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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 the 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!


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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 the 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!

48 review for The Case of the Crafty Christmas Crooks

  1. 4 out of 5

    Miranda A. Uyeh

    This story took a while for me to get into, probably because I had to adjust mind to the character, Buckley, who more or less a boy cat, who was fascinated with the world around him, but with an appetite for knowledge, despite how scary and diverse the world appeared to be. It was amazing how Buckley’s questions about the littlest of things made me realize how often one can take for granted the knowledge and privileges that so easily come our way. Not many people have access to the things that ot This story took a while for me to get into, probably because I had to adjust mind to the character, Buckley, who more or less a boy cat, who was fascinated with the world around him, but with an appetite for knowledge, despite how scary and diverse the world appeared to be. It was amazing how Buckley’s questions about the littlest of things made me realize how often one can take for granted the knowledge and privileges that so easily come our way. Not many people have access to the things that others do, and it reminded me to be grateful. And this is why it makes a great read for children. This story, written through Buckley’s eyes, can help a child explore the world and the festivities (including Christmas) that we hold so dear, through the simplest of ways that will bring to light what is most important. Buckley at some point had to learn courage, gratitude and generosity. These are characters that children should learn and imbibe. What better way to present this teaching to children than through the story of this cat, who was introduced to a world (with all the adventures it had to offer) outside the animal shelter? I have to applaud Cindy on a job well done for the twists and turns in this story. Though written for young minds, she certainly wove the story in a way that would throw anyone off the trail of the crafty crooks, even when you’re smart enough to suspect them at first. I had fun following the cats and their strategies! Especially at the end. And what I liked best was the fact that pulling their weight together, was what had the job done. I will admit, at the beginning, Buckley’s very simple questions threw me. But once I got a hang of this character, I enjoyed the story, and the end put a smile on my face. This story was very timely. What better time to show children the meaning of Christmas, than the Christmas season? I liked being reminded of what the Christmas spirit is all about.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    My Comments Bogey and Buckley are Cat Detectives, brothers, and best friends. Bogey is the older one, calm and professional at all times. Buckley is the rookie who is still learning about investigating and he’s a little clumsy with his large paws. The entire story is from Buckley’s perspective. The story begins with Bogey and Buckley observing their human family putting the Christmas tree up in the house. Buckley has no idea what’s going on, has never heard of Christmas, and is surprised easily. My Comments Bogey and Buckley are Cat Detectives, brothers, and best friends. Bogey is the older one, calm and professional at all times. Buckley is the rookie who is still learning about investigating and he’s a little clumsy with his large paws. The entire story is from Buckley’s perspective. The story begins with Bogey and Buckley observing their human family putting the Christmas tree up in the house. Buckley has no idea what’s going on, has never heard of Christmas, and is surprised easily. Bogey quickly assures him that all is well and that’s when Officer Smiley shows up to bring bad news. One of their neighbors has been robbed and warns the cats’ mom to be on the lookout during the most special time of year. Bogey and Buckley quickly get to work on another case and this one is personal! Holy Catnip, this was SUCH a great read!! My favorite parts of the story include……when one of the cats jumps on the Christmas tree before it’s decorated (just hilarious), when the cats’ mom firmly tells a suspicious character that her cats are like family members and no one better mess with her family (that’s right!!), and the Craft Fair where the detectives help their human sister Gracie sell cat collars. There is sooooo much more to love in this book, but those were definite scenes that I could read over and over again with gusto :)  Cats in the story are: Bogey and Buckley of course ;) Lexie “The Princess” Lil Bits-another cat detective Hector-neighborhood gossip Miss Mokie-the oldest one they affectionately call The Wise One Bella-very special Each cat has a wonderful personality and something incredible to enhance the story with. Gracie and her parents love their cats very much and there’s never any doubt how important these “pets” are to them (they’re sooo much more than pets but their secret is safe with me). This book strongly reminded me of the movie Cats and Dogs 2 (there are no dogs in this book but there are plenty of smart cats). The story is written like a Mission Impossible for cats except they don’t have any agent skills; they use their above normal intelligence to protect their family and look for answers about the crafty Christmas crooks. They’re very observant, persistent, protective, and eager to find clues so that Christmas isn’t ruined for their entire neighborhood! The end was also done perfectly, sigh. Not only does Buckley learn the meaning behind Christmas and how us humans celebrate it, but his heart is also tremendous. He learns that the magic is in the giving, not the receiving, and he comes up with a brilliant plan that utterly touched me. Santa Claus is also referred to in the story. I highly recommend this book for all ages, ESPECIALLY if you’re a cat lover. It’s a truly wonderful book that describes Christmas in every way through the eyes of cats. There’s no doubt that the reader will see cats in a whole new way. I kept trying to hug my cat while reading this and she doesn’t like to be hugged! Bogey and Buckley LOVED being held by their human sister, they hug their mom also, and I kept wishing they were MY cats. This story is filled with love, humor, Christmas, the miracle of Jesus’ birth, neighbors helping neighbors in the midst of robberies, two very special cats who know when to be serious and when to bring on the cuteness, and one complicated investigation that keeps these Cat Detectives on their paws! Please also check out Seasons of Humility (link is listed above) to participate in two very cool contests. I’m so glad that I had the chance to review this book, it blessed me so much more than I thought it would! I want to thank Amber Stokes at Editing Through the Seasons for providing the review copy AND for putting together such a fabulous blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review but it was truly my pleasure to do so. The opinions expressed are my own. Also a thanks to the author for providing such a wonderful book and its precious characters.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Caren Gittleman

