In Christmas Cats, readers are introducedto a discerning group of cats and some of their select friends (including a few dogs and a hamster). The group’s fearless leader is Inca, a Siberian cat. This second installment in the Inca Cat series is a detective story full of intrigue and deception. A human friend has been lost for some time—a tip that might lead to his recovery has taken the dog detective Terrance and his human co-detectives on a wild adventure in the Himalayas. Although they are not sure what they will find, the cats are sure that the efforts of the seekers will not be in vain
Closer to home, the remaining cats must deal with the possible wrongful eviction of a fellow pet’s owner. Told from Inca’s perspective, the story takes several surprising twists and turns and highlights the importance of giving second chances. Boss, a neighbor dog, has often terrorized the community’s cats but when he needs help finding a way to keep his owner from losing his home, Inca is quick to come to his aid. In exchange, the cats ask that Boss changes his ways when it comes to cats, and Boss complies because of the bond of friendship that Inca has fostered.
Bio – R.F. Kristy (Author of the Inca Cat Series)
The intelligence and allure of cats has always enchanted me. Writing the Inca Cat Series arose out of the blue. I had never dreamed of writing stories for children. My specialty, due to my work with the United Nations concentrated on reports of a technical nature. A world much removed from the milieu of children’s books. I never read romantic novels, science fiction nor fantasy stories. Detective stories on the other hand have me hooked. I am rather nostalgic and like a more ordered world. From watching and interacting with both my cats, Inca and Cara, the Inca Cat Series was born. Loving a good mystery, when I started writing about the cat adventures, the ideas started flowing. The idea for the Inca Cat Series came to me, rather from living and observation- and the details in a strange way, from reading rather than from living or observation. The “Christmas Cats” followed and the third “Cats in Provence” is currently bubbling. I don't think we choose our genre, I think that a genre chooses us or should I say, Inca and Cara made the choice inevitable.
R.F. Kristi holds a doctorate in economic development and has worked for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Education, Science & Cultural Organization (UNESCO). She has traveled and lived in many countries around the globe. She is fluent in English and French.
Christmas Cats is sure to appeal to pet lovers in generaland to cat lovers, in particular. Inca, the main character, exemplifies the
intelligence and cunning of our feline friends and is a sure-footed and
strong-willed leader. Readers will surely admire Inca’s grace and wit as they
follow the detective cat’s adventures in this unexpected tale of redemption.
Best suited to younger readers, up to age 8.
—The Children’s Book Review (www.thechildrensbookreview.com)