Saturday, December 21, 2013

"Split Second" by David Baldacci

“Split Second” by David Baldacci was the #1 bestseller according to New York Times, as well it should have been.  This first installment of the explosive team, King and Maxwell, starts at the moment when the two meet.  From this instant on, the ex-Secret Service agent, King, and the somewhat tarnished agent, Maxwell, are thrown together in the most dangerous of situations.  The mystery that they are trying to untangle is, from the very beginning, baffling.  To make matters worse, as soon as they unweave one strand of the puzzle, ten more are added.  Like a snowball rolling downhill, King and Maxwell are confronted with a chilling dilemma, the solution of which not even the reader could fathom. It is a surprisingly confusing web brought on by a love story that is described as being “a sick, twisted version of [love]”.  The reader finds that King and Maxwell “move at the speed of light” to find a mad man and thwart another of his murderous schemes. 
As I found Mr. Baldacci’s book a delight to read, I gave it five out of five stars.  His mesmerizing style kept me jumping from one suspect to another until the very end, when it all becomes clear.  I found myself asking, “Why didn’t I think of that?”  “For a moment there I thought the fairy-tale ending would actually happen”, but I was wrong…or was I?  When Sean King lost that “specter of guilt that had haunted him” for years, Michelle Maxwell says to him, “You can rebuild [your life], better than before”, leaving it wide open for their next action-packed case together.  That installment of this wonderful series is patiently waiting for me to crack the spine.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

"The Spark"

“The Spark” is about a firefighter, Donny Robertson, who goes from problem to problem as he tries to solve the killing of his friend, Fitz.  Fitz’s death looks innocent enough to everyone but Donny.  It began when Fitz and Donny answered a call that seemed to be a routine fire. Once in the building, Fitz got split up from Donny when he tried to save a man in an office, who turned out to be dead before the fire was set. Fitz was caught in the room and burned to death.  The fire was ruled an accident, but Donny thought differently.  He just could not accept what the other firefighters were saying.  So, he started to dig into the cause of the fire.  In doing so, he found himself the subject of an assassin.  However, that did not stop him from snooping around and he eventually met “The Spark”, who was hired to kill the inventor who was the original target.

“The Spark” is a first-time novel by John Kenny that was first available last month.  It is the most exciting first-time book that I have ever read.  It is full of tension and suspense.  Kenny has a background in firefighting, so it gives the reader a peek into a firefighter’s exciting life.  I, for one, am waiting for Mr. Kenny to decide to write another book, as his style is fast-paced and easy to follow.  I would suggest this book to anyone who is a fan of suspense, drama or mystery.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

"Power" by Debra Webb

“Power” by Debra Webb is the third book in the series, “The Faces of Evil”.  It covers a week in the life of Deputy Chief Jess Harris.  It is not as fast paced as the first two installments, but still Jess solves two very different cases.  One was an unexpected murder that took place in a high class dance class.  The co-owner and dance teacher is killed in the first few pages.  As the victim lay dying, the killer whispered a cryptic message in her ear.  “Dead ballerinas don’t get to dance”.  Jess has too many suspects and too little time to solve this mystery.
In the meanwhile, a young man disappears from his grandparents’ loving home.  This baffling case leads to the demolition of Jess’ hotel room.  There, another message is scrawled on the wall with spray paint, like graffiti; “THE RAGE HAS STARTED”.  This is the beginning of a street gang war, in which a brother and sister fight for the lead position of the most powerful gang in the area.

“Power” was not my favorite of the series so far, but it was still well-written with Ms. Webb’s style of tension and suspense.  I enjoy this series’ characters, especially Jess and Burnett, whose history together adds another layer to the mystery.  The next book in the series is “Rage”, which I am excited to read.  

Thursday, October 31, 2013


I just received "The Spark" from the author, John Kenny, today.  Since it is a first read, I will begin reading it now.  Look for the review shortly.

I wanted to have this thriller for you at Halloween, but my timing is off.  I will be reading it after "The Spark", and will review it as soon as I finish.

