With summer, over Shelby is looking forward to having some time to herself while the kids are back in school. A phone call from Uncle Joey ruins her plans, but she manages to take it in stride. After lunch with her friend, she promises to meet with the private investigator who was spying on Uncle Joey, but this simple task turns into a disaster. Not only does she find the P.I. dead, but a slip of paper with her name on it under his lifeless hand implicates her for his murder. Desperate to prove her innocence and find the person who killed him, Shelby begins a frantic search. She enlists the aid of the local mob boss, Uncle Joey; his hit-man, Ramos; and her police detective friend, Dimples, but soon finds that nothing can save her from becoming entangled in a sinister plot.
With her life on the line and no way out, she finds herself trapped by revenge, and realizes it will take all her skills to escape. Now she must choose where her loyalties lie, and hope she doesn't trade something bad, for something even worse.
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Yes, the book was impossible to put down.
Ramos, because he reminded me a bit of a Ranger from Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series.
Her unique voices for each characters. Not only were the distinguishable, but they were just how imagined them sounding.
Ever since Shelby went to a grocery store to get carrots and got shot, nothing in Shelby Nichols’ life is ever routine or boring, especially with her mind reading abilities caused by the grocery store incident. When Joey “The Knife” Manetto, aka Uncle Joey, asks Shelby to go listen to a private investigator named Sam Kilpack’s thought s, she arrives at the man’s office only to find him dead. To make matters worse, someone’s trying to frame her for Sam’s murder. Her husband’s gun was used as the murder weapon and her fingerprints were all over it. It Shelby hadn’t taken the note that had her name on it and the pen Sam had written her name with prior to his death, she’d be behind bars. When Shelby discovers that another man by the name of Jim was found guilty of killing his girlfriend, she finds out that his girlfriend’s murder has the same M.O as her case. Unfortunately, he’s set to be executed in just a few days. Could the two cases be connected? Will Shelby and her husband, Chris, be able to clear her name, find the real killer, and save herself and Jim?
This fast-paced, gripping mystery was a treat to listen to. Narrator, Wendy Tremont King’s voices are unique and easily distinguishable. The plot is filled with twist and turns that King handles with ease. The intrigue, suspense, and mystery of the story are well-blended and easily hold the reader’s attention. The characters were well-developed and entertaining and the dynamic between them was humorous and engaging. The narrator’s and author’s pacing complement each other perfectly and are well-suited. Listeners who have read or listened to the other Shelby Nichols adventures will have an easier time understanding what is going on, but this could be read out of order. People who enjoy mystery, adventure, humor, and suspense will thoroughly enjoy listening to this series.
"Love this series! Fun, action and adventure!"
This is one of my favorite mystery/adventure series. I love all the characters and the narrator does an excellent job with the pacing and voices.
This one is a tough question because I think the storyline for this series is very original but my guess would be Jana DeLeon's mudbug series but without the ghostly elements. The humor, fun, mystery, and adventure is all present though.
The great character voices! She nails the voice of Shelby and the accents for some of the other characters are hilarious.
Shelby had me laughing like a loon or anxious over her safety. The characters are so real! What a writer!
Another great installment. Only thing that bugged me was a huge clue that was given that somebody should have researched earlier. And most certainly would have come up in the original trial. Still a good read and keeps the series going.
"Couldn't Stop Listening"
I would. In fact, I already have recommended. Shelby is growing so much as a character. When reading a series of books, I love having a character change and become more confident in themselves and their abilities. And Helme makes it happen.
I love Ramos and Shelby and how well they work together. I have greatly enjoyed how their friendship and partnership has developed over the series.
This book was such a fun audiobook that I finished it in 2 days. I couldn't wait to get back to "Trapped by Revenge" every time I had to put it down. I can't wait to see what Colleen Helmes has in store for Shelby.
I loved the story! I always love Shelbys adventures and this took it in an entire other twist. I'm so sad that I only have two more to read :(
"I love Shelby Nichols!"
I am sure the print would be find but I love the audio.
I was so curious as to why someone was trying to frame Shelby for murder and was surprised at who it was.
She brings the characters to life, she is a really good narrator even thought it took me a whole novel to warm up to her. I can't see anyone else doing this series.
