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Friday, July 12, 2013

Book Tour & Review: Dead Women Tell No Lies by Nora DeLuc

NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of Dead Women Tell No Lies in return for my honest review. This does not in any way reflect upon my review. All thoughts/opinions of this novel are 100% my own.

 Two months after her disappearance, a young woman's body turns up on a New Hampshire riverbank hundreds of miles from home. Now the murder victim’s identical twin, Rose Blue, tries to use her flawed psychic connection to her sister to solve the tragic case.

Homicide Detective Luke Lennox is skeptical of her abilities and finds the mysterious newcomer a distraction. As the department’s latest hire, he has a lot to prove, and he’s learned from past experiences a personal involvement with Rose will only end in disaster. When a threatening message alerts Rose the murderer dreams of them together, Lennox must stay close to Miss Blue. With the clock ticking and a cunning killer always one step ahead, Luke reluctantly allows her close to him during his investigation. But can he protect her from the danger that lies ahead, or lose his heart and career in this deadly game of doubles?
Book Excerpt: 
Luke crouched beside the woman, who rested in a semi fetal position. She appeared small, about five-feet, and helpless. Her arms and legs were twisted and held prisoner in the wild rose’s thorns. A tattered white shirt lay open around her thin body, exposing bare breasts. A shredded bra was pushed up toward her throat. Her lower torso was nude, and she wore no shoes. Wet blonde hair hugged her cheeks. Tape wound around her mouth sealed in her secrets. Her open hazel eyes glistened lifelike, staring up at him. Death couldn’t hide the fact the woman had been attractive.

“Spooky, isn’t it?” Conroy grimaced. “Her eyes make her look alive. I almost expect her to try to speak.”

If only they’d found her before the scumbag left her like this. Luke swallowed the bitter taste and straightened. “Her sister mentioned a butterfly necklace when she filed the missing person’s report. Anyone locate it or come up with a reason for her to be in Ledgeview?”

“No jewelry found on the body or near the scene. No one’s discovered a reason for her move over the Vermont border where she ran a business and rented an apartment. It’s a strange one,” Conroy conceded.

“We’ll find out what happened to her.” No one deserved to die this way. Luke’s wall of self-preservation slammed shut, cutting him off from her pain. “I’ll contact the sister.”

What or who ended the young woman’s life with such brutality? He turned and headed up the bank to speak to Rose Blue in private. 

 My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

My Review:  When I first began this novel, I felt that it was going to be more "paranormal" or "psychic" than I wanted - and I was wrong! Sure.. Rose does have "visions" of her sister Dahlia (especially of her death), but instead of being the main focus of the novel as I feared it would be, it was only a small part of the overall plot. I enjoyed how the author kept Rose's "psychic twin" abilities to a minimum when concerning the acutal poilive investigation (although they proved to be helpful) and instead focused on the police work involved in solving a homicide. 

Throughout the novel, you are introduced to several characters - some you cannot help but like, and others you cannot help but loathe. Several times during the novel, I was certain I knew who the killer was - and time and again I was proven wrong. The twists and turns in this novel kept my attention throughout wondering what would happen next - would Dahlia's killer ever be brought to justice?

Dead Women Tell No Lies was a thoroughly enjoyable novel that I would certainly recommend. Ms. DeLuc definitely knows how to draw a reader in and keep them reading (and guessing) until the "OH MY GOD THEY WERE THE KILLER!?!?" ending. 

You can Purchase your very own copy of Dead Women Tell No Lies from: Amazon
About the Author:
Nora LeDuc lives in New England with husband, two children, cat, Scaredy and dog, Winter. Dead Women Tell No Lies is her tenth published book. She loves to hear from her readers.

 Want to learn more? You can find out via: The Author's Website

 This awesome tour was hosted by:


  1. Thank you for your review.

    I'm looking forward to seeing of I can identify the killer.


  2. Thanks so much for having me on Red Wine&Books and for reading and reviewing my book. Today's the last day of my tour and it was great. All the hosts have been wonderful and I appreciate their time and thoughts.

    Mary, you must be an early riser or love the night time.

    1. You are most welcome! Thank YOU for writing such a gripping novel and allowing me to read it!

  3. oh I love a good mystery , thanks for the excerpt
    roswello at hotmail dot com

    1. Hi Stacey, Thanks for stopping by. Good luck in the drawing.

  4. I love that you thought you knew the killer then it twisted and you were wrong. Thanks for a really enjoyable tour

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

    1. Hi Shannon, Maybe you'll guess the killer. Thanks for coming on the tour.

  5. Great review, I can't wait to read the book, it sounds compelling.


  6. Hi Kit, thanks for touring with me. Hope you enjoy the read.

  7. Well, it's the last day of the tour and I want to say I've enjoyed following you around, learning more about you and your books. So, thanks for a good time!
    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  8. Hi Karen, thanks for following. Hope it was fun and good luck with the drawing.

  9. I'm so sad the tour is over! It's been so much fun following you around I'm going to miss it!!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  10. Hi Audra Lyn, I still like your name! Yes, it's over soon. Thanks for following!!

  11. Nice review, Krystal. I like a mystery that keeps me guessing until the end. Nora is a new-to-me author but I have enjoyed the excerpts and the reviews. I will check it out.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

    1. Thank you for the comment! I'm glad you enjoyed my review!

  12. Thanks, Catherine. Hope you enjoy the book. Have a great evening.



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