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Devious Minds: A Shelby Nichols Adventure (Volume 8) Paperback – January 15, 2016
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In "Devious Minds," Shelby has a problem: She can't understand the thoughts of those who think in French, which makes things difficult as she goes to Paris to help stop an international incident. She is clever and bold even when she's not sure how she ought to proceed, which makes her a likable, if incredibly lucky, heroine. The storyline moves right along, and it's a nice twist for the characters to be in Paris at iconic sites. As a result, "Devious Minds" works as a readable, interesting novel, especially for Shelby Nichols fans. ~Sharon Haddock, Deseret News
Shelby in Paris! What could be better?! Not much, it turns out. Devious Minds was easily one of my favorite Shelby adventures. ~ Fantasy Is More Fun
The Shelby Nichols Series is entertaining and always leaves me with a smile in the end. I can't wait until the next installment of the series. ~ BookGatherer Reviews
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Enjoy the entire Shelby Nichols Adventure Series!
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)
Devil in a Black Suit (A Ramos Story)
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Shelby is helping lawyer husband Chris solve a murder mystery, that is complex and cloudy. In the midst of that, she is called upon by Blake, from the last book, to whom she has promised a favor. And this seems easy enough, just a few days in Paris, and back home.
But this is Shelby, and NOTHING is ever easy and simple when Shelby is involved. Shelby finds trouble like a Swiffer finds dust!
Colleen did a great job describing Paris, and it really brought back some warm and nostalgic memories for me, both of the things I love about Paris and the things I do not like about Paris. There were good, recognizable and well-painted images of Paris that I really savored. I really liked the play between the characters too, particularly the British secret agent gal living in Paris that gives Shelby and Ramos a hand, and has such fine taste in automobiles and motorbikes!
So once again things have heated up between Ramos, Uncle Joey's faithful hit-man who has fallen for Shelby, and Shelby. Will Shelby maintain her honor and integrity? Will she remain faithful to Chris? Will she be able to still solve the murder case from Paris?
In Devious Minds we have a new wrinkle, too - Shelby can read minds, but she can't understand French, and all the people around her, whether they are French Inspectors or terrorists are speaking in a language she cannot understand! How does she make her gift help? Can she, when she does not know what is going on in their heads? And thwarting terrorists? Oh my!!!
As other books have been, this book has all the elements of a good thrill ride adventure! Fast paced thrills, dodging bullets, complex relationships and personalities, good guys, bad guys, and non-stop edge of your seat action and adventure. I have maintained over these past years that Collen keeps getting better and better in her writing, and that Shelby as a character and as a set of adventures is also maturing. Remember that it's only been about a year in Shelby-Time, whereas in real life several years have now passed. It is quite clear that Collen continues to mature as an author and keeps getting to know Shelby and her world better and better. And we, the readers, reap the benefits of all that.
One or two reviewers have made comments on language in this book, and I want to address the few four letter words that have now emerged in this book. I say right on! I am a former radio and TV host, and I can tell you, there are lots of times when I was thinking things I could not say! Particularly on the air! Of COURSE Shelby is thinking them! Everyone does! But the few times she SAYS them are utterly appropriate, and it is something that I had found lacking previously. To me it just makes her (and others) more real. Colleen does not go into the details of strings of epithets bad guys (or others) are thinking, she just adds a dash of realism to otherwise great reads. So I say right on!
Colleen, you keep writing them, I'll keep reading them, and thank you so much for sharing Shelby and her world with us. I can't take a vacation as often as I need to get away, and Shelby always gives me that opportunity.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of mysteries, adventure, and good writing without hesitation. If you are on the fence, don't be, this book is going to suck you up like Hoover run amok and won't let you go.
These books are so entertaining that I have learned that I can't start one late in the day, or I will get no sleep at all! I HAVE to finish them in one sitting. Ms. Helme has created a very real character who is in love with her family and husband Chris, but is drawn to Ramos, the hit-man/bodyguard. I like the hint of sexual tension, but I'm really glad Shelby realizes a great marriage isn't worth the act of straying, and Ramos has enough respect for her that he doesn't push it. It is a hoot when both he and her husband Chris are struggling to block their thoughts from Shelby. It really brings home what a major pain it would be if mind reading is your special thing.
Totally recommend this entire series to anyone who loves mystery and very well-developed, imperfect characters. Happy reading!
I never thought I would have loved another book more than the book when Shelby went Orlando with her family and ended up gambling with Ramos and hitmen, but I think Devious Mind showed me the error of my ways. As an avid reader, I have been disappointed by many of the great authors (ahem! laurel K. Hamilton and Anita Baker series) but Shelby has bought the joy back into my reading experience.
As Beyoncé put it the writing is 'flawless'. I pre ordered the next installment and eagerly await its delivery.
I recommend without reserve the entire series and for those of you looking for another good read try the Savannah Martin and Mercy Watts series.