Published by: Hazy Dell Press
Imprint: Hazy Dell Press
Ruprecht, a twelve-year-old krampus and wannabe detective, gets more than he bargained for when he takes the case of a terrified elf. Finding himself at the top of the Tinseltown Police Department’s naughty list, Ruprecht is joined by his best friend, a ghost named Marley, to explore the underbelly of this festive but gritty metropolis, solve the mystery, and clear his name for good.
Book 3 of the Hazy Fables middle-grade series, this quick-witted parody of Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon follows up its acclaimed predecessors, Zombie, Or Not to Be (a brainy adaptation of Hamlet) and Hobgoblin and the Seven Stinkers of Rancidia (a Kirkus Best Book of 2019). Featuring powerful witches, a greedy goblin, a colossal cat, a "psychic" reindeer, and a platoon of shadowy phantoms, this whip-smart thriller celebrates the delightfully dark side of Christmas with mystery, intrigue, and a sleighful of characters from European folklore.
"[T]inseltown is packed with the usual (and unusual) suspects of Christmas lore, and the culprit could be anyone. Ruprecht narrates the mystery in a noir style that is both world-weary and tongue-in-cheek…This charming work draws to a satisfactory close with justice restored. Good fun for youngsters who prefer their holiday cheer with a dark twist.” —Kirkus Reviews
"This mystery [is] a page-turner." —School Library Journal
“Krampus Confidential is a lighthearted winter romp through a magical world inhabited by some of Europe’s most infamous Yuletide folk creatures. A great way to introduce children to the bizarre and fascinating worlds of monsters and mystery.” —Dr. Emily Zarka, host of PBS’ Monstrum