Chickenlandia Mystery: Shady Hoosier Detective Agency Series (Book 3)

Rated 5.00/5 based on 4 reviews
Pawpaw County, Indiana, is all atwitter about the annual Chickenlandia Festival. The mood turns dark though when Chickenladia's prize rooster, Dewey, and his laying hen, Ginger, vanish, leaving behind no clues except for a trail of tail feathers. Follow Ruby Jane and Veenie, women detectives in-training, as they dodge murder and mayhem to sort the good eggs from the bad in this humorous PI mystery 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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Peri reviewed on Nov. 17, 2019

Chicken-Landia Mystery

This book is a fabulous follow up to its predecessors. It starts off with two mysteries for our heroes RJ and Veenie to solve and quickly adds a third. The author brilliantly describes the setting of a small town, so much so that I expect to walk out my door and find the people of Pawpaw county. The story has twists and turns that you never would expect but they are all plausible and this draws you further into the life of Pawpaw county residents - especially RJ and Veenie. I love the antics and the way these ladies solve their mysteries. I picture myself sitting on their porches enjoying pie and chatting, riding in their old Impala and being nosy to solve a crime or two. You’ll enjoy this cozy mystery with a smile on your face- then you’ll want to read the others!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
linda98201 reviewed on Nov. 8, 2019

This book is the third in this wonderful series and, to my mind, the best so far. RJ and Veenie perfectly capture the spirit of old women who won't just sit down, shut up, and fade away. The book is a delight to read with laugh out loud scenes familiar to women of a certain age who grew up in any mall town in the southern/midwestern US. The book builds on well-crafted characters introduced in the first two book, fleshing out their back stories without artifice. The writing is tight and the plot is cohesive. I love this author. She fills in a huge blank space in American literary history - putting older women right back in the fray instead of putting them peacefully out to pasture.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
C L, Jr reviewed on Oct. 27, 2019

Oh boy, more shenanigans from the old ladies at the Shady Hoosier Detective Agency. I’ve read books 1 and 2 in this humorous detective series and WAS still laughing at them when an ARC for Book 3, Chickenlandia landed in my Kindle.

You don’t have to read the first two books to get into this laugh-out-loud crime comedy, but if you have read the first two books you’ll know that our wise-cracking senior sleuth, Ruby Jane, gets a chance to date Hiram, The Chicken Wing