Cat Detectives in the Korean Peninsula

Diary of a Snoopy Cat, The Inca Cat Detective Series

Children - Educational
120 Pages
Reviewed on 06/19/2019
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Author Biography

Kristi is based in Paris, France and spends her time between Colombo, Sri Lanka and San Francisco.
She started writing in 2016 and has since published 8 books in the Inca Cat Detective Series.
The series is based on her beloved pet cats, Inca and Cara.
There is a sense of nostalgia and security about these cat characters, with a few other doggy characters and humans adding to the mix. In the end, the mystery is solved and peace and order are restored providing the reader with a happy ending.
Kristi has won Readers Favorite (USA) and Wishing Shelf (UK) awards, where the winning books are selected by school children.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite

Cat Detectives in the Korean Peninsula by R. F. Kristi is about a Siberian cat named Inca and her detective team. Lavishly illustrated by Jorge Valle, the story is set in South Korea, where the detective team goes with its human, Mom, who has been selected as a judge for a patisserie competition. The group is very smart and varied and each member is delightfully characterized. In Korea, the first task is to find Mom’s cheese bag, which a competitor has stolen at the airport. Then, they befriend their guide Ye-Jun and his dog and discover that Ye-Jung’s sister lives in North Korea with her cat, Bo-Ming. As Ye-Jung misses his sister terribly, Inca and her team decide to reunite them. In a risky nocturnal expedition, they cross the Korean Demilitarized Zone, a buffer zone between North and South Korea.

Cat Detectives in the Korean Peninsula is one of those books that every child should read. It is instructive, adventurous, and funny. It is also finely illustrated with colorful and cheerful images. Kristi writes with a lively style and makes intelligent, witty remarks throughout the book. Some of them are ironic, but others refer to more significant values. The notes about the delicate situation between North and South Korea convey an important message about the preservation of peace. In our time, when this concept is very under-reported, the fact that someone has included it in a children's book is admirable. On the whole, Cat Detectives in the Korean Peninsula is an enjoyable story that treats children as thinking beings.

Jack Magnus

Cat Detectives in the Korean Peninsula: Diary of a Snoopy Cat, The Inca Cat Detective Series: Book Eight, is an animal-investigator mystery novel for children and preteens written by R.F. Kristi. While this is the eighth book in her series, Kristi gives sufficient background information for this to be enjoyed as a standalone novel. Inca and her detecting team had met in Solo’s library where a magnificent painting of a Siberian tiger kept all eyes focused on it while they considered Inca’s obvious shared Siberian lineage. They had all enjoyed a marvelous meal that evening at Solo’s home, but the best was yet to come. Inca and her family would be traveling to South Korea, where their human mom, Missy, would be introducing her newly created cheese and would be one of the judges for Le Cordon Bleu’s patisserie competition. Solo and their canine detective friend, Terrance, would also be coming along with them. They couldn’t wait to tour South Korea, and Inca’s cheese-loving brother, Fromage, was thrilled to be included in the presentation of the new and delicious Creme de la Creme cheese.

Cat Detectives in the Korean Peninsula shares the experiences of the iconic Inca and her sleuthing family as they tour South Korea and visit the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, known as the DMZ. As with Kristi’s other books in this series, I finished reading this book having learned quite a lot about the country Inca and her family had just visited. I was fascinated to learn about the DMZ, which has become a remarkable and unique natural habitat for rare and endangered animals, and I loved experiencing the culture and customs of South Korea along with Inca and the gang. This series just keeps on getting better and better -- and don’t pass up on this book because it’s the eighth in the series. You can read them out of order as each book works quite well as a standalone. Cat Detectives in the Korean Peninsula is most highly recommended.