It's been almost a year since a near-fatal gunshot wound left Shelby Nichols with the ability to read minds. In that time she's faced one problem after another. She's been shot at, framed for murder, and targeted by a serial killer, just to name a few. Now she's trying to help her lawyer husband win a murder trial that will enable him to become a partner in his law firm. Sounds easy, right? But nothing ever goes as planned when it comes to Shelby Nichols.
When special agent, Blake Beauchaine, shows up to collect a debt from Shelby, things get even more complicated, and Shelby is soon on her way to Paris. A routine meeting with a rogue agent reveals a sinister plot, putting Shelby into the cross-hairs of a known terrorist. Even worse, she doesn't speak French, so it seems her mind-reading abilities won't help her this time.
Things go from bad to downright dangerous for Shelby, especially since her usual guardians, Uncle Joey, and his hit-man, Ramos, are back in the states. Lost and on her own in the streets of Paris, can Shelby escape the cold-blooded killer in time to stop his devious plans, or will this be the end of the line for Shelby Nichols?
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This book really worked for me, to the point that I’ve just nipped over to Amazon to buy book 1 in the series. I haven’t read or listened to any books in this series before now and I feel that this book could have been slightly enhanced if I knew the backstory a little better.
Shelby Nichols is a the main character of this series and I adore her – she’s the perfect blend of ordinary, the kind of woman who packs tissues and extra socks for every journey ‘just in case’ and extraordinary, she has connections to the mob and is flown out to Paris to help Special Agent Blake Beauchaine track down a terrorist. Obviously it’s better not to think too hard about how Shelby has ended up in this situation because it’s too fun to dwell on! She finds herself being kidnapped, attacked, generally shoved about a bit and then rescued by the smoking hot Ramos, the mob-hitman who suffers from a terrible case of unrequited love. The sexual tension between the two is pretty spicy, however, she does genuinely seem to love her husband so I’m not entirely sure where the author is going to go with this relationship and I’m a little frustrated on Shelby’s behalf.
I think it’s the things that make her ordinary in contrast to her abilities that really makes her work as a character, she’s likable, she loves her family and she gets scared when faced by terrorists and murderers rather than running in and saving the day on her own each time.
The one thing that I did find quite funny was that she makes a couple of references to being a mother but the children are barely mentioned throughout the entire course of the caper that is Devious Minds – she mentions her husband quite often and speaks to him on the phone while she’s away for a week in Paris but doesn’t seem to have much to do with the kids in this book at all. I assume that there’s a lot more of them in the other books otherwise I’m a little concerned for this fictional character’s maternal instinct…
Wendy Tremont King is a spectacular narrator and the audio production was of high quality, listening to her read this book was an absolute pleasure – she brought the characters and the story to life, I don’t think there would be another voice talent better suited to the character of Shelby. I would definitely listen to her work in the future, especially if it was another book in this particular series.
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After a near fatal gunshot wound to the head almost a year ago, Shelby developed the ability to read minds. Since then, she has gotten herself shot at, framed for murder, targeted by a serial killer, and working part-time for mob boss, Joseph "The Knife" Manetto, aka Uncle Joey. When Shelby agreed to do a favor for CIA agent, Blake BoShane in order to protect Uncle Joey, she never imagined that that favor could be anything more than routine. While in France helping Blake with his case, a meeting with a rogue agent reveals a sinister terrorist plot. Shelby gets kidnapped only to be rescued by mob-htiman, Ramos. Now she and Ramos must face their deadliest challenge yet. Will Shelby and Ramos save France and themselves?
Narrator, Wendy Tremont King brings Helme's memorable characters easily to life. Her unique voice add flare and depth to the plot and engage the reader. The dynamics between Shelby, Ramos, Uncle Joey, and her husband, Chris are believable and easy to relate to. The author does a great job of distinguishing thoughts from external dialogue andaction scenes.. The plot is fast-paced, intense, and well written. Reader who are familiar with Shelby's escapades or are new to the series will have a hard time putting this book down. Recommended for those who enjoy humor, mystery, and adventure books.
Love listening to audiobooks, and being swept away by a great story and narrator. It's my therapy, and I need it daily!
Another awesome heart racing Shelby adventure with lots of close calls!
