The Case of the Crafty Christmas Crooks Spotlight

Monday, December 9, 2013

Morning, all! Today the blogosphere is launching a brand-new book tour (at the helm, is blogger and publicist extraordinaire, Amber Stokes) and while I haven’t read this novel, I am assured it’s super cute, which translates into a post here on Dreaming Under the Same Moon that is spotlighting a new children’s novel involving some cat detectives – what’s cuter than that, right!?

When I was a kid, cats were running wild around our yard (living on a farm meant that sort of came standard – even if it was a non-working one for us), so I know as a kid, this probably would have been a book that would have thrilled me – right along with the Bernstein Bears, Johnny Tractor and the like. But enough reminiscing, let’s talk details about The Case of the Crafty Christmas Crooks, after what you came to read up on! So read on below, you’ll find any and all pertinent information about the book, which Amber so professionally put together.

Coming December 8-21! A Christmastime blog tour perfect for cat-lovers and all who love a sweet story with a little mystery. Includes "presents" in the form of Pinterest-contest prizes (from Mysteries by Vincent), as well as spotlight posts, interviews, and reviews on various blogs!
About the Book

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! 

Pinterest Contests! 
Contest #1

Prize: Lies, Spies and Allies, 8-player murder mystery party game from Mysteries by Vincent!

"Pin the Cover Contest" Official Rules:

  • Take the cover image for The Case of the Crafty Christmas Crooks from the blog tour page or Buckley Bergdorf, Cat Detective's Pinterest page
  • Pin it to one of your boards on Pinterest.
  • E-mail the publicist at saying you've participated. Please write "Pin the Cover Contest" in the subject line, and include your Pinterest user name and the name of the board you pinned the cover to in your e-mail.
  • One winner will be randomly drawn from all e-mailed entries and announced at Seasons of Humility on December 21, 2013.
  • Please note that you must have a Pinterest account and be a resident of the U.S. or Canada to be eligible for this contest.
Read about a second contest and any more blog tour information on Seasons of Humility.

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 is also the award-winning author of the Buckley and Bogey Cat Detective Caper books, and the Daisy Diamond Detective book series. She lives with her husband and an assortment of fantastic felines.

About the Cat Detectives

Buckley and Bogey are cat detectives who specialize in running surveillance on their home each and every night. And though they’re both black cats, they couldn’t be more different. Bogey is slim and sleek, and he generally takes things in stride. Buckley, on the other hand, is a gigantic Maine Coon cat with an anxiety disorder. And because he’s still a Rookie when it comes to the whole cat detective business, well, that just makes him even more nervous than before. Plus, it seems his body is always growing and he can never really get used to his size. Saluting with gigantic paws can be especially difficult. And it doesn’t help that he seems to make mistake after mistake . . .

Even so, Buckley's got a heart as big as the rest of him and he refuses to give up on his dream of being a great cat detective. Thankfully, Bogey doesn’t seem fazed by Buckley’s growing pains and he keeps teaching Buckley how to do the job right. Then, when the boys open their own detective agency and advertise it on the Internet, well, that’s when things really get interesting.
Thanks so much for stopping by - please do leave a comment for Cindy about her new book! :)


  1. Rissi! Thanks so much for spotlighting this children's chapter book and participating in the tour. :) Love the introduction (thanks for the sweet S/O, by the way)! Aren't cats great?

    A friend of mine recently introduced me to this book (part of a series) called Bunnicula by James Howe, which featured a vampire bunny, a dog, and a cat. Even though it's for younger readers, I devoured it. So cute and funny! :) And one of my publicity projects this past summer involved K9 spy books (May the K9 Spy), which I've also found enjoyable. Animal stories can be quite fun! :)

    Thanks again, Rissi!


    1. Amber, it was my pleasure to spotlight this! It was funny because I wrote this up one day last week and late Friday night, I sort of panicked when I realized I hadn't formatted it in blogger yet - YIKES! Fortunately, it went up quickly. :)

      When I was a kid, we had several (outdoor) cats and there was rarely a time when I was without one.

      Aw, fun! I think I remember you mentioning the vampire bunny on Twitter; huh, just reading it like that sounds so unusual, but sometimes those are the cutest, most unique things! :)

      Thank *you* for all of your hard work putting these projects together and getting the word out there. Appreciate that and you! :)

  2. Hi Rissi and Amber. This looks like a super fun Christmas book for my nieces and nephews. Thank you for featuring it.

    1. Fun! From what I have seen/read of it (haven't actually read the book), it looks perfect for those nieces and nephews, Sandra. :)

    2. Hello, Sandra! It is a fun Christmas story - and I hope your nieces and nephews will agree. :)



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