~Also ~ 

I will be reviewing "Power" by Debra Webb next week.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Complete Kitten Care by Amy Shojai ~ An Overview

As you know, I am currently listening to "The Complete Kitten Care" by Amy Shojai, which I will be reviewing.  In the meantime, Ms. Shojai was kind enough to provide an overview to whet your appetite.

Complete Kitten Care is the Whole Kitten Caboodle!
This is it – – the one book you need when you're ready to add a new kitten to your household. The award-winning1st Edition has been revised and updated for this Kindle Edition with the latest care and behavior information. You can also get the read by the author! This book offers a veritable "Kitten 101" packed with feline facts on…

  •  choosing, training, and communicating with your kitten
  •  the personalities of different breeds
  •  pedigreed versus shelter kittens
  •  introducing a kitten to your family members and pets
  •  understanding feline behavior
  •  food and grooming considerations
  • common medical concerns
  •  living a long and happy life with your kittens as they grow into adulthood
  • cat legends, myths, and fun facts
  •  plus an updated list of kitten and cat resources: HOT LINKS to the best kitten Web sites, cat associations, magazines, and pet product stores

“What baby expert Dr. Benjamin Spock did for people, Amy Shojai has done for cats… Everything you need to know to begin a blissful life with your kitty.”
         –  Ed Sayers, President, San Francisco SPCA

"When you purchase a kitten, there should be four requirements by law: food, water dish, litter box, and this book."
       – Steve Dale, Pet Central and Animal Planet Radio Host and Syndicated Columnist

"Finally there's an informative, fun filled guide to help us raise the best cats possible… filled with practical solutions, delightful stories, and the latest in kitten-care research.
      – Bob Walker and Francis Mooney, Authors of  The Cat's House and Cats into Everything

"Covers kitten selection and care issues from A to Z… [a] thorough guide to getting your new baby off on the right paw."
     – Carol Nelson Douglas, Author of the Midnight Louie Mysteries

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

"Hairspray and Homicide" by Cindy Bell

“Hairspray and Homicide” by Cindy Bell is a cozy mystery which is a series. The main character, Bekki, a top hairstylist in New York City, has just had her world cave in around her. She has lost her reason for living; her man has dumped her. She does what any girl in her position would do; she goes back to her roots. Back home, she finds her mom, dad and a long-lost love. However, she also finds herself in the middle of a feud between her mom and her mom’s business rival, which leads to murder.

This is the first cozy mystery which I have read, and while I find it a little simple, it was enjoyable to spend a few hours instead few days reading one story. Unlike most of the series that I read, I am not enticed to read the second book. I realized that a cozy mystery is by nature a shorter version of a story. However, I am used to having the characters fleshed out for me, which was not the case in “Hairspray and Homicide”. I will give the genre, Cozy Mysteries” another try at a later date.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Coming Soon ~ Power Review

Keep your eyes open for the review of the third book of "Faces of Evil" series, "Power" by Debra Webb.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Ritual Bath by Faye Kellerman

Who doesn’t like a mysterious crime?  Especially one filled with intrigue, suspense and served up with a little romance on the side.  That is what “The Ritual Bath” by Faye Kellerman has to offer.  This is the first book of the Decker/Lazarus series. The story takes place in a yeshiva community in the California hills in Los Angeles. The people of this small, remote community keep to themselves; however their peace is disturbed by a violent rape. Detective Decker is sent to solve this case. While doing so, he meets Rina Lazarus, the witness and a religious widow with two small boys.  Soon after, Decker is called up to the same location for a murder.  The witness again is Ms. Lazarus.  Soon, both Decker and Rina find themselves in a precarious relationship, as Rina’s religion prohibits her from involvement with Decker.
Faye Kellerman is a prolific author, well-known for her crime novels. This series alone has nineteen dealing with Detective Decker and his cases, while telling his further involvement with Rina and her sons. This is the first of Kellerman’s books that I read.  She obviously did her share of researching, which I admired greatly.  I found her type of writing easy to read, and the book hard to put down.  I enjoyed the story line and look forward to continuing with the series.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Next Review..."The Ritual Bath" by Faye Kellerman

Watch for our next full review on "The Ritual Bath" by Faye Kellerman.  Also, a special synopsis by Amy Shojai.

