(A Shelby Nichols Adventure Series #8)
by Colleen Helme
It’s been almost a year since a near-fatal gunshot wound left Shelby Nichols with the ability to read minds. In that time she’s faced one problem after another. She’s been shot at, framed for murder, and targeted by a serial killer, just to name a few. Now she’s trying to help her lawyer husband win a murder trial that will enable him to become a partner in his law firm. Sounds easy, right? But nothing ever goes as planned when it comes to Shelby Nichols.
When special agent, Blake Beauchaine, shows up to collect a debt from Shelby, things get even more complicated, and Shelby is soon on her way to Paris. A routine meeting with a rogue agent reveals a sinister plot, putting Shelby into the cross-hairs of a known terrorist. Even worse, she doesn’t speak French, so it seems her mind-reading abilities won’t help her this time.
Things go from bad to downright dangerous for Shelby, especially since her usual guardians, Uncle Joey, and his hit-man, Ramos, are back in the states. Lost and on her own in the streets of Paris, can Shelby escape the cold-blooded killer in time to stop his devious plans, or will this be the end of the line for Shelby Nichols?
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Character Interview with Shelby Nichols
How did you get started in the consulting business?
It all began the day I stopped for carrots at the grocery store. As I was checking out, a loud boom echoed from the bank inside the store. I glanced up to find a man clutching his chest and grabbing the mask off another man’s face. I got a good look at the guy’s unmasked face, and this time, he shot at me.
Next thing I know, I’m lying on the floor with a major headache. Luckily, the bullet only grazed my scalp, but the life-changing part came later, when I realized I could hear people’s thoughts. You can imagine how horrified I was to hear what people were thinking, especially what they really thought of me. I hoped it would go away, but so far I’m still stuck with the mind-reading thing.
I kind of got into trouble after that, since I had to stop a woman from chasing after my husband, and her uncle turned out to be the local mob-boss. I had to tell Uncle Joey my secret to stay alive, so now I help Uncle Joey out on a regular basis. Over the course of our association, I’ve been in some risky situations. Sometimes, I even wonder how I’m still alive, but at least we’ve reached an understanding that mostly works.
That’s when I started my own consulting agency. I mean, why have a super-power if you can’t use it? Of course, I try to keep it a secret that I can read minds. I usually tell people I have ‘premonitions’ to be on the safe side. I’ve helped a lot of people with their problems, including the police, with fabulous results.
How do you balance working for both a mob-boss and the police?
That’s where it gets complicated. So far, the police only know I’ve helped Uncle Joey through my consulting agency, so I’ve managed to keep it under the radar. But Uncle Joey hates that I work for the police, although I have found out a few things that have been helpful to him. Besides all that, my husband, Chris, has requested my help with a murder trial, and I owe one of Uncle Joey’s acquaintances, who happens to be a federal agent, a favor. See what I mean about complicated? And it’s all because I went grocery shopping for some carrots.
What do you do in your downtime?
I don’t have a lot of downtime since I’m married and have two children, but when I get a moment to myself, I love to read, or take a bubble-bath. My favorite TV show is CASTLE, so I like to watch that. I also had to learn how to play poker once for Uncle Joey, and I really enjoy playing that game, especially since with my mind-reading ability, I always win!
What was your most perplexing case?
That would have to be a cold case a young woman asked me to solve. It involved her mother who had disappeared six years earlier. It was hard to dig up anything that had happened that long ago, but with the help of a retired detective, and my mind-reading, I managed to figure it out...although I nearly died. But it was worth it to solve the case and tell the young woman what had happened to her mom.
What’s your favorite outdoor activity?
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About The Author
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