A trip to the mall gives Shelby the shock of her life when she finds an extra five million dollars in the bank account Uncle Joey set up for her. She thought he was out of her life for good, but with this fast money, she's not so sure. Now she must decide if she will tell her husband the truth that she can still read people's minds. Including his. How will he feel when he finds out she lied to him?
When the Mexican Police tell her that Uncle Joey's been kidnapped and look to her for the ransom, she knows she's in big trouble. As if that isn't enough the police detective she worked with needs her help to solve a case, and she unwittingly becomes a witness to murder. In her fight to stay alive, she finds that everyone wants a piece of the money, and just how far they will go to get it can be a matter of life and death. She just hopes it's not hers.
©2011 Colleen Helme (P)2013 Colleen Helme
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"Excellent, engaging performance, top notch story!"
Fast Money is the second installment in the Shelby Nichols adventures series.
I am not a "psychic soccer mom" kind of guy. I like action, engaging, lost in the story real life nitty-gritty characters that can keep me absorbed for 9-11 hour flights. I like books I can listen to whilst driving that keep my mind focused instead of just another mindless song.
I started reading Colleen Helme's books when I stumbled upon Carrots, the first Shelby Nichols adventure, whilst stuck in my car in a downpour at a supermarket. The parallel got me involved, but the story got me committed. Since then I have read and enjoyed ALL of the Shelby Nichols adventures that up and coming author Ms. Helme has penned.
I started listening to them from Audible when they became available, and I have been pleasantly surprised and delighted that I did.
These stories and the entertainment I derive from them will remain long after the price is forgotten.
An audio performer can make or break a book. The voice we hear MUST be recognisable as the character we imagine, or all is lost, including interest, which will fast fade away and die. Fortunately, Wendy Tremont King IS Shelby Nichols incarnate, or at least her voice is, and that makes all the difference. Wendy does a 5 star job of performing in Fast Money. Her depictions of the other characters in the story, including the male mob boss Uncle Joey, the NOT love interest and hit man Ramos, and the Detective "Dimples". Her voice characterisations are understated, and that suits the performance admirably. It adds believability to the story. Colleen's writing and portrayal of the different personalities and mannerisms of the characters already make them utterly believable, and Wendy's portrayals only add to that panache.
It had been more than two years since I had read Fast Money, and I had actually forgotten a lot of the story, including the surprise and dramatic ending at the banquet by the time I got the Audible version and listened to it. I found myself laughing out loud, gasping at times, and generally so absorbed in the story that I actually at one point turned to the person in 6D next to me and asked, "Oh no! How is she going to get out of that?!" Fortunately, Ms. 6D was asleep at the time, and I quickly looked around to see if my gaff had been noticed. Fortunately, most everyone was asleep or absorbed in their own entertainment.
I have pondered long and hard about why I like the Shelby Nichols adventures so much. They are part mystery, part crime drama, part fantastic story... The thing is, they are so darn real and realistic, that they remind me of my own life (minus the mind-reading, drat)!
The book (and narration) is done in such a stream of consciousness fashion by the main character, that I can really relate to them. Shelby is an accidental heroine. She really loves her husband and kids. She really wants to be a good mom and wife. But life keeps happening to her. I don't think it is just my own job, which involves 2 weeks of national and international travel a month that makes the stories resonate so much, I think it is really the path of my own life, and the power of events outside of our own control. Shelby, like me, makes commitments, tries her hardest to keep them, but stuff keeps happening, and life gets in the way. And she tries to do the right thing, not the easy thing, and that creates a non-stop roller-coaster adventure you cannot stop listening to. One of the best things about this style of writing: Shelby gets to hear in her mind how people perceive her. Which can be VASTLY different from how she perceives herself.
Fast Money cost me sleep when I could not put it down as a written book. The audio book kept me constantly listening and recharging my iPad Air battery, listening on long flights, listening in the hotel, listening in the car... All with gripping and absorbed interest. It is a great book, and if anything it is more entertaining to listen to than to read.