"Impulse" by Debra Webb

“His singular motive is pleasure. The only way he can feel it is by torturing his victims in the most depraved ways” (Webb). This is the profile of Eric Spears a.k.a. ‘The Player’, a serial killer and Jess’ personal stalker. Spears was introduced to us in the first book of “Faces of Evil” series by Debra Webb.  “Impulse”, the second book, takes off where the first book of the series ends. It tells the continuing the story of Jess Harris, who is hesitantly going on to the next part of her life, after leaving everything for which she had worked so hard. She was working as a profiler for the FBI, but her rogue ways led her to quit before she was dismissed. Before she knew it she had accepted the position of Birmingham’s Deputy Chief of Special Problems Unit.
“Obsession”, the series’ first book, ended with Spears kidnapping Detective Lori Wells to get Jess’ attention. In the second novel, Jess and her new unit, rush to save Detective Wells from certain death. Meanwhile, Jess and Police Chief Dan Burnett work on their personal lives together, as they work to close the case. But The Player has some tricks up his sleeve, as he tries to get them to play a dangerous game. “A grin spread across his lips.  ‘Ah… So you’re ready to play, are you?’” (Webb)

Ms. Webb writes a very tight, fast paced story which grabs the reader’s imagination from the very beginning. I enjoyed this book even more than the first, and, needless to say, I am addicted to this series.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Watch for the second book of the Faces of Evil series, "Impulse" by Debra Webb.

Monday, October 7, 2013

"Obsession" by Debra Webb

“Obsession” is a perfect title for Debra Webb’s first book in the Faces of Evil series. This fast-paced book introduces Special Agent Jess Harris, a profiler for the FBI, just when she is at the lowest point of her life. Her marriage is on the rocks and her job is not far behind. Because of her mismanagement of one of the biggest cases that she has ever been on, a serial killer is set free.
A broken Jess is called back to her hometown by an old flame, Police Chief Burnett, to help solve a kidnapping case. Five young women were taken, including the Police Chief’s stepdaughter. While following leads which Ms. Webb uses to take the reader on a breathless journey to the end of this case, Jess is contacted by the now free serial killer, Spears.

Although I gave the book four stars, I really like Ms. Webb’s style of writing. I related to the character of Jess, and liked the Police Chief, as well. I’m hoping to find out more about the other characters as I read this series.  It is a fast read and the cliff hanger ending led me to crack the spine of book two, Impulse, immediately. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013


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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Obsession Review Coming

I just finished "Obsession" by Debra Webb last night.  The write-up is upcoming.  I had to go to the next book of this series, as I was intrigued by the cliff-hanging ending.  I will install my dictating program and write the review soon.

Saturday, September 7, 2013


This is the moment that you all have been waiting for...some lucky cat will win their own copy of "Whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds" (the review of which is posted on D's Book Shelves blog Whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds).  This contest is put on by KT with the help of Catladyland, the author of the book. Here are the rules:
1. Create an ad with your cat(s)' picture.
2. The ad can be selling, looking for something (buying), or a personal ad.
3. It MUST be G rated.
4. Only one ad per cat.
Go to  On the right side of the page, you will see a button to "Create a New Listing".  Click on that button and follow the directions.  Then send the link (copy the address of the finished ad) and paste it to an email to  On the subject line type Whiskerslist Ad.  The best ad (which will be decided by KT's Mom and the author of the book, Angie, with the help of our cats) will win a copy of this wonderfully funny book.
The deadline to get your ad in is October 6, 2013, 12 AM pacific time.  Good luck to all!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

"Whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds" ~ A Book Review

“Whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds” by Angie Bailey, gets four paws and a tail up from D’s Bookshelves and Kitty Tales.  This book, published by Running Press, is the feline answer to the online classifieds, Craigslist.  In it, you can find everything from the Wallinator, who rents himself out as part-time pet in exchange for ham, to an ad for an Advanced Yoga Class for cats.  Some of the ads include used toilet paper rolls given away for free, and ads asking for help from cats who have certain hobbies, such as swatting puzzle pieces around the room. Peppered through “Whiskerslist”, are ads from Mittens McMullen, Attorney at Law.  He advertises for all kinds of cases, such as disturbance of the peace and invasion of privacy.  His slogan is “Extending My Claws…So You Don’t Have To”.  Besides ads of all kinds, “Whiskerslist” offers forums where cats can voice their opinions on all subjects related to cats. Of course, the book would not be complete without personal ads, which include cats that are looking for special relationships.
Ms. Bailey is the award-winning writer of the “Catladyland” blog. This blog won the 2011 Pettie Award for the Funniest Pet Blog/Blogger.  On Angie’s blog, among other deliriously funny things, you can find Cat Truths, which I am sure, are inspired by Phoebe, Cosmo and Saffy (her smart cats). This writer’s first-hand experience on cat behavior comes shining through in both, “Whiskerslist” and “Catladyland.

I found “Whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds” wildly funny from the first page to the last; and I would not hesitate to suggest this 205-page book of hilarious ads to anyone, especially cat lovers. Next time that you are on your computer, search for, if you dare.  Don’t be surprised to see an ad with your cat’s picture on it looking for anything from a friend with which to lie in the sun, to a new human with which to replace you.  

Sunday, June 30, 2013

New Changes

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Delay of Posts

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Current Book

I am finished with "Kiss Me First", and I am currently reading "Seven X", a psychological  thriller-horror by Mike Wech.  I will have the review for "Kiss Me First" shortly.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

"Plain Truth" by Jodi Picoult

 "Plain Truth" by Jodi Picoult.  This book was published in 1999 by Pocket Books Publisher.


The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: circumstantial evidence suggests that eighteen-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life. When Ellie Hathaway, a disillusioned big-city attorney, comes to Paradise, Pennsylvania, to defend Katie, two cultures collide -- and for the first time in her high-profile career, Ellie faces a system of justice very different from her own. Delving deep inside the world of those who live "plain," Ellie must find a way to reach Katie on her terms. And as she unravels a tangled murder case, Ellie also looks deep within to confront her own fears and desires, when a man from her past reenters her life.

This book was suggested by a D's Bookshelves reader.  If you would like to suggest a book, please send the title, author and overview to

Monday, May 13, 2013

“ComPETability: Solving Behavior Problems In Your Multi-Cat Household”, by Amy Shojai

“ComPETability: Solving Behavior Problems In Your Multi-Cat Household”, by Amy Shojai, is part of a series to help those who have multi-pet households.  It was published by FurryMuse Publications in 2012. As the title suggests, this book is a resource for those who have more than one cat. As Ms. Shojai is a pet behaviorist, she is more than qualified in this area.  Years ago she began her crusade for animals by becoming a veterinary technician. Almost naturally, she became a pet writer.  She has won more than two dozen awards for her writing.

ComPETability for multi-cat homes is a great resource book for new cat owners, as well as those who have had cats all their lives. It is a book that can be read from cover to cover, or just by topic. The cover is very appropriate as it has two cats that look to be fighting over who is the dominant one. Amy goes into this problem extensively.  The obvious play on words in the title shows Ms. Shojai’s delightful sense of humor. She uses her wit throughout the book to keep the reader enthralled. The book is in four parts.  The first part is an overview of the book, cat specific details, and behavior and training. Part Two covers problems and solutions. Amy uses the P. E. T. Test to find out why cats are having behavior problems. “The acronym stands for Physical Health, Emotional Well – Being, and Traits of Instinct. Only by knowing what triggers a ‘bad’ behavior can you devise a plan to address the situation.” Part Three is my favorite part, “Common Multipet Frustrations”. This part covers the reasons why cats do the things they do. The last parts of this book are the Appendixes.

