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?


JoAnn said...

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

Yvonne said...

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

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

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.


Deborah Lawrenson said...

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.

Harvee said...

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.

Suko said...

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.

The Bookworm said...

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.

Kimberlee said...

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!


Harvee said...

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!

Staci said...

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

Harvee said...

Staci I loved Murder with Peacocks. It was hilarious.

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