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Librarian's note: This is an alternate cover edition for ISBN: 1456414143 (ISBN13: 9781456414146).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 purcLibrarian's note: This is an alternate cover edition for ISBN: 1456414143 (ISBN13: 9781456414146).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....

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carrots shelby nichols 1 Reviews

  • Ruth
    2019-03-02 06:42

    I wanted something light and entertaining to read, and took advantage of Kindle's lending library to check this book out. Though the idea is interesting - what would happen if you could suddenly read people's thoughts - the concept is weighed down with poor characterization, stereotypical characters and a horrendous lack of editing. It reads as if someone used spell check and decided that was sufficient editing.I got about a third of the way through this book before I gave up. I had no idea who the main character was. Her relationships with her family were barely sketched in, and I have no idea what motivates this character. I was also irritated by her anger at her husband over another woman being interested in him even though he did not reciprocate, while she's being swoony over the police officer.I remember reading a considerable amount of mommy mysteries about a decade ago so it is not as though I object to the genre, but there are much better examples of this particular type available. Light and entertaining doesn't have to mean brainless.

  • Betty
    2019-03-09 07:43

    A new author for me which was billed as a mystery and it turn out be an adventure or chick lit. The plot was great and the writing excellent. The end was riveting and I didn't put the book down until I knew end. Shelby is a housewife who forgot to buy carrots for supper. While in the grocery store she encounters a bank robber. The bullet just graces her head. When she awaken realize that she can read other people's minds. A co-worker is trying to entice her husband. In the process a Mob Boss learns her secret and forces her to work for him. The ending is spectacular. The style of the story reminds me of Stephanie Plum. I will read more of this series.

  • Ian
    2019-03-06 06:45

    Combine Stephanie Plum and Rose Gardner and you've got Shelby Nichols. There is even a scene in this book which could have been taken in its entirety from one of the Rose Gardner books. You could take pretty much any character from this book and find an almost identical character in the Janet Evanovich or Denise Grover Swank books. It's not bad, apart from the occasional TSTL moment it's pretty good fun but it's not original.

  • Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
    2019-03-20 09:42

    The Shelby Nichols series is one that I’ve had my eye on since I featured one of the books on my blog. I was lucky enough to get the eBook Carrots, the first book in the series, for free when it was offered and then I was even more lucky to log onto my Audible app one day and be offered any free audiobook I wanted, so I grabbed Carrots for that offer. There is a little bit of everything going on in the plot of Carrots, with the mafia, police investigations, and more. It’s humorous and silly, but also predictable. And, the covers for all ten books in the series are very appealing and attractive and the blurb for Carrots explains what happens in the story. I found that the concept of our heroine getting a paranormal ability, of reading minds, to be cool and I liked that she had gumption and wanted to do something useful and legal with her gift, but then by the time I finished I was frustrated and not sure on how I felt about the story. I had issues with Shelby: I thought I’d relate to her well, since she’s a stay at home mother and in her mid-thirty’s, but I ended up having a love / hate relationship with her. She seams smart, but she’s actually brainless, transpart, and couldn’t keep her mouth shut, which gets her in more trouble then she’s already in. I kept shacking my head at some of the things she did through out the story and was thinking; “really” and “keep your mouth shut”. Then theirs her relationships: I couldn’t understand them. We have her family, which those where barely scratched on. Then theirs her husband, which it seams like she clearly loves him and he loves her, but we learn some things and this new ability puts strain on their relationship. I was also irritated by her anger at her husband over another women who is clearly trying to steal him even though he didn’t reciprocate those advances. While this was happening Shelby’s being all swoony over a police officer she calls “dimples” and Ramos “the hit man” who clearly will kill her if the head bad guy gives the orders. Audio Narration: This is my first experience with narrator Wendy Tremont King. I have to say I enjoyed her narration. Liked her voices, though I will say some of the men weren’t different enough and I thought they sounded alike instead of individuals. To sum things up I’m done with this series and won’t be trying anymore out. I wanted to be swept away on a cozy fun mystery, but ended up feeling perturbed and frustrated. Rated: 2.5/3 StarsCan anyone recommend some mommy mysteries with a paranormal or unique element that I might like to try?

  • Alice
    2019-03-03 01:27

    Oh Boy! I found a new author for my Favorite list!What a great premise. Shelby, a ordinary mother of two, stops at a grocery store for carrots, and gets winged by a bullet during a robbery. When her head clears, she finds out that she can hear other people's thoughts. This is the beginning of a whole lot of problems, dangers and people who want to use her for various reasons. This sounds serious, but the story is delightful as she reads the mind of a female co-worker who is out to get her husband, a mob boss who might kill her, her kids who think she's over the hill, and her confused husband who loves her. This leads to awkward situations that you will need to read to understand. The characters are very human and lovable, including the mob boss. The story is completely resolved in this first book, but I am overjoyed that it is the first of a series.

  • Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
    2019-03-14 01:50

    So I won't lie, I picked this one up initially for the cover. Then I read the description and I thought 'Let's risk it for a biscuit'. The writing is so fluid it made me feel like a pro surfer riding a wave. It was so easy to read that I flew through this book in no time. Apart from one character, (who you're not supposed to like) I liked everyone in this story. There was enough humour without it being a farce; enough tension to carry the plot and a bit of angst thrown in.Now I don't normally pick books up with married couples or kids in, simply because I like to read about the build-up. This isn't a romance so that's kinda irrelevant here, but still the relationship between Shelby and her husband was realistic and loving, it wasn't over the top and they weren't struggling to stay together - so it worked. Now I just wish I could click my heels together and magic Ramos into existence. I love that man. Maybe Shelby could stay with her husband and have Ramos as her boyfriend! I know I'd be up for that.

  • Debbie Brown
    2019-03-23 06:48

    This reminds me a lot of a Janet Evanovich novel if you crossed it with the Mel Gibson movie "What Women Want." In the first book of a series, instead of Stephanie Plum, we have Shelby Nichols. And instead of a guy who can read women's minds, we get a woman (Shelby) who can read EVERYONE's mind. Shelby's husband really hates that she's developed this ability. Even worse, the only one besides him that learns about it is a local mob boss, "Uncle Joey," and he's threatening her family if she doesn't help him. She knows for a fact that Kate, her husband's coworker, is doing her best to seduce him. Meanwhile, Shelby is stuck sitting in on mob meetings trying to figure out who among the other five is trying to take over Uncle Joey's organization while also trying to figure out how to extricate herself from the entire situation. Uncle Joey's hunky bodyguard, Ramos, she knows is fighting his attraction to her because he's afraid he might be ordered to kill her. Also included in this mix of characters is "Dimples," a police detective she trusts.Shelby isn't always the sharpest knife in the drawer, but the fact that she's got this sixth sense does work in her favor... usually. If she could only learn to keep her mouth shut instead of blurting out things she's hearing from their thoughts, she'd be much better off. She does have a lot of chutzpah, that's for certain.This is not stuff to be taken seriously, but a lot of fun to read. The tone of the writing is appropriately light despite the murders, several murder attempts and other mob-related activities. The plot works well, as Shelby's personal life and her husband's professional life effectively intertwine with the Mafia storyline. I have the feeling I'll be returning to check out some other books in this series!

  • Cass
    2019-03-17 02:44

    3,5/5 starsEnglish ReviewThis story could be referenced as a cozy mystery (light reading and humor) and a thriller (very serious) with a touch of paranormal. It’s an easy read and there is no downtime.The characters are well described and easy to enjoy, even the mob boss and especially Ramos the hit-man. One exception: you will hate the redhead :)Shelby is a strong woman who fights back and who discovers that reading thoughts has advantages and also disadvantages. She also has a strong tendency to get into trouble.What is good is that the plot is not super simple and I did not guess the end. The suspense remains whole during all the reading.This is a read that I recommend if you want something a little different from the usual cozy mystery without wanting a super serious thriller.Avis en français Cette histoire se situe entre un cosy mystery (lecture légère et humour) et un thriller (très sérieux) avec une pointe de paranormal. Cela se lit très facilement et il n’y a pas de temps mort.Les personnages sont bien décrits et faciles à apprécier, même le chef du crime organisé et surtout Ramos le tueur à gages. Une exception: vous allez détester la rousse :) Shelby est une femme forte, qui ne se laisse pas faire, et qui découvre que lire les pensées a des avantages et aussi des inconvénients. Elle a aussi une forte tendance à se retrouver dans le pétrin.Ce qui est bien c’est que l’intrigue n’est pas super simple et du coup je n’ai rien deviné avant la fin. Le suspense reste donc entier pendant toute la lecture.C’est donc une lecture que je conseille si vous voulez quelque chose d’un peu différent des cosy mystery habituels sans vouloir un thriller super sérieux.