Mind reading, mob bosses and a little revenge, and you thought your life was hard.
Trapped by revenge was very good. It was just as entertaining as the others have been. It's very easy to want to binge on Shelby Nichols as when you finish one you really want anther dose. I highly recommend this series if you like a fun cozy type mystery.
"The most exciting and breathtaking adventure yet!"
In Trapped by Revenge, the darkest and most thrilling Shelby Nichols adventure yet, our heroine is in deep trouble. As usual, through no fault of her own, Shelby is the first on the scene of a murder… and not just any murder, the murder of a private detective, and he’s got her name on his notepad!
With a series of twists and turns, an exciting subplot that runs throughout this adventure and Shelby winding up in jail for murder, this book will keep you listening for hours on end.
The narration by Wendy Tremont King is spot on as usual. Wendy IS the voice of Shelby Nichols, and characterizes our mind-reading soccer mom turned detective and consultant perfectly. Wendy’s forte, in addition to expertly capturing Shelby herself, is expertly and believably capturing the voices, inflections and intonations of the other characters in the story. She is particularly good at voicing the different male characters, such as husband Chris, Hit Man Ramos, and mobster turned maybe not so bad mobster after all Uncle Joey.
Colleen Helme is undisputedly at the top of her game once again with Trapped by Revenge. This thrilling ride through Shelby’s life features a crooked judge, a man on death row about to be executed, and a detective in the police dept. determined to nail Shelby for murder.
This complicated and complex piece will captivate you and leave you breathless for more as you make your way through the story. The action builds to a crescendo near the end of the book, when we finally find out if Shelby will end up on death row or go free, whether the falsely accused man will be executed, and if the crooked judge will be caught.
Throughout the book, there is a new developing relationship between detective “Dimples” Harris and Billie-Jo the investigative reporter who is on her own mission.
So there is a lot going on in this book, and you will love every minute of it, and be glued to your speakers or headphones for hours and hours of non-stop action, wry comedy, and the thrill ride of Shelby’s latest adventure.
This is the 5th installment in the Shelby Nichols adventure series and I would recommend this book to anyone that loves an adventure, loves a good detective read, and especially is a fan of Shelby Nichols or for that matter Colleen Helme. The more books Colleen writes the better she gets. The characters are deeply realistic and expertly depicted. The characters are so well portrayed that you will feel as if you actually know them. Shelby is a very good person, a very moral person, and she feels very badly when she has to tell lies to protect her mind-reading secret. She is deeply in love with her husband Chris, and must resist temptation with a sizzling hot hit man that has fallen for her. So you’ll encounter a lot of dilemmas and a lot of difficult and realistic choices that Shelby encounters as she goes through this exciting life of hers.
A long time ago I stumbled onto Carrots, the first book in the Shelby Nichols adventure series. While normally not the kind of book that I would listen to or read, Carrots drew me in. Colleen’s wonderful and talented descriptive writing captivated my attention and my imagination and has never let go.
My Initial Reaction...
Trapped by Revenge was the best Shelby Nichols book thus far! Shelby's landed herself in the worst mess yet and I really wasn't sure if she'd manage to get out of it.
I've teased that Wendy Tremont King isn't very good at Mexican accents (and she's not). But in Trapped by Revenge, I discovered that she does country very well! Plus, she continues to give solid performances for all the characters and I really love her for Shelby. I can't imagine anyone else narrating this series at this point!
I still really love Shelby. She's just so genuine! She may lie plenty when dealing with people - since she has to cover up her ability to read minds - but Shelby doesn't lie to herself. She knows when she's wrong or has done something she shouldn't and owns it! I just wish she felt guiltier about her interaction with Ramos... but I guess it's okay to flirt and lust a bit, as long as she continues to know she loves Chris and will remain faithful to him, right? It would break my heart if Shelby ever did cheat on Chris, though.
I've always liked Shelby and Chris's relationship - it's refreshing to read about a couple in love after years of marriage and two kids. And Chris has only grown in my esteem over the course of the series. He started off not knowing how to deal with the Shelby and her new abilities, but by Trapped by Revenge he fully appreciates her abilities and supports her strength. He's her rock and support, just like a husband should be. Sure he wants to keep her out of trouble, but he doesn't stifle here either.