Shelby heads to Paris with special agent, Blake, but she is unaware on how much trouble she will find herself in. However, once she is captured by a terrorist group, who is lead by the notorious "Cipher," she quickly realizes she's in serious danger, and doesn't know if she will get out of it this time. Almost everyone speaks and "thinks" in French, so her "mind-reading" skills are put to the test.
Cipher who is very clever, has never been seen by anyone, and hides within this terrorist group, even the co-terrorist do not know he's the leader. While Shelby is being held by these terrorist, she is able to listen to the thoughts of Cipher, and learns his true identity and his plans to blow up a political target.
Thanks to Uncle Joey sending Ramos to Paris to look after Shelby, she is rescued in the nick of time before the terrorist can harm her. Shelby, Ramos, and a French investigator set out to capture Cipher and put an end to his evil plans. They are able to deflect several of Cipher's attempts, and Cipher begins to wonder how Shelby is evolved and really wants her out of the picture
This was another edge of your seat story, with the typical humor you come to expect form Shelby.
Wendy Tremont King's performance as usual is awesome, and I really enjoyed her voice for the inspector.
Another five star adventure. "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast dot com."
Really loving audiobooks, this has been the year of the audio for me. Huge booklover all the way around from romance to horror. :)
YES! This series is a lot of fun, but I would recommend they start at the beginning of the series but this one is great!
It was Shelby in Paris, enough said! :)
She really gives Shelby a voice, she is a great narrator and really does well with the quirkiness of this series.
Watch out Paris, here comes Shelby!
This series is absolutely so much fun and if you have not read it then you are really missing out on a great cozy series. The characters are great! Go grab book one now! :)
Wow! Colleen does not waste time or words. We get right in with the case that Shelby is working on, and Shelby wastes no time in getting to investigating. The first chapter dives in to the story line with vivaciousness.
Shelby is smart and fun. She's human with flaws and still a resourceful woman. Ramos is all I had hoped! And how Shelby can handle being with him and stay married... I have no idea! lol. I love the connection between Shelby and Ramos. Ramos knows she can hear his thoughts and he uses it to their advantage, along with teasing and flirting with her. Shelby struggles with not giving her ability away. It's so easy to do when she hears what people are thinking like the are talking to her. Yet she does her best to keep her secret, along with help from her friends that do know.
I've not listened to Wendy narrate before. Why not? She feels as she IS Shelby. She has the feelings through and through in her words spoken. Like with Shelby's thoughts of Ramos, not only what she says but in the infliction of the words as well! (I want to meet the hunk of a man Ramos!) But the infliction and emotion holds true through out the book for all the characters Wendy voices. There are a few accents to fit the characters, southern accent and the trademark mobster leader relaxed accent too. And the French! All sounds natural. I really enjoyed how Wendy took on Shelby's character and acted as her. The recording sounds clear and clean, that Wendy is a professional at putting the audio together. Oh the emotion when Shelby is upset. And then I got to meet Ramos. Wendy did a smooth voice for him. Wendy really does fit Shelby and the story line perfectly!
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I'm one to read a series in order, but this story is easy to pick up and start new with the series. Colleen gives us enough history in the beginning to get us caught up and at a swift pace that keeps us interested to meet everyone. (I sooo couldn't wait to meet the swoon-worthy Ramos.) All of it driving us into the current hard case Shelby's husband, Chris, wants her help on and to Paris with Blake. Even though there is a history with the characters, this book is it's own adventure and I felt like I was familiar with the characters the whole time, never feeling lost.
This one book has me hooked on Shelby and her daring adventures along with the voice of Wendy. I look forward to getting a chance to listen to the previous books and to continue with the series!
I loved that the mystery took place in Paris with Ramos.
Yes,especially when Shelby did not know Ramos was in Paris when she called him for help.
Yes, Wendy is by far my favorite narrator. She totally impressed me with her French, wee wee!
Yes, and disappointed when the book ended, only because I wanted it to continue, wanted more......
Cannot wait for the next book, I have listened to ALL of the Shelby Nichols series, and none of Colleen's books or Wendy's narration has disappointed me. I love that all the books Colleen has written, she continues to use the same narrator. I have listened to other series where there is a different narrator for each book. I love the same Lindsey Nichols, Uncle Joey, Ramos voice, it makes you feel like you really know the characters.