  • Anna Marie
    2019-03-10 03:50

    Finally! A book as fun as it looks. I had a ball with this, and am even contemplating buying the sequel, something I *NEVER* do. That's how much I enjoyed this.Shelby is housewife. She volunteers at church, runs her 12 and 14 year old kids around, and tries to keep her lawyer husband happy (while worrying about his beautiful new law partner). Mostly she's just a normal 30-something woman... until one night she stops at the mega-mart for carrots on the way home, and the bank up front gets robbed - a man shot. While everyone else ducks, Shelby freezes, and gets a good look at the burgular - just as he shoots her in the head.From that moment on, nothing is the same. Because the injury to her head has left Shelby with the ability to read minds. Which she does - she reads the bimbo law partner chick's mind, her husband's mind, her kids' minds, the minds of the cops... and when the bad guy comes after her and she's saved by a mob boss and his kindly but tough hired man, she reads their minds, too. And then she tells the mob boss about her gift to try to keep him from killing her, and she finds herself reading the minds of his thugs and 'associates' for him.And with all that ESP, you *know* something's going to go wrong. In fact, many things go wrong. Which results in a fun, madcap read. The book, I'll admit, has a rather... um 'amateur' tone to it, but it didn't detract at all. In fact, it really suited Shelby well. It was also nice that Shelby had a solid relationship with her husband - this isn't a romance story, it's a story of devotion even when your wife is a little loopy and just put a square of tinfoil on her head. I value that.I was in need of something shallow and adventurous with the occasional zings of humor, so this book was perfect.

  • Katie
    2019-03-23 01:36

    I did not end up finishing this book, I got about 1/3 to a 1/2 of the way through and gave up. I usually love murder mysteries and sci-fi books that have a little more drama and action, but go for sillier reads pretty often especially when they're free Kindle books. I tried to get more into this book because I hate not finishing books, but I just wasn't into this one.For me the main character, Shelby, is just not a very likeable character, I really like stronger female leads, or at least smarter ones. Shelby just seems to be jealous and a little dumb all the time, and her husband kind of comes off as a jerk that ignores her a lot of the time. I would hope if I got shot in the head my husband would at least stay home from work the next day! Shelby seems to keep making more trouble for herself and then just being clueless. I wish there was more to her character, it kind of reminds me of what my husband and I call 'lifetime stories', because almost every single movie on lifetime network has a helpless woman that either acts like an idiot which causes terrible things to happen, or just has constant terrible things happen to her.As an earlier reviewer, Ruth, said 'Light and entertaining doesn't have to mean brainless.'

  • Lynda Kelly
    2019-03-05 07:47

    This story was something quite different for me but I enjoyed it. It was mainly let down from its 5th star because the author happens to be clueless with apostrophes.I'll be sticking with the Shelby series, though, because it's like nothing else I've read, really, and I liked the idea. The ending was very good as well.I loved the character of Ramos and even warmed to Uncle Joe as well. Can't make up my mind about Shelby's minute I thought he was a good guy, then in it up to his neck then back again !! I look forward to seeing what occurs in the next book.The only bit I wasn't keen on was Shelby's persistence in calling a cop Dimples. That seemed a little silly. There were some properly amusing moments in it, though. I loved the cover on this book, too. This passage got messed up-"I'd barely hung up the phone when Then they'd probably want to stay as far away from me as possible. it rang again"...oops.There are loads of apostrophe mistakes throughout, though...ladies, Hodges, Dimples, cents all needed one and EMT's and other's had no need of them or they're misplaced.Reveling should be revelling and burley should be burly and there was some missing punctuation-speechmarks or fullstops. These should have been spotted and it's a pity they were overlooked. Here's hoping book 2 is tidier but still as good.