Would I recommend this book? Absolutely! Without any reservation, for pretty much anyone from tween to teen to AARP member. This is quality writing and performing at its best, and if I were you, I would avoid the disappointment of missing out on this fantastic book. Just plan on being hooked for the whole series!
humorous, action-packed, entertaining
My favorite part was when Shelby caught the hitman trying to kill the prisoner in the courthouse.
Shelby Nichols was probably my favorite, because of her spunky personality and resolve.
Lots of times. Too hard to pinpoint one
Ever since getting hit by a bullet by a gunman, Shelby has been able to read people’s thoughts and it’s caused her a fair amount of trouble. After her last encounter with Uncle Joey, a local mob boss who’s not her uncle, Shelby Nichols thought she was done. She was wrong. When $5 million dollars makes its way into her account that Joey set up for her, she knew trouble was sure to follow, she just didn’t realize how much. While waiting for her husband, Chris, to get out of her trial, Shelby witnesses a hired hitman come in and kill a defendant in the adjacent courtroom. The only witness to seeing the man at the scene of the crime, Shelby is now the next target. To make matters worse, a lot of people are coming around wanting the money Uncle Joey left in her account. With Uncle Joey nowhere to be found and Ramos, the bodyguard/hitman for the man injured in action, Shelby is left with her and her husband’s own devices to get out of it. Even worse than that, the hitman is somehow connected to it all. Can Shelby get out of this predicament or are her days numbered?
Narrator, Wendy Tremont King does a great job of bringing to life Shelby’s world. Her unique intonations do a great job of bringing out the mannerisms and unique personalities of the characters, male and female. The humor and narrative devices are amusing and draw the reader in. The plot itself is well-developed and engaging with lots of plot twists and turns. Although it’s better to have read the first in the series, Carrots, first, it isn’t necessary to have read the first one to enjoy this one. Despite the fact that this book is missing a Ranger or Morelli like Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich, Ramos and Chris sure come close. Perfect for mystery fans who like a little paranormal and humor mixed in their novels.
"Another Awesome Read!"
It's definitely at or near the top. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book!
Yes! I didn't want to stop listening! I even drove in the wrong direction to get somewhere and didn't care when I realized I had to turn around because I was listening to the book! I wanted to find out what would happen next!
That's tough! There were so many fun things in this story! But I really liked the scene with Shelby and her Mexican kidnappers and how she made her escape! Shelby is pretty gutsy!
There were several parts that moved me to laugh out loud, and several that had me on the edge of my seat, but nothing that moved me to tears, and that is great with me! Shelby keeps getting herself into so many sticky situations! I love that she got a stun flashlight! I love all her thoughts about the $5 million in her bank account. I also love how her relationships with everyone in the book are growing. I just love these books!
I love the Shelby Nichols adventures! I can't wait for the next one to come to audible! It's a fantastic series! Both Colleen and Wendy have done a tremendous job!
"I Love Shelby!"
I would say that they stand on their own very well, I find that the audio book really brings the story and characters to life, I love being able to listen while I work (on thoughtless tasks only, otherwise I slowly zone in to the book and out of everything else)!
Probably when Shelby is talking to the Mexican police, she's so funny, she thinks it's a scam and totally blows them off without even a blink.
I LOVE the way she portrays Shelby, you really get a feeling for who she is by the inflection that Wendy gives her.
I laughed out loud a couple of times, and my husband who was just in the room with me while I was listening, kept chuckling at certain points, even though he wasn't listening to the whole book with me.
I love these books, I read all of them and can't wait to listen as they come out!
"Great book. Opening really grabs you."
Gret this you will enjoy it!
Even though main character is a mind reader you can still relate to her.
First one....she did a fantastic job.
"Hitman, Mexican Cartel, dance recitals & carpools!"
I am loving this series!!! Shelby is just the right amount of damsel and daredevil. Her hot hubby is super understanding and there are plenty of yummy men to tickle the senses.. I'm surprised at how much of a soft spot I have developed for a mob boss.. and how his hired gun/bodyguard makes me hope for a love triangle lol...
