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