(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?
Shelby Nichols was a normal housewife, happy in her mundane life with two kids and a loving husband but everything changed the day she stopped to buy carrots and in turn got the gift of hearing people's thoughts! The journey that started in the first book in the series, Carrots, has taken Shelby a long way. She now has her own consulting agency, is stuck with helping the mob boss she calls as Uncle Joey and is also faced with the complications that hearing others' thoughts brings to her life!
In Deep In Death, Shelby has promised to take it easy and so she takes up a missing person case which she thinks will be safe as compared to her help sessions with Uncle Joey which have a tendency of getting her into trouble! But what she doesn't know is that this case will prove even more challenging and dangerous. As Shelby begins investigating, she is spooked by the mysterious scent of gardenias that only she can smell, the unsolved mysterious disappearances of several other women just like her victim and a murderer who has remained free and who will stop at nothing to keep her from finding the truth!
Will Shelby be able to find the missing woman or is this a case that will leave her "Deep In Death"?I love Shelby Nichols and read her adventures with full interest. In this book also, Shelby is in full swing and it is so interesting and exciting to watch her solve a case that has confused and stumped the police for years, fight a most dangerous criminal, race against time to find the truth behind the disappearance of a mother for her daughter, have a yet another thrilling adventure all courtesy Uncle Joey and finally the sweet and most endearing chemistry between Shelby and her husband and the unexplained chemistry between Shelby and Ramos, Uncle Joey's hitman.
The cover of the book is gorgeous and I loved the purple dress. The blurb is catchy and instantly attracts the reader to pick up this book to read.
I love Colleen's writing style. She writes in the first person, from Shelby's perspective and although I usually don't enjoy first person story narrations, I fully enjoy her Shelby Nichols adventures! Colleen has a knack of introducing humor into the most basic routines and easily engages the readers into her stories of a woman who is just like any other house wife, has so much to be dissatisfied about like her not being a graduate or that she is often seen down upon by people because of her no-college-education status but still she is special because despite all the obvious reasons to be unhappy and dissatisfied, she is happy and believes in looking at the brighter side of her life!
The characterization is smooth and Colleen has brought reality into her characters. These are normal people stuck in abnormal situations. I love Uncle Joey who is a mob boss but still has a soft spot for Shelby. Ramos is so adorable with his tough guy with a soft heart routine. He is attracted to Shelby and the companionship between these two is funny, sometimes awkward, sometimes sensuous and always entertaining! They both care about each other and Ramos often acts as a protector of Shelby. The chemistry between Shelby and her husband, Chris will make every woman envious. They are the perfect couple who, despite their imperfections, have found their harmony and it is so heartwarming to see their love grow each day. There are several other noteworthy characters in this book but I was especially impressed by the villain in the story. A serial killer with a devious mind, he scared me and I could feel the fear that his victims would have felt.
The story is fast paced and there are several strains of plots running simultaneously which are weaved together expertly by the author and dont leave the reader confused. I was hooked right from the start and just had to finish this story in one sitting. With several nail biting moments and thrilling twists and frightening scenarios, I was completely involved in all the action and felt like I was right there with Shelby! :)
While I loved the cover, blurb, writing style, plot idea and execution, characterization and was impressed with the interest that Colleen extracted from me, I was dissatisfied with the fact that the killer didn't give a reasoning why he started killing or why he continued and how he selected his victims.I would have loved to know the reason why he selected the mother of Shelby's client and how he abducted her. No clear explanation is given and not knowing the why and how of it rankled.
Just because of this loophole, I give Deep In Death 4.5 out of 5. Had this point been covered then this would have been a full 5 rating story from my side. Nevertheless, this is an engaging, eventful, thrilling and humorous adventure with Shelby, Chris, Ramos, Dimples, Uncle Joey etc. that entertains and also brings tears and a happy smile to our faces. Strongly recommended, go buy and read this book. Enjoy! :)
I received an ARC copy of the book from the author and the tour organizers and I am very thankful to them. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.
About the Author
As the author of the Shelby Nichols Adventure Series, Colleen is often asked if Shelby Nichols is her alter-ego. “Definitely,” she says. “Shelby is the epitome of everything I wish I dared to be.” Known for her laugh since she was a kid, Colleen has always tried to find the humor in every situation and continues to enjoy writing about Shelby’s adventures. “I love getting Shelby into trouble…I just don’t always know how to get her out of it!” Colleen lives in the Rocky Mountains with her family. Besides writing, she loves a good book, biking, hiking, and playing board and card games with family and friends. She loves to connect with readers and admits that fans of the series keep her writing.
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