies of the thirties . . .”

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Muzzled is an enjoyable read for both the mystery fan and the dog lover, and if they are one and the same, it’s a double delight . . .”

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“ . . . a chilling encounter between the past and the present brought to life  . . . in a most entertaining fashion.”

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“Curran has taken the horror master ’s sense of inherited dread and given it a second and tighter twist . . .

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The Way You Die Tonight is a laconic bit of hardboiled detective noir, with name-dropping galore: from Frank Sinatra to Howard Hughes and everyone in between. . . .

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“. . . an entertaining whodunit, with one drama going on before the footlights and another behind them . . .”

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“ . . . an enjoyable read about a season of love in which two people come to recognize in each other the person each has been waiting for.”

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“ . . . elegant description, sharp wit, as well as a love story sweeping from the past into the present.”

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“ . . . a nice turnabout of two people acting as cupids for two who refuse to declare their interest in each other . . . and then comes the switch . . . ”

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“ . . . [a] tale of the hypocrisy of the powerful [woven] into an entertaining police procedural . . . “

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“ . . . the tale of what happens when a man considered above reproach by his peers does what he wants and not what’s expected of him . . .”

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“. . . a sympathetic and ironic rendering of a portion of Poe’s life . . .”

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“. . . a thought provoking character study of the prince of familiar fairy tales . . .”

A Valkyrie, a psychic, and a werewolf walk into a bar . . .

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“ . . . a spy caper and a romantic romp . . . with a chuckle or three . . .”

“True Spies is a treat of a novel.”

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“ . . . a sensual romance, filled with witty dialogue and enjoyable characters.”

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“. . . a tale of a personal war played against the background of a global one . . .”

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“. . . an overwhelming story of love in its darkest moments.”

What a tangled web we weave . . .

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“. . . an intriguing plea for tolerance presented as an entertaining read . . .”

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“. . . an intriguing tale with dramatic descriptions and vivid characterizations . . .”

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“. . . a fascinating journey through the psyche . . .”

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“. . . a fun, slapstick kind of story . . .”

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“. . . a deft narrative of madness, murder, and love against the background of the English-Dutch war.”

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“. . . clever, tongue-in-cheek entertainment with a couple of unexpected twists . . .”

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“. . . a splendid tale of one man’s determination . . . to be the best in his chosen profession . . . and to find love.”

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“Minneapolis certainly isn’t a place one associates with magic. Perhaps it has something to do with the water.”

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“Lash evolves into an Everyman, seeking the one thing all men want and only a few ever obtain. . . . a bittersweet journey.”

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“Every dog has its day . . . now the werewolves are having theirs.” 

Mr. Brown confounds and intrigues with a fast-paced tale that won’t disappoint with all its twists and turns.

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“. . . Lash is a paranormal Scarface—one can see a definite parallel between Tony Montana and the protagonist here, Trystan Valeras . . .”

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“. . . an easy read, peppered with literary and cinematic references, and the climax is worthy of an Errol Flynn movie.”