Monday, May 18, 2015

Book Review and Give-Away:The Case of the Cat Show Princess by Cindy Vincent

Now THIS review is a case for Buckley and Bogey to solve! Why in the world am I reviewing the FIRST book in the Buckley and Bogey Cat Detective Series, NOW, when I reviewed the two that followed, prior to this one? I have NO CLUE!! (Get it? "I have NO clue!!!" lol) . In all seriousness, it was planned this way, (well, sort of, I received the other two books FIRST, then I received:)

For those of you who missed my two previous reviews of the other books in the Buckley and Bogey Cat Detective Series, here are the links:





Buckley
Bogey


FROM AUTHOR CINDY VINCENT:
Buckley and Bogey are real, live cats who inspired the Buckley and Bogey Cat Detective Capers. And yes, those are their pictures you see on their book covers. Bogey was adopted from an animal shelter when he was just a kitten, and he came to live with us and three much older female cats. About a year after we adopted him, we noticed a real disconnect between him and the other cats. Not only was Bogey the only male cat at that time, but he was also much, much younger and far more energetic than his sisters. Bogey believed in playing all day, every day, and frequently during the night, too. And since he had no other young cats to play with, he continually tried to engage his older sisters. Unfortunately, they got sick of him quickly, and they would hiss and swat until he left them alone. Then Bogey would flop on the floor and sigh. He wanted someone young to play with so badly, and before long, it became very apparent that he needed a brother. And though we really hadn't intended to bring another cat into the fold right then, we realized we needed someone else to join our little cat family. 

At night, they often run around the house together and seem to be "investigating" and "running surveillance". And since cats are such imaginative creatures -- they can play with a stuffed mouse for hours, as though they're hunting big game in a dense jungle -- Buckley and Bogey seemed to be perfect characters for a cat detective series. Especially considering how well the two get along. Hence, the Buckley and Bogey Cat Detective Capers were born! You can read more about how this twosome came to be right here.

 Now, for something "completely different" Cindy had posted on her Facebook fan page, a most DARLING video review of this book that was done by a little girl named Oriana.  It is just precious and I thought you would enjoy it as much as I did:


I told you Oriana did an amazing job, didn't I? I loved her review because it was based on a young person's point of view.

What has been wonderful for me while reviewing all of the books in the Buckley and Bogey series, along with LOVING her witty, interesting and personable writing style, is that I have gotten a chance to get to know Cindy Vincent as a person. It comes as no surprise to me that Buckley and Bogey are as engaging as they are. Cindy Vincent is one of the most interesting, vivacious  and genuinely WARM people. Her personality shines through her email correspondence, so it is only natural that her magnetic personality is translated on to the pages of every book in this series. Cindy is loaded with charisma, and her star cat characters possess the same.

While I was reading The Case of the Cat Show Princess it dawned on me that through Cindy's descriptive, action-packed and engaging writing, Buckley and Bogey appear as if they REALLY ARE DETECTIVES.  The way in which Cindy depicts them makes me want to sit down and have conversations with them! Bogey possesses the qualities that we all love about his namesake (Humphrey Bogart, think Casablanca, "here's lookin' at YOU kid!!") and tosses cat treats to Buckley with abandon whenever they need to think deeply about how they will devise a plan for their current cases, or when Buckley becomes a tad nervous or uneasy. (Which is often, since he is considered the "rookie" of the duo with over-sized Maine Coon paws that keep poking himself in the eyes when he tries to "salute" Bogey, in an endearing show of respect. The treats are kind of like a human who chain-smokes when nervous, but "cat-style").

Author Vincent incorporates in her writing, and in the dialogue between the cats, all of the nuances that make up cats, their movements, facial expressions, what they would think if we knew what they were thinking, EVERYTHING  in such a convincing way, that to me, Buckley and Bogey aren't mere cats, they ARE "detectives!"

ON A SAD NOTE: "Mokie" aka "The Wise One" who Buckley is always afraid to approach for advice because of his extreme respect for her, crossed the Bridge approximately one month ago. Mokie (like Buckley, Bogey and "The Princess") are all cats that live with Cindy Vincent. It broke my heart when I learned of her passing. Cindy assured me that Mokie will still be appearing in ensuing books. Which leads me to:


Buckley and Bogey, cat detectives and stars of the Buckley and Bogey Cat Detective Capers, just wanted to let you know they're hard at work solving their next big case, and writing down in book format as they go! Plan on book number four coming out in Fall of 2015!

