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Carrots: A Paranormal Women's Fiction Novel (Shelby Nichols Adventure Book 1) Kindle Edition
A mind-reader, a mob-boss, and a hit-man. What could go wrong? More fun than you can imagine!
"One of the best and rarest gems of the indie book market."~ Matthew LeDrew
Stopping at the grocery store for carrots shouldn't be dangerous, but for Shelby Nichols, it changes her life forever. During a bank robbery, she is caught in the cross-fire and grazed by a bullet to the head, leaving her with the ability to read minds.
Not only is she hearing what everyone thinks about her, but the gunman who shot her is out to silence her forever. In her fight to stay alive she is saved from certain death by a handsome hit-man with ties to organized crime.
This pulls Shelby even deeper into danger, where knowing someone's thoughts can not only hurt her feelings, but get her killed.
USA TODAY and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Colleen Helme offers a clever mix of mystery, laugh-out-loud humor, and page-turning adventure in the highly acclaimed Shelby Nichols Adventure Series.
Carrots: A Shelby Nichols Adventure is in the same shelf as Stephanie Plum and Betsy Taylor in terms of comedy and hilarity. I love chic-lit plied with mystery and Colleen Helme did not disappoint! Loved it! ~Braine - Talk Supe: A Pop Fiction Book Blog
I would recommend this book to people who enjoy a nice, light mystery with hilarious drama. I can't wait to read more from this author. ~Sizzle & Swoon Book
I adored this book. Colleen Helme knows how to combine humor, mystery, and wit, and serve it up on silver platter! ~ After Dark Rendezvous
Perfect for fans of Jana DeLeon, Janet Evanovich, Denise Grover Swank, Elizabeth Hunter, and Shannon Mayer.
'Carrots' a refreshing, different kind of sleuth story "The dialogue is well written and the story flows along nicely with a good number of twists and surprises. It's a good story, a readable novel and the start of something fine."
~ Sharon Haddock, Deseret News
I adored this book.Colleen Helme knows how to combine humor, mystery, and wit, and serve it up on silver platter! ~ After Dark Rendezvous
Carrots: A Shelby Nichols Adventureis in the same shelf as Stephanie Plum and Betsy Taylor in terms of comedy and hilarity. I love chic-lit plied with mystery and CHelme did not disappoint! Loved it! ~ Braine - Talk Supe: A Pop Fiction Book Blog
What a riveting read!Who would have thought that a story about a suburban mom traveling to the store to get carrots would evolve into such a mystery? I would recommend this book to people who enjoy a nice, light mystery with hilarious drama. I can't wait to read more from this author. ~ Sizzle & Swoon Book Reviews
Original crime fiction with a sublime twist of humour, it doesn't get any better than Carrots: A Shelby Nichols Adventure. ~ Book Viral Reviews
Sometimes, all we need is an enjoyable book that will make us laugh out loud or simply sigh with relief and feel all the good vibes. Carrots, with all its healthy nutrients, definitely is a must read! ~Claire, The Coffeeholic Bookworm~
From the Author
Carrots (Book 1)
Fast Money (Book 2)
Lie or Die (Book 3)
Secrets That Kill (Book 4)
Trapped by Revenge (Book 5)
Deep In Death (Book 6)
Crossing Danger (Book 7)
Devious Minds (Book 8)
Hidden Deception (Book 9)
Laced In Lies (Book 10)
Deadly Escape (Book 11)
Marked for Murder (Book 12)
Ghostly Serenade (Book 13)
Dying Wishes (Book 14)
High Stakes Crime (Book 15)
Ties That Bind (Book 16)
Devil in a Black Suit (A Ramos Story)
A Midsummer Night's Murder (A Shelby Nichols Novella)
License to Steal (A Shelby Nichols Novella)
- ASIN : B004PYDGBM
- Publisher : Manetto Books; 2nd edition (February 23, 2011)
- Publication date : February 23, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 2278 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 303 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,898 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Colleen Helme's first Shelby Nichols book, Carrots, took me less than two days to read! And I loved every moment of it! And it only took me two days to read it because I fell asleep from sheer exhaustion!
As a true Road Warrior - (I am a regional officer for a government, and I travel every other week 30 weeks of the year) When I buy a book, I need it to be absorbing, riveting, a fun read, a real page turner, a gripper - in short everything I know, like and trust a true escape novel will do for me.
