As a "favor" to Uncle Joey, Shelby must deliver a letter to his associate in Orlando where she has been vacationing with her family. When things go terribly wrong, Shelby finds herself being pursued by a Florida Kingpin for the information he thinks she stole. On her own and in trouble, Uncle Joey sends Ramos to her rescue. As Shelby and Ramos take care of unfinished business, Shelby uncovers information about Ramos and a secret that could change his life. On a path of revenge and intrigue, Shelby finds that some secrets are meant to be kept...and others? They can kill.
©2013 Colleen Helme (P)2014 Colleen Helme
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"Perfect blend of action mystery and mind reading!"
Who would believe that a family vacation and a simple favor could end up in a life or death battle and a murder? With Shelby Nichols involved? I would!
This, the next installment in the Shelby Nichols adventures from acclaimed author Colleen Helme is another non-stop action roller coaster ride that will keep you coming back for more. I would recommend this book to anyone without hesitation, it is not to be missed. I think Colleen Helme has the potential of being another modern day Agatha Christie.
Usually, I am in real trouble with a Shelby Nichols book (for exceeding my reading budget, and losing sleep!) and this audio book is no exception. As I have been travelling for a living for over four years, normally I need good books to keep me company on long airplane flights. With Secrets That Kill, I was looking for some more long flights, just so I could spend more time listening to the book!
Wendy Tremont King has now established herself as the quintessential Shelby Nichols. In fact, Wendy's voice is SO Shelby at this point that if I heard another actor I would say, "That's not Shelby!" The power and finesse of Ms. King is her understated realism. When she does Ramos's voice, or Uncle Joey's voice, you get the downplayed shift to a deeper more masculine voice, but more importantly you get the menace, the coldness, and the intonations that come with the different personalities. In a narrated audio book, I believe that there must be a symphony between the writer and the narrator. If the voices are not real and believable, the listener's attention could wander. With Wendy King and the Shelby Nichols Adventures, Wendy IS Shelby, and the depth and breadth of Wendy's capabilities makes this audio book incredibly real to the listener. I classify this as "not to be missed".
There is a new element in this 4th book in the Shelby Nichols Adventure series: Romance. When a favor to drop off a letter for Uncle Joey goes murderously wrong, Shelby is stuck in Orlando with Ramos. Well, not exactly stuck, but wanting to help him. The temperature climbs to the boiling point between these two. Can Shelby's love and loyalty for husband Chris win out?
This story delves deep into Ramos's past, and we get a lot of back story for him, but the sizzle between Shelby and Ramos goes off the scale. Yes, the book is still PG rated and this audio story is suitable for tweens and teens as well as mature audiences. You really don't want to miss this one.
In the way that Helme brings out the nuances and details of her characters, in her wonderful chain of consciousness style, in the interaction between Ramos and Shelby, this book is a knock it out of the park slam dunk home run of a novel, without doubt Helme's best to date.
So the good news is, this is a fabulous 5 star addition to the collection, and the bad news is like the chicken and the pig scenario, I find myself committed. Which means that like the ham and eggs, I am very definitely not the involved hen, I am the committed pig - to the series. If Helme pens it, if King narrates it, I'm all in. I'll buy it.
Want something great to listen to on your summer holidays? need a distraction? Need that great new book while driving to keep you focused? Secrets That Kill is the audio book you need.
"I loved it!"
Not ever read the print but in my opinion this series is great on audio!
As much as I love Shelby in this novel I think it was Ramos who I loved the most. He is starting to really like Shelby and he shouldn't because..one she is married and two he is a mob bosses bodyguard. This one puts them together a lot and you get to see some of that chemistry between them and Ramos has fun with it.
She is Shelby and does a great job, but she also does a decent job with the male voices as well.
Reading minds can be hazardous to your health.
I thought Lie or Die was great but Secrets that Kill is by far my favorite one of the series and that is really mainly due to Ramos. That man could come and be my body guard any day...lol. You get a little bit more of Ramos back story in this one and that is really one of the main reason I love this one.
I did not read the printed version.
Shelby singing Alejandro and getting caught by Ramos! Funny, LOL!
Ramos kissing Shelby's palm of her hand. So glad Shelby did not cheat on her husband but is real in the fact that she is attracted to Ramos.
Ramos's family story was sad, but no tears.
I drive 2.5 hours from Baltimore Airport to Delaware 2x/week, listening to this series makes the drive fly by....Truly Enjoyable!
"Very good listen, and yummy Ramos."
This book helps to develop Ramos' personality and history. It was entertaining and showed the soft side of the hardened hit man.
"Ramos' back story"
A very good addition to the series. Fleshes out Ramos a lot. A little change of scene for this one, keeping the series fresh.
"The series keeps getting better!"
I have already recommend this book along with the other 3 in the series I have read. It is a clean and enjoyed read. I loved that I could be thrilled but the story and then turn around and recommend it to my 14 year old niece.
I was so excited about the character development in this book. I can't wait for get a hold of book 5 in the Shelby Nichols Adventures.
"Loved This Book!!!"
