It’s in the Eyes – Charles Toftoy, Author

December 4, 2009 at 10:22 pm (Crime Novels, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , )


It’s in the Eyes – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

‘”Please get him.” Lars looked down at her and flashbacked three years, as if he was seeing his own daughter at the morgue. Candance Hawthorne, the fourth rape and murdered coed, was almost an identical twin of Lars’ daughter, Lisa. As he looked at Candance’s face, he recognized some of those facial features. And the blue eyes seemed to be staring intently at him. A tear stung Lars’ eyes. Even though the temperature outside the Lubber Run Nature Center was a warm 62 degrees Fahrenheit, he felt a chill.’

Lars Neilsen is a West Pointer who served three tours in Vietnam as a ranger/paratrooper, Special Operations. He was awarded the DSC, three Silver Stars, two Purple Hearts and many other awards while serving his country. He knows the streets, is clever and has good instincts. He also believes in justice for the victims and has no problem in carrying out whatever needs to be done to acquire that justice. But most important, Lars heads a team he created called the Alpha Team. The Alpha Team takes their position seriously and won’t stop until their job is complete.

Nathan Green, called ‘Tiger’, originally from New Orleans, served with Lars in Vietnam. Tiger was a sergeant in the military and was very accomplished in the Special Ops by performing top secret missions. He, as well as Lars, has a brown belt in Tae Kwon Do and won’t hesitate to use this art of defense when needed.

Doris Wagner was a former FBI profiler and recognized as their best. Her husband died in the World Trade Center on 9/11, draining her emotionally. She now does part-time work for the FBI. She’s clairvoyant, into astrology and develops clinical psychological leads to uncover criminals.

Brenda Little is a journalist who helped break a big murder case in Richmond. She was hired by the Washington Post but burned out after six years and now does freelance work. She studied criminal justice at the University of Maryland, her father was a metro cop killed in the line of duty and she has a black belt in Tae Kwo Do.

Now you know the Alpha Teams. When Candance Hawthorne was raped and murdered the Alpha Team was hired by the family to find her killer. This case turns out to be the toughest case the team has encountered.

I’ve enjoyed following Lars and his team as they search for the ‘Coed Killer’, only to find out that there is not one killer but two, bringing even more excitement to the story. Charles Toftoy created 4 characters, dedicated them to justice, but still give the reader the feel that these 4 characters are normal everyday people. He does this through the jokes and humor of ‘Tiger’, the compassion of Brenda, the confused lifestyle and childhood memories of Doris and the pain felt by Lars due to the death of his wife and daughter. I couldn’t help but enjoy It’s in the Eyes and look forward to reading it’s sequel Eyes of Cold Case Killers.

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Sister Team KM Daughters explodes on the writing scene

August 15, 2009 at 7:50 pm (mystery, Suspense Novels) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


JewelOfTheAdriatic_2X3JEWEL OF THE ADRIATICA nightgown model and a soap opera star meet in Valselo, a Croatian village where millions believe the Mother of God appears to three visionaries. Yugoslavian born Maya Lidovic owns Intimate Whispers, a New York based sleepwear company. Determined not to lose her faith in a secular world, she spends her vacations leading tours in Valselo where her parents run an inn. Colin O’Reilly plays heartthrob, Dr. Brock Stone, on the soap opera Tides Of Tomorrow. Through various setbacks in life he’s managed to keep God first. But now he’s furious at God for taking his mother. Colin doesn’t believe that God has sent the Virgin Mary to earth w

ith messages of hope. He doesn’t believe that God cares about the world. A series of apparitions, prophetic dreams and earthy attraction draw these different people together. Human frailties obscure the intention of the call that brought them to their destinies.human frailties,

Review: 4 books http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2008/09/jewel-of-adriatic.html
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RoseOfTheAdriaticROSE OF THE ADRIATIC-

Wounded and faithless, Dr. Matthew Robbins arrives in a small Croatian village determined to discredit the visionary who claims to see the Mother of God. Matt believes only proven facts, and he’s sure Anna Babic is either lying or delusional. But, despite all his unpopular testing, he can’t disprove Anna’s visions–and what’s worse, he finds himself falling for the beautiful visionary who speaks with the blessed Virgin Mary.  

Anna has experienced skeptics in the past, and they’ve never left a lasting effect. But Matt is different. Despite his open disbelief and vehemence to discredit her, she finds herself hoping he’ll change his mind.


Drawn together as if by a heavenly hand, can Anna choose a life as the wife to her unlikely match?  Can Matt believe on faith alone that God loves him enough to heal him and free him to love Anna?