I read when I am on planes - usually twice a week if not more - and when I am at the gym, too. I found myself getting bored with music and video, and by accident fell into reading my Kindle whilst on an exercise bike in Trinidad. That got me completely hooked on reading whilst I work out, and whilst on planes!
I got Carrots from Amazon when it was on special. I am not the greatest fan of mysteries, and was quite leery as a male that the misadventures of a kind of ditzy blonde were really going to do it for me; but boy, was I wrong. I was a little startled that I got hooked in Carrots so fast. From the moment of Shelby deciding to stop at the grocery store in the pouring rain - something I could totally relate to - to my discovery that our hero was a heroine in the following pages, Helme does such a fantastic job of realistic stream of thought writing that she had me sucked in. When Shelby starts reading minds - Well, I couldn't figure out what happened either until I skipped back a few pages and found that she WAS in fact reading "Dimples'" mind! That did it! Then I was hooked for good, and but bad! Being the parent of a teen, I could totally relate to her interactions with her kids, her mom, her spouse. So gents, don't be put off by a heroine. You will love this book!
Technically, and more to the point, Helme's characters are so well built, so well executed, so believable, that you are just completely caught up in the utterly consistent and believable story line, and sucked along on the roller coaster ride. I felt as if I'd been caught in a riptide - and loved every minute of it. In fact, I was in Rio whilst I read Carrots, and turned down a movie, shopping, and dinner in Copacabana and Ipanema to finish the book!
When I really think about what I enjoyed the most about the book, and why I was so compelled to keep turning the pages, I came up with several items:
- It is well written, and technically correct. NO typo's, NO grammar issues, NO spelling issues! YAY! What a nice, pleasant surprise!
- It has well put together, well edited, and superbly crafted BELIEVABLE and CONSISTENT characters.
- It has great action and plot flow - You are constantly pushed to keep reading simply because you have to find out what happens next: and you really want to know!
- It is written in such a relaxed, casual style, largely in the form of a stream of consciousness, or inner monologue, that it is utterly believable: you aren't being told what happens, you are experiencing from first person, as it happens. A phenomenal way to generate credibility and belief for the reader.
- It is very believable from a moral point of view - Shelby wants to do what's right - but sometimes, as she learns, you have to do something a little gray for the greater good. Her inner struggle is what we all go through. Brilliantly captured and executed!
- It is a really fun, fast paced, "suburban housewife turned secret agent" style book. And I found that I was so caught up in Shelby's life, I really needed to know what happened next!
You can guess that the minute I finished the book, I hit the Whispernet to see what else Collen had written, and I was absolutely elated to find the second Shelby Nichols book available. I hit buy instantly, and I figured I had better write this review before I start it, as I know I won't be back here before I finish it. Too bad work is going to get in the way of my reading schedule this week!
Yeah, I have no trouble walking out of a casino, but putting down a good book -- Well, I guess I have to sleep sometime!
Seriously, with a doctorate degree, and degrees in English from some of the top universities in the world, and as a professional writer myself, I am a hard man to impress.
I bought this book from the description of it. I was not sure if it was for me, but I decided to try it. If you are on the fence on this one, and not sure you'll like it - take the plunge! It's well worth the small price you will pay and then some, and you'll likely become a fan.
Colleen, if you read this, I just want to thank you for such excellent and entertaining writing, I hope that you will continue to write the Shelby Nichols series, and please know that you have earned another FFL (Fan For Life). Now I'm off to start Fast Money!
BOOM! What had happened at the bank across the street?
The Paramedics had arrived.
A bank robber had shot her in the head.
Detective Drew “Dimples” Harris (Homicide) was asking questions.
Christopher “Chris” Nichols (husband, Cohen, Larsen, & Pratt law firm, lawyer) had been notified.
Josh Nichols (14, son/brother), & Savannah Nichols (12, daughter/sister) wanted to hear all about mom’s ordeal.
Detective Harris was asking more questions.
Julie (sketch artist) was going to do a drawing of the suspect on her laptop.
Shelby (clairvoyant) had invited Kate (Chris’ associate, lawyer) for lunch.
She set Kate straight about her husband.
Getting off the parking garage elevator the bank robber had tried to run Kate over.
He was supposed to be in jail.
Shots were fired at Kate’s vehicle, & when she looked the bank robber had been host/killed.
