||July 30, 2012
Shelby Nichols is an average woman until an accident leaves her with the ability to read minds. This takes her into a dangerous world where knowing someone's thoughts can not only hurt her feelings, but get her killed.
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Colleen Helme Author of Romantic Fantasy
Shelby has her hands full managing her new agency, but she's determined to make it work. Her first case to track down stolen money leads her into the lingerie business where nothing is as it appears. She also finds plenty to keep her busy with the police department and Detective Harris. But all that pales in comparison to what she must do to help Uncle Joey, the local mob boss. When Chris receives threatening notes, and Hodges turns up dead, it is up to Shelby to determine what is going on and who is behind it all. It seems the past has a way of catching up with her. Soon, Shelby must use all her wits to stay alive, and her only option? Lie or Die.
Lie or Die: Another Fun Shelby Nichols Story
Just because she can read minds doesn't mean the adventurous sleuth Shelby Nichols can always see the trouble headed her way.
She can help out mobster Joey "The Knife" Manetto by telling him what the crooks around him are thinking, but she can't predict the lengths they'll go to when they want something or someone (even when it's her), in Colleen Helme's recent novel "Lie or Die: A Shelby Nichols Adventure."
She can tell when someone she's interviewing is lying, but she can't always tell where they've hidden the money they've taken.
But she's willing to try, mostly because since she discovered her hidden talents she's had very little choice.
Manetto wants the advantage Shelby can give him when he's negotiating for turf.
The police want her to help them catch thieves and the bank manager wants the stolen loot back.
The only one who really doesn't want her to read minds seems to be her husband, Chris. He finds it disconcerting to always have to protect his innermost thoughts.
Shelby is just trying to survive and keep her home life intact.
She's a rare detective, self-confident in her ability to look good and speak up for herself but way out of her depth when it comes to bad guys. She's opening up her own consulting agency but still reluctantly depends on and works for Manetto.
As a consequence, she is routinely in situations that test her wits and her little stun flashlight.
The Shelby Nichols novels are pleasant reads despite the tie-in with the Mafia. The author does a good job of creating family-friendly fiction while still telling an interesting story.
They're kept light, clean and friendly despite some of the life-and-death drama.
They're also short and printed in paperback so they're good to slip into the purse on the way to an appointment.
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