Review – 5 stars Readers Choice Book Reviews – link: http://ezinearticles.com/?Rose-of-the-Adriatic-by-KM-Daughters&id=2616959 <http://ezinearticles.com/?Rose-of-the-Adriatic-by-KM-Daughters&amp;id=2616959>
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AgainstDocOrders_w1792_300qAGAINST DOCTORS ORDERS–  The Henna Housewife Killer continues to evade the police for the murders of red headed housewives. ER doctor Molly Jordon treats Detective Danny Sullivan when he’s brought to her ER with a bullet wound. Molly has never had a carnal reaction to a patient before but Danny sparks so much heat in her, he appears in steamy dreams. A cop’s widow and single parent, Molly is fiercely averse to the life of worry loving a cop entails. And Danny isn’t any cop. He’s the son of a retired Police Commissioner and one of six siblings who are all law enforcers. Danny thought that a cop’s job and marriage didn’t mix after his bitter divorce – until he meets the bossy, irresistible Molly Jordan who throws medical orders at him that he has no inclination to follow.

AWARD:  

Review: 5 stars Readers Choice Book Reviews – pdf attached

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BeyondtheCodeof_w3208_300BEYOND THE CODE OF CONDUCT

FBI Agency brass and Sullivan family connections force Special Agent Bobbie Leighton into an undercover operation with inactive Homicide Detective Joe Sullivan.  Posing as a cattleman and his arm-candy wife the couple is assigned to infiltrate Bradley Sterling’s illegal operation.  Suspected of baby trafficking, Sterling may be connected with Jimmy Sullivan’s murder.  How do Bobbie and Joe adhere to their professional code of conduct living under the same roof?  Can they forget their personal history, ignore their volatile feelings for each other and ensnare their target when they might be next on Sterling’s victims list?

REVIEWS – 4 stars RT Book Reviews http://tinyurl.com/r2wkm9
The Book Connection – Must Read  http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2009/07/beyond-code-of-conduct-by-km-daughters.html
You Gotta Read Book Reviews – Rating You Gotta Read http://yougottareadreviews.blogspot.com/2009/06/review-beyond-code-of-conduct.html

BOOK TRAILER LINK:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho2kVI3_nrw

Past_Final300PAST, PRESENT AND FOREVER

Unaware they share the same goal, Lizzie and Jack motivate Jack’s brother Charlie out of his despondency after the death of his wife. Lizzie and Jack both understand loss. Liz was jilted by her fiancé the same day her parents died ten years ago and Jack’s mother abandoned her small sons to life with a father who never recovered from the separation.

Now Liz faces the man who destroyed her at a college reunion, with Jack as her companion instead of Charlie who engineers the covert substitution. As Liz and Jack collide in the present can they overcome their pasts and find forever?

REVIEW: Coffee Time Romance and More Reviewers Award: www.coffeetimeromance.com/BookReviews/Pastpresentandforever.html

Pat Casiello
Writing with Kathie Clare as K.M. Daughters

BEYOND THE CODE OF CONDUCT, Book 2 Sullivan Boys Romantic Suspense Series
Rated 4-Stars RT Book Review, “Compelling”…Page Turner
To purchase: http://tinyurl.com/qwgpsp
Coming 7/31/09 – ROSE OF THE ADRIATIC
Rated 5-Stars Readers Choice Literary Reviews, “…a wonderful story”
To purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/na2vbs
Visit our website: http://www.kmdaughters.com
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About the Author

K. M. Daughters is the writing team of sisters, Pat Casiello and Kathie Clare. Their penname is dedicated to their parents: Kay and Mickey Lynch. Pat is married to Nick Casiello and has three children, Jen, Emilie and Brian. Kathie is married to Tom Clare and has two sons, Tom and Michael. She has one granddaughter, Natalie, a grandson, Michael John new grandbaby is expected in September.

Visit K. M. Daughters www.kmdaughters.com <http://www.kmdaughters.com/>

 

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Web of Secrets – Ernesto Patino, Author

July 29, 2009 at 11:32 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


Web of Secrets

Web of Secrets – Ernesto Patino, Author – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

“Sarah? Sarah Baker?” said a man with a raspy voice. “I know this may sound a little strange, considering you don’t know me. But I happen to be in possession of some interesting information concerning your parents – your natural parents, that is – and I thought we might…”

This phone call became the beginning of many changes to come in Sara Baker’s life. Of course the blackmailer wanted money. And due to the information this man threatened to make public, Sarah’s husband Mark agreed to pay. But the information did more than threaten their comfortable lives. It sparked Sarah’s desire to know more about her parents who had given her up many years ago. That’s when she turned to 20 year FBI veteran turned private investigator Joe Coopersmith.

Through Joe’s research, he discovers that Sarah’s mother died in a fire in 1965. He also finds Sarah to have 2 brothers and a sister. As he interviews them, he learns they too have been contacted by the blackmailer and they wanted him stopped. The information held by this man would drastically alter their lives and totally destroy Sarah’s brother Hal’s future as a Conservative radio talk host. But they want something else as well. They want Sarah to give up her search for information on their father.

Sarah’s determination is strong and becomes even stronger when she learns her father is still living. She has questions about the past and he’s the only one living to provide the answers. No matter what her family says, nothing will make her give up in her quest of finding her father. Not even murder.

Patino takes you on a rollercoaster ride as you travel with Joe Coopersmith from Miami to Key West and then to Mobile ending on the Miccosukee Indian Reservation where the final answers are to be found. Web of Secrets is fast pace from beginning to end and a very enjoyable read.

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