Colonial Mansion. She was greeted by an elderly 60+ man. It was Uncle Joey (Kate’s).
Ramos (enforcer) had gotten them something to drink.
What did Ramos discuss with Shelby?
Uncle Joseph “Joey” “The Knife” Manetto called a meeting with his associates.
His good friend Johnny Falzone (restaurant owner), & nephew had been whacked.
Uncle Joey wanted names.
Steven Cohen (Kates’s father, Cohen, Larsen, & Pratt law firm) had been stabbed to death.
News flash: Car Bomb Explodes in Parking Lot of Sunset Mortuary.
What were Kate & Walter up to?
I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one.
An awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very professionally written cozy murder mystery book. It was quite easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great murder mystery movie, or better yet a mini TV series. To be continued. There is no doubt in my mind this is an amazingly easy rating of 5 stars.
Thank you for the free author; Amazon Digital Services LLC.; book
Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
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Wow so glad I did I really enjoyed the story so much that once I have written this review I am off to buy it on audio I enjoyed it that much.
Shelby is an ordinary woman and she is the first that their is nothing special about her, that is until she is shot in the head. It quickly becomes apparent that that was the best part of her week, as her life starts to spiral out of control. Who know being able to read minds would lead to being shot at, nearly being run over and blown up, as if things could get any worse The Mob boss knows her secret and wants her to work for him and the cops questioning her isn't helping to her alive.
I Loved the characters in this book and Shelby's interact between the good guy and the bad guys as well as her home life and will definitely be reading about them again. A great find and an author that is sure to become a favourite of mine.
Shelby is an amazing character, she's a fun mix of ditzy and resourceful. At times she's infuriating, getting herself into scrapes without thinking but of course, uses her new gift to wiggle her way out of them.
This is like a less supernatural take on Charlaine Harris' Stackhouse series, with a likable and down to earth woman has the ability to read minds and what a decent human being would do with such an ability. In this case, make chicken enchiladas and help the police in their investigations.
Everyone I've described this book to has been interested: 'housewife is shot in the head by a bankrobber, can now read minds and is forced to help out a mob boss'. What's not to love? That's pretty much what drew me in.
The organised crime part of this book is great fun, Shelby ends up helping the leader of the local mob after repeating something she overheard in someone's thoughts and then admitting everything to save the lives of her family (standard). She's now helping him determine the loyalties of those closest to him and rooting out any traitors.
Obviously, she has to wear a wig to do this. And sunglasses.
These are the things that keep the book light and funny, Shelby is sweet and eccentric and infinitely likable. While she loves her family, she can't help but enjoy her new power and the new purpose and variety it's brought to her life. Not least, meeting the mysterious Ramos, hired hitman and bodyguard who has more than a passing interest in her and her wellbeing. I still doubt anything will happen between the two of them, which is quite frustrating but I guess I shall just have to wait and see....
I'd recommend this book to fans of mysteries, fun paranormal books and light crime novels. If you're anything like me, you'll be follwing the series right to its conclusion!
All in all it could have done with a decent editor to rid it of the clichés and to tighten up the narrative.
Fans of Liz Evans will love this - it's funny and silly without becoming ridiculous, and a hapless heroine who is not Superwoman but basically bluffs her way out of trouble. The characters are stereotypes which makes it an easy read, but this book is not about personalities - it's about a fun plot, plenty of action, and despite the unlikely premise, believable and down to earth.
Although I like this book - I don't think I'll be reading many more in the series. When I read the synopses and just saw more of the same, and pretty much being sequels to this book I was a bit put off. My feelings is that no book in a series should rely on a previous book too much and may have been better off developing new characters and new cases, with maybe the original characters having the odd walk on role. That's just my preference though, I'm sure that those that like familiarity and easy read for the beach will love them, and I certainly enjoyed reading this one, and would recommend.
My usual genre are nitty gritty thrillers, this book is the complete opposite, light hearted, funny and brilliantly written.
The way each character comes to life throughout the book is well done, it's a madcap adventure that all started because the main character had forgotten to get carrots for soup she was making. After entering the store the store gets held up and Shelby has a near miss when a bullet nicks her head and she finds she can hear what people are thinking. I know this sounds far fetched, however, what ensues is an amazingly, well written storyline where Shelby finds herself working for Dimples (a policeman), her husband and the head of a mobster company.
An immensely funny, witty, madcap adventure. Please read, it's hilarious and so well written.