    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 cou 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. 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!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    I received a copy of this book free for review. The Case of the Crafty Christmas Crooks is a very cute middle grade book that your kids are going to love. I love cats, and I love Christmas! This book is filled with mystery, great characters, and lots of fun. Buckley and Bogey, along with their other kitty siblings are on the case when a house on their street is robbed of all of its Christmas gifts. This is a tough case and clues are hard to come by. The cats prepare for the worst…someone breaking I received a copy of this book free for review. The Case of the Crafty Christmas Crooks is a very cute middle grade book that your kids are going to love. I love cats, and I love Christmas! This book is filled with mystery, great characters, and lots of fun. Buckley and Bogey, along with their other kitty siblings are on the case when a house on their street is robbed of all of its Christmas gifts. This is a tough case and clues are hard to come by. The cats prepare for the worst…someone breaking into their house…and try to sniff out some clues. Luckily, they have kitty cuteness down and know how to get their people to take them along on trips out of the house. All those trips, plus some smart thinking, help Buckley and Bogey solve the case. This is certainly a book your children will love. I love how it has the real story of Christmas included in it, and how the wise old cat tells it. Be sure to grab your free copy while you can! Happy Christmas in August!

  5. 4 out of 5

    R.J.

    In The Case of the Crafty Christmas Crooks, Buckley and Bogey return with a new case the smells suspiciously “grinch-y”. Someone is stealing the Christmas decorations right out of people’s homes! Even the cookies! And it’s up to Buckley and Bogey to crack the mystery. If you’re a fan of Hank the Cowdog, but you also love cats, Buckley and Bogey is definitely a series you need to pick up! Not only are these cats entertaining in their adventures, but the stories are intriguing and mysterious. Sure In The Case of the Crafty Christmas Crooks, Buckley and Bogey return with a new case the smells suspiciously “grinch-y”. Someone is stealing the Christmas decorations right out of people’s homes! Even the cookies! And it’s up to Buckley and Bogey to crack the mystery. If you’re a fan of Hank the Cowdog, but you also love cats, Buckley and Bogey is definitely a series you need to pick up! Not only are these cats entertaining in their adventures, but the stories are intriguing and mysterious. Sure to keep even the sharpest of minds guessing! It’s great for the whole family, and is actually a perfect read-aloud book! I read this aloud to my younger brother and sister and they adored both Buckley and Bogey and were laughing through much of the book. This entire series is certainly a favorite for my family and I and I easily give it 5 out of 5 stars! I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own. This book was featured as a part of the 2018 12 Days of Christmas Books Tour on LiteratureApproved.com.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Katrina Roets

