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Subject: Funny Mysteries like Hiaasen's books
Date Posted: 7/29/2008 10:27 AM ET
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I have read a few of Hiaasen's mysteries and I just love them. I have heard of Tim Dorsey but have never read any of his books. I was wondering what other authors were out there that wrote humorous mysteries. Of course I only want good reads. lol

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 10:46 AM ET
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Does that mean "No cozies"?

I thought Dorothy Cannell's "The Thin Woman" from 1984 was very funny, and a good read- but, its not at all suspenseful or graphic.

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 10:54 AM ET
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Oh no. I love cozies and some of them are super funny. I think Hiaasen is a bit less innocent than a cozy maybe? I'm not sure how to describe it. lol When I think of cozy I think of cute like the Cat Who series. The cats made them cute. Does that make sense?

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 10:55 AM ET
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The Thin Woman sounds fun. I'll have to look for that one. Thanks!

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 11:36 AM ET
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Well, nobody out Hiaasens Hiaasen. 

That said, you would probably enjoy Christopher Moore.  People disagree on which are his best/not so best, but my favs are Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal , The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove , and The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror

Some other books/authors of the type (though none as good as Hiaasen & Moore) :  Death and Life of Bobby Z :: Don Winslow, Where Is Joe Merchant? A Novel Tale :: Jimmy Buffett, Oyster Blues : A Novel :: Michael McClelland, Bahamarama :: Bob Morris

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 11:44 AM ET
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Try Tim Cockey's Hitchcock Sewell Series     http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/C_Authors/Cockey_Tim.html




Brian Wiprud's Garth Carson series      http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/W_Authors/Wiprud_Brian-M.html



Date Posted: 7/29/2008 12:10 PM ET
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Thanks everyone!

I have seen the Christopher Moore books but haven't bought one yet. I had heard they were good. I'll have to find one at the UBS or get in back of a long line on here. lol

I hadn't heard of Wiprud or Cockey but their titles are great! Thanks for the link to SYKM too, Charlie. I always forget about that place.

I forgot to add that I loved Buffett's Where's Joe Merchant. I'm a big Parrot Head anyway so when he started writing books I was thrilled!

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Date Posted: 7/29/2008 12:44 PM ET
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Collette,   I love Joanne Pence's series with Angie Amalfi~~great character who always makes me laugh.   Also  Maddy Hunter's Passport to Peril series and Jimmie Ruth Evans trailer part series

Happy reading~~~melody

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 7:31 PM ET
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If You Like Carl Hiaasen, try

Dave Barry

Edna Buchanan

Jimmy Buffet

S.V. Date

Tim Dorsey

Janet Evanovich

James W. Hall

Elmore Leonard

Laurence Shames

Les Standiford

Randy Wayne White

Date Posted: 7/30/2008 9:49 AM ET
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Thanks for all of the great suggestions! I can't wait to read some of them.

Date Posted: 8/1/2008 9:44 AM ET
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Try the Solomon vs Lord series by Paul Levine.  It is better if you read them in order, but you don't have to.

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 8:05 AM ET
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Though none truly compare to Hiassen and Moore (who really does have demons in his head, I fear - LOL), you could get some good guffaw moments from Ben Rehder's Blanco County series starring game warden John Marlon.  Pretty funny stuff.  And totally crazy characters.  Kind of like Hiassen in Texas.  There are 5 or 6 of these.

Also, crazy characters but in a 'cozy' sort of way, the Biggie series by Nancy Bell.  Also in Texas.  Also 5 or 6.

Marshall Karp's The Rabbit Factory had a couple of belly-laughing moments too.

Date Posted: 8/21/2008 10:30 AM ET
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Try Lawrence Block:

The Thief Who Couldn't Sleep series

The Hit Man series

The Burglar

And Matt Scudder after he dries out

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 10:25 AM ET
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Thanks! I've already ordered a few of these authors from your suggestions. :D

Date Posted: 8/23/2008 6:23 AM ET
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for cutesy-funny I like Victoria Laurie's 2 series - psychic eye and ghosthunters

I've only read a couple of Hiassen's and liked them - sick puppy and skinny dip..his sense of humor is 'different' than I usualy go for..not 'cutesy' which is my usual type! Ihave a few more of his in my TBR pile..

Date Posted: 8/23/2008 6:47 AM ET
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Susanna, you should read the Hiassen's in order. the humor builds from book to book.

And he doesn't write mysteries, but ya'll should consider Terry Pratchett. He is categorized as fantasy, but really isn't. I am not much of a fantasy reader. But Pratchett is really a very amusing and witty social observer, and reminds me of Hiassen. Try Small Gods or Hat Full of Sky or Wierd Sisters or Witches Abroad. Do not start with any Rincewind books.

Date Posted: 8/23/2008 7:24 PM ET
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I have of Victoria's books but haven't got them yet.  I'm just about done with Hiaasen's Lucky You and loved it! I laughed out  loud quite a bit.

I had heard that about Pratchett but haven't tried any yet. I'll look for him. Thanks!