Nov 3, 2012

Sunday Salon: Humorous Mystery Novels

This post I printed on November 18, 2009 gets a good number of hits from people looking for funny mystery novels. I've updated the Left Award winners for Best Humorous Mystery.

Need a good laugh combined with a good mystery read? Try one of the books below.

Left Coast Crime gives an award called THE LEFTY - for the most humorous mystery published in a particular year. Lefty winners:


2012: The Real Macaw by Donna Andrews
2011: The Pot Thief Who Studied Einstein by J. Michael Orenduff
2010: Getting Old is a Disaster by Rita Lakin
2009: Greasing the Pinata by Tim Maleeny
2008: Murder With Reservations by Elaine Viets
2007: Go to Helena Handbasket by Donna Moore
2006: Cast Adrift by Peter Guttridge

2005: We'll Always Have Parrots by Donna Andrews and Blue Blood by Susan McBride
2004: Mumbo Gumbo by Jerrilyn Farmer
2003: The Hearse Case Scenario by Tim Cockey and Pipsqueak by Brian M. Wiprud

2002: Dim Sum Dead by Jerrilyn Farmer and Fender Benders by Bill Fitzhugh
2000: Murder With Peacocks by Donna Andrews
1999: Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
1998: Three To Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich
1996: The Fat Innkeeper by Alan Russell

I read the 2000 winner, Murder With Peacocks by Donna Andrews, some years back, and it is truly hilarious. I recommend it if you need a good laugh while you wonder who dunnit.


Left Coast Crime 2013 will be held in Colorado Springs, Colorado, March 21-24.

What funny mysteries have you read and would add to the list?

11 comments:

  1. I love the idea of a funny mystery! Haven't read any of these, so I'm off to do some investigating :-)

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  2. Great list! I love cozy mysteries and funny ones are even better. Some of these are still in my TBR.

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  3. I like the look of this list! I guess I would lump cozy mysteries in there with "funny" ones.

    I completed a cozy reading challenge this year, and one of my favorites was Dumpster Dying, by Lesley Diehl.

    Here's MY SUNDAY SALON POST

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  4. I have a terrible weakness for MC Beaton's Agatha Raisin mysteries...just great for a cozy afternoon's reading with plenty of British humour.

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  5. JiAnne, Yvonne: I do love a witty cozy!
    Laurel-Rain: Thanks for the recommendation. I think the title is
    a clever one.
    Deborah: I have read almost all of the Agatha Raisin series and think they are hilarious. Agatha is one of my favorite cozy mystery characters.

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  6. The titles of some of these alone elicited a chuckle or two! Great post! I'll refer to it again when I want to find a funny cozy.

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  7. Fun list! I used to read alot of Anne George funny cozies. Murder Gets a Life...Murder Boogies with Elvis...etc...they were fun ones.

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  8. Hi I just stumbled across your blog and I see that we have similar reading tastes, so I am now your newest follower. I would love for you to stop by my blog and check it out. I really hope to see you there and happy reading!

    Kimberlee
    http://girllostinabook.blogspot.com

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  9. Suko, Naida: I have read only a few of these so am looking forward to a chuckle during long winter evenings!

    Kimberlee: Glad to find you too. Welcome!

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  10. Laughing in a mystery story is a great way to spend some time!!!

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  11. Staci I loved Murder with Peacocks. It was hilarious.

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