    I usually try to break down reviews into the good and the bad, but honestly, when it comes to Buckley and Bogey, there really isn't any bad. They're the perfect books to curl up with, along with your own cat, and spend an afternoon or evening just diving into. I can't get enough of all of the individual characters in these books. Every single cat has their own personality and their own way of doing things. It's very much like every cat that I have ever known. The stories draw me in, every time, I usually try to break down reviews into the good and the bad, but honestly, when it comes to Buckley and Bogey, there really isn't any bad. They're the perfect books to curl up with, along with your own cat, and spend an afternoon or evening just diving into. I can't get enough of all of the individual characters in these books. Every single cat has their own personality and their own way of doing things. It's very much like every cat that I have ever known. The stories draw me in, every time, and before I know it, I've spent hours reading and have zero regrets for doing so. If you like mysteries or know a middle reader who does, these are the perfect choice. Honestly, I'm just going to stop writing because I'm just going to continue raving about how great these books are and I don't want the author to waste any more time reading this, if she does, because I'm hoping that she's writing more!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Heather Snyder

    Cindy Vincent’s book The Case of the Crafty Christmas Crooks was a delightful read. Mysteries are my favorite genre, and this one did not disappoint. This is the perfect text to give to a younger audience in order to introduce them to the mystery novel. The two main characters, Buckley and Bogey, who are based on Vincent’s beloved cats, are wonderful to follow as the reader tries to uncover the clues of the case with them. These detective sleuths are determined to protect their family from the C Cindy Vincent’s book The Case of the Crafty Christmas Crooks was a delightful read. Mysteries are my favorite genre, and this one did not disappoint. This is the perfect text to give to a younger audience in order to introduce them to the mystery novel. The two main characters, Buckley and Bogey, who are based on Vincent’s beloved cats, are wonderful to follow as the reader tries to uncover the clues of the case with them. These detective sleuths are determined to protect their family from the Christmas crooks roaming the neighborhood, because as the name suggests, these villains are breaking into various homes in St. Gertrude and robbing them during the Christmas season. Buckley is new to the festivities of Christmas, and he desperately wants to learn more about the fuss surrounding Christmas. Why is there a tree in his family’s living room, and why do you put presents around it? Why do people love stars and whose birthday is everyone celebrating? As Buckley tries to put the pieces together surrounding the recent robberies, he begins to scope out the facts regarding this amazing holiday. But will he come to understand how important this one special day is? And will the other cats in his home be able to explain it to him in a way that speaks directly to his heart? Bogey is the older wiser detective, and he has taught Buckley all he knows. Even during this case, Bogey imparts his knowledge on this next generation of cat detectives. Buckley notices how seasoned Bogey is, and is left in awe time and time again by how much Bogey truly knows about the humans in their community. Buckley is determined to learn all he can from his incredible brother—including the mystery of this season. I love how Vincent uses this wonderful story to impart the wisdom of the Christmas story. It is directly and simply stated by one of the furry characters, which makes it easy to understand. This timeless story, which may be familiar to us, can now be understood by those who read this lively tale. The adventures that take place amidst this very important scene become icing on the cake and the perfect ending to a wonderful escapade. I tend to give books as Christmas gifts, so if you are looking for a book Christmas present this year, I highly recommend purchasing this text for the young reader in your life. And don’t forget—there are several other stories in the series as well!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Pople

