Posted in 4 paws, Blog tour, Cozy, mystery, Review on January 22, 2014


trapped by revenge

Trapped By Revenge: A Shelby Nichols Adventure (Volume 5)
Cozy Mystery
Paperback: 192 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1492936411
E-Book File Size: 2536 KB


With summer over Shelby is looking forward to having some time to herself while the kids are back in school. A phone call from Uncle Joey ruins her plans, but she manages to take it in stride. After lunch with her friend, she promises to meet with the private investigator who was spying on Uncle Joey, but this simple task turns into a disaster. Not only does she find the P.I. dead, but a slip of paper with her name on it under his lifeless hand implicates her for his murder. Desperate to prove her innocence and find the person who killed him, Shelby begins a frantic search. She enlists the aid of the local mob boss, Uncle Joey, his hit-man, Ramos, and her police detective friend, Dimples, but soon finds that nothing can save her from becoming entangled in a sinister plot. With her life on the line and no way out, she finds herself trapped by revenge, and realizes it will take all her skills to escape. Now she must choose where her loyalties lie, and hope she doesn’t trade something bad, for something even worse.


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This is book #5 in the series. I have not read any of the previous 4 (but might have to now) so I was a little lost on how some of the relationships had developed, but the author does a good job of explaining how Shelby could now read minds and sort of filling in some gaps in the personal story. The actual mystery is self contained and could be read on its own. There is an interesting chemistry between Ramos and Shelby, but Shelby is married to Chris and he is a very supportive husband despite the pickles that Shelby finds herself in thanks to Uncle Joey.

It was a really good story and never would have guessed whodoneit. Well written and very fascinating. This is probably a very good series but start with book 1, not book 5 like I did!

We give this 4 paws up.


About This Author

colleen_helme_smallA long career as a wife and mother while juggling several part-time jobs gave Colleen the ambition to dream of being a published author, where she could put her imagination to good use. Now instead of making up stories to tell her children, she writes books they love to read. Hopefully you will too. She is the author of three romantic fantasy novels, Songbird, Flame of Destiny and The Relic. Her Shelby Nichols Adventures include Carrots, Fast Money, Lie or Die, Secrets That Kill, and Trapped by Revenge with more to come.

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