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5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent author
Reviewed in the United States on January 3, 2019
I'll read anything Colleen Helme writes about Shelby and her cohorts. This novella is a quick read, continues the story of Shelby and her friends and partners in crime-solving, giving those of us addicted to the book series something to keep us happy until the next full book comes out. If you haven't yet read any of the books in the series, do yourself a HUGE favor and get Carrots, the first book. You'll be hooked by the end of it, and it's an addiction you won't mind having.
Author Colleen Helme's "A Midsummer Night's Murder is mrsmerizing as Shelby Nichols uses her mind reading skills to help her sweet loving, lawyer hubby, her friend Det. Drew "Dimples" Harris, "Uncle Joey" aka Mob Boss Manetto, and justice like a young man the police have charged with murder who Shelby knows is innocent. Now all she has to do is prove it with the help of the handsome, sizzling hot, hitman Ramos (yes indeed, bad boy hot). Shelby doesn't have to find murders they tend to find her, but with Ramos at her back (or allowing her to check him out in front) she stays alive. The blood, guns, gangs, dangerous chills, motorcycle thrills, but life never gets boring. I recommend all of Shelby Nichols Mystery adventures to all readers. Enjoy!
I Love Shelby. And I love how She is portrayed. A woman who can read minds. Coerced into working for a mafia boss, but the mafia boss is called Uncle Joey and he actually acts like a beloved uncle to Shelby. But of-course, Shelby is a valuable asset to Uncle Joey. So it behooves him to be nice. Shelby does an excellent job of balancing what she does for Uncle Joey, making sure she does not break laws. Except of-course when it behooves her private investigation business. Shelby is a faithful wife with a crush on a hit man. Such a real girl thing to do. Hot fantasies of a hot man. Then of-course the mysteries are awesome, complex, fast paced, interesting. Great series.
Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2018
For fans of Shelby Nichols and Colleen Helme, Midsummer Night’s Murder is an exciting visit with a set of characters that we have come to love. I first read this novella in the Summer Snoops anthology but I love the series so much that I wanted a stand-alone copy. When Dimples asks Shelby to sit in on an interview that looks like a slam dunk but feels off, she begins one of the most dangerous investigations of her career. Dimples is not surprised but neither is he pleased when she turns to Ramos for back up. Excitement, danger, romance, and Ramos…what a magnificent combination!
5.0 out of 5 starsRe-release of an Anthology novella!
Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2018
This is a very good novella in the series but I had already read it in the anthology 'Summer Snoops and Cozy Crimes' which came out July 24, 2018. Didn't realize it until I started reading it. Some note should be put in the details about this. This is my absolutely favorite series and I can't wait for the next one.
11/26 changed to 5 star. Note was added to details.
Loved every minute of the series and now plan to read the little extra books. Just wish the series to continue but I guess like everything else it has to end somewhere. Thanks to Colleen for this series and I know I will be reading more of her books.
Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2018
Another excellent Shelby Nichols story. What happens when a person is framed for murder? Luckily, Shelby knows he is innocent and vows to help him. All the colorful characters are here. There is also a dog added. Shelby and family take care of him while his owner is in jail. Shelby finds out that she can communicate with dogs. One of my favorite series.
I really enjoyed all of Shelby Nichols. Adventure stories. Including the man in the black suit. They have adventure and humor. Colleen Belle is a great Author. I hope there will be more adventurers for Shelby to come.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 25, 2018
Another great read in the series. Okay it's shorter than the norm but the story is complete - with a great look at her life and the life of those around her. When she gets an early morning call from her police contact she rushes to the station. Did the arrested man really kill his girlfriend. After meeting him, she knows the answer is a definite NO. He's devastated by her death and thinks that it might have something to do with the people his girlfriend tried to help. Add in a missing dog, gangs, a planned takeover of Joey's territory, a kidnapping and a bungled attempt at using a cast-iron frying pan as a weapon. That leads to someone being shot in the bottom. Can they keep Joey's name out of it? Do they have enough to put the real killer away? But what about the Mole in her husband's office??
5.0 out of 5 starsShelby, mayhem and lots of Ramos - what's not to love?!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 17, 2018
This is the latest Shelby Nichols short story, and I really enjoyed it, especially as we got to see lots of my favourite hitman, Ramos! I'm not going to go into the plot (spoilers!), though I loved seeing the new use that Shelby discovered for her mindreading talents, and am interested to see how that will develop in future. But overall? It was just great to read another Shelby adventure (especially with Ramos in it!!) and I can't wait until the next one comes out!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 10, 2019
I love the Shelby Nichols series and this short read in the series was still fun and frantic despite only being a novella. Ramos doesn't make an appearance until half-way through and funnily that's when I thought the story got better as I love the banter between him & Shelby.
4.0 out of 5 starsMeet Pepper the dog, a mixture of border collie, lab and beagle
Reviewed in Australia on March 13, 2019
Another great book in Shelby’s adventures. This is a novella so about half the size of the main books in the series. As this was published after Book 11, I would read this book at 11.5. As usual, a great cast of characters and well written. I would have liked to read more, but unfortunately only a novella, so I will have to wait until Book 12 Marked for Murder comes out late April / late May.
I mentioned in my review of Deadly Escape (Book 11) that I would like to see a story with an animal (dog) and see if she could read the animals mind. In this book we have Pepper and Shelby could understand a few thoughts and feelings. By the end of the book, Shelby promised her daughter that they would get a dog. It would be great if they could get a (retired) police dog and would love to see a german shepherd. She might be able to read more from this type of trained dog. It could also occasionally help/protect her in her investigations/work. It would be cool if the dog understood that she understood it and share in her secret. However, Pepper was a smaller dog, so the author may go for a smaller dog again….
What an awesome short Shelby can find just as much trouble in a short story as she can in a full-length novel lol I really enjoyed it. A great story, awesome characters and Shelby at her mind reading best.