Deep In Death: A Shelby Nichols Adventure (Shelby Nichols #6) by Colleen Helme

Deep In Death: A Shelby Nichols Adventure (Shelby Nichols #6)” by Colleen Helme

 
Deep In Death 

(A Shelby Nichols Adventure #6)

By Colleen Helme

Blurb:

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?

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BOOK TRAILER

Excerpt
A twinge of
pain burned through my arm, and I gently rubbed the spot where I’d been shot
nearly three weeks ago. Getting a shot in the arm may sound like a simple thing
for most people, but when it’s done by a bullet, it’s a whole different story.
At least it was healing nicely, and the scar wasn’t too big, but every once in
a while my arm ached like it had happened yesterday, probably because I was
overdoing it again. After a few seconds the pain subsided, and I finished
pulling on my shirt and got dressed.
Today was my
first day back at work since the shooting, and I was ready to take on a new
project. This time the job was a client from my consulting agency, which suited
me just fine. My last job for Uncle Joey, the local mob-boss, had gotten me
both arrested for murder and shot by a bullet in the arm, so I was a little
nervous about doing anything for him again.
A few months
ago I had to tell Uncle Joey my secret that I could read minds so he wouldn’t
kill me. We’d worked out a compromise, and over the course of our association,
we’d even become close. Crazy as it sounded, I’d started to think of him as my
real uncle, even though he wasn’t. Since most of his errands seemed to get me
into trouble, he’d also saved my life a few times. Well, to be honest, it was
his hit-man, Ramos, doing most of the saving. But it was Uncle Joey who’d told
him to watch out for me.
I sighed every
time I thought of Ramos. He had a troubled past which only I knew about, and
I’d helped him come to terms with it. Besides saving my life several times,
there was also a physical attraction that I only dared admit out loud to my
best friend, Holly. Of course after seeing him, she had a crush on him too, and
since we were both happily married, I had to think it was all right. But with
all of that going on, I had to wonder about myself. I mean, Uncle Joey was a
big, bad mob-boss who had threatened to do me bodily harm, and Ramos was his
hit-man. They were the bad guys and I had a soft spot in my heart for them. Was
something wrong with me?
My husband,
Chris, had no qualms about severing all ties with Uncle Joey, and it put me in
a hard spot trying to please them both. But since the last job, things had
changed. After I got shot, Chris had a long talk with Uncle Joey, and I hadn’t
heard from him in three weeks. In some ways it was a relief, but in others, I
kind of missed him…and Ramos…well…mostly Ramos. Still, I wasn’t about to call
and offer my services. Not considering what had happened last time. Nope. I
wasn’t ready to get shot again. In fact, I would be pretty happy if I never saw
another gun in my life.
I took a deep
cleansing breath and checked the time. I had an appointment with my client at
ten this morning, and it was time to go. Her name was Tiffany and this was her
senior year of college. Since I didn’t have a real office, I’d told her we
could meet at the campus library in-between her classes, and with her busy
schedule, meeting on campus worked out great for both of us.
I drove
through town with my windows down and breathed in the crisp fall air. It was
the first part of October and the sky was the perfect color of blue. The trees
were just beginning to change into brilliant autumn colors, and framed against
the blue sky, the pure beauty and serenity lifted my spirits. With everything
I’d gone through lately, I knew I was lucky to be alive.
I parked at
the visitor parking meters near the library and headed toward the front of the
building. It had been several years since I’d been there last, and a wave of
nostalgia washed over me. I’d only been to one year of college before I’d
talked Chris into marrying me. It was love at first sight for me, but it had
taken some gentle persuading on my part to help Chris see how perfect we were
together. Right after our marriage, we’d gone off to law school in another
state. Josh had been born exactly nine months later followed by Savannah two
years after that. There were times when I regretted not finishing college back
then, but I wouldn’t trade the life I had now for anything.
I loved my
family and, as it turned out, I had a pretty good career without a degree, and
I was proud of what I’d accomplished. Of course, if I hadn’t gotten shot in the
head during a bank robbery, which left me with the ability to read minds, it
might be a different story.
It was still
hard for me to believe how my life had turned upside down simply because I’d
stopped at the grocery store for some carrots. Who would have thought? Now I
had my own consulting agency where I could get paid for helping people, and
most of the time, all I had to do was read their minds. Not that it was always
that easy, but after getting shot, I’d take some simple cases for a while.
A young woman
sat on a bench near the fountain where we’d planned to meet. Her gaze caught
mine and her eyes widened slightly before she recognized me. As I approached,
she smiled and gave me a quick wave. She had long blond hair and a sweet face,
but her somber eyes seemed out of place for someone her age, like she’d gone
through some hard times.

 

Since she was
a college student, I was a little nervous that she couldn’t afford my
one-hundred-and-fifty-dollar-an-hour fee. But we’d talked about that before I
had agreed to meet her, and she’d seemed fine with it then. She stood to greet
me.

 

Guest Post

Blog Post for DEEP IN DEATH

 

Thanks for hosting me today. As the author of a series, I often get asked how many Shelby Nichols books I plan to write. That is a great question! After releasing book number six, DEEP IN DEATH, I still have lots of ideas about where the series can go, and I’m not ready to leave Shelby’s world. I love writing about her and her adventures, so I hope that will continue.

In the first book, CARROTS, Shelby witnesses a bank robbery at a grocery store and ends up getting shot in the head. She comes away with the ability to read minds, which puts her into a whole lot of trouble, especially when she has to tell a mob-boss her secret to keep from getting killed. From the first book to the sixth, Shelby has certainly seen her fair share of misfortune, but she has also grown into her ability and learned how to deal with it.

Her husband, Chris, has also had to manage with a wife who could read all his thoughts, some of which he would never say out loud. This journey in their relationship has undergone a lot of ups and downs, going from shock and denial to acceptance and trust. In the face of this, their love for each other has never wavered, and it’s been a blast to see this relationship grow.

Shelby has also undergone a lot of growth from a somewhat naive housewife, to a burgeoning detective who is always on the look-out for someone to help. She tells those she helps she has ‘premonitions’ to keep her secret safe, and has created her own consulting agency. She helps the police as a paid consultant, and on the opposite end, is still under the thumb of a mob-boss who knows her secret and pays to use her talents when he needs them.

All-in-all, Shelby seems to be up to her eye-balls in new cases and demands, and many are percolating in my mind for the next book.

When I began writing CARROTS, I wasn’t thinking about it becoming a series. I just had a story in my head that needed to get out. The response to CARROTS gave me the impetus to continue writing the series. I have to thank everyone who has read CARROTS and wanted more of Shelby, Uncle Joey, Ramos, Chris, Dimples, and others. I have had a lot of fun on this journey, but you are the reason I keep writing, and I hope you enjoy this latest adventure!

 

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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