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Pun On Fourth Down

Y_r friendly blogger has always wondered if the supposition is true, that the writers and editors of cozy mysteries spend as much or more time thinking up truly awful puns for the titles than they do actually writing the book!  Here are some examples of what I’m talking about:


Silence of the Flans

Devonshire Scream

A Frying Shame

Silence of the Jams

Eclair and Present Danger

Caught Bread Handed

War and Peach

Assault and Pepper

Guilty As Cinnamon

Cinco de Mayhem


And several variations along the lines of Paw and Order and Above the Paw and the like.

Why are so many of them food-related?  And so many about dogs & cats, too.

What do you think?  What are some of your favorites, or most cringeworthy titles?  Have you a pet title of your own that you’d publish if only you’d written a cozy in the first place?

By the way, each of the titles listed above is available in a very reasonably priced mass market paperback edition, call or write for details:


Questions/Comments/Pun In the Sun?

Written by Ian Kern — May 04, 2017

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