    I had to squeal with delight when this book came in as my inner child comes out everytime I hear the word "cat". I own 4 felines myself. Three kittens (all a month apart) and "Donny" our pet stray cat.. she won't let me touch her but she actually came in the house last week to dine with me. So there you have it, grab a cat and read The Case of the Crafty Christmas Crooks. Cindy Vincent has written a wonderful story on how the cats Buckley and Bogley must find out who is stealing all the Chritmas I had to squeal with delight when this book came in as my inner child comes out everytime I hear the word "cat". I own 4 felines myself. Three kittens (all a month apart) and "Donny" our pet stray cat.. she won't let me touch her but she actually came in the house last week to dine with me. So there you have it, grab a cat and read The Case of the Crafty Christmas Crooks. Cindy Vincent has written a wonderful story on how the cats Buckley and Bogley must find out who is stealing all the Chritmas presents! They are part of the Cat detective agency and are on the case. This is a great read for families and can be read or read to (for the wee ones) everyone. A great book to help bring in the Holiday cheer! I loved it and give it a 5 out of 5 stars! I did receive my copy for review purposes and no monies were exchanged

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    The Case of the Crafty Christmas Crooks is an enjoyable, cute read. While I am older than the intended audience, I still (remarkably) found this book interesting. The characters were quirky (my favorite was Bogey), and while I do not particularly enjoy movies or books in which the main characters are animals the author actually made this story work. The cats were cute, and I loved the whole cast from The Wise One (the eldest cat in the house) to the Princess (the newest addition to the family an The Case of the Crafty Christmas Crooks is an enjoyable, cute read. While I am older than the intended audience, I still (remarkably) found this book interesting. The characters were quirky (my favorite was Bogey), and while I do not particularly enjoy movies or books in which the main characters are animals the author actually made this story work. The cats were cute, and I loved the whole cast from The Wise One (the eldest cat in the house) to the Princess (the newest addition to the family and a possible love interest for Buckley????). I read the book aloud to my three younger brothers while staying at my grandmother’s house, and they all enjoyed it (especially my eleven year old brother). My grandmother even listened even and later commented that she thought the book was good (and she doesn’t even like books!). I think this is a great read for younger readers (with the occasional older reader who likes a cute mystery) and I look forward to more books about the BBCDA (Buckley and Bogey Cat Detective Agency)… you know, to read aloud to my brothers of course… I received a copy through Singing Librarian Books Tours for an honest review and the opinions are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    It seems impossible for Buckley and Bogey to be any more adorable, but add in the Christmas theme and this story is pure purr-fection for mystery lovers of all ages. Buckley's first Christmas is coming up, and it's a whole new world of wonder opening up for the little guy. All is not well in St. Gertrude, though. A Grinch is stealing Christmas for the boys' neighbors, and it's only a matter of time before their home gets hit. What else is there for cat detectives to do but catch the bad guys and It seems impossible for Buckley and Bogey to be any more adorable, but add in the Christmas theme and this story is pure purr-fection for mystery lovers of all ages. Buckley's first Christmas is coming up, and it's a whole new world of wonder opening up for the little guy. All is not well in St. Gertrude, though. A Grinch is stealing Christmas for the boys' neighbors, and it's only a matter of time before their home gets hit. What else is there for cat detectives to do but catch the bad guys and save the town's Christmas? I loved the way the boys manage to venture from home to conduct their investigations, even accompanying young Gracie to the annual craft fair, leading to still more fun adventures. Each cat has his own unique personality and quirks, from Buckley's pure innocence (and ongoing battle with his huge paws) to Bogey's confidence (and stash of hidden cat treats everywhere) - they are just too cute for words. The final chapter, as Buckley learns the true meaning of Christmas, is one of the most beautiful I've ever read. I shed happy tears all the way through.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    Another delightful mystery story for children and animal lovers of all ages! Who would not adore Buckley and Bogey, cat detectives? Fun reading for a quiet Christmas evening. :-) Highly recommended, sweet animal stories.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Pilch

    I enjoyed this sweet Christmas themed mystery. I know it is fiction, but I liked how the cats were treated as family. I plan to read the rest of the series.

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    Daniel Williams

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