  • Tracey
    2019-03-09 06:29

    This sounded like a fun idea, and since I had (sadly) bought the Kindle edition I was able to get the Audible edition for cheap. Unfortunately, neither the book nor the narration wore well. The story itself was fine: Shelby Nichols is caught in the middle of a grocery store bank robbery; a bullet grazes her skull. And of course she shortly discovers that she can hear other people's thoughts. As one does after a bullet grazes one's skull. Hijinks ensue, as they do when one develops rogue psychic powers. Shelby does tell her husband what's going on, which is good; however, this causes almost as much trouble as keeping silent might have, because his anxiety level ramps up and he starts trying to control his thoughts about other women and so on. Then of course Shelby's pre-existing fears about her husband's hot coworker crystallize when she hears her thoughts, and she decides to use her new power to shut the girl down. And of course it ends up turning into a whole adventure involving organized crime, double lives, and frequent costume changes. The writing started to annoy me as the first person narrator was made to say roughly the same thing over and over: "my stomach dropped" "my heart dropped" "my heart skipped a beat" – aaand she cringes. Constantly. Doors fly open, or burst open. It's all very energetic. Shelby also drove me insane with her apparent inability – or lack of desire – to remember people's actual names. To the police officer handling her case, Harris, she gives the nickname "Dimples", and then she proceeds to call him this not only to herself but to people who have no way of knowing to whom she's referring, like her husband; to people with whom it's entirely inappropriate, like people who have never met the man or with whom a more formal approach might be preferable, and … to Harris himself. (Did I mention he's a cop?) Along similar lines, Since her husband's wannabe girlfriend refers to the local mob boss as "Uncle Joey", so does Shelby – even though it's really, really obvious that this is a moronic thing to do, especially (as with Harris) to his face. Basically, Shelby's kind of an idiot. I find it incredibly hard to swallow that she could, or would, buy a car without knowing the make or model; I don't know if the author was trying to avoid any kind of use of brand names, or if she is herself ignorant of such things, or if Shelby is really supposed to be that oblivious. I know next to nothing about cars, but I know a Buick from an Audi (which if I recall correctly seems to be what is being used here). There are commercials on tv every twelve minutes unless you're watching PBS, and depending on what the show is up to half of them can be car commercials – you should know roughly what a given make will cost whether you want to or not – and you should certainly be able to make use of the make and model name when the bleeding car is directly in front of you. There are insigniae. The salesman will mention it. There might be signs up. Again, I don't care about cars – but this was so implausible as to just go straight up my nose. The narrator was certainly not terrible – but I'm afraid she wasn't great, either. Her enunciation was more precise than the writing called for, to me; a first-person narrative, basically the main character telling you "so that happened" should, I feel, be a little more fast and loose. And then a ways into it she started delivering "Dimples" like William Shatner, and that helped nothing at all.Spoiler for the end: stuff happens, Shelby is injured again and loses the psychic powers, and tells her husband. He is relieved and happy and looks forward to all going back to normal. Then the powers come back. This she does not tell him. And honestly I think that was a big part of the book's rating being as low as it is. The husband is written as a nice guy, faithful to Shelby despite being drooled over by the hot coworker with no plans to be otherwise, and wants only to have a happy life with Shelby and their kids. It actually offended me a bit (insofar as I could care) that she would plan to completely deceive him for – what, the rest of her life? Also, the woman isn't a great actor – she does a terrible job of covering over the slips she makes responding to people's thoughts instead of their words; how does she propose to pull this off? I'll never know, because I will absolutely not be reading the - whoa. The nine sequels to this book. I'm not even going to get into the whole mob tie-in. It's fairly ridiculous – as is the sexual tension between Shelby and the boss's bodyguard, which is kind of ironic in light of the husband's hot coworker. By the time I finished the book, Shelby, her powers, the writing, the narration, and everything else that went into the whole mess had irritated me so thoroughly that I returned the audiobook to Audible. And felt better for getting my $1.99 back.

  • liirogue
    2019-03-05 08:23

    An okay story, with an incredibly unlikeable main character. She doesn't have an ounce of common sense rattling around in her head and she never learns her lesson. She is also extremely self-centered. Her husband and kids are just background notes that show up every now and then, and every interaction with her husband involves lying on her part.

  • Tracy T.
    2019-03-27 08:36

    Well this was a good story for the most part. However, the narration not so much. (audible review)This book was narrated in 2013 so hopefully, the narrator has gotten better since then. She did not even try to give the men a deeper voice, she just read the book. And I mean just read that is it, no emotion nothing at all. As for the story line and plot it was decent and has potential for a good series. Shelby needs a bit more maturity even though she is married with two teenage kids, she seemed a bit immature. I liked the mind reading stuff, obviously that is what made this book better than it would have been. I would like to listen to the second book "Fast Money" in this series but I am afraid the narration is the same. Sigh... To listen or not to listen..... But I just realized there are 10 books in this series out on audible. Now I am in a pickle, since there is so much potential...

  • Dorothy
    2019-03-03 05:33

    After a busy day, I wanted to pick up a light book and read just to quiet my mind. This wasn't that book, but I devoured it in one sitting. Carrots by Colleen Helme certainly proved to be worth far more than what I paid for it. Actually, I paid nothing. It was listed as a top free book on the Amazon site for the Kindle. Currently it is not free, even though I found it free just a week ago. Because of that I would suggest checking periodically because the price seems to vary. The current price is $3.99, and I would have no problem paying that for this book.Anyway, this supposedly "light" book, which I'm not sure why I came to that conclusion other than the fun artwork on the cover, wasn't light. It was a fairly fast and easy-to-read story. There was humor. However, deep down it was an interesting "who done it" mystery. Normally I do a pretty good job at figuring out plots, and I find most mysteries to be predictable. This one wasn't quite so easy, especially with just reading and not putting great thought into it. Throughout the story there are several little mysteries to solve, such as: is this person lying, who did this crime, what is the situation with that person, etc. There was never a dull moment.I try to not reveal much of the plot because I'm concerned about not spoiling anything. Because of that I tend to be a little vague. Carrots, the vegetable, only plays a minor role in the book. If you aren't a fan of the vegetable, no worries; it's not as if you are reading a story about carrots. The main character's name is Shelby. She's a wife and mother, but she seems to have a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The first wrong place was a grocery store, and the wrong time was when it was being robbed. Due to circumstances caused by that robbery, Shelby suddenly has the ability to read minds. Instead of the author just illustrating how this is both a blessing and a curse, she develops a story around several interesting characters leaving the reader to wonder if Shelby will ever get out of this tangled mess that she is in due to her new abilities.The character development is strong. I found myself rooting for Shelby and shaking my head at the mistakes that she made which caused her to get into even worse situations. Even the ultimate "bad guy" was, in the end, rather likable to me. There was one character, Ramos, who really had my attention. I wanted to read more about him. At this time I am uncertain as to whether the author has written a spin-off book featuring Ramos, but if she hasn't, I would certainly like to read more about him. Overall my opinion of this book is quite high. It's a fast, easy-to-read, mystery/suspense story, which I read in one sitting, with likable characters and not entirely predictable plot. If one is a mystery novel connoisseur, this book may seem a bit pedestrian; however, if mystery/suspense novels are not a genre typically ventured, it would be a good first step or alternative to otherwise deeper, darker suspense thrillers.

