The Importance of NOT Being Earnest: Humorous Mystery Fiction
A list for those us us who like our murder and mayhem spiced with a little fun: witty banter, satire, comedies of manners, absurd characters...you know, the usual suspects.
1 One for the Money (Stephani...
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2 Crocodile on the Sandbank (...
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3 Murder at the Vicarage (Mis...
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4 Two for the Dough (Stephani...
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5 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective...
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6 Catering to Nobody (A Goldy...
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7 The Sweetness at the Bottom...
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8 Murder Must Advertise  (Lor...
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9 The Secret Adversary
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10 The Estrogen Posse
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11 A Dead Sister (Jessica Hunt...
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12 Gaudy Night (Lord Peter Wim...
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13 Chocolate Chip Cookie Murde...
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14 Her Royal Spyness (Her Roya...
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15 Partners in Crime
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16 The Secret of Chimneys (Sup...
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17 Lowcountry Boil (A Liz Talb...
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18 Dying For Chocolate (A Gold...
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19 The Spellman Files (The Spe...
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20 Native Tongue (Skink, #2)
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21 Strong Poison (Lord Peter W...
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22 Lord Peter
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23 Front Page Fatality (A Head...
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24 Diners, Dives & Dead Ends (...
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25 Portrait of a Dead Guy (A C...
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26 Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye (P...
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27 Murder With Peacocks (Meg L...
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28 Busman's Honeymoon (Lord Pe...
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29 Strawberry Shortcake Murder...
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30 Skin Tight
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31 The Family Vault (Kelling &...
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32 The Weed That Strings the H...
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33 Have His Carcase  (Lord Pet...
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34 Whose Body?  (Lord Peter Wi...
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35 The Eyre Affair (Thursday N...
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36 The Julius House (Aurora Te...
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37 Pillow Stalk (Mad for Mod M...
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38 Designer Dirty Laundry (Sty...
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39 Poppy Done to Death (Aurora...
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40 The Complete Father Brown
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40 Cropped to Death (Faith Hun...
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42 A Red Herring Without Musta...
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43 Borrower of the Night (Vick...
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44 Why Didn't They Ask Evans?
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45 Clouds of Witness (Lord Pet...
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45 The Seven Dials Mystery (Su...
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47 In the Teeth of the Evidenc...
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48 Tax Cut
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49 Alison Wonderland
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50 Shakespeare's Trollop (Lily...
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51 Last Diner Standing (Rose S...
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52 The Man in the Brown Suit
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53 Silence of the Hams (Jane J...
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54 Nature Girl
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55 Other People's Baggage
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56 The Unpleasantness at the B...
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57 The Secret Life of Molly Ro...
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58 Unnatural Death (Lord Peter...
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59 The Coroner's Lunch (Dr. Si...
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60 Some Like It Hot-Buttered (...
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61 Basket Case
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62 Murder of a Small-Town Hone...
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63 War and Peas (Jane Jeffry, #8)
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64 The Gladstone Bag (Kelling ...
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65 Too Many Crooks Spoil the B...
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66 Wildfire at Midnight
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67 The Thirteen Problems (Miss...
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68 Five Red Herrings (Lord Pet...
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69 The Nine Tailors
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70 Dying for a Dance
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71 Burglars Can't Be Choosers ...
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72 Killed At The Whim Of A Hat...
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73 Double Whammy
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74 We'll Always Have Parrots (...
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75 Night Train to Memphis (Vic...
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76 The Moonspinners
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77 Legend in Green Velvet
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78 Florida Roadkill (Serge Sto...
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79 Mystery Mile (Albert Campio...
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80 The Lincoln Lawyer (Mickey ...
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81 Envious Casca (Inspector He...
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82 Buried Leads (A Headlines i...
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83 From Mangia to Murder
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84 The Burglar in the Library ...
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85 On What Grounds (Coffeehous...
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86 Crewel World (A Needlecraft...
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86 Board Stiff (An Elliott Lis...
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88 Just Kidding
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89 The Red House Mystery
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90 Dancing Aztecs
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91 The Silver Pigs (Marcus Did...
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92 A Nun in the Closet
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93 Getting Old Is Murder (Glad...
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93 The Thin Woman (Ellie Haske...
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95 To the Nines (Stephanie Plu...
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96 Scales of Justice
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96 Murphy's Law (Molly Murphy ...
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96 A Speedy Death (Mrs. Bradle...
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99 Every Crooked Nanny (Callah...
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100 Murder on a Girls' Night Ou...
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message 1: by Mike (new)

Mike French Paul Levine books should be on this list!


message 2: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Paul Levine is not an author I've, um, investigated yet. If you'd be interested in adding any of your favorites to the list, it would be much appreciated!


message 3: by Jenny (new)

Jenny Dietzel John D. MacDonald should be added to the list.


message 4: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Excellent. Another author I haven't read. If you've got some good MacDonald books to add, go for it!


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