This delightfully entertaining story is told from the POV of Buckley Bergdorf , a newly adopted almost-2- year- old Maine Coon with paws so huge that he wonders if he will EVER grow into them!
Buckley idolizes his "big brother" Bogey, the top cat behind the Buckley and Bogey Cat Detective Agency, who is the complete antithesis of Buckley, Bogey is sleek and slim and it has been rumored that he could run so fast that sometimes his feet barely touched the ground! The other cats in the household could swear that he could fly!! He also never seems to be without a stash of cat treats which he is constantly pulling out to help calm down the more nervous, Buckley.
Buckley and Bogey, Cat Detectives, find their next case hits a little too close to home. Because someone has been breaking into houses and stealing all the Christmas presents! And the first two robberies even took place in their very own neighborhood. Holy Catnip! Of course, the boys leap in on all fours to investigate right away. Then it isn't long before they realize they are dealing with some real criminal masterminds, since these burglars know exactly how to cover their tracks. Plus, the crooks have the whole town of St. Gertrude on edge and they're threatening to ruin Christmas for everyone. But figuring out the identity of the Christmas Crooks isn't the only mystery around. After all, Buckley had just been adopted from the cat shelter this year, and this was the first he'd ever heard about Christmas. And he quickly finds out there is a lot to learn! From Christmas trees to Santa Claus, and jingle bells to the birth of baby Jesus, the real meaning of Christmas is a mystery to him. But he and Bogey can't really enjoy any of it until the Christmas Crooks are caught. That's because it becomes very clear, very quick these Christmas Crooks have set their sights on the boys' house, too! And the burglars are headed straight for their door. Holy Mackerel!
I would be remiss if I didn't mention something that was in my mind while reading this book, and I am sure it is NOT a coincidence! Bogey (which happens to be short for "Bogart"), the more suave, confident, outgoing and bold of the two cats, and the mastermind of their detective agency seems to watch his nervous-nellie, novice brother, Buckley with mild amusement. In fact, he refers to Buckley as "kid" numerous times throughout the book. Could author Cindy Vincent be a Casablanca devotee? I would say so!! The last name of the kitties:Bergdorf (Ingrid Bergman in the same movie) tells me that I have just cracked THIS case! Does detective-in-training Buckley help find and bust the criminal mastermind in The Case of the Crafty Christmas Crooks? You will have to read this book to find out!
ONE HINT: "Here's looking' at YOU kid!!"
The Case of the Crafty Christmas Crooks by Cindy Vincent might be a young adult mystery but children and cat lovers of all ages will enjoy it too! It is a fast moving, lively and MERRY read for anyone and everyone! It was an engaging and often side-splitting funny read for me, and guess what?
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