Funny mystery movies take the edge off the usual heart-racing and suspense-filled narratives. They offset the twists and turns of stressful whodunnits with some much-needed comedic relief. Thanks to funny mystery movies, comedy fans, and mystery fans alike can come together for a laugh while trying to crack the case before the on-screen sleuths do. From classic comedic mysteries like Pink Panther and Clue to modern-day outrageously funny whodunnits like the Knives Out franchise and Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building, this genre has something for everyone.
For several decades now, comedy-mystery movies have remained popular among major studios and film enthusiasts alike, for their wisecracking characters and puzzling adventures. If you’re a newcomer to the genre, plenty of great options are available to get well-acquainted with, ranging from beloved classics to modern mysteries that are both spine-tingling and hilarious. While some tales revolve around traditional murder mysteries, others explore thrilling heist plots or draw inspiration from classic board games and noir films, always offering a unique and exciting affair. So put on your sleuth cap, follow the clues, and solve the case—if you can stop laughing, of course.
If you’re interested in more from this hilarious sub-genre, here are some great places to start:
And when you’ve finished those, peruse the stories below to satisfy all your comedy-mystery needs.
Sometimes all you can do is laugh.
Zany, unpredictable—and wildly entertaining.
These books are perfect if you’re in the mood for a good mystery and a good laugh.
These mysteries know how to poke fun at tried-and-true tropes with gripping dark humor.
For the screwball sleuth who likes their mysteries served with a dash—or more—of laughter.
By Jena Brown
Clever puzzles to keep you guessing.
If you're looking for a thrill and a laugh, we've got the movie for you.
It's time for some ho-ho-homicide.
We've got the books that'll tide you over between episodes.
The only mystery left is who will make it their home first.
From femme fatales to fumbling philanderers—these books suit every shade.