Christmas Cats

Christmas Cats

Book Cover: Christmas Cats

by R.F. Kristi

Another adventure story from Inca the extraordinary Siberian kitty-cat. It is Christmas time, and Inca is ready to enjoy the holiday season with her Siamese sister Cara and brother Fromage - the cheese loving Tabby cat, not to forget their adopted hamster Charlotte. Life turns interesting when their neighborhood tough dog - Boss comes around asking for help to save the loss of his master and domicile. Another mystery to solve with the help of their neighbors Monk the Blue Russian cat and Polo the Pekinese doggy. An eventful time is around the corner for the newly formed detective team headed by Inca.

Excerpt:
Reviews:Israel Drazin on Amazon wrote:

Kids, and adults too, will enjoy reading the adventures of the cat Inca who is convinced, as the other cats and dogs, that they are the masters and they help humans who frequently need their help. R. Kristi of Paris, France, has done a marvelous, indeed hilarious job, in the as of now two Inca adventures where she does detective work and helps solve problems for humans.
There are two main problems that animals and people need to face in this book. The first is that a man is missing in the Himalayas. Humans leave England, where Inca and her family live and take care of the human Missy, and go to the Himalayas to see if they can find him. They take along a dog, a friend of Inca, who gives the humans some help.
The second adventure, where Inca is involved, concerns the death of a man who had signed a deed giving another man, Ned, his house, but the deed is now missing. Inca feels certain that another man, a relative of the dead man, is hiding the deed so that he can inherit the house. Inca decides to help Ned by finding the deed. He is persuaded to do so because she is generally kind, and because she is friends with the dog who lives in the house, Terrance. If the other man gets the house, Ned would have to leave the house and Terrance would have to stay in the house, and he would loose Ned.
There are some side issues which are fun to read, such as how the cats deal with Boss, a very vicious dog.

J. Russell on Amazon wrote:

Christmas Cats: Inca book series, volume two is an adorable short story through the eyes of the curious and beautiful cat Inca. Inca, two other cats, and their hamster friend Charlotte live with their fun owner Missy. Missy owns a cheese shop which the cats adore. The book is filled with mystery and problem solving. One of Missy's neighbors go on an adventure (of course with their dog detective) to find a missing man in the himalayans. While they are away there is trouble occurring at a different neighbors house. When the streets bully dog Boss comes to Missy's and Inca's home in search of help for his master Ned, who is being forced to move out of his deceased family members home by his grumpy and not friendly cousin! Ned he cannot locate the documents proving the home was left to him and has no idea what to do! Inca does it once again and is a hero, using her creative tools to sneak into the room of Neds cousin to look for the document. In return Boss agrees to forever be kind to all cats and Charlotte. Her friends name their detective group after her and when their neighbors bring the missing man home everything is well again!

The book was easy to read. It took me about an hour. Seeing thing through a pets eyes was new and fun, and it was so interesting hearing a cat describe other animals and humans as well. There are little animated illustrations which were so cute and made following the story and knowing the animals easy and fun. This book would be great for kids or even parents to read to younger kids. It was a very cute story and I enjoyed reading it. The book is the second in the series, I have not read the first but you don't need to, to follow this book. However now I am going to read the first one! This book is a great choice

Peg on Amazon wrote:

Cats Inca, Cara, and Fromage are back, along with their friends of the cat, dog, hamster, and human varieties. The neighborhood bully, Boss the dog, asks for their help, and in return makes a hard-to-keep promise to be nice to cats. Boss's human is about to be evicted from his house, all because the will leaving it to him is missing. Inca's newly formed detective agency is in business and intends to see justice done. This book is as charming and as much fun as the first in the series, The Cats Who Crossed Over from Paris. And everybody gets to see Aunt Florence in person when she comes from France to visit for Christmas.


About the author

R. F. Kristi

THE INCA CAT SERIES BY R.F. KRISTI

R.F. Kristi, the author of the Inca book series is a former professional of the United Nations Children's Fund. She holds a doctorate in economic development and has travelled and lived in various countries of the globe. With a deep commitment to animal rescue efforts, Kristy has a keen interest and love for animals. She created the Inca Cat book series for younger readers up to age 8 or 12 and also animal lovers. Kristi currently resides in France. It is anticipated that the proceeds of the Inca Book Series will be donated to animal rescue efforts in developing countries.

She has always been fascinated with cats. The intelligence and allure of cats has always enchanted her and she has found them the best of companions. She often remembers reading a good detective story with her feline companions close by her side.

She says:

"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 specialized agencies rather concentrated on lengthy reports of a more technical nature based on strategic planning. A world much removed from the milieu of children's books targeted at all persons who love animal, both kids and adults.

I had acquired Inca two years ago, from a distraught neighbor who was undergoing personal challenges and fighting depression. She had purchased Inca, a beautiful Siberian kitten from a breeder in the outskirts of Paris, France. However, she just could not cope with caring for her in her current mental state. She had asked the guardian of our apartment building situated in central Paris if he knew anyone who would be willing to take on the kitten.

What a windfall, at least from my perspective. Our guardian, Monsieur Fernandez knew how fond I was of cats and that my own cat had passed away a few months ago, at the ripe old age. Although I was not ready to house another cat after Beffy who had been my companion since I found her in Africa while working for UNICEF many years ago, I was smitten with Inca. Above all she needed a new home.

It was a match made in heaven. Inca conquered my heart the moment I set eyes on her. She came home to stay that very same night and settled down comfortably as if she owned my apartment sleeping that night on my chest. To keep her company while I was away at work, I obtained Cara, a blue-eyed diminutive Siamese kitten. Inca embraced her instantly with love and understanding. I was amazed as I was aware that cats have a reputation for being jealous and territorial. My misgivings were in vain and they bonded on meeting - with Inca in the role of big sister, protective of her little sister Cara.

I am an avid reader. I can never remember a time that I was not visiting the local library scouting for books. However, I never read romantic novels neither science fiction nor fantasy stories. I never enjoy them. Detective stories on the other hand have me hooked. I can never put down a good who-done-it. I am rather nostalgic and like a more ordered world.
From watching and interacting with both 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. So much so that I could not stop writing once an idea germinated. The first book starts off in Paris where I am currently living and then moves to London with the well-known characters Inca, Cara with Fromage a cheese loving tabby male cat joining the family.

The idea for the "The Cats Who Crossed Over From Paris" 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" just followed and the third in the series "Cats in Provence" is currently bubbling waiting to jump onto the written screen of my laptop.

There is a sense of nostalgia and security about these cat characters, with a few other doggy characters and humans adding to the mix. While I am an animal lover, I have never owned a dog. But I am aware from reading, the positive qualities of dogs and it was inevitable that a few doggy characters emerged from my thought process into the Inca Cat Series, in addition to the human detective from the detective novels of which I am a fan.

In the end, the mystery is solved and peace and order is restored providing the reader with a story tale ending. I don't think we choose our genre, I think that a genre chooses us or should I say, my fondness for Inca and Cara made the choice inevitable."

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