I've begun reading Carl Hiassen and wonder what other people believe are the 'funniest' or 'most humorous' crime novels out there. Steve Hamilton's stuff is great as well, but I feel like I'm missing out on a bunch.
I admit my taste in reading material doesn't usually run with the main stream, but I'm one of those souls who likes what they like. I picked up a book by a new author and couldn't help laughing out loud as I read. It's about a PI in Hollywood, struggling to keep her business going after leaving the military and divorcing 2 husbands. If you want to check out the book it's Holy Death, by Harol Marshall. I'm looking forward to the second in the series.
When I'm in the mood for something light and silly, I go for Jim Butcher's books about Harry Dresden, wizard for hire in Chicago. Books are written in the first person by the wizard, and he's a funny guy.
There's something about the covers of those Lutz books that I find hard to get past. It seems silly, I know, but there it is. I've heard enough that I'll very likely give one a shot now. But put a tough looking cover over it. :)
William X. Kienzle's Father Koesler mysteries made me laugh out loud, mainly because of how Father Koesler thinks. It's been a while since I've read him but I just bought Requiem for Moses and Chameleon, which somehow I missed, and am looking forward to reading them.
I don't know about "best," but I'm currently laughing aloud a lot while reading Janet Evanovich's Fearless Fourteen. I'd thought her series was getting a bit stale, but the humor in this one seems better than ever - or maybe I'm just in a giggly mood lately. I heard her interviewed several years ago at the New England Crime Bake Conference, and she talked about how hard she works on her humor - it doesn't flow forth as effortlessly as you might believe while reading it.