Ghost Busting Mystery: Shady Hoosier Detective Agency (Book 1)

Rated 5.00/5 based on 3 reviews
When Dode Schneider, rattle-brained Indiana farmer, insists the Wyatt mansion is haunted by ghosts, Pawpaw County Sheriff Boots Gibson off-loads the crazy complaint to Ruby Jane Waskom and Veenie Goens, senior sleuths in training with the Shady Hoosier Detective Agency. The hilarious senior crime-cracking duo set out to uncover the truth behind the century-old haunting in this comic crime classic More
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About Daisy Pettles

Daisy Pettles' Shady Hoosier Detective Agency humorous mystery series for women has won 3 Gold Medal Awards as Best Indie Humor Book and 2 Best Mystery Book Awards. Daisy was born in Bedford, Indiana, and raised in the tiny farming community of Medora. As a child, she was fed a steady diet of books, pies, and Bible stories. A world traveler, she has raced camels in Egypt and eaten Kentucky Fried Chicken with Communists in Shanghai. She was a therapist before becoming an Internet entrepreneur and award-winning writer. She currently lives in a cloud of peace and quiet at the end of a dirt road in Vermont. The Shady Hoosier Detective Agency, humorous novels set in Knobby Waters, Indiana, and featuring senior amateur women sleuths, is her debut mystery series.

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About the Series: Shady Hoosier Detective Agency
The award-winning "Shady Hoosier Detective Agency," set in the fictitious small town of Knobby Waters, Indiana, is Daisy Pettles’ debut humorous mystery series. The series chronicles the hi-jinks of two nosy retired ladies, and lifelong friends, Ruby Jane Waskom and Veenie Goens. Short on funds, but high on hope, the two Pawpaw County seniors launch late-life careers as women detectives with the Shady Hoosier Detective Agency. Veenie and RJ always get their man—or ghost, or blind wiener dog, as the case may be. The series has won critical acclaim, and the following Best Humor Book Awards >> Indie Reader: Gold Medal Discovery Award, the Next Generation Gold Medal, and an American Fiction Awards Gold Medal. In the Mystery category, the series was an American Fiction Awards Finalist for Best Cozy Mystery, and an IPPY Award Winner for Best Mystery EBook. In awarding the series debut a Gold Medal the "Indie Reader" wrote: "Imagine Murder She Wrote meets The Golden Girls and you’ll be in the ballpark of Daisy Pettles’ GHOST BUSTING MYSTERY, where the fun is infectious and the story will keep readers laughing, while showing us all how to grow older with grace, humor, and style."

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Reviews of Ghost Busting Mystery: Shady Hoosier Detective Agency (Book 1) by Daisy Pettles

C L, Jr reviewed on Oct. 14, 2019

I am a fan of southern humor and the farce and a great fan of wacky and weird small town characters, Ghost Busting is loaded with all these elements. I was expecting something drier as many cozy mysteries are stuffed with too many recipes and very little in the way of fresh voice or original plotting. Daisy Pettles shattered those expectations and provided me with 5 hours of simply brilliant binge reading. A writer to watch. If you don't enjoy humor and farce and the off-beat this may not be the book for you but I like Janet Evanovich -- the middle books mostly -- and Ghost Busting (not a paranormal book BTW) has that same crackerjack wit and play back and forth between the leading characters who are retired, lifelong friends who have a sort of Lucy and Ethel vibe. Could easily by a sit-com hit ala Golden Girls in the country
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
yagerc reviewed on Sep. 10, 2018

This first Shady Hoosier Detective Agency book had me laughing out loud and waiting for more. If this is book 1, I know there must be at least one more coming... right?

How nice to find MATURE women with wit and smarts! Since I am one, I know that RJ and Veenie are, too! I enjoyed these two and their antics. Wherever they're going in that old Chevy, I want to ride along. I'd be in the back seat, laughing my head off!

When a local farmer tells the police that he's seeing ghosts, the police don't want to touch it, so they quickly turn it over to Ruby Jane and Veenie and the Shady Hoosier Detctive Agency is on it!

Along with the ghost story, there are other cases that keep the gals hopping - including a drunk dog and a stolen motorcycle! You'll laugh 'til your sides split!

The author, Daisy Pettles, has an original style that is quirky and engaging. All of the characters are full of life. Ghost Busting Mystery is small town mystery with the heart of Garrison Keillor and the crime cracking wit of Janet Evanovich. Almost makes me want a mystery meat sandwich! (well, almost...)
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Peri reviewed on Sep. 2, 2018

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You know that you are reading a fantastic book when you carry it with you everywhere you go and whip it out when you have any time at all to read, Ghost Busting Mystery is one of those books. I read it during my lunch break, I read it in the grocery store line, I read it while waiting for a food order- I look for any opportunity to pick it up. The characters are funny, lively and relatable (and I never lived I Indiana). The story line brings you in, I want to know who these ghosts are! Daisy Pettles is a smart writer with a sense of humor. I’m so glad this is the first in a series because I am sorry that this one is over. I want to read number two! You will not regret reading this book, I promise!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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