BUT IN THE MEANTIME


All of the books are available for purchase in paperback, or Kindle or Nook versions at:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble 

  • ISBN-10: 1932169253
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932169256
  • PAPERBACK 170 PAGES


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Cindy Vincent was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and has lived all around the US and Canada. She is the creator of the Mysteries by Vincent murder mystery party games and the Daisy Diamond Detective Series games for girls. She lives with her husband and an assortment of fantastic felines.


and...WE HAVE A GIVE-AWAY!!!! 

Cindy has generously offered THREE of my readers who live in the U.S and/or Canada the chance to win a copy of The Case of the Cat Show Princess (an approximate $10 value)! Entering is easy! Just enter on the Rafflecopter below and NOTE; THERE ARE TWO MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRY...BOTH MUST BE COMPLETED OR YOUR ENTRY WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. GOOD LUCK!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway




I received no compensation for this review/give-away. I received a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.





28 comments:

  1. Oh, I need to read this - my breeder actually just called me a cat show princess this very weekend! MOL

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  2. Oh boy! Buckley and Bogey sound like my kind of guys.....always looking for something to investigate or snoopervise.......I bet this would be a FUN book for Mom to read to me at bedtime!

    Hugs, Sammy

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  3. Good luck to our US friends ! Purrs

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  4. I love reading kitty books!!
    The review from the young girl was really sweet. I can so see her growing up to be a reporter someday!

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  5. I am sorry for the loss of her kitty. Sounds like a good book.
    Sue B

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  6. That sounds like a great book, any book with kitties is great :)

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  7. We would love to read this book as it's always been a dream of Laila's to be a cat show princess!

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  8. I haven't heard about this series before, but it seems like a fun read. And it's so interesting that Buckley and Bogey are real cats :)

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  9. Sounds darn cute but it is sad that one went to the Bridge.

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  10. So sorry to hear Mokie went to the Bridge.

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  11. We enjoyed your reviews of the other two books, and this one was great too - this book sounds so cute and fun. We would love to win a copy!

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  12. I am so sorry to hear that Mokie crossed The Bridge. This book sounds so cute.

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  13. I am so sorry about Mokie. I love mystery books and read a lot with cats in them. Would love to read this one.

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  14. My DIL and my granddaughter are allergic so I had to give away my two kitties- Tequila and Rowdy. I miss them so much and love to read about and look at others cats. Awww

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  15. I love cats a bunch. We had a cat on one of the boats this last weekend. Our Little Bit never even knew.

    Have a fabulous day honey. Scritches to Cody and Dakota. :)

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  16. Sounds lovely. She needs to join the CWA. Pinned to my cat book board.

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  17. God luck everyone!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  18. Holy Catnip, Caren! Thanks so much for saying such nice things about Bogey and me! We sure do appreciate it! It's a lot of work being a cat detective, and sometimes it can be pretty scary, too. Plus, solving all those cases can really cut into nap time! Does Cody ever do any detective work around the house?

    Hugs, wet nose kisses and cat treats from us!

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    1. Hi Buckley!! OMC I am sooo honored that you stopped by the blog! Wow! With all of the detective work that you have to do, how did you find the time? The only detective work Cody does is look for extra treats! He needs to hang with you and Bogey because you are always munching on treats! Sending much love to all of you! xoxo

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  19. Oriana did a great job reviewing the book and her drawings at the end were adorable! This series seems purrfect for kitty loving kids :)

    the critters in the cottage xo

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  20. Bogey and Buckley are mighty cute!
    The mysteries they solve sound good too.
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

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  21. What a fun book! The mom needs to read the first two, too!

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  22. Love these types of books.

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  23. I love to read a good mystery--and if there are cats involved--all the better!

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  24. Not enteri g this time, but it sure sounds like a fun book. Sweet girl reading her book report:))

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  25. I am so excited that I won this adorable book and congrats to Saundra and Sandee as well.

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