Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Devil Wore Sneakers by Nora LeDuc (excerpt, review and GIVEAWAY) GFT



by Nora LeDuc

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GENRE: Romantic Suspense, mystery

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BLURB:

Love and Mystery in the 6-oh-3 – Book 2
Who shot Lucy Watson’s estranged brother, the popular high school teacher who brought snacks for the staff and volunteered to help troubled students? When Lucy Watson returns to her hometown in New Hampshire to bury her brother, she learns law enforcement is looking into several suspects. But soon the search for the killer grows intensely personal for Lucy. The police discover a fierce argument occurred the day of the murder between Lucy’s brother and his best friend Liam McAllister, Lucy’s first love. The cops shift their focus to Liam. Determined to get justice, Lucy becomes involved in the mystery and must choose to put her faith in Liam one last time, or face the truth; she is in love with her brother’s murderer.

When former bad boy Liam McAllister runs into Lucy Watson, he feels the familiar hunger and tug of attraction that they once shared. Since their breakup five years ago, he’s regretted ending their relationship and dreams of winning her back. Now is his chance. He invites her to his bar and grill to show he’s a reformed, self-made businessman. But his plan comes apart. The bank threatens foreclosure on his establishment, and he falls under suspicion for the death of his pal and Lucy’s brother. Liam struggles to overcome his personal challenges while proving he’s changed. Can he convince Lucy to trust him, or is it too late for a second shot at love?



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EXCERPT

“We’re also investigating Liam McAllister.”

“Liam?” A knot formed in her stomach.

The chief eyed her with interest. “Surprised? How many years since you’ve seen him?”

“Five.” She forced herself to relax her fisted hands. “He wouldn’t shoot Ryan. They were friends. Even if that changed, I know Liam’s not a killer.”

“A witness who doesn’t want to be named reported them arguing near the Mad Moose bar and believed they would come to blows. Your brother died later that night.”

Strange. “What did they quarrel about?”

“We’re looking into the squabble. Any ideas?”

“Me? No.” The chief had nothing. Her head hurt, but his last accusation irritated her more than her headache. “One fight doesn’t mean Liam would shoot my brother.”

“You were engaged to McAllister once, right?”

She went still at the familiar ache inside her. She couldn’t explain what she felt when her relationship with Liam came up. Was it anger, regret, or pain over the wasted four years of dating? Maybe it was the way he’d broken up with her.

Liam had ended their relationship on the day she’d expected a proposal. Then he’d gone off to party all night. Yes, that was the problem. No matter how hard she tried to forget, their last evening together was seared into her memory.

 “Investigate him. I understand.” She grabbed the handle of her suitcase, ready to leave and end this painful conversation.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Nora grew up in rural New Hampshire, picking blueberries in her backyard and wandering the woods with her brothers. Now that she’s older, she still lives in rural New Hampshire and enjoys writing stories. She was first published in 2000 and has written historical romances, contemporary romance, romantic suspense and mystery. She is a co-founder of the New Hampshire Romance Writers chapter, which meets monthly at the Bow Library. Here she enjoys great speakers and the company of fabulous authors.


When not writing, Nora spends time with her family, sews quilts, gardens and takes road trips to anywhere fun.



Links for Nora LeDuc





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GIVEAWAY

a Rafflecopter giveaway


The tour dates can be found here





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My review



4 stars


The Devil Wore Sneakers by Nora LeDuc is part of the ‘Love and Mystery in the 6-oh-3’ series and centers around Lucy Watson’s search for her estranged brother’s murderer.  Actively involved in her investigation is her former love, Liam McAllister, who is struggling to cope with his sense of personal and professional obligations to her as well as the suspicions of the local police.  Added to the mix is a dangerous stalker determined to finish what he started, making danger escalate for Lucy and those around her.

This story is an entertaining mystery with several delightful twists and turns.  There are quite a few suspenseful threads, a flame that still burns between the main characters and acts as a nice catalyst for the story, and multiple secondary characters who complicate the investigation. I felt a bit overwhelmed by the various folks who seem to pop in and out of the story with no apparent purpose and I suspect that part of the problem is that this is part of a series, so there are interconnections that are not necessarily absolutely required for this particular story but would be nice to have, especially since there is a thread that is woven through and is still dangling by the end.  It would be nice to have a little more insight into the characters, but I enjoyed being surprised by the ending and recommend this story to those who like romantic suspense stories with a small town component and flawed main characters who can learn from their past mistakes.


