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Product Details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477421858
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477421857
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Steve Hockensmith is the author of the New York Times bestseller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls. He is also the author of several non-New York Times bestsellers, including the Nero Award finalist The Crack in the Lens, the Edgar, Shamus, Dilys and Anthony Award finalist Holmes on the Range, the Audie Award finalist Dreadfully Ever After and the not-nominated-for-anything-but still-quite-entertaining Dear Mr. Holmes and Blarney: 12 Tales of Lies, Crime & Mystery. You can learn more about him, his books and his ego at www.stevehockensmith.com.

More About the Author

As you might have guessed by now, I am a writer. Most authors are (with the possible exception of Snooki). As a writer, it is my duty to spend large portions of my day sitting in front of a computer in ketchup-stained sweatpants while swilling enough coffee each hour to drown a chihuahua. This I cheerfully do. Occasionally, I even write something. Via this time-tested method of sitting, drinking coffee and writing, I have managed to produce several novels. Some people think they're pretty good. I will now fill the rest of my allotted space with quotes from positive reviews. Sorry. To make it more fun for everyone, I've slipped one fake review in with the real ones. See if you can spot it!

"Grade: A-...hilarious...delightfully offbeat...." --Entertainment Weekly on Holmes on the Range

"Other books and TV series have featured genre-melding cowboys armed with ratiocination as well as revolvers, but Hockensmith's take is quite special. There's his combination of intriguing mystery, breathless action, colorful characters and enough laugh-out-loud moments for the book to fit in the humorous crime category." --The Los Angeles Times on The Black Dove

"Hockensmith takes a concept that could have been terrible -- the backstory of the Bennet girls learning to fight the undead, setting the stage for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies -- and turns it into a gory and gross, wonderful and clever tale...a true delight, really." --Romantic Times on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls

"Hulk hate silly things puny humans call 'books.' Hulk smash The Da Vinci Code! Hulk smash puny Harry Potter! But Hockensmith books pretty good. Hulk no smash. Hulk want more sequels." --The Incredible Hulk on The Crack in the Lens

To learn more about me, go to http://www.stevehockensmith.com. To learn more about the Incredible Hulk and his taste in literature, go to http://www.marvel.com.

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All of these stories are fun if somewhat predictable.
Mark Baker
If you're already familiar with Mr. Hockensmith and his writing, this collection of short stories will not disappoint you.
David Kuskie
PS - Be sure to read the copyright page, which is just as funny as any of the stories in the collection.
Elizabeth A. White

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan A. Turner VINE VOICE on November 7, 2010
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How many people do you know who can write a funny copyright page? If you answered "none," you need to read more Steve Hockensmith.

_Naughty_ is a consistent, very good short-story collection. Several of the stories are share characters, but other than that the only similarities among them are thematic. Namely: irony, black humor, tight construction, quick pacing, and (of course) Christmas.

Most of the pieces here could be described more as "crime stories" than as "mysteries" per se. They're reminiscent of Carl Hiaasen, with maybe a little Elmore Leonard--the biter is bit, the wicked (who are not exactly Napoleons of Crime) are hoist by their own petards, the dialog is snappy, and the protagonists are caught up in events rather against their will. The exception is "Humbug," a little gem that (rather like Jasper Fforde's _The Fourth Bear_) takes the rigorous logic of the traditional detective story into places where it was never supposed to poke its nose. Every story is well-crafted; I only wish there were more of them, or that more authors took the same care with their writing.

If you like Steve Hockensmith's _Holmes on the Range_ series, you'll like _Naughty_. (Though there are no Big Red/Old Red stories in here ... hint, hint, Mr. Hockensmith.) If you haven't encountered Hockensmith ere now, this isn't a bad place to start. And if you just like Christmas stories ... well, remember that the season isn't all tinsel and jollity. Christmas comes for bad little boys, too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jquest922 on November 17, 2010
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Naughty is a fun collection of Christmas themed crime stories and serves as an amusing way to get in a merry state of mind.
Among the highlights are "Humbug" about what was really going on in Dickens' A Christmas Carol, "Red Christmas" about murder and mayhem at the North Pole, and his trilogy of stories about the not-too-bright criminal element of a small Indiana town.
Overall, a quick read well worth the $2.99 price tag.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Mystery Fan on November 14, 2010
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Steve Hockensmith is best known for his _Holmes on the Range_ series. And he writes about zombies too, in _Dawn of the Dreadfuls_. He always finds s way too take unsettling material and make it provoke laughs. The characters here are well-drawn and surprisingly Midwestern, especially the perpetually inept stoner Arlo. Hockensmith is a talent: who else could drop in such an odd concept as a "dog census?"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RFT on March 4, 2012
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This book is a nice collection of previously published short stories. I liked most of the stories and could have done without 1 or 2. It is like buying and album (what's that? say the young ones!) and finding that there are a few songs you do not want to hear. Still, the price was right. $2.99 can't be beat, although I read that the price is going up $1. I still would have bought it. Hockensmith has an interesting way with words. I like it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A. White on December 28, 2010
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As the title suggests, the nine stories in Naughty all have a Christmas theme and involve a crime of some sort, and they are all also laced with a wicked sense of humor. And though a few characters - and a fruitcake - make appearances in more than one story, each stands on its own.

I enjoyed the entire collection from start to finish, but a few of the stories particularly stood out to me:

"Fruitcake" finds septuagenarian widow Ethel Queenan stalking the Always Sunny Trailer Park looking for a replacement for her dearly departed husband. Given that widows outnumber the widowers by about 5-to-1, competition is fierce. Ethel is therefore upset, murderously so, when virtual spring chicken (just sixty-five!) Connie Sandrelli swoops in and steals Ethel's latest target out from under her. Evil plots involving fruitcake (recipe included) ensue.

"I Killed Santa Claus" is my second favorite of the collection. Poor Hannah Fox comes home for the final Christmas break of her college career only to find her mother has signed her up for elf duty at the mall's annual Santa's Workshop display. At first Hannah merely finds her co-workers annoying: fellow elf Arlo, the perpetual stoner; the mall's Santa, who goes by "Big Buck" and has a very un-Santa Southern drawl; and Kev Kane, Big Buck's miniature, elf sidekick. However, she soon begins to suspect Big Buck and Kev are up to no good and sets a trap for them...leading to some rather unexpected consequences.

"Special Delivery" is the tale of a Christmas that almost wasn't for the children of one small town. It's Christmas Eve in 1983 when long haul trucker Bass get a call that his services are urgently needed for an overnight run.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Kuskie on May 26, 2012
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I first discovered Steve Hockensmith through his novel Holmes on the Range. Since then I have been hooked on his writings. Steve consistently writes intriguing mysteries that entertain and make you laugh. His sense of humor is delightfully fused into little details and character descriptions and the dialogue in each of his stories.
Naughty is a collection of short stories that revolve around Christmas themed crimes. It collects nine short stories that were originally published in Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock magazines. This collection, as one reviewer has already mentioned, is not so much a collection of mysteries, but a collection of short crime stories. Nevertheless, the stories are very enjoyable reads that are very humorous. Steve has a knack for writing memorable characters that will have readers entranced from the first page to the end.
If you're already familiar with Mr. Hockensmith and his writing, this collection of short stories will not disappoint you. If you're new to Mr. Hockensmith, this is a great place to start.
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