Title: Carrots (A Shelby Nichols Adventure)
Genre: Chick Lit/Cozy Mystery
Author: Colleen Helme
Publisher: Amazon digital, Feb 2011
Source: borrowed on Amazon Prime
Sexy Rating: behind closed doors
Description from Amazon.com:
Shelby Nichols is an average woman who is married to the only guy she ever fell for. Her life is organized and predictable, revolving around her husband and two children. All that changes the day she stops at the grocery store for some carrots. As the cashier rings up her purchases, a gunman is busy robbing the bank inside the store. When a customer grabs the robber’s mask, he is shot and everyone runs for cover. Everyone except Shelby, who finds herself face to face with the killer. The next thing she knows, she’s lying on the floor with a bullet wound to her head. Luckily, the bullet only grazes her scalp, and she doesn’t suspect any lasting affects until later, when she suddenly ‘hears’ what people are thinking. With this uncanny ability, her life takes on a whole new dimension. Her kids think she’s bossy and too old to understand them, but that’s nothing compared to her husband. He says he loves her, but what is it about the redhead at work that he doesn’t want her to know? As if that isn’t enough, the gunman knows she can identify him, and he’s out to silence her forever. In her fight to stay alive, she is saved from certain death by a handsome hit-man with ties to organized crime. This pulls Shelby even deeper into danger, where knowing someone’s thoughts can not only hurt her feelings, but get her killed.
This is a zany romp in the Chick Lit genre. I have no superlatives for the writing but the plotting and story line is well done. There are some humorous moments. The scenes that should have actually been full of scary drama are somehow not so much. The mystery is quickly solved. The characterization calls to mind characters from other authors in the Mystery/Chick Lit genre. There is the dark, handsome, dangerous bodyguard, the zany heroine who stumbles in one trouble after another, the dimpled police detective whom she calls…what else…”Dimples”. This is a fast, light, read that will cause no PTSD symptoms. Just some laughs.