Awesome, Suspenseful, Creative
Yes! I had no idea how it would all turn out! I also loved learning more about Ramos! I honestly didn't want to stop listening to this book!
That's a tough one, but I'd have to go with the Big Poker Game.
Yes...but it's a spoiler alert! Ramos has a brother and he finds a way to help him without him knowing it was him. It was very touching!
I love this series! I loved reading these books and listening to them too! It's fun to have a narrator bring these books to life and Wendy does an excellent job! Way to go Colleen and Wendy!!!
"Doctor's Notes Review"
Once again we see Shelby back in her element and doing what she does best and I loved every minute of it. The narrator for this one makes Shelby come to life and I love what she does with her. She really gets all her quirks and makes her just what I had envisioned for her. This time around we catch Shelby relaxing on vacation and as she is finishing it up Uncle Joey asks for a favor. I think we all know by now that his favors are never anything little and soon Shelby finds herself in the middle of another mystery like always. I think I loved this book more than the previous books because we really got to see Shelby and Ramos work together. These two set off an adventure that can only be done as they know how.
I think as these books go on we see Shelby become a stronger character and she really learns how to make her gift work for her. I love seeing how creative she gets with hiding her abilities and making people question what she can do. This time around Ramos convinces Shelby to help him take down the guy who he thinks killed his brother but he soon learns more than he expected to know about that situation. I loved that this time around we got to learn who Ramos was and where he came from. This book really lets us see into his world and get to know him has a character and figure out what makes him tick. I loved seeing him tell Shelby more about what makes him Ramos in a nutshell. I know that nothing will come out of it but Shelby and Ramos really have some amazing chemistry and I would have loved to see them together as a couple but Shelby loves her hubby too much and Ramos respects that. I think that is another reason why I love Ramos for who he is. Shelby soon has to play a game of poker with the guy that Ramos is trying to take down and of course that is where the fun starts. It was so funny listening to Shelby try to figure out how to play the game and to outsmart her opponent at the same time.
Overall this was another great installment in this series and one that really let us learn more about Ramos as a person. You got to see where he came from and what he gave up to become who he is now. The narrator did a good job with his voice and making him sound completely different from the other characters. She does a great job of making all the characters have their own personalities and making them all unique and with their own quirks. I have fallen for these characters and can’t wait to see where the author will take them next. I would highly recommend this one to others especially those that love a good mystery read.
"Colleen Helme's Books Rate Five Stars With Me."
Colleen Helme's books are so fresh and exciting. She's the best author I've read for a long time. And Wendy Tremont King is totally the right 'voice' for Shelby, (And Uncle Joey, Ramos and Dimples).
Dearly love Uncle Joey and Ramos, something I already did before I got the audio books. Now, Wow! How exciting to be able to picture these characters in my mind as the action unfolds..Colleen writes so vividly that I am right there through all Shelby's escapades. Plus, the editing for these books is fantastic. Thanks a bunch to whoever deserves that praise. I had begun to expect to have to get past grammatical errors in every book I bought whether paperback or ebook anymore.
To Colleen and the people who have helped make these books a reality ...Thank You!
Indeed it did.
These characters are written so well. And the action is vivid but not overdone in any way.
Of course it's Shelby.... but Uncle Joey is by far the topping on the cake for me!
Then there's Ramos' 'Hey Babe'.
I simply can't choose ONE favorite.
Yes, and I have done that with a couple of them.... 'Secrets that Kill' was one.
No part of any of these books caused me to want to fast forward.
Wendy King's voice is always right on point with character and action.
I am sharing with everyone I know who reads ebooks and might be interested in getting Audible.com... that starting with Colleen Helme will surely be a fun read.
"Funny mystery worth the read"
When Uncle Joey asks Shelby to deliver a letter for him while she’s down in Orlando on a family vacation, she finds herself regretting putting it off until the last minute. When she tries to deliver the letter to Warren Peace, the informant, she winds up almost getting killed. After Warren gets killed with a meat cleaver by a man with snake bite tattoos, Shelby acquires the notice of the local cop and has to call Ramos in to save her butt. Unfortunately for her (or maybe fortunately), Ramo turns out to have grown up in Orlando and has a dark past that somehow involves the local detective who noticed Shelby. To make matters worse, Florida Kingpin, Carter is after the flash drive that Warren was supposed to hand over to Shelby and this mafia boss owes a lot of money to Uncle Joey and will do anything to not have to pay it. Desperate enough to kill any witnesses and with a grudge against Ramos, Carter is a deadly force to be reckoned with. Can Ramos and Shelby solve this little problem of hers and Uncle Joey’s without getting killed?
Although Shelby is a bit naive at times, the characters are all continually growing and are becoming more entertaining with each book. Narrator, Wendy Tremont King does a great job keeping the story moving. Her voice is appealing and does a great job distinguishing the different characters and the internal/external dialogue. Her narrative style is unique and ideal for Colleen Helme’s book. Those who have read the other books in the series and who enjoy mysteries, adventure, and a bit of paranormal mixed in will enjoy listening to this book.
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