We all know how mysterious cats can be.  This book helped me to think like a cat. Even though my house has been a multi-cat home for close to 20 years, this book has taught me quite a lot. For instance, years ago I had two cats, Tiffany and BoBo. They became like sister and brother; cuddling when they could and even grooming each other. Tiffany became sick and eventually had to be put down. Bobo grieved for months, and began to become very needy. I found that this is quite common and I probably would have made the grieving process a little easier for him had I let him see Tiffany’s body before burying it.

I enjoyed reading this book from cover to cover and I am sure that it will be my go-to book in the future. As usual, Amy Shojai entertained me with her “ComPETability: Solving Behavior Problems In Your Multi-Cat Household”. You, too, can be entertained by this book.  I bought the Kindle version on for $5.99.  

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Scheduled Books for Upcoming Reviews

I am currently reading "ComPETability: Solving Behavioral Problems In Your Multi-Cat Household", by Amy Shojai. This author has won award after award for her non-fiction books; and it's no wonder.  She really knows her stuff!  We are familiar with her wonderful work of fiction, "Lost and Found", reviewed by D's Bookshelves .  ComPETability is part of a non-fiction series dealing with multi-pet households.  I will be reviewing this within the next couple of weeks.

I  am also going through the Christian study by Rick Warren, "The Purpose Driven Life".  This is a day-by-day study, and as such, will be reviewed in a couple of months.  If you would like to join in on this daily lesson, please come to God's Grace.

In the wings, I have two thrillers waiting.  The book that I have on my "next-to-read" shelf is "Kiss Me First", by Lottie Moggach.  So, right after I review ComPETability, I get to delve into this frightening book.  

The second one to read is "Seven X", by Mike Wech.  This was given to me by the author to review and, needless to say, I'm itching to get at it.

All in all, it looks like an exciting month for D's Bookshelves!  Stay tuned!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

One Day, October by W.R. Parrish

The book, "One Day, October" by W R Parrish is a brilliant, fast paced piece, which will have your heart pounding too fast, your palms too sweaty, and you reminding yourself to breathe.   This horror tale is actually six very different stories that take place in one twenty-four hour period. They seemingly have nothing to do with one another; except that the characters are in the same town, each fighting their own monsters. “…[These monsters] are creatures of the dark.  Demons.  Spooks. Werewolves…Boogiemen.  Nothing more.  Agents of the Deceiver come in many forms…” (Parrish 279).  The stories are unconnected until the very end, when we find that “’we are so insignificant to creatures such as these that we are well below their concern’” (Parrish 180).  This is one book that I would not skip to the very last page, as I would spoil it for myself.  Mr. Parrish quite successfully had me gripping the edge of my seat right up to the very end!

The characters include an experienced priest, an innocent boy, a family man and a naive college girl, with little in common. They were all different; different genders, different ages, different walks of life and, as a result, different life stories with different villains with which to deal.  I was able to relate to them all very well, and I found myself sharing each of their monsters, as I had in different stages of my own life.  As a result, I felt the cold fingers of my imagined ogres running up and down my spine, as I read this suspenseful masterpiece.  I usually do not read this genre, as I am a "big chicken", but I thoroughly enjoyed "One Day, October", and I would jump at the chance to read another of Mr Parrish's works.  I would definitely would suggest this book to any horror fan.  

His style is much like Stephen King's or Dean Koontz's; fast and furious.  As he so aptly puts it, “[ He] like(s) swatches of scenes which become a pattern which become a quilt” (Parrish  This is exactly how Mr. Parrish writes; small patterns of scenes that fit together into a quilt of a story.  However, I did slow down as I approached the conclusion of "One Day, October", only because I did not want the ride to end!

The author has a background which includes church and horror movies, an unlikely pair of interests. Both are very evident in his writing.  He has a website, that is a delight to visit.