Last year I caught up with the 7th book in the Shelby Nichols series, and I had that disappointment that comes from not having another book in a favorite series to consume. I had to wait a year for the next installment. Oh, the horror! But joy of joys, I found out about the new book thanks to Audiobook Blast, and I jumped on that faster than you could say “Merci beaucoup.”
Shelby is a great character. She is a happily married thirty-something with two children. She can read minds, and through her series, she’s had many adventures in learning how to use that gift. She always finds herself in the worst trouble, but somehow still ends up coming out okay.
One of the things about Shelby that I like is that she is allowed to change and grow. She is still Shelby at her core, but her world has expanded to include new characters and potential scenarios. Where some authors might stagnate a character, Colleen Helme keeps it all fresh and believable.
For this story, Shelby goes to France, and that was a seed that was placed in the last book. Another good thing that Helme does is drop in potential threads for what the next mystery might be. While Shelby is in France, the story takes on a spy-thriller type quality as Shelby (and Ramos making a special appearance) goes against an international terrorist to stop a lethal bomb before it’s too late. Yes, she does succeed, but not without the adrenaline-fueled action that we come to expect from a Shelby Nichols story.
As for the narration, I have to give it to Wendy Tremont King. She IS the voice of Shelby, and not just because this is told in 1st person POV. She does the established characters so well that I’m not sure I could make it jive if another narrator had to do the job. The spectacular thing here is that she uses French accents with several different characters, and they all sound different. The subtle shading of the accents is brilliant. As a listener, I never wondered who was speaking. I am sure that took great skill and preparation to make it seem so easy.
I am a Shelby/Colleen/Wendy fan. There is no doubt about it. I loved this one, and I’ll be eagerly waiting for the next adventure. If you’re not sure if you want to jump into it on the 8th story, give it a shot. These adventures are always madcap fun, and it won’t take you long to catch up to what’s happening. Then you have the richness of 7 other stories to listen to while you, too, wait for the next book.
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So I was given the option of starting with book 1 or with book 8 and I chose to go ahead and start with 8 since I was told it could be read as a stand alone novel, which is completely true. Most times I complain why authors have you review later books in a series because it gives away details about previous books but this book gave just enough information to let me know who is who and what was going on.
Shelby is our main character who can read minds but tells everyone else she just has premonitions. Now it kind of reminds me of Charley Davidson series but without all the snark and sex.
Points on this
Shelby has an uncle Joe who she helps with cases, Charley has an uncle Bob who she helps with cases.
Both can read minds/emotions
Both are private investigators.
Charley has Reyes in her life and Shelby has a crush on a Ramos.
Just a few similarities, so if you like the Charley Davidson series I am sure you will like this series, it's a more laid back version.
This book has Shelby going to France to help solve a case and she accidentally spills the beans on her mind reading abilities to people she did not want to know. Lots of action, some scenes where she wants to be with another guy even tho she's married, another reason I want to read the other books, I want to find out more about Ramos. The sexy mysterious guy!!
I definitely am going back to read Carrots, I wondered why it was called that but in this book it said something about if I hadn't gone to get carrots that one day then we wouldn't have met. So count me in for the first 7 books and to re read this one after those.
The narrator did a good job with al the voices, accents and speaking French. She was easy to listen to, I would listen to more of her books without a second thought.
Yes I would recommend this to my friends. I'm happy they are putting out quality books to review for us readers/listeners.
Thanks again to the author/narrator for giving me a chance to read this book for an unbiased review!!
Love this series🤓. Shelby and Ramos, what a pair when they are together. She gets in the trouble and he gets her out of it. Can't wait for the next one. Big fan 😍
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I love this series. Shelby's personality, relationships, and adventures are just so addictive! Love Her!
"You need to read a Shelby Nichols novel!!"
Shelby Nichols is a brilliant main character. She's got a gift that I think some people would want but I guess we could all see the downside of as well. For a person with such incredibly bad luck she is very likable in all ways. Also a great story to help her shine! I loved that Shelby had some difficulties in using her mind reading because of the language barrier and that the author didn't decide that she would miraculously develop the ability to understand French, after all I think in English so everyone must construct thoughts in their native tongue or dominant language?
I don't like to compare in case you don't like the books that I compare this too. It's a great mystery, crime solving based book with good characters and an interesting story!!
Really good narration. A nice voice that propels the story along nicely and really makes Shelby interesting. The male characters are equally well done.
Yes. It's a really great book
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