With summer, over Shelby is looking forward to having some time to herself while the kids are back in school. A phone call from Uncle Joey ruins her plans, but she manages to take it in stride. After lunch with her friend, she promises to meet with the private investigator who was spying on Uncle Joey, but this simple task turns into a disaster. Not only does she find the P.I. dead, but a slip of paper with her name on it under his lifeless hand implicates her for his murder. Desperate to prove her innocence and find the person who killed him, Shelby begins a frantic search. She enlists the aid of the local mob boss, Uncle Joey; his hit-man, Ramos; and her police detective friend, Dimples, but soon finds that nothing can save her from becoming entangled in a sinister plot.
With her life on the line and no way out, she finds herself trapped by revenge, and realizes it will take all her skills to escape. Now she must choose where her loyalties lie, and hope she doesn't trade something bad, for something even worse.
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Yes, the book was impossible to put down.
Ramos, because he reminded me a bit of a Ranger from Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series.
Her unique voices for each characters. Not only were the distinguishable, but they were just how imagined them sounding.
Ever since Shelby went to a grocery store to get carrots and got shot, nothing in Shelby Nichols’ life is ever routine or boring, especially with her mind reading abilities caused by the grocery store incident. When Joey “The Knife” Manetto, aka Uncle Joey, asks Shelby to go listen to a private investigator named Sam Kilpack’s thought s, she arrives at the man’s office only to find him dead. To make matters worse, someone’s trying to frame her for Sam’s murder. Her husband’s gun was used as the murder weapon and her fingerprints were all over it. It Shelby hadn’t taken the note that had her name on it and the pen Sam had written her name with prior to his death, she’d be behind bars. When Shelby discovers that another man by the name of Jim was found guilty of killing his girlfriend, she finds out that his girlfriend’s murder has the same M.O as her case. Unfortunately, he’s set to be executed in just a few days. Could the two cases be connected? Will Shelby and her husband, Chris, be able to clear her name, find the real killer, and save herself and Jim?
This fast-paced, gripping mystery was a treat to listen to. Narrator, Wendy Tremont King’s voices are unique and easily distinguishable. The plot is filled with twist and turns that King handles with ease. The intrigue, suspense, and mystery of the story are well-blended and easily hold the reader’s attention. The characters were well-developed and entertaining and the dynamic between them was humorous and engaging. The narrator’s and author’s pacing complement each other perfectly and are well-suited. Listeners who have read or listened to the other Shelby Nichols adventures will have an easier time understanding what is going on, but this could be read out of order. People who enjoy mystery, adventure, humor, and suspense will thoroughly enjoy listening to this series.
- Kira "My name is Kira and I work as a librarian in utah. I love all kinds of books, but especially like fantasy and mystery."
Love this series! Fun, action and adventure!
This is one of my favorite mystery/adventure series. I love all the characters and the narrator does an excellent job with the pacing and voices.
This one is a tough question because I think the storyline for this series is very original but my guess would be Jana DeLeon's mudbug series but without the ghostly elements. The humor, fun, mystery, and adventure is all present though.
The great character voices! She nails the voice of Shelby and the accents for some of the other characters are hilarious.