On the face of things and before diving in, these aren’t novels that you would immediately classify as humorous. In this short collection we introduce crime, science fiction and fantasy novels with murder, robbery, and corruption swaggering through the pages. So, these aren’t novels where you should expect a laugh a minute, and yet humour does lurk, waiting with a smirk to trip you up. Sometimes a smile relieves incredible tension or helps make a point, sometimes it's way beneath the surface or in a traded insult. Whether initiating a smile or full on guffaw these are books where a beautiful balance is maintained between serious and humorous. We hope you enjoy them as much as we have.