Running "errands" for her mob-boss employer Joey "The Knife" Manetto often ends with Shelby in trouble, making her cautious about continuing her association with him. Instead, she focuses on a new client, who hires Shelby to find her missing mother. What seems like a routine case turns into something more sinister and deadly than she ever imagined.
In the meantime, Uncle Joey has summoned Shelby to his office, where she runs into her former nemesis. Shelby inadvertently hears something that makes her fear for the lives of Uncle Joey and his hit-man Ramos. This time, Uncle Joey is not sure he wants to involve Shelby in something he knows could get her killed. Keeping Shelby's involvement to a minimum has disastrous results, sending Shelby on a dangerous path.
As her investigation unfolds, Shelby finds death at every turn, and soon realizes she is in over her head. Can she escape from danger in time? Or will she find herself deep in death?
©2014 Colleen Helme (P)2015 Colleen Helme
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"Humorous Paranormal Mystery You Won't Want to Miss"
After getting shot in her last adventure, Shelby Nichols wants to stay out of trouble, at least for a while. Things, however, never go as planned. Taking on a new case, Shelby is looking in to the disappearance of her client’s mother, Darcy Shaw. In order to figure out what happened to her, Shelby looks into the mother’s old acquaintances. Digging up old relationships, however, uncovers a serial killer. Fitting the killer’s perfect victim, he plans to make Shelby his next target. When Joey “the Knife” Manetto, aka Uncle Joey, and her friend, Ramos are caught in a yacht explosion, Shelby may find herself on her own with this case. Determined to figure out what happened to Joey and Ramos, and to get away from the killer, Shelby heads to their last known location, Seattle. Can Shelby solve both cases and come out alive?
Narrator, Wendy Tremont King is a great complement to Colleen Helme’s book. Her unique voices bring to life Colleen’s well developed character and Shelby’s world. The character dynamics are spot on and make for an enjoyable, humorous read. The plot is complex, engaging, and keeps the reader guessing what’s going to happen next. The author expertly switches between internal and external dialogue and King smoothly handles them without missing a beat. Readers who have read the other books in the Shelby Nichols adventures won’t be disappointed. Newcomers to the Shelby scene will be able to easily pick up on the story line, but will be eager to listen to the others. Recommended for anyone who enjoys a fun, paranormal mystery with a bit of romance intermixed.
"Shelby ~ Mind Reading Super Sleuth!"
This was my first Shelby Nichols Adventures, and WOW what an amazing well written story. Since this was book six, I was concerned it would be confusing, and i would feel lost; however, Colleen provided just enough information in the story so we understand how Shelby got to where she is today. I did not feel confused or lost. It is a great standalone story. Looking forward to listening to other books in the series.
This story has multiple plots that are full of suspense and humor. (There were times my heart rate was up in anticipation of what would happen next!)
Shelby gained the ability to read minds after she was shot in the head, and now has a consulting business to help solve cases using her mind reading skills. Her clients are unaware of her abilities but it is rumored Shelby has premonitions. Her newest client, a young lady needs help finding out what happened to her mother who went missing six years ago. While on the case, Shelby has some strange encounters that help her along the way with her investigation, and soon she suspects a serial killer was involved with the mother’s disappearance. While interviewing the potential suspect, she hears his thoughts, and learns she is his next intended victim. Shelby must find proof he did it before she comes up missing.
In addition to her consulting business, she also works for the local mob boss, Joey The Knife. Joey is aware of her mind reading abilities, and uses them to gain information from people. Needing her assistance, he calls Shelby to a meeting where she hears thoughts that make her suspect Joey and his hit man Ramos are in danger. After an attempt on their lives, she uses her abilities to help find out who tried to take them out.
The narrator did a great job; I loved how she betrayed Joey's voice!
Very entertaining story, and enjoyed every minute of it.
This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast dot com.
"Ms Nichols & Ms Helme Simply Do Not Disappoint"
Colleen Helme and Shelby Nichols simply do not disappoint in this 4.5-star book! This is a very good, highly addictive, clean, humorous book which is a great pleasure to read. New readers and familiar fans of Ms Helme alike will enjoy this multi story line crime/mystery with its familiar humor and a touch of paranormal. If you are interested in the audio version, Wendy Tremont King, the narrator, is absolutely the best fit with this author and this series!
This is the sixth book in Ms Helme's Shelby Nichols Adventures stories, about an ordinary housewife turned police consultant after acquiring the ability to read minds from a head injury in the first book. In each book, Shelby stumbles headlong into trouble, but that's hardly a surprise when she acquires associates which include a mob-boss and his hit man. Like a magnet drawn to another, Shelby often finds herself in the wrong place at the right time and, with the help of a police detective, "Dimples", her husband, Chris, "Uncle" Joey (the mob boss) and Ramos (the eye-candy hit man), Shelby has too close of calls in dangerous situations, but somehow comes out only minimally scarred. In this book, Shelby single-handedly solves a police case in the interrogation room, helps Uncle Joey uncover a underhanded upstart in his own organization, and also uncovers a serial murderer who has her in his sights as his next target. It's all in a week's work!
