Monday, April 13, 2015

Book Review and Give-Away! The Case of the Jewel Covered Cat Statues:A Buckley and Bogey Cat Detective Caper by Cindy Vincent

They are at it again!

Back in February of 2014 I had the pleasure of reviewing Black Cats Save Christmas in The Case of the Crafty Christmas Crooks, A Buckley and Bogey Cat Detective Caper  and, I had the pleasure of getting to know the vivacious, personable and oh-so creative and kind author of this fun mystery series, Cindy Vincent.

Before I tell you a bit about The Case of the Jewel Covered Cat Statues I would like to introduce you to the two feline stars of Cindy's mystery series, Buckley and Bogey.
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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! (HINT:You will have to read The Case of the Jewel Covered Cat Statues to find out if he does!)

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!  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.

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Buckley and Bogey are real, live cats who inspired the Buckley and Bogey Cat Detective Capers

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. 

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So we decided to stop into the adoption center at our local pet food store, and that’s when we spotted one-year-old Buckley. After spending some one-on-one time with him, we knew he’d be a perfect fit

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'll notice in the books that Bogey is very outgoing and well . . . practically fearless. Nothing seems to rattle him at all. Whereas Buckley is kind of a nervous wreck. He's afraid of lots of things and always worried about the outcome. The real life Buckley and Bogey are very similar. Bogey knows no fear and believes everyone will love him. He's a very confident cat. But Buckley, who was a year old when we adopted him, and had originally been rescued from a kill shelter, really is a pretty anxious guy. He suffers from something called FLUTD, or Feline Lower Urinary Track Disease, which has recently been changed to FIC, or Feline Idiopathic Cystitis

Now, about The Case of The Jewel Covered Cat Statues

  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. It was obvious to me when reading the first book by Cindy Vincent that she is  a Casablanca devotee.  The last name of the kitties:Bergdorf (Ingrid Bergman in the same movie).
 I was so proud when I cracked that case!  In The Case of the Jewel Covered Cat Statues  there are actual Humphrey Bogart lines from Casablanca and the Maltese Falcon.  It is a bit of a spoof on the Maltese Falcon done in Buckley and Bogey style! Here is more about The Case of The Jewel Covered Cat Statues, it is their "most complicated case ever!!!"

A Message from Buckley Bergdorf, Cat Detective:
It all started when someone hid a mysterious package in our Mom's antique store-in the middle of the night! Of course, Bogey and I found it, and we put it in a nice, safe place, until we could open it...and, find the rightful owner. But that's when a whole bunch of suspicious people showed up in town, and every single one of them seemed to be after that package! Holy Catnip!

The Case of the Jewel Covered Cat Statues is full of fun, as well as suspense. Cindy Vincent has a flair for humor, dialogue, twists and turns. The majority of the book is dialogue between the cats and her take on the various feline personalities is just hilarious. In this book, there is Hector "a Siamese cat who is a really big blabbermouth", who "talks" non-stop in the car (and everywhere else), which reminded me of how cats meow and "sing the song of their people" when heading to the dreaded Vet. There is a strong  and heart-warming message of the importance of friendship that is the heart of this mystery. Friendship, overcoming greed, believing in yourself and teamwork. It shows us  that often we must look "deeper" into things, (even things that are outwardly full of glitter, sparkle and shine),  instead of just  taking them at face value.

From The Case of the Jewel Covered Cat Statues:

"Humans especially are easily taken in by anything that shines. Gold and silver and diamonds and rubies. To name but a few. And most certainly, there is nothing wrong with owning and collecting objects of great beauty. But, when the quest for those objects makes you do terrible things, that's when you've crossed a line."

Full of Heart, High-Jinx and Hilarity, this one needs to be on your MUST READ list!

Available for purchase in paperback, or Kindle or Nook versions at:
Barnes and Noble

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.

