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Deep in Death is Volume 6 in the terrific Shelby Nichols Adventures series which is likely best known for its balance of suspense and humor; this one contains humor but intense suspense drives this novel. Shelby is almost recovered from her gunshot injury to her arm and is ready to take on clients again. Her first case is a young woman about to be married who wants to find out what happened to her mother who disappeared several years ago. Of course her mobster friend "Uncle" Joey also has some work for her so her dear friend Ramos, Uncle Joey's enforcer and hit man, is also involved. Like in the prior novel in the series Shelby's husband Chris also plays a major role. Shelby uncovers a serial murder when looking for the young woman's mother.
The Shelby Nichols Adventures in the most enjoyable series I have ever listened to. Narration is also terrific. (This is the 2000th audio book I have rated at Audible.)
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After getting shot in her last adventure, Shelby Nichols wants to stay out of trouble, at least for a while. Things, however, never go as planned. Taking on a new case, Shelby is looking in to the disappearance of her client’s mother, Darcy Shaw. In order to figure out what happened to her, Shelby looks into the mother’s old acquaintances. Digging up old relationships, however, uncovers a serial killer. Fitting the killer’s perfect victim, he plans to make Shelby his next target. When Joey “the Knife” Manetto, aka Uncle Joey, and her friend, Ramos are caught in a yacht explosion, Shelby may find herself on her own with this case. Determined to figure out what happened to Joey and Ramos, and to get away from the killer, Shelby heads to their last known location, Seattle. Can Shelby solve both cases and come out alive?
Narrator, Wendy Tremont King is a great complement to Colleen Helme’s book. Her unique voices bring to life Colleen’s well developed character and Shelby’s world. The character dynamics are spot on and make for an enjoyable, humorous read. The plot is complex, engaging, and keeps the reader guessing what’s going to happen next. The author expertly switches between internal and external dialogue and King smoothly handles them without missing a beat. Readers who have read the other books in the Shelby Nichols adventures won’t be disappointed. Newcomers to the Shelby scene will be able to easily pick up on the story line, but will be eager to listen to the others. Recommended for anyone who enjoys a fun, paranormal mystery with a bit of romance intermixed.
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I would recommend this book although I would suggest starting at the beginning. It was a nice, fun read but I found it a little bit confusing as I hadn't read the earlier books and felt that I had missed out on a lot of character development. I liked it enough that I would start over at the beginning.