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
I listen on average to 2 audiobooks a week and Fast Money was up with the top of the pack.
The plot took a turn I didn't expect. This is the first book in the series, so I didn't know what to expect, but I was surprised how quickly the plot changed directions and still all tied in at the end.
It was fun and I couldn't wait to get back to it.
I think Colleen Helme has a fun and fresh style of writing. I also enjoy the fact that she doesn't feel the need to add tons of swearing or sexual scene to her work.
It was hard for my to put his book down. I finished it within a day, thanks to the switching capability between listening to the book and reading, I much preferred the reading because the voice bothers me a little on the audiobook. There was one event after another and never had a dull moment in the book, and when it was a laid back time it wasn't at all boring and had the perfect amount of love, drama, and crime in it.
i have just started this series and i am the type of person to listen to a series book all at once , like if i listen to book one, then immediately of after i finished i go to book too , then book three,..... and so on so i feel the the whole series is on book and so far i am fascinated
yea it was nice .
This is my 2nd book both Shelby Nichols Series.
Wendy makes me like Shelby Nichols. I love the voice of Uncle Joey.
I like the the relationship between Shelby and Chris, they love eachother
I was looking forward to getting back to this series so when I found out it was on audio I had to try it out that way. I expected to narrator to bring the fun Shelby to life in interesting ways she she did just that. She made the Shelby’s antics so full of life and very entertaining hearing it all play out via audio. Once again we find Shelby adjusting to life after her last adventure and this time around she is out shopping and goes to check her bank account and learns she has millions in there that she didn’t have before. She quickly figures it has something to do with Uncle Joey and pretty soon she is once again involved in another escapade. This narrator did such a good job of bringing these characters to life and I loved her Uncle Joey voice. He came across just like I pictured his voice and I loved every minute of it.
As the story continues we learn that Shelby has to figure out who all is after her once people realize she has Uncle Joey’s money and she does this in true Shelby fashion. Shelby also has to fess up to her husband that she can now hear people’s thoughts again. I think what I like most about this series is how Shelby always manages to get herself caught up in something and the best part is seeing her try to talk her way put of it. She is really quick on her feet though and that is what I love about her. I love seeing her and Chris interact and the way he knows his wife is different from others but her loves her for all her quirks and the way she is.
Overall this was a great listen of this series and thanks to the narrators ability to pull of all the different character voices she made me love this series even more. She gives all the characters their own voice and it is just what I imagined them to be. Shelby once again is a character you have no choose but to fall in love with because she is so unique. I would recommend this one to lovers of mysteries and who are looking for a nice fun listen. I think I love this series more since I listened to the audio and would recommend readers do it that way.
I received this book for free from Audiobook Jukebox in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
My Initial Reaction...
I beginning to understand what people like about cozy mysteries! I didn't actually know what they were before starting on this series, but I'm really enjoying my adventures with Shelby and Fast Money was another fun mystery to watch Shelby solve!
Wendy Tremont King is an okay narrator, but this was not her finest hour. I think Colleen Helme surprised her by throwing some Mexicans into the mix and she just couldn't handle it. Her Mexican accents were really really bad - I laughed pretty hard actually. Now, my BF is Mexican and I live in Texas so I may be extremely aware of this accent and thus a pretty hard judge. But that aside (which was a small part of the overall book) the narration was fine and Wendy is a good match for Shelby. Her male characters are even fairly solid.
I read this series because of Shelby quite frankly. There's several things I love about her - she's not super young. She's a middle aged mother of 2, stay at home mom, married to a lawyer. She's a bit more high middle class than I am and because of a weird accident she can read minds - but other than that, Shelby feels so normal and real. I could be friends with Shelby. I love that, despite being so incredibly ordinary (other than the mind reading thing), Shelby has spunk and some serious guts! She's going head to head with killers, mob bosses, kidnappers, FBI agents, etc and holding her own. Hell, she's making them squirm! And it's not really because of her mind reading ability - it's because of who she is. She's smart, clever, and resourceful.
I wish her husband, Chris, saw Shelby for all that she is. Don't get me wrong - I also really like Chris. I love that they're still so incredibly happily married. It's so nice to read a series about a couple who aren't just falling in love or getting divorced. They're dealing with a long term commitment and it's many bumps, while remaining 100% in love. That said- Chris can be just a bit too paternalistic for my taste. He has a protective streak, which I understand and respect, but sometimes he goes too far and forgets that Shelby is quite capable.
I continue to enjoy the characters that Shelby interacts with. However, Uncle Joey and some of the other bad guys that show up continue to be non-threats in my mind. They just seem a bit too soft for me to see them as really dangerous. Some are downright ridiculous (and I'm sure the accents didn't help with this perception). Only one bad guy really truly worried me. But that makes this fun, rather than scary, and I like that.
So in Fast Money Shelby is landing herself in all kinds of predicaments again. But first, Uncle Joey is putting her in one giant one. In the amount of 5 million dollars. 5 million dollars that Shelby discovers in her bank account when she stops at the ATM before splurging on a pair of boots. The very next day she receives a note from Uncle Joey telling her about the money and that she shouldn't tell anyone about it. That it could be a matter of life and death. And that if he dies before returning from Mexico, she gets to keep the money. Can I just say - who does that?!?! Really?!? Despite how ridiculous it is that Uncle Joey would trust Shelby with that money, it certainly landed Shelby in the middle of it. Next thing she knows, she's on the FBI & CIA's radar, not to mention the Mexican Cartel's.
But that's not the only problem Shelby has. Nope, Shelby landed herself in it too. When visiting her husband Chris at the courthouse she overhears the thoughts of several people involved with a bank robbery and when the robber on trial gets killed, she ids the killer. Of course, reading thoughts doesn't exactly stand as evidence - so things get tricky there. And then there's the art theft that she's helping the police with. It seems like a simple case, one quick mind read and she knows who did it. But in Shelby's world, it's never that simple. I enjoyed these two storylines, because while the mystery was solved easily, how Shelby could deal with it was complicated.
Fast Money was a fun, quick read. It's lighthearted mystery and action with lovable characters and I look forward to listening to the next one!
I love this series! It's very well written and has a really unique plot. The only thing I wish the author would change is I wish Shelby would dump her husband! He is a total male chauvinist who treats his wife like she is a dim-wit. And the fact that she totally agrees with him all the time just to make him happy makes her a very weak character at times.
My favorite parts of the book are when Shelby and Ramos are together in scenes. There is so much chemistry there! Lose the husband and have a romance with Ramos!! PLEASE!
Great for listening to on long drives. Sometimes that means circling the block, parking lot or neighborhood to make the drive long enough
Good plot that keeps the suspense going.
I like that she can tell a good story without sex and violence. Story is PG-13, most other books in the genre are definitely "R".
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