Deep in Death by Colleen Helme

May 28, 2015 Reviews 16

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Deep in Death by Colleen HelmeDeep in Death by Colleen Helme
Narrator: Wendy Tremont King
Series: Shelby Nichols #6
Published by Independent on April 15, 2015
Genres: Cozy
Length: 8 hours 46 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Author

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?

I just love my adventures with Shelby Nichols. When Colleen offered to give me an audio edition of Deep in Death for review I was so excited, I rushed through my current audiobook to get to Shelby. And I was not disappointed. Shelby is an EXPERT at getting into trouble 🙂

Those of you who have seen my previous reviews for this series know that one of my favorite things is that Shelby is a middle aged mother of two and happily married. Not enough of our heroines are this age or in this stage of their lives, so I just really enjoy that element of these books. In Deep in Death that element remains strong and I enjoyed it as much as I always do – it’s neat to see the kids are growing older and how that’s changing her role as a mother. In previous books Shelby and Ramos started having chemistry and, though it continues to be an undercurrent, I enjoy seeing her maintain a friendship rather than straying from her husband. It’s nice to see a healthy relationship – plus the sexual tension that creates with Ramos is fun too 😉

Shelby is just getting back to work in Deep in Death and everyone’s trying to keep her from getting into trouble, seeing as she just suffered her SECOND gunshot wound. Seems Shelby doesn’t have a clue how to stay out of trouble, even with Uncle Joey backing off. Note, though he isn’t using Shelby like he used to, Uncle Joey and Ramos and the gang are still a huge part of this book – thank goodness, because I just love them! The mystery and tension in Deep in Death were at an all time high and I sped through this in just a couple days.

I continue to really enjoy this series on audio – it’s really the only way I will read it at this point. Wendy Tremont King IS Shelby and Uncle Joey and Ramos and Chris (Shelby’s husband) at this point. I still have to laugh when she does accents, but even her accents are a treat for me at this point.

I’m really excited because the next Shelby book is out on audio already (usually there’s more of a wait) so I’ll be digging into that soon too!

4 stars Pretty Great

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About Colleen Helme

Colleen Helme

A long career as a wife and mother while juggling several part-time jobs gave Colleen the ambition to dream of being a published writer, where she could put her imagination to good use. Now instead of making up stories to tell her children, she writes books that 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, Trapped by Revenge, with more to come.


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16 Responses to “Deep in Death by Colleen Helme”

  1. Nikita

    I love Shelby and am listening to this book at the moment..Her adventures just keep getting better! I am glad you loved the book, Kim 🙂

  2. Lola

    I’ve never heard of this series before, but it sounds really good. And wow a middle aged main character hapily married with two kids, I don’t think I ever read a book with a main character like that. I wish there were more happy couples or happily married couples in books, it always seems there has to be drama between them instead of them being happy and there being outside drama. Although I agree with Lanie that from the cover I wouldn’t have thought this would be a cozy series, but I do think it’s a great cover! Great review!
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    • Berls

      I know I wish more books were like this – I really enjoy their solid relationship. And the outside obstacles are plenty! It’s a good cozy mystery, despite the cover looking like PNR. It does have some paranormal elements, though.

  3. Ramona

    A middle-aged mother of two? Wow, she already sounds like a hero to me 😀 This series is new to me, Berls, but I’m adding it. It will be nice to see how my slice of population is portrayed in fiction, lol 🙂 Awesome review!

    P.S. I just finished A Study in Silks. I take back what I said about Tobias! Man, what a surprise – it shattered my heart. Poor E 🙁
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    • Berls

      Right?! I just love that she’s 100% someone I can relate to. It’s a fun series, I hope you enjoy it 🙂

      Oh I know what you mean about Tobias – what a shocker huh? The way she wrapped that love triangle up was pretty WOW! I’m so glad we both managed to finally read that book LOL!

    • Berls

      I’m trying to decide what my favorite one so far has been and I’m just not sure. Maybe the one right before this one – it got pretty intense! Can’t wait to see what you think of them 🙂

    • Berls

      Oh it’s definitely not PNR, but I can see why you would have guessed that. The romance is a really small element – the bigger piece is really Shelby solving crimes using her special mind-reading ability. A very fun series 🙂

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