The third installment of Helme’s series that features Shelby Nichols, Lie or Die, has Shelby in the middle of yet another kerfuffle…to our delight.
I’ve enjoyed this series mostly for the humor and the utterly honest and likable character of Shelby: if she were withholding or dishonest, or not truly invested in making things “right”, this story would not work as well. And, you have to appreciate her dedication to her husband Chris, and their continued efforts to communicate and deal with Shelby’s particular and peculiar new ‘gift’: their relationship has its ups and downs that are honestly portrayed and feel possible.
In this book Shelby has decided to use her ability to ‘hear’ what people think to start her own business. Her first client is a bank that was robbed, and she has the germ of a clue to start tracking down the culprit. Of course, the bank that has hired her has no idea of her gift, merely believing that she has premonitions and has worked with the police to bring others to justice.
Again, Shelby is narrated to great effect by Wendy Tremont King, and she has managed to keep the nuances that inform the character’s voices and Shelby’s internal monologue steady and utterly distinct. Her voice brings Shelby to life, and what continues to amaze me is that she apparently has no issues with crafting the other character voices to sound similar (if not exactly the same) as in earlier works. A true asset to this series – audio listeners need not worry about the feel of the characters in this narration.
I do have to take a moment to express my extreme sympathies for Chris, the long-suffering husband and ultimately best cheerleader for Shelby, even when she has pushed him to the edge by being reckless, or waiting to tell him of pending issues because she tries to sort them herself. I can’t imagine being with someone who can hear your every thought, even those that are fleeting, and he deserves kudos for not completely freaking out at every moment, and being willing to discuss the questions that Shelby has when she overhears (inadvertently or not) his thoughts.
If you want a fun series that has some twisty if not overly complex mysteries, characters to enjoy and moments to laugh, this is the story for you.
Stars: Overall: 4 Narration: 5 Story: 4
Title: Lie or Die
Author: Colleen Helme
Genre: Contemporary Mystery, Women Sleuths
Narrator: Wendy Tremont King
Published by: Self-Produced
Source: AudioBook Jukebox
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 34 minutes
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Shelby has her hands full managing her new agency where she hopes to put her mind-reading skills to good use. Her first case to track down money stolen from a bank leads her into the lingerie business where nothing is as it appears. She also finds plenty to keep her busy with the police department and Detective Harris. But all that pales in comparison to what she must do to help Uncle Joey, the local mob boss. He knows her secret and is determined to make her use it for his own purposes. When her husband, Chris, receives threatening notes, and his former client, Hodges, turns up dead, it is up to Shelby to determine what is going on and who is behind it all. It seems the past has a way of catching up with her. Soon, Shelby must use all her wits to stay alive, and her only option? Lie or Die.
A copy of this title was provided via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.