A copy of this title was provided to me for review


52 comments:

  1. This looks like a good book. From a new to me authoo, I will have have to go and look at her page.

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    1. Good morning,Petula,thanks for dropping in. Be sure to enter the giveaway.

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    2. Glad that you are going to explore further, Petula. Thank you for visiting!

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    1. Thanks for commenting,Becky. Happy reading.

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    2. Happy to hear that, Becky. Thanks for popping in!

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  3. This is interesting and I really want to know if they end up together.

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    1. Hi Ann, I love a good romance, too. Suspense makes it twice as good. Enjoy your day.

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    2. Good, then you have to read it, Ann! Thanks for taking the time to visit and comment!

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  4. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

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    1. Hi Mai, in ten years I hope to have a band of readers who love the books I write. Thanks for coming by. You have an interesting name. I might meet a character with that name. You never know.

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    2. Another great question, Mai. I don't think I ever look that far in the future, since one of my mantras is 'we are not promised tomorrow'. Happy New Year, great to see you!

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  5. Thank you for hosting me on your interesting site.

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    1. Thank you for the compliment, Nora. I appreciate the opportunity to read your story and wish you luck with the tour. Thank you for taking the time to interact with my visitors and please accept my apologies for being so tardy to welcome you!

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    2. Hi E.L.F. No problem being late. I have those days and keep thinking if Only I could go back in time. Still waiting for that machine.

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  6. Looks like an awesome read! Would love to get my eyes on it! Have a wonderful new year.

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    1. Esperanza, thanks for coming and leaving a comment. The book is easy to find on Amazon. I'm hoping your eyes will love it. Happiest of New Years to you too.

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    2. Thank you for visiting, Esperanza!

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    1. Lisa, Good luck! Maybe it'll be your lucky giveaway. Have a great day and thanks for commenting.

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    2. Good luck, Lisa. Thanks for popping in!

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  8. I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you.

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    1. Hi Rita, nice to see you. Thanks for commenting. Glad you enjoyed the excerpt.

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    2. Glad you liked it, Rita. Thanks for visiting!

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  9. Thanks for the review!

    --Trix

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    1. Hi Trix, yes, reviewers deserve many thanks. And thanks for commenting.

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    2. You are quite welcome, Trix. Thanks for dropping by!

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  10. This sounds like a really great series, I have both books on my TBR and am looking forward to reading them both. Thanks for sharing your review :)

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    1. Hi Victoria, I think I just said hi to you on another site. You get around. Thanks for putting my books on you TBR pile. Happy Reading.

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    2. Excellent, Victoria. I look forward to hearing what you think of them. Thanks for popping in!

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  11. Great excerpt, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Danie, thanks for dropping by today. Glad you enjoyed the excerpt. Enjoy your afternoon.

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    2. Happy you liked it, thank you for taking the time to visit!

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  12. On my winter TBR list. That's all I do all winter. I never go out because I hate the cold. I just curl up and read. I am looking so forward to reading Nora's book.

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    1. Misty, you must have a busy winter! I hate the cold too so I can write and never go out. Enjoy your afternoon and hope you enjoy the book.

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    2. Sounds like a great plan, Misty. I hope you enjoy it!

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  13. I love romantic suspense, especially with some surprises or twists and turns.

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    1. Tanja, romantic suspense is my favorite too. Thanks for coming by and commenting. Don't forget to enter the giveaway.

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    2. That is definitely one of my favorite genres, Tanja. Thanks for dropping in!

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  14. I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you for sharing!

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    1. HI Betty, thanks for taking time to stop by and read teh excerpt. Happy New Year.

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    2. Happy you liked it, Betty, great to see you!

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  15. I do love to read Romantic Suspense.

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    1. Hi Mary, Good to see you again. Thanks for commenting!!

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    2. Me, too, Mary. Thanks for the visit!

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  16. Thank you for the excerpt~it sounds like a great read.

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    1. Hi again, Betty. Happy New Year!

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    2. HI Betty, Hope you enjoyed a great New Year. Thanks for coming by the blog.

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  17. Really enjoyed reading the excerpt, thank you!

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  18. sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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