  • Thenia
    2019-03-15 08:24

    Our introduction to Shelby Nichols, a normal housewife and mother of two teenagers, who suddenly acquires the ability to read minds after a near death experience.She is having trouble with her new ability at first and it causes friction in her relationship with her husband whom she confides in, as well as manages to get her in trouble when she comes to the notice of a crime boss determined to use her for his benefit.Not really having a choice, Shelby finds herself working for the crime boss, while at the same time assisting the police and hoping to find a way to get herself out of the mess she's in and save her marriage.Enjoyable story about a heroine with an ability that intrigues me greatly. She is happily married and for some reason I wasn't expecting that to be (and remain) the case, especially since we meet a couple of intriguing potential romance interests. (view spoiler)[She does manage to fix things between herself and her husband by the end of the book, however, and we eventually learn that he really does love her, so I suppose I shouldn't be too disappointed about the missed opportunities. (hide spoiler)]I look forward to Shelby's next adventures in Fast Money.

  • Jagged
    2019-02-25 05:27

    I didn't hate it. In fact, the beginning was very humorous. The plot is absolutely ridiculous, and in no way whatsoever is it even remotely plausible, but Helme doesn't help things at all. There is no realism to this story. Not one thing that actually takes place in this story felt like it belonged there. It felt very staged (it is, duh), nothing about it felt authentic. I did appreciate that Helme decided to take the other side of what would happen if someone woke up being able to read minds. I liked the fact that Shelby was hearing things about herself that she didn't really want to hear. It showed the downside. The fact that it got her into trouble was pretty good too. However, the emotional aspects of this story never reached any sort of potential. It was completely flat. I didn't care how this book turned out. I didn't care if Shelby met a drastic end. I didn't care if she somehow saved everyone's life. I had no emotional attachment to any of the characters.I didn't really care for Shelby. She's deceitful and a hypocrite. She's desperate for attention and needs everyone else's opinion of her to feel good about herself. There was a scene where she seemed like she had her head on he shoulders when she decides she looks good, no matter what he husband thinks, but then she spends the rest of the book concerned about her weight and looks. She turned out being just like every other female protagonist you have ever read about. So, naturally, I don't care where this story goes. I won't be reading further.

  • Jerri Cachero
    2019-03-06 02:45

    I want to be Shelby Nichols when I grow up. She's beautiful, married to a hot guy, has two typical teens (one tweener), lives in a lovely home and she hears what people are thinking about...all the time. After a trip to the market, for carrots, lands her in the hospital with a head wound, Shelby discovers she can read minds. This new skill will be helpful in keeping her out of trouble and alive since the robber that shot her is still out there and Shelby is the only living witness. Between consulting for the police to help them solve a case, keeping mob boss "Uncle" Joey "The Knife" Manetto happy; watching herself around the "too hot to handle" bodyguard and hitman for Uncle Joey, Ramos; taking care of her family and last but not least, finding the robber who shot her keeps Shelby on the run!I loved this book! Shelby always tries to do the right thing and somehow, trouble follows her. She's smart, sexy, soft hearted, funny and the kind of woman you would want for a best friend. The book keeps you guessing what will happen and has humor, romance, adventure (wow!), mystery and a story that you can't stop reading. There are more books in this series and while you can read them out of order, I think it's fun to see how Shelby's relationships and skills grow. Look what trouble you can get into by going to the market! Try the Carrots, you won't be disappointed!

  • Beth
    2019-03-04 05:35

    A Book you Won't Put DownI started reading this book, and I could not put it down. It was a cross between Stephanie Plum and Rose Gardner. If you read this genre you will know who I mean. It's funny, unusual and thrilling all at the same time. An ordinary woman, a robbery, a gun shot in the head and an extraordinary character is created, Shelby Nichols. The situations these circumstances create are what makes this book so good. Pick it up and, while, you are at it..get the rest of the series, I am and can't wait to see what happens next. Thanks Ms. Helme, I admire your talent and I look forward to seeing where it takes you. Bonne Chance!

