Mystery Month: Spoofs


“Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Burt Bacharach.”

When Austin Powers (Mike Myers) looks directly at the audience and introduces the famed composer in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, you know this isn’t your typical mystery spoof. As silly as it is, it’s also sly and daring: as much as it’s done on television these days, you don’t find characters in lot of movies breaking the fourth wall and talking directly to the viewer. Could easily have backfired and pulled us right out of the story.

There are a lot of mystery spoofs: literary spoofs, television shows, movies. Many of them aren’t so good, but there are some very clever ones, like the Austin Powers movies or Jasper Fforde’s The Big Over Easy. Check out my little ditty on the subject and let me know what you think. Have I left out any of your favorites?



About the Author:

David Pitt lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In addition to reviewing for Booklist, he writes a monthly column about paperback fiction and nonfiction for the Winnipeg Free Press. He has contributed to The Booklist Reader since 2010.

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