And the title is…

I love funny book titles.  They make me want to grab the book off the shelf and read it.  I think that’s one of the reasons I love cozy mysteries, so many are filled with humour and the titles are clever and hilarious, even when the subject is murder.

There are so many.  I love Donna Andrew’s bird series, with titles like We’ll Always Have Parrots, Owls Well That Ends Well, or No Nest for the Wicket.  

Or Cynthia Baxter’s petsitter mysteries, like Right from the Gecko, or Who’s Kitten Who?

And we mustn’t foget H.Mel Malton’s titles, like Cue the Dead Guy, One Large Coffin to Go, or Dead Cow in Aisle Three.

There’s Miranda Bliss’ Dead Men Don’t Get the Munchies,  or Mignon F. Ballard’s Hark! The Herald Angel Screamed.   Or perhaps Sharon Wildwind’s Missing, Presumed Wed,  Marlys Millhiser’s Nobody Dies in a Casino, or Sharyn McCrumb’s Bimbos of the Death Sun,  Zombies of the Gene Pool, The PMS Outlaws, or If I’d Killed Him When I Met Him.

Any of Tamar Myers’ titles, like Between a Wok and a Hard Place, Play It Again Spam,  Nightmare in Shining Armor, Poison Ivory.

All of Patricia Sprinkle’s titles, like When Did We Lose Harriet?, But Why Shoot the Magistrate?, Who Left That Body in the Rain?  Did You Declare the Corpse?

Dixie Cash’s titles sound like country-n-western songs, like I Gave You My Heart But You Sold It Online, My Heart May Be Broken but My Hair Still Looks Great, Since You’re Leaving Anyway Take Out the Trash, or Don’t Make Me Choose Between You and My Shoes.

I could go on and on!

Kate Collin’s flowershop mysteries, like Slay it With Flowers, Acts of Violets, Evil in Carnations.  Cleo Coyle’s coffeehouse mysteries, like Latte Trouble, Murder Most Frothy, Decaffeinated Corpse.  Jerrilyn Farmer’s catering mysteries, like Immaculate Reception, Dim Sum Dead, Desperately Seeking Sushi.

Heather Webber’s gardening mysteries, like A Hoe Lot of Trouble, Weeding Out Trouble, Trouble in Bloom.  Jane Isenberg’s midlife mysteries, like Death in a Hot flash, Mood Swings to Murder, Out of Hormone’s Way.  Mary Jane Maffini’s The Devil’s in the Details, or The Dead Don’t Get Out Much.

Jill Churchill’s Grime and Punishment, Silence of the Hams, Fear of Frying.  Mary Daheim’s Creeps Suzette, Fowl Prey, Auntie Mayhem, A Streetcar Named Expire.  Kyra Davis’ Sex Murder and a Double Latte, Passion Betrayal and Killer Highlights, Obsession Deceit and Really Dark Chocolate.

There are so many more, and they just keep getting better.

But I think my all-time favourite title (and it was a good book, too) has to be Sarah Shankman’s I Still Miss My Man But My Aim is Getting Better.

I will add more in another post, but in the meantime – add your favourites!!!


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6 Responses to “And the title is…”

  1. Roberta Says:

    Hahaha – I mixed up the comments 🙂
    I put a comment intended for the books to your other post “Last candle”

  2. Kyra Davis Says:

    Well I’m incredibly flattered that my first three Sophie books made the cut! I’m guessing the fourth one, Lust, Loathing And A Little Lip Gloss had too many Ls for you. Alliteration can be tricky, I’ll see if can mix it up a little more when book #5 comes out ; )

    BTW: My personal favorite of this list is: IF I’D KILLED HIM WHEN I MET HIM
    For some reason it makes me think of my ex-husband….

    • eclecticitee Says:

      lol….It wasn’t really the alliteration, it was the length of the whole list. I just couldn’t put ’em all in there. Have to admit I had fun choosing! Tthe more prolific the writer the harder the choice – choosing 4 out of Mary Daheim’s what? 46-or-so titles? Yikes. And now, of course, you’ve got me curious about your 5th book. ~_^

      And that particular Sharyn McCrumb title seems to hit a nerve with a lot of women I know….

  3. Sharon Wildwind Says:

    My husband, who thought up the title, “MIssing, Presumed Wed,” at breakfast one morning, thanks you, and I thank you.

    I fell off my chair laughing the first time I saw “We’ll Always Have Parrots” in the library catalogue.

    Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season, filled with laughter.

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