Ramos and Shelby's relationship changed a bit in the last book and I was nervous about how they would progress. They are openly flirtatious - so much so that Uncle Joey suspects they're having an affair - and I wish it were toned down a bit. But ultimately, I think Ramos respects her and her marriage too much to REALLY try anything. I have to say I enjoy their flirtations, as long as they keep it at that.
Uncle Joey is great as usual. I know he's supposed to be this mob boss bad guy, but I never feared him and by this point I would really be sad to see him get in trouble. He cares deeply about Shelby and I think he's a good guy to have in her corner (as Trapped by Revenge really shows).
It was also nice to be back with Dimples (Detective Harris) in Trapped By Revenge. I missed him in the last book and in Trapped By Revenge he really proves what a good friend he is.
A new character was introduced too - Billy Jo. Billy is a reporter and has a thing for Dimples. She's a good investigator, really country (at least in the audio version) and I like her a lot! I hope we see more of her in future books - I think she adds an interesting dimension to the story.
In Trapped By Revenge Shelby's landed in the worst mess of all. She goes to visit a private detective for Uncle Joey and when she gets there he's dead. Worse yet, he's written her name on a piece of paper. Shelby is able to grab the paper, but it doesn't do her much good, because quickly the evidence framing her as the killer escalates. Uncle Joey thinks a judge is involved and Billy Jo recognizes a similar MO between her case and another one she's working on. No matter how you look at it, things are not looking good for Shelby.
I loved seeing the way Shelby had so many people working to help her - if you had doubts about Uncle Joey's intentions toward Shelby before, they're gone now. But regardless of how many powerful people she has on her side, the evidence isn't looking good and Colleen Helme didn't pull any punches. Poor Shelby is going through it and you really don't know when or if she'll get off!
I loved Trapped By Revenge and cannot wait for Deep in Death to come to audio!
"Enough Cannot Be Said"
Another intriguing installment.
I like Ms Helme's characters the best -- "real" people, including the main character, despite the fact that she has a paranormal gift.
I have listened to Wendy Tremont King in the entire Shelby Nichols Adventure series -- this is an equally good performance.
Colleen Helme has done it again in this fifth installment of a touch of paranormal mixed with humor and mystery/suspense. Couple Colleen Helme with Wendy Tremont King as the narrator and you have a great combination. This is the fifth book in Colleen Helme's Shelby Nichols Adventures, a light mystery / suspense series, all of which are narrated by Wendy Tremont King. Colleen has returned with same cast, though maybe there is a new additional member that will be carried into book six.
Stumbling upon the first book, Carrots, when the eBook was marked down on Amazon, before finishing it, I bought it's audio version, the second book and the second book's audio version as they were all temporarily marked down. I haven't stopped reading / listening to the series and I understand why Ms Helme's ratings on each of these books are high across the board. Ms Helme puts her sensible 40-something average housewife into uncanny dilemmas in which she invariably learns the truth in the nick time. Her books flow well, have a good amount of tongue-in-cheek humor, plausible mystery and well placed reveals that deepen the mystery before the real crime is resolved. Ms Helme has created a lovable cast of characters:
Shelby, a stay-at-home mom, with spunk and grit, turned consultant with the ability to "read" minds and the ability to get herself into binds;
Chris, Shelby's handsome husband who is also an attorney, they have a very strong relationship, despite the adventure-binds Shelby finds herself in that test Chris time and again -- not his faith in her and them, but his sense of being her protector;
Uncle Joey, the mob boss that always has something to do with the sticky situations Shelby finds herself in, but who never fails to help her, this mob boss is also too likable to be threatening;
Ramos, the too-delicious, too-handsome enforcer/hit man with whom I'd also love to ride behind on a motorcycle, and while both often have thoughts of their attraction to one another, they are indeed platonic friends and
Dimples, aka Officer Harris, the local law enforcement officer who befriends Shelby after her first wrong-place, wrong-time binds -- he doesn't know the extent of Shelby's gift, he believes that she has "premonitions", but he believes in Shelby.
Each of these mysteries are stand alone, but it would be my recommendation that someone new to the collection read the first book first for a good introduction to the characters.
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