People Behaving Badly

A Collection of Short Mystery Stories
Semi-Finalist in the 2015 Royal Palm Literary Award Competition. (Florida Writers Association)

People Behaving Badly is a collection of thirteen short mystery stories exploring the folly of criminal behavior. Welcome to a world filled with strange and quirky characters where murder, vigilantism, jealousy, infidelity, sex, violence and people behaving badly are the norm.

These short mysteries were written as individual bite-size stories that can be devoured in one sitting. Perfect reading for your bus, train or subway commute to work, while you're waiting at the doctor's or dentist's office, having your car serviced, enjoying a latte at your favorite coffee shop, or whenever you have a few minutes of free time.

Stories Include:

Easy Pickings: A cocky thief meets his unexpected match.

Dumpster Rose: The face of murder may not appear evil.

True Confession: A code of ethics which condones murder.

A Shoulder to Die On: A jealous wife discovers more than she bargained for.

Killer Karma: What goes around will more than likely come around.

The Auditor Cometh: What you say, can and will be used against you.

And much more!

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"The author mixes the right amount of quirks and horror to make the stories both humorous and horrifying. What motivates a person to commit a crime? Greed, vigilantism, infidelity, lust, insanity, there is no end to the list." - 4 out of 4 stars -


"John Ottini is back with a new release eBook of Short Mystery Stories - 13 in all.  I'm suspecting the number '13' is by choice.  The collection looks like it encompasses a murderous collection of human vices, enough to satisfy the most ardent mystery connoisseur.  John's writing style is fluid and will have you curled up in a ball-of-anticipation with each turn of the page.  Each story is just the right length to devour in a single sitting." - The Living Hunger Blogspot"Each story in this collection, gives you a short, sharp shock.  As the title suggests, each story is about people behaving badly but these are everyday people in scenarios that we can, surprisingly, relate to.  Until the twist eventually arrives, and it doesn't take long, you will feel empathy, hostility or be fearful of these characters.  These stories are the equivalent of peeling back the curtains and finally finding out what has been going on inside your neighbour's house." - Spectrum Books Review

The author seems to have a firm grasp of point of view and uses it wisely. People who buy this book will enjoy the fact that these are stories they can read in just a few minutes during a busy day. The title, People Behaving Badly, is definitely appropriate for this book. - Judge 29, 23rd Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards

If you are ready for a collection of marvelous short stories then look no farther than author John D. Ottini. His collection of short stories will have you at the edge of your seat, warm your heart, or move you to tears. Each one special in its own way, they are all sure to become your new favorite book. Enjoy!   - Book Basset

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About John D Ottini

John D. Ottini was born in Northern Italy, raised and educated in Canada, and currently resides in Central Florida with his wife and mischievous kitty named Bella.

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