  • Richard
    2019-03-01 09:49

    Really an enjoyable book. When a head injury incurred during a robbery gone bad leaves Shelby with mind reading ability, her life pretty much goes haywire. The pacing is fast and there's a lot of humor in the narrative. I found her a likable and believable sort, even if the story itself is zany. Sometimes she can't quite keep herself from saying too much, etc. Oh, she's kind of self-absorbed, a mildly unreliable, slightly dizzy narrator, and I found that for some reason kind of delightfully endearing.

  • March Shoggoth Madness The Haunted Reading Room
    2019-03-10 07:32

    Review: CARROTS by Colleen HelmeShelby Nichols, wife of a semi-high-powered attorney, and stay-at-home mother of an early adolescent and a pre-order, is one feckless heroine. She is a klutz of fate--if a wrong place or a wrong time exists, Shelby will find it. A rain-soaked grocery stop results in her head being bullet-grazed, a bank robber targeting her and one other witness--and a mind full of psychic power. At least, mind-reading, which turns out to be not as useful as it sounds, and when it leads to contact with a vicious, greedy, mobster--downright dangerous.

  • E.
    2019-03-25 07:31

    This was entertaining. All of the characters were vivid and fun, even the bad guys. Shelby is smart, thinks quick on her feet. The bad guys were everything from murderous robbers, mobster types and hitmen, to the new femme fatale in her husband's law firm. Shelby stood up to them all. It's easy when you know what they're thinking... like, really know exactly what they're thinking. I'll probably read the whole series, eventually.

  • Anne(Booklady) Molinarolo
    2019-03-14 01:52

    3.5 StarsWhat would you do if you could suddenly read peoples minds? Would you go to Vegas and make a bundle at the high stakes tables? Or would you help the Police? Or would you let a mob boss get his hooks into you?This is what happened to Shelby Nichols. She's an ordinary housewife who loves her children and her handsome lawyer husband. And it all happened because she was out of carrots."My life changed that day because I didn’t have any carrots."A gunman holds up a bank inside the grocery store that Shelby is waiting in the checkout line. A shot rings out, and people duck for cover. All except Shelby who clearly sees the shooter/robber. And he clearly sees her, and shoots. Luckily, the bullet only grazed her skull, but she soon discovers she suddenly knows what everyone is thinking, including Detective Harris. Harris, nicknamed by Shelby as Dimples, is the first to suspect that something is different about the 30 something blonde. And Shelby does provide some help to him.But the gunman wants her dead. And a hit-man, named Ramos is interested in her too. So is his boss, Uncle Joey. Knowing that her life and those of her family are on the line, she tells Uncle Joey about her secret talent and reluctantly begins to work for him. Another danger to her happy life lurks in one petite red-headed Associate that has plans for her husband, Chris. And those plans don't include Shelby.Carrots is the first novel in Colleen Helme's Shelby Nichols Series, and it's a strong debut. Shelby is very likeable and funny. Her repetition of a few things drove me a bit crazy, and I deducted a half star for that simple fact. I know she's freaked out. I know she's scared. I know it was being out of carrots that brought on these events. The author really didn't need to remind constantly of these facts.The situations Shelby found herself in were both humorous and sometimes dangerous. She really should think before opening her mouth. But then again, I'd not have Shelby's adventures to be thoroughly entertained by. I will read more novels in the series.

  • Susan Bernhardt
    2019-03-06 08:39

    I thoroughly enjoyed Carrots, a Shelby Nichols Adventure. The premise was unique and fun and exciting with plenty of suspense, a breath of fresh air from the typical cozy mystery. I loved the quirky, interesting characters. Overall, a terrific murder mystery with a twist.

