Besides (obviously) us Chicks, we’re sharing about writers who tickle our funny bone. Who do we love and admire? Find out, and feel free to add your favorites!
Oh, gosh–I do NOT have enough room here to answer this question! But okay, here’s an initial stab (not including my fellow Chicks, of course): Jean Kerr, of Please Don’t Eat the Daisies fame, Erma Bombeck, Beverly Cleary (looking at you, Ramona Quimby), Roddy Doyle, Carl Hiassen (you gotta root for his bad guys), Janet Evanovich, Kellye Garrett, Cindy Sample’s Laurel McKay Mysteries, Lucy Burdette’s Key West Food Critic Mysteries, Lori Roberts Herbst’s Callie Cassidy Mysteries. Oh, and I’m a huge fan of Elle Cosimano’s Finlay Donovan books. Phew! I’m out of breath, and just getting started here…
I must first list my Chicks writing buddies, ALL of whom write great funny mysteries – in case you haven’t memorized our masthead, that’s Lisa Q. Mathews, Leslie Karst, Cynthia Kuhn, Vickie Fee, Kathy Valenti, Becky Clark, and Jennifer J. Chow.
The thing is, I hate listing writers because there are so many cozy authors I absolutely love. But if the criteria is purely funny-bone-tickling, I’ll go with Laura Levine (Jaine Austin Mysteries), Libby Klein (Poppy McAllister Mysteries), and Carl Hiaasen, who doesn’t write cozies but skewers with deft satire. I also get a kick out of Diane Vallere’s witty Samantha Kidd Mysteries and Catriona McPherson’s Last Ditch series.
I know I left someone out. If I did, forgive me! And remind me. Feel free to say, “Uh, Ellen, hello.” *Points finger at self.*
My fellow Chicks on the Case, of course. No, really. They even crack me up in our text threads with each other! Not to forget our Chicks emeritus, Marla Cooper and Kellye Garrett. I concur with those authors already mentioned here. A few of my other fave cozy/traditional mystery writers with a penchant for humor, as well as murder: Jess Lourey, Richard Osman, Duffy Brown. And my gold standard for humorous Southern cozies — the late, great Anne George.
Okay, leaving aside my hilarious fellow Chicks, the writer I most admire for his humor and wit is Oscar Wilde, hands down. If I’m ever sad or upset about something, simply picking up “Lady Windermere’s Fan” or “The Importance of Earnest” and reading the first few pages will always make me smile, not to mention let out quite a few loud chortles.
In the mystery milieu, on the other hand, I’m gonna go with Wendall Thomas’ Cyd Redondo Mysteries, which are truly laugh-out-loud funny (and very few books make me literally laugh out loud). As for Wendall, herself, you really don’t want to be drinking a glass of milk when she gets going with a funny story or it’s liable to end up coming out your nose…. Oh, and of course I have to add Catriona McPherson, too–both the gal and the writer!
Ooooooo…where to begin? Or end? Of course Chicks (current and emeritus!), and so many authors from our wonderful mystery community, are a given. In addition…I absolutely love David Sedaris. His unflinching look at life, relationships, and, occasionally, Santaland, is one part hilarious and one part poignant. (Thinking of Sedaris reminds me of the time I went into a bookstore to buy Me Talk Pretty One Day, his memoir on life and language in France, and the salesperson gently corrected me, “You mean, I’ll Talk Pretty One Day, honey?”) Also a big Dave Barry fan. Oh the trials and tribs of Floridian life!
I grew up reading columnists, so I enjoyed the humor of Dave Barry and Erma Bombeck. And I devoured cartoon strips. My brother and I would often fight over the comics. I appreciated all kinds of funny, even stuff I didn’t get, like The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
As an avid mystery reader, it’s no wonder that I enjoyed cozies when I found that they often combined clues and wit. There are too many great authors to choose from in that subgenre (including friends), so I won’t even try!
I’m also a big fan of stand-up comics, even though the jokes don’t always land for me. Plus, I’m fascinated with memoirs of people I find funny—my current read is Betty White’s If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t).
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