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
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
Good, fun, mind reading story. Probably need to read in order since a lot of references to people introduced in book 1. So far the series is worth the price.
Say something about yourself!
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.
Colleen Helme has created a very original story line. The characters are very believable. She has done a great job bringing all the elements together to make a humorous cozy mystery. I look forward to the next book in the series. This book could be a standalone story, but I believe listening to the series in order is better. I highly recommend this story and the whole series to fans of cozy mysteries.
We are now proud parents of a daughter and a wonderful son-in-law! He is also a child of The U. S. Navy, bonded over military time:)!
These are fun, light and breezy stories. Shelby could be a bit less naïve but hopefully Chris can help her grow and to listen to his advise, occasionally. They adore each other and make a very nice team. Looking forward to the whole series.
Really loving audiobooks, this has been the year of the audio for me. Huge booklover all the way around from romance to horror. :)
Yes, it's a great listen and really fast.
I am always entertained by these books.
She is starting to grow on me as a narrator and she really does a good job with Shelby.
5 million dollars equals one large mind reading headache.
This second book in the Shelby Nichols Adventures was a lot of fun. Chris starts to loosen up a bit about her mind reading ability as it's not like she wanted it to begin with and so he played around with it a bit and that was fun. Shelby is just great and can't seem to stay out of trouble. If your looking for a quick fun read/listen then I highly recommend this series.
We read to know, we are not alone ~ C.S. Lewis
Another fun adventure with the slightly goofy yet indefatigable Shelby! Picking up closely where Carrots (Book 1) left off, Shelby is far more forthcoming with Chris about her skills and the unusual appearance of $5 million in the bank account Uncle Joey set up. Again, Shelby’s ability to hear what people are thinking is a great aid, and often a hindrance to her own reactions and relationships with others: even though she did inform Chris early on that her skill had returned.
Still speaking before she speaks, and her reaction to what she ‘hears’ versus what is actually spoken lead her into several fast-thinking moments that are all blunder and bravado, with very little grace. What makes this series is Shelby’s own naiveté and inherent goofiness: she is someone who always spoke first, often to her detriment, and that hasn’t changed: only the information has improved.
This book has a fairly simple, yet incredibly involved and twisted mystery at the core: even the characters seem to have some moments of losing the thread in the twists, making it even more fun to hear and follow along. Narration in this is also by Wendy Tremont King, and her ability to give voice to Shelby that feels real and completely evocative of her emotions at the moment add significantly to the plot and flow. She’s made narrative choices in pitch and tone that present the ‘eavesdropping voices’ that Shelby hears slightly different from the verbal conversations, leaving it clear to the listener that she has heard thoughts that the owners would prefer remain unknown. Each character has a voice that is distinct and unique to them, in tone, pacing, accent and even idiomatic expressions: every element serves to enhance the plot and written words and makes this a wonderful example of an audio recording.
I enjoyed this one even more than the first, and while I want everyone to jump in and listen, you really will do yourself a disservice if you haven’t read or heard the first in the series. Key elements carry forward from the first book, and those elements are necessary for understanding what is going on, and seeing the normal from the aberrant.
I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the author via AudioBook Jukebox. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Since I quickly worked my way through the entire series and enjoyed each book would say it ranks up there with some of my favorites.
Maybe the Lexi Carmichael Series by Julie Moffett.
Shelby, her voice and pacing was perfect for this character. She made me laugh several times at the situations that Shelby got herself into.
I laughed out loud several times. Especially when Shelby was dealing with the Mexican "police".
This is a great series for lovers of cozy mysteries. It has a lot of lovable characters and exciting adventures.
The second book in the series is even better than the first, but you will need the first book to fully understand events in this book. I am very pleased to say this book turned around the things I did not like about the relationship between Shelby and Chris. I love that they worked out the key to things is keeping an open line of communication.
Shelby is a touch naive, especially for a proposed mystery/detective fan. That is one of the things that makes the series, if she were more savvy there would not be much of a story to the book. She goes back and forth between being rather clever to absolutely clueless. This is definitely a mark of a stay at home mom/housewife only just spreading her wings. The reader really gets to see her growth throughout the series, she is getting quicker on the uptake with each book. I do agree with her husband that she needs a keeper.
The romance between Shelby and Chris is genuine and engaging. I love the idea of a couple who have been married for so long and are still in love. All the potentially hot scenes are closed bedroom. There are plenty of smexy kisses but not much more. This is more about the mystery that the romance.
There are many layers to the mystery this time. It is never hard to follow but it is very involved. Heck the main characters have moments when they forget about the side stories. I do like the continued interactions with Dimples, Ramos and Uncle Joey. Even though Ramos and Uncle Joey are bad guys they are very likable. Not sure how long that will last, they are both murderers after all. As long as they find Shelby charming and useful she will be fine.
The pace of the story is steady, not a fast paced read but not a drag either. The narrator for the audiobook, Wendy Tremont King does a great job of keeping the story moving. She has a really appealing tone that instills energy into the story. Her voice makes Shelby seem real and less of a flake, she manages to make her sincere and sweet. While her male voices are not very deep, they are distinct and separate from the females. It is easy to tell the difference when she is thinking and speaking. The narrator also has an added challenge of making it clear when she is hearing thoughts rather than people speaking to her. Ms King is a real compliment to the book,I love her delivery and really hope she will read the rest of the series.
My fingers are crossed the rest of the series will come out on audio, I hate switching between formats. While I am eager to hear what happens next, I am willing to wait a touch and see if the other books are recorded. If it takes too long I will have to hunt them down in ebook. Ms Helme has created a really interesting read with engaging and dynamic characters, very much along the lines of Stephanie Plum or Kathleen Turner.
Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.
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