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
I travel nationally and internationally 2 weeks or more a month, and I am always looking for new books to listen to that will absorb me!
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.
My name is Kira and I work as a librarian in utah. I love all kinds of books, but especially like fantasy and mystery.
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.
yes, I find it a very funny series that will sometimes make you laugh out loud
probably the Chris Grabenstein John Ceepak Series
I have never heard of Wendy but she keeps this series alive and does an excellent job
yes it made me laugh as does the whole series
I would recommend if you want a laugh then listen to this series
My Initial Reaction...
I was really stuck between a 3.5 and a 4.5 when I first finished Secrets That Kill. It's a BIG range, but there was one element that was fairly dominant in this story that I didn't like. At the same time, I LOVED the action and setting. In the end I landed on the middle with 4 stars.
Wendy Tremont King continues to be a pretty good narrator with Secrets That Kill. A few Hispanic accents popped up again and she really doesn't know what to do with them. I find it funny, though, and it doesn't actually hurt the reading for me. Otherwise, she's a solid voice for Shelby the MC.
I really love Shelby's personality and it continued strong in Secrets That Kill. As always it's her obsessive need to help everyone that gets her into trouble - she's just TOO good for her own good sometimes. The one thing that really bothered me in Secrets That Kill was the way she entertained thoughts about Ramos. It felt really out of character for Shelby - even though she always pushed those feelings away because she knew that she loved Chris, it just didn't jive with the Shelby I know. I know that it's perfectly natural to admire someone attractive and when they get thrown together as much as Shelby and Ramos did in Secrets That Kill it's probably bound to come up a bit more. But it went a bit further than felt right to me for Shelby.
I think I also really missed the family element in Secrets That Kill. You get some phone conversations with Chris, but none with the kids. I guess after seeing Chris come so far in the last book, I wanted more of that -- Chris and Shelby together and against it all -- but got Shelby flying more solo than ever before.
I did really enjoy that we got to know Ramos so much better in Secrets That Kill -- I've always liked him as a character and it was really great to get his back story. And even though it threw me for a loop, I have to admit that if it weren't something that felt out of character for Shelby - I DID like the little bit of awkwardness and tension between her and Carlos (which is why I'm still giving this 4 stars, rather than knocking it all the way down to 3.5).
The story for Secrets That Kill was particularly strong. It kicks off with Shelby getting ready to head home from the family's vacation in Florida - but first she has to make a delivery for Uncle Joey. And in a spectacularly Shelby fashion it get WAY out of control. Before you know it, her life's in danger and she's playing high stakes poker (and with a mind reading ability, that's super cool!). The element of being on vacation - but without her bags - really gave this a fresh feel for the series, nothing felt too familiar - which could easily happen at this point in the series. I did miss some of the mystery elements - this didn't really seem to have one honestly - but the adventure was tons of fun and Shelby continues to keep everyone - including me - on their toes.
I've come to love this series and I'm eagerly anticipating the release of the next book to audio later this month.
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.
I love this series, but please, please...ditch the husband and get something going with Ramos! That's the most exciting part of the storyline.
In the process of starting a new chapter of my life and connecting with my daughter.
This is the fourth of the Shelby Nichols novels and I've listened to them all. let me begin by stating that the writing is good, the characters are quite likable the book moves; not getting bogged down for too long in any situation. Unfortunately the number of implausible situations woven into the narrative came close to ruining the listening experience. In the end the characters were enough to pull out a four rating and a recommendation from me despite professional thugs and criminals not thinking of contingency plans. These are purportedly warriors not common street criminals; come on. Hopefully Ms Helme will tighten up on some of the holes in the plot; this is a very entertaining series and i'd like to continue enjoying the listening experience.
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