  • Aoibheann { ⊱Aoibh Reads⊰ }
    2019-03-09 01:24

    Review originally posted on Aoibh Reads 3 Stars!Summary:Shelby Nichols stops into a convenience store to buy some carrots. Whilst paying, the bank section of the shop is robbed and she fails to duck before being shot by the thief. The bullet grazes by her head but when she awakes she begins answering people's thoughts, before realising she can read minds. Confiding in her husband, he can't help but treat her differently, knowing he has no privacy. When Shelby picks up on thoughts about Kate, his co-worker, she soon turns into investigator to see what's going on between them. Meanwhile the bank robber is out to kill Shelby, knowing she's the only eye-witness and Shelby has to keep avoiding his path. Soon, Shelby finds herself working for a mob boss who discovers her mind reading ability and forces her to work for him in exchange for her family being safe.Working right in the middle of organised crime and battling the mental struggle of being over-powered by so many thoughts, Shelby is soon fighting to merely stay alive. My Thoughts:I had high hopes for this book. It sounded so promising with such a unique idea/take on the mind reading front. However, there were a few aspects of the overall story/execution that killed the whole thing slightly. Shelby: I felt she was poorly developed. Her current emotions were always described but with little reasoning. There was no opportunity to learn what influences or motivates Shelby. Her familial relationship was all over the place in that it wasn't properly defined - although Chris' character was well done. His anger/frustration at Shelby reading his mind was so understandable and realistic. It got quite tedious reading about how annoyed Shelby was towards Kate when she could see Chris wasn't interested nor reciprocating. He trusted her not to read his mind but she couldn't trust him to remain faithful. She just felt a little all over the place and mood-swinging. Characters: I can usually keep up pretty well with novels that have a lot of characters in them. However, there were too many minor/nameless/faceless characters to keep track of. There were the five business men that remained numbered and then there were other mob names floating around, then the jeweller causing chaos, the policemen, Uncle Joey's men... There were too many introduced with not enough purpose or depth to create an impact and towards the end with the scene in Uncle Joey's office when there's a heavy conversation going on- I just got lost completely. Ramos: I liked him- was genuinely upset when he got shot and wanted to give up the book!! He was brutal but Shelby could glimpse his moments of humanity and realise he was doing what he did as it was his job and he did find it difficult at times. His care for Shelby was adorable and it's one of the strong points that makes me really want to read on about where their relationship leads...Story: The whole story in general was enjoyable and unique. The head injury brought on this new ability and it was refreshing to read about the burdens it caused rather than just the positives. I liked how Shelby had difficulty at the beginning to refrain from answering and how Dimples and Ramos were beginning to catch on to her ability and how she went about hiding it. It added a fun and light-hearted aspect to such an eventful book!Ending: After the final "main scene" it all closed pretty abruptly. Without giving too much away, all the conversations and follow ups just seemed rushed in an effort to finish the story- after a story that nearly carried on a little too much at points. A longer conclusion would have brought this up to 4 stars for me straight away.Overall:I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys drama/suspense. It's not too focused on a romantic element but more so a thriller vibe. Apart from being confused about characters at times and the sharp ending, overall it was still a brilliant read. It lulled at parts but I really enjoyed it and it was definitely refreshing and a stand out novel; it's one I'll definitely remember. I also love the name of the book; it's just fun and quirky!

  • Melissa Hayden
    2019-03-17 02:50

    Hearing peoples thoughts. Could you handle it? And hearing what they really think of you? Shelby has that awakening in her. Now she worries about hearing what her husband thinks, especially since they hadn't been spending much time together with his work at the law firm. Is she boring? Then there's her kids, teenagers...Her life really does change. She offers to help her husband with his clients and cases. But also helps police with tips on another at station, that turn out well and Detective Harris (Dimples) asks her to help from time to time. But the biggest thing is working with Uncle Joey. All the new work as a consultant with her thought reading ability. We get the solution to the robbery/shooting but it brings Shelby into other issues to work through as well.Shelby is a fun person in her adventures. I will be continuing with the next books in the series!****FULL REVIEW*****I requested this book from the author or narrator for an honest review.Stopping at the grocery store to pick up carrots for dinner, Shelby's world changes. A bank robbery is in process at the bank inside and when the guy turns, Shelby is standing there. She sees him fully, and he shots her. The graze of the bullet to her head leaves an affect that Shelby never expected. She can hear other people's thoughts. Everyone knows her name as the news put it and her picture in the paper. And the gunmen is still at large. When Shelby meets her husbands new co-worker, Shelby's determination to keep the woman away from Chris she makes a comment about Kate's Uncle Joey. This comment drags Shelby into a life of crime she doesn't want to be involved in.Wendy has embodied Shelby to the fullest in her narration! I believe she is Shelby Nichols as she talks, sounding like she's living the moments. Wendy may not do completely different voices in pitch and sound, but she brings each characters personality to live in her voice and they do sound different. They do have different cadences to fit the moment and each individual. Listening to Wendy, I don't think there is anyone else that could bring Shelby to life as she does.Hearing peoples thoughts. Could you handle it? And hearing what they really think of you? Shelby has that awakening in her. Now she worries about hearing what her husband thinks, especially since they hadn't been spending much time together with his work at the law firm. Is she boring? Then there's her kids, teenagers...Oh the thoughts that Shelby hears from a few others. The ones on the young girl that's drooling over her husband... Yeah. I'd knock her out. Shelby is so well reserved to handle her. But I do worry about Shelby and Chris's relationship in this book. Not because of a possible other woman but because of the thought reading aspect. There is love between them but the thought reading is a lot to take in and know your wife could be reading your thoughts. Also, they sound a little strained as a couple with the long hours he works and her doing for the kids. At times I think this thought reading could help bring them closer again, but not sure. I even started hoping they could work through the changes in their lives because they have a true love to them.How Shelby comes to meet Uncle Joey is a great tie-in here. Just the chances of it all. Someone in "Uncle Joey's" position would definitely be connected on all ends, including with a lawyer. And Shelby reading thoughts, well she's going to learn things she probably shouldn't know. lol.Her life really does change. She offers to help her husband with his clients and cases. But also helps police with tips on another at station, that turn out well and Detective Harris (Dimples) asks her to help from time to time. But the biggest thing is working with Uncle Joey. All the new work as a consultant with her thought reading ability. We get the solution to the robbery/shooting but it brings Shelby into other issues to work through as well.Is it terrible that I love the "hired" gun that is Uncle Joey's man? I really do. The more time Shelby spent with him, the more I liked him. And didn't think he'd kill her, well he would but really not want to.Shelby is a fun person in her adventures. I will be continuing with the next books in the series!