Can't wait read the next 6 books!!!
"It's getting complicated"
I like this new serious. I was not familiar with the writer but the book is rather a good listen. It has twist and turns and who is trying to kill who? And if she could just stop reading people's mind she might live to tell it. Read this one!
Shelby get a little annoying when she gives herself away. I'm sure in time she will get self control
"Trouble finds Shelby, and she finds trouble. Fun!"
Wendy voices Shelby again. And I'm thankful! She has embodied Shelby and become her vocally. Wendy brings a whole new dimension to Colleen's written words. We feel as we get Shelby, in the flesh, talking to use through Wendy. Shelby's feelings are truly evident in Wendy's voice, giving Shelby a full range to her personality.
I love how situations happen around Shelby and where she's at, especially when she's in a courthouse full of dangerous people who are hiding all sorts of things. All those things that she finds herself involved in. I love it! And with her husbands job as a lawyer, oh the things she hears and stops at the courthouse. Wow! Uncle Joey isn't quite out of her life yet, as she thought.
Shelby struggles with whether she should tell her husband her ability to read minds is back. But wanting to be part of his world and he in hers, she decides no more lying. She tells Chris the truth. Chris is a great guy. He struggles with Shelby's ability but he is there for her and loves her. He's even found the mind reading can come in handy. They really do have a wonderful relationship and it shines in this book. Where I was nervous about him, even though I liked him, in the first book, he's starting to come to terms and past the comfortableness with Shelby's mind reading.
We don't get as much with the sexy muscle, Ramos, in the beginning. He's someone I look forward to arriving on the page, waiting anxiously. And when he arrives, you know things are getting bad. Shelby's in serious trouble for Ramos to come, and come he does!
I wanted to listen to this story in one sitting. I listen while at work, and the work day just wasn't long enough. Seriously! Who says that?!? Lol. I just had to get through all the events to find out how it would all end. I had to know! Oh, how these events all string together and work out. I loved every minute of it! I was curious as to who was behind what and how. I got those answers and it slowly uncovered more and more of the underlining cause and how it's all tied together.
Shelby is a caring person. She also picks up things that feel off, which is good. She's smart! Which would be why Uncle Joey trusts her. And the same with Dimples, erm, Detective Harris of the police department that she's helping as a consultant. She can feel out a situation and puts the pieces together. Yet Shelby is a little ... I hate to say ditsy because she's not, even flaky. She not either but has a lightness to her that is fun and enjoyable to listen to her as she works through all the crazy happenings around her. She takes it all in stride, even when stressed or worried about it and her life. I really love her reactions and actions.
Some great crafting by Colleen in this cozy little mystery story! If I wasn't hooked before, this story would have sealed the deal!
I really am a fan of Shelby and her adventures.
Well, it is official, I like this series. In this installment Shelby is more in control of ability. Instead of looking like a bumbling blond and falling into circumstances, she uses her abilities on her terms. She works with an alphabet of governmental agencies, local, national and international and receives a few job offerings. She leaves them scratching their heads in how she does what she does.
There is action. The action of Shelby running from trouble or into trouble. You don’t have the running and shooting a gun while rolling over a car, but there are some gun shots. She should have whip lash from turning her head side to side trying to hear a thought or recognize a face.
Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum character has more than 22 book about her escapades and she still cannot handle a gun. Shelby decided to change her circumstances and was lighting people up with a taser, buying a gun and her gun has bullets.
She has a stable loving relationship. She gives Chris headaches but they stay together. In many books, when a women circumstances changes, she can no longer have a happy family life. Kuddos to Colleen Helme for not falling into that trap. Also, kudos for making the words, “how long before the kids get home” the most sexist words. Everything does not have to have the sexual explicitness of 50 Shades of Gray.
I still have a problem with her inability to blabbering / answering people before they ask a question. Like how hard can that be Shelby? Look at their mouth and if words do not come out, close your mouth.
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