Laced In Lies Audiobook Review

I fell in love with the Shelby Nichols Adventure series by author Colleen Helme while recovering recently from an injured ankle. I had purchased a Kindle copy of the first book in the series, Carrots, quite awhile back on Amazon but had never gotten around to reading it. While looking for my next audiobook to listen to on Audible, Carrots was recommended to me and it showed that I could get the audiobook at a greatly reduced price since I already owned the Kindle version.

I am SO glad that I decided to buy the audio version. I quickly continued on through the series and was definitely binge-listening while recovering. I had gotten through the first 9 audiobooks during that time. 

About a week ago, I got an offer to receive a copy of the Laced In Lies audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review, so here it is. Like I said, however, I did purchase the previous 9 audiobooks as well as the first book also in Kindle form. I am definitely looking forward to book 11. I cannot wait to see where this story goes from here.

Anyway, I totally recommend this whole series and suggest that you start at the beginning for the best experience.

Books of the Shelby Nichols Adventure series in order:

  1. Carrots
  2. Fast Money
  3. Lie or Die
  4. Secrets That Kill
  5. Trapped By Revenge
  6. Deep In Death
  7. Crossing Danger
  8. Devious Minds
  9. Hidden Deception
  10. Laced In Lies

How this Book is Different From the Rest of the Series

Laced In Lies was a bit different from the other books in the series. While it still had the basic idea of Shelby being asked to help someone (either the police, the mob, or through her consulting agency), things going terribly wrong, and then her usually being saved by Ramos in the end… this book also was beefed up quite a bit with a lot more character development, several new characters to draw from in future adventures, and a major part of Ramos’ backstory. While I found this particular book to be a little slower than the others because of all of the previously mentioned development, I truly appreciated this new insight into Ramos as well as the expanded “family” we met.

Why I Love this Book and the Series

This series is a cozy mystery series, which is my favorite genre. I appreciate the fact that it does not go into the gritty details of the intimate activities, the murders, or the other crimes. A lot is simply left for you to either imagine yourself (if that is your desire) or get right on to what I consider the good parts.   😉    To each his own, I guess. This is definitely my preference, though.

The premise (without really spoiling anything) is that something happens to Shelby in book one that causes her to be able to read people’s thoughts. This, as you can imagine, can cause a lot of problems in your life… especially if you have a tendency to accidentally let it slip from time to time and usually to the wrong people. Shelby is trying to use her new skill for good, but that usually lands her in some really bad situations. 

Shelby is a lovable character who is down-to-earth and who most people would love to have as a friend, even though she seems to be a magnet for danger. I do wish that she would learn to protect herself a bit more in the future, though.

If you are a lover of books that have some amazing character development, then this series is for you. Shelby’s knack for getting into trouble and eventually out of it reminds me a lot of some of my other cozy mystery favorites: Odelia Grey Mysteries, Stephanie Plum (at least the earlier books), Davis Way Crime Capers, Malibu Mysteries, and the High Heels Mysteries. If you are a fan of any of those, you will surely be a fan of Shelby Nichols Adventures. 

Along with also having several story lines that merge together in the end and give you the thrill of a quality mystery, it also always somehow works out in the end. It definitely says something if the readers find themselves rooting for the “bad guys”, too. At least the ones that Shelby is connected to: Ramos, Uncle Joey, and the rest of the crew. 

Audiobook or in Print – Which Do I Recommend?

While it ultimately depends on your personal preference (audio or print), I honestly recommend the audiobooks because the narrator is amazing! She has quickly risen to the top my favorites. I could (and actually did while recovering) listen to Wendy Tremont King all day long. She really brings the characters to life and feels like you are listening to a movie or something.

Order your copy of Laced in Lies here. You can find all of the books in the series on Amazon at the links above (where I listed them in order) in audiobook, Kindle, or print form.

What are some of your favorite books to listen to or read? Please share them in the comments section.

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