  • Ashley
    2019-03-12 01:32

    Awesome book! I had to shirk all of my responsibilities yesterday so I could finish Chapter 1, and then the rest of the book.

  • Marsha
    2019-03-08 08:24

    I've been struggling for awhile now trying to find new series that are truly entertaining and will keep me interested while I wait for updated installments of my favorite reads. I think I just might have found one with "Carrots."After witnessing a robbery of at bank located I side a grocery store, Shelby is grazed in the head with a bullet. After the pain begins to dissipate, she realizes that she now has the ability to hear people's thoughts. After meeting Kate, the gorgeous new lawyer at her husband's law firm, she realizes that this huzzy wants her man. Shelby inadvertently tells Kate she knows of her relationship with Uncle Joey not realizing that he is The mob boss, Joey the knife Manetto. Now not only is the bank robber out to get her but Uncle Joey is hot on her tail as well.Shelby is bound to receive the end of a knife or bullet until she reveals her new ability to Uncle Joey. Now, he plans to use her in his scheme to ferret out the links in his operation. What we have her is a wonderfully written who dunnit' with a paranormal twist and loads of comedic moments. If I can't have a hairy werewolf or a sexy vampire give me a crime busting novel any day of the week. Then, add a paranormal twist, I am sooooo in my element.I will confess I was not expecting to enjoy this book so much; but I am so glad I did. And since this series has been out for awhile, I will have several good reads to keep me busy for a time. If you are like me and enjoy a little humor, crime solving and paranormal edge in your reads, I would highly recommend that you pick up "Carrots." Well, I am off to read the next book in this series.

  • GinnyGallagher
    2019-03-05 06:51

    Shelby Nichols is a character that is easy to relate to. She is a mom and loving wife. She goes about her everyday life doing normal things and like me dreads the necessary but evil stop at the grocery store. It is that stop that will change her life forever. It’s pouring rain and parking is awful but she needs those damn carrots. After all, you can’t make chicken soup without carrots.Book 1 in this series is all about Shelby’s new “gift” and the trouble it gets her into. Being able to suddenly hear people’s thoughts isn’t terrific. Now Shelby knows what her kids really think and she discovers her husband’s sexy new co-worker has more than work on her mind. Add in a detective and a mob boss that both find her new talents very “useful” and you have nonstop adventures and trouble.Kudos to the author for featuring a main character with a strong marriage. Shelby and Chris clearly love each other. I hope this doesn’t change as the series progresses since it is a nice change from the normal cheating spouses we see in many books these days.Carrots is a terrific mystery/adventure that doesn’t get bogged down with steamy bedroom scenes and broken marriages. It features wonderful, relatable characters and a fast paced story that kept me turning the pages. I'm looking forward to reading Book 2, Fast Money very soon.

  • Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
    2019-03-21 06:26

    Her life changed that day because she didn't have any carrots. Funny, but it's true. Shelby Nichols was only supposed to buy carrots for her chicken soup that night when a mad masked man from outside the grocery store fired the gun and Shelby was grazed by a bullet. When she woke up, she saw two big dimples smiling down at her. And soon, she heard what Dimples was saying inside his head. Weird. Shelby Nichols soon heard everyone's thoughts and it's driving her crazy. She saw how her kids see her, she solved mysterious cases and helped the cops, got involved in a mob and learned that her husband's new officemate got a crush on him. Oh wait, it wasn't just a crush. Co-worker Kate was obsessed with her husband and had even wanted her dead. And because of her, Shelby met Uncle Joey. And her life suddenly changed. Colleen Helme had written a debut novel that is worth anticipating. Shelby Nichols isn't flawless, isn't the usual kick-butt heroine we are hoping as a protagonist, but she definitely is personable, likeable and funny. Her mind-reading ability made her more lovable and realistic, albeit amateurish. I loved how she usually fumbled and got lost in everyone's thoughts. Sometimes, all we need is an enjoyable book that will make us laugh out loud or simply sigh with relief and feel all the good vibes. Carrots, with all its healthy nutrients, definitely is a must read!