Can one cat detective keep vampires off the guest list?
Inca the Siberian Kitty and her globetrotting furry family are always up for an adventure. She can’t wait for the upcoming Easter jamboree at Bran Castle. It’s bound to inspire pages of new thrills for her diary. But behind the fancy dresses and decorations, Inca stumbles upon a spooky mystery…
When a scheming sorceress and a would-be vampire threaten to crash the party, Inca must follow the clues to thwart their plan. With her family and new friends in danger, the world’s greatest cat detective must think on all four feet to keep vampires from running wild in Transylvania.
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.
Reviewed by Karen Walpole for Readers' Favorite
Vampires at Easter, Diary of a Snoopy Cat by R.F.
Kristi contains characters from hamsters to vampire bats. Inca, the main
character and voice of the story, is a cat who belongs to a cheese shop owner
and runs an all-animal detective agency. Inca and her cat friends, Cara and
Fromage, together with other friends, including their hamster friend,
Charlotte, are off on a great adventure in Transylvania. Their human, Missy, is
hired to cater a scary-theme party in Bran Castle, which is known for being
Dracula’s home. Everyone travels to Transylvania and begins preparations for
the party. After solving one mystery about missing cheese, the friends get
involved in a much more sinister and frightening case involving vampires, bats,
secret towers and magic potions.
Children will love to read about Inca and her
fellow detective friends in Vampires at Easter by R.F. Kristi. Each of the
animal characters has a distinct and interesting personality that brings
something to this imaginative story. Readers can identify with any number of
these characters. The illustrations by Jorge Valle add tremendously to the
book's delightful presentation. I enjoyed imagining a cat writing the story
down in a journal and the relationships between humans and animals are fun and
even accurate in some respects. Kristi’s mixing of clothing-wearing,
self-assured cats with bats and vampires in a castle in Transylvania is
imagination genius. The book is perfect for young readers who like animal
characters and also to be just a little bit frightened.