Deep In Death
(A Shelby Nichols Adventure #6)
By Colleen Helme
Running “errands” for her mob-boss employer, Joey “The Knife” Manetto, often ends with Shelby in trouble, making her cautious about continuing her association with him. Instead, she focuses on a new client who hires Shelby to find her missing mother. What seems like a routine case turns into something more sinister and deadly than she ever imagined. In the meantime, Uncle Joey has summoned Shelby to his office, where she runs into her former nemesis. Shelby inadvertently hears something that makes her fear for the lives of Uncle Joey and his hit-man, Ramos. This time, Uncle Joey is not sure he wants to involve Shelby in something he knows could get her killed. Keeping Shelby’s involvement to a minimum has disastrous results, sending Shelby on a dangerous path. As her investigation unfolds, Shelby finds death at every turn, and soon realizes she is in over her head. Can she escape from danger in time? Or will she find herself deep in death?
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Shelby makes an entrance with a bullet in her arms from Helme's last novel of this series.She has returned with a new determination to keep on working as a Private Eye and keep out of trouble.
Keeping out of trouble for Shelby is next to impossible, especially when the old characters of Helme's book revisits. Uncle Joey wants her work for him while his niece, Kate, is back in the picture with her own set of troubles.
I can almost hear Taylor Swift's song, 'Trouble Trouble', humming in my head whenever I read about Shelby. This Gal just cannot stay inside the house.
How un-feminist of me, but - with the kind of trouble that seems to follow Shelby all around her, I would rather she sits at home - of course for her sake and not mine :)
Anyways, she is back in action. Joined the police department and... Dimples is back to dance at at attendence[yes, do detect a jealous note here] and most of all she has a new case.
When Tiffany contacts Shelby, she takes up the case of searching for Tiffany's mom, Darcy. Now Helme has notched up the paranormal part in this story. We have ...pssst.. Ghosts. Okay, not the salivating, tooth decaying and zombie kind but, the I-am-here-but-you can't see me kind. Actually, it is kinda cute and frankly speaking Helme has created a few hair raising moment.
I especially loved the scene when Shelby sees the no.4 in front of the parking lot. Hair raising moment.
No one can find a flaw with Helme's way of writing. The pace is what keeps me going, each scene woven to be a page turner. By the time you will finish this novel, you are spinning along with Shelby.It's very gripping.
Ramos... Tell me Ms.Helme.. you have upped the character just for me? :) Since, I did gush over him last time. But this time, the chemistry between them is SIZZLING. And I almost felt sorry for dear hubby, Chris. That is the problem here for the readers. Every damn bad guy is a good guy. How can I feel bad for Ramos, who is a supposed henchman of Uncle Joey.
As you all know if a few questions arise in my mind, I start twitching. [Childhood problem of mind :( )
Now I started twitching due to two questions that has been nudging me all along.
Does Shelby at all care about her kids? I see her cooking, hiding facts from her family and being a magnet for trouble. But how is she as a woman? She has given up her education for her family. Agreed. But every time putting their lives in danger does not look too Mommy kind moment for me.
Secondly, the actions are too much. If I want to follow the Darcy thread, Kate and Billie are being thrown in my path. I want to find out what the heck happened to Darcy, but every time I have to catch my breath and know what darling Kate is up to.
One thing about this book - YOU HAVE GOT TO READ IT ONCE to know how to keep your characters revolving around the story all the time.How to give each character importance and above all how to make your readers fall in love with each and every character of yours. Even the insignificant retired detective :)
About the Author
A long career as a wife and mother while juggling several part-time jobs gave Colleen the ambition to dream of being a published author, where she could put her imagination to good use. Now instead of making up stories to tell her children, she writes books they love to read. Hopefully you will too. She is the author of three romantic fantasy novels, Songbird, Flame of Destiny and The Relic. Her Shelby Nichols Adventures include Carrots, Fast Money, Lie or Die, Secrets That Kill, and Trapped By Revenge coming soon!
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