If you're have stumbled upon this review and this series, but haven't yet experienced Shelby Nichols, I strongly encourage you to dive into the first book, Carrots, and let the enjoyment begin. Though these stories are a part of a series, they can be read out of order, but I recommend the first book be read first to have your best introduction to the characters and Shelby's relationship with them.
I received this book in audio form free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review. If you look at my profile, you can see I have thoroughly enjoyed each audio book in this series. Not only are the stories themselves a treat to experience, the narrator, Wendy Tremont King, is an excellent fit for this series. Ms King's voice seems to ideally capture Ms Helme's intent perfectly. Ms. King excellently distinguishes each character with their own recognizable sound and incorporates the mood and emotion perfectly, including internal voices/thoughts and spoken voices.
If you'll excuse me, please. I am now off to the next book!
"This might be my favorite so far!"
This was a lovely and loving story. Uncle Jackie's surprise was, well surprising! The only thing I wish for is, someone for Ramos. Regardless of his career, everyone deserves to be loved unconditionally. Shelby will never be his but he deserves someone just as special. I love how well mystery and romance blends so well in all of Ms. Helme's stories. Now it's on to the next one!
I enjoyed this book immensely! When Shelby climbed the stairs, I was scared too!
Great Voices, especially when there are several characters, Wendy makes me like Shelby more with each book. As Uncle Joey grows fonder of Shelby, so do I...
Nope, glad it is not one and done!!
The series is not losing any of it's luster. Either of the story lines in this installment could have been its own book. Already downloaded the next in the series, can't wait.
"Twists and Turns"
Helme started off in one direct and switched it when you weren't expecting it.
It was so much fun to listen to.
Wendy Tremont King gave the right and believable voice tone to each of Colleen Helme' s outstanding characters.
Shelby Nichols finds herself in unintentional dangerous situations due to her ability to read minds. But she has a mob boss and his hit man to not only put her in danger but also get her out... with a lot of scary times, gunshots, etc.
My favorite scene was when Shelby found the remains of the murdered victims because she once again solved mysteries long buried in the police "dead files". Ooops, you better run for your life!!
I was so touched when Shelby realized Ramos and Uncle Joe were still alive. Through all the dangers and the rescues, although they are mobsters, she truly cares for them and they for her. Hugging Ramos in the hall was genuine and innocent.
"A Most unusual Skill Set"
Running "errands" for her mob-boss employer Joey "The Knife" Manetto often ends with Shelby in trouble, making her cautious about continuing her association with him. Instead, she focuses on a new client, who hires Shelby to find her missing mother. What seems like a routine case turns into something more sinister and deadly than she ever imagined. In the meantime, Uncle Joey has summoned Shelby to his office, where she runs into her former nemesis. Shelby inadvertently hears something that makes her fear for the lives of Uncle Joey and his hit-man Ramos. This time, Uncle Joey is not sure he wants to involve Shelby in something he knows could get her killed. Keeping Shelby's involvement to a minimum has disastrous results, sending Shelby on a dangerous path. As her investigation unfolds, Shelby finds death at every turn, and soon realizes she is in over her head. Can she escape from danger in time? Or will she find herself deep in death?
Although this isn’t the first in series, it was the first in this series that I read, and I had no problems with it, since the author included just enough of the back story t o help me orient myself.
I did spend a good part of the book thinking that most minds aren’t quite as tidy as the author presented them. Most people have stray thoughts that intersperse themselves with the “topic of interest”, and I often wondered if Shelby could filter these stray thoughts out, or if what she was really picking up were emotional reactions. Either way, the premise works, mostly, and adds a unique touch to this story. One of the things I very much liked was the character development. Each character was 3 dimensional and unique, and even the mob boss, though a tad stereotypical, had his own personality, and was endearing enough to make it plausible that Shelby not only worked for him (she had no choice in that), but liked and respected him, in a way.
The writing had color and immediacy, and kept the story moving at a brisk pace, drawing all the threads together in an intricate, but neat, bundle. I rather enjoyed the dichotomy of Shelby’s associations with the police department and the mob at the same time, despite the issues this raised for Shelby. All in all, this was a very good book, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys mysteries, even if they don’t particularly like those involving the paranormal.
The narration was of very high quality and professional in all respects. I especially liked the way this narrator could handle various regional accents, and her character differentiation was excellent.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for this unbiased review via the courtesy of AudioBookBlast dot com. 4.5 out of 5 stars.
"Love this series, not so much the narrator"
I have followed the Shelby series since Carrots nod was thrilled to have an opportunity to read for review. I don't normally enjoy a mystery series with a family in the background but all the main characters are very likable. I don't laugh out loud a lot in this series but I def smile a lot. The narrator is just so over the top but I still enjoy the author and story!
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