GIVE-AWAY!!! Cindy Vincent has generously offered THREE of our readers (who reside in the U.S. and/or Canada) the chance to win a copy of The Case of the Jewel Covered Cat Statues. ENTERING IS EASY!! Just leave a comment telling us you would like to be entered. The give-away is open now and will end on Monday, April 20th at 5pm EST. Winners will be chosen by and will be announced on Wednesday, April 22nd. GOOD LUCK, oh and....

"Here's looking' at YOU kid!!"


  1. How fun! W would definitely love to win. Nothing like a cat mystery :)

  2. Sounds like fun. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. Oh boy does THIS one sound great! Please enter us in the giveaway! Oh - and we saw Mr. Thomas's drawing of Dakota this morning - it's FABULOUS!

    Hugs, Pam and Sam

    1. It IS great! Pam I am telling you, you would LOVE her writing style. She is so clever! Thank you for telling me about Dakota's drawing! I didn't even know! I subscribe to Mr.Thomas's blog now but haven't received it yet today. Thanks so much! xoxo

  4. I would love to read this book—thanks for the chance to win a copy!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  5. I would love to read this too! Cody you have the best books!!

  6. I would really like to read this book. I enjoy cat mystery books.

  7. That sounds like a really cute book and I love mysteries especially those that involve cats. Thanks for this great review..

  8. What a pawsome book! Glogirly loves mysteries! ... oh and cats. She loves cats.
    ; )

  9. They are gorgeous kitties and this would be a pawsome prize to win.

  10. I love books! These look like they would be pawsome for #readpawty. *paws crossed*

  11. I would like to be entered I don't read much but a cat book I just might enjoy

  12. I would like to be entered. How fun is this. Great giveaway.

    Have a purrfect Awww Monday. Scritches to Cody. :)

  13. I love cats and I love mysteries. Count me in on the giveaway!

  14. They sure are adorable kitty sleuths!

  15. How creative and imaginative these books sound! Happy Monday!

  16. What fun books. We would love to be entered.
    The Florida Furkids

  17. GOOD LUCK TO ALL WHO HAVE ENTERED!!! Important Note!! The winners will each receive ONE BOOK...(there will be THREE winners)........they will receive the book that i reviewed today about the jewels. I think some people think they will be winning three books.....nope.....THREE winners will EACH win ONE book. xoxo

  18. These books seem like a lot of fun! I love that the author used her own cats as the characters. That video is just adorable too! :)

  19. Pawsum weview. Sounds like a gweat book. Me wuld like to be covewed in jewels meezselff. MOL Hope yous have a gweat day.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Lexi

  20. Beautiful kitties. Please enter me. Cute book covers.
    Sue B

  21. I would like to be entered.

  22. Sounds like a great book. I love that the kitties in the book are based on the author's cats.

  23. The mom would love to win this book.

  24. This book sounds great, especially because it is inspired by real kitties! Since we just won a book from you, you do not need to enter us in the drawing (we want everyone to have a chance to win something). :)

  25. Looks like a great book, and we love that's it's inspired by two gorgeous black kitties. Whoever wins will be lucky indeed. xx

  26. Sounds fun.
    And I enjoyed watching the video.
    Douce soirée
    Nat à Chat

  27. Oh! Boy! Oh! Boy! These books sound marvelous and the Author is from Calgary!?!
    Wes really wants to wins these now!

  28. That sure sounds like a fun read. How cool they are actually real kitties!!

  29. Our last two cats are from a shelter & the two before them were left by their momma on our doorstep, so technically they were rescued too. Anyway, cats are so smart, I have no doubt they could solve mysteries by themselves. I would love to read about Buckley & Bogey's adventures! Thanks for sharing! Robin in NC rw620 at aol dot com

  30. What gorgeous panthers they are! And what a fun book and review, great giveaway!

  31. I would like to be entered to win this...I love these kind of mysteries!

  32. I'd enjoy reading this book! please toss me into the drawing ;)
    dkstevensneAT outlookDoTCOm