This book is available on Amazon; the Kindle version is $3.99 and the paperback is $11.99.

Saturday, April 13, 2013


I was reading "One Day October", when I thought I would take a small break to give you an update.  I can barely put it down, but it is a bit scary in parts.  When I get too scared (I am a big chicken, remember), I need to stop reading and do something else.  Anything, so long as it takes away the frightening images that Mr. Parrish has put in my mind with his book.  
When I was younger, I was a lot braver.  I even read "The Exorcist" in a day.  (I am really proud of that, as if that feat would show that I am really not that much of a chicken at all.  Ha!)  I remember that day, shut in my room in my parents house.  As my eyes slid down the pages, one by one, I barely noticed, while the sun went down and I automatically turned on the reading lamp without skipping a beat.  Maybe it was because it was my parents house, and I felt safe, knowing that they were in the next room.
Well, back to reading so that I can give you a proper review next week.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Next Review

As you can see, I finally read and reviewed our first book.  Fifty-one more to go!  I started the second, "One Day October", by W.R. Parrish, last night.  This book is quite different.  The genre is horror, which I purposely haven't read since I have being living alone (I'm a big chicken).  Parrish has a style much like Koontz, and very scary!  I love it!  I scared myself silly last night, and cannot wait until I get all of my work done, so that I can do the same thing tonight.  I will be reviewing in a few days.  See you then!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

"Lost and Found" by Amy Shojai

It is an ordinary day…except that there is an unusual blizzard in North Texas, which has the whole area in an uproar.  Then the call came.  “Lost and Found” is a fictional work by Amy Shojai, in which the main character, September Day, has a past which is causing her to have difficulties facing the present.  She is plunged into a situation, which has her running, against all odds, to save her seven year old nephew, who has autism, and his companion dog.   What is worse is that there is a deadline looming over her head.  She has to stop the boy’s risky medical treatment to save his life.  But first, she has to find him. This book has it all; urgency, murder, mayhem, characters to which you can relate, and a plot that gets thicker and thicker by the moment.
This is the first fictional book that Amy Shojai has written.  She has written 26 award-winning non-fiction books about animals.  Ms. Shojai is a certified animal behavior consultant, which is more than apparent in “Lost and Found”; which, by the way, is the perfect title for this work.  She is involved with two websites, and  She also hosts an Internet pet radio show called, “CRAZY CAT Radio Show”.  Ms. Shojai brings all of this experience to the table in her fictional book.  As a result, her animal characters are rich in personality, making them easy to care about.
I found this mystery to be fast-pace and easy to read.  At times, I was literally tense with nervous excitement.  The characters, both human and animal, rang true, and I had little trouble imagining each scene.  I would suggest “Lost and Found” to anybody who enjoys a good, suspenseful book. 
The publisher is Cool Gus Publishing and, while I read the ebook, which was $4.99, it does come in paperback, which is from $9 -$11. 

Sunday, March 31, 2013


This is my second attempt at writing a blog.  (My other is entirely different, as it is a pet blog (Kitty Tales (behind the scenes) ).This weekly blog will tell about me and the numerous books that I have on my shelves to read. I will review these books, one by one, for you. 
I first want to tell you a little about myself.  I have always enjoyed a good book.  There is nothing better than to curl up with a nice, warm afghan, a fluffy cat and a great book (unless it is writing one).  I have been writing for several years, although unpublished (except for a column in a local paper). 
The greatest thing that I found recently was a community called "Goodreads" .  This is a place where readers can come together and share books, good and bad.  I love Goodreads because I find out about books,  contemporary and the classics.  I can read several reviews of the same book before purchasing. I can also trade with other members.  This is where I made a goal for myself to read 52 books in 2013.  I will share these books, good and bad, with you.  I will need your support to reach this lofty goal.
The first of these books will be "Lost and Found", by Amy Shojai.  This book is about an autistic boy and his companion dog.  I just started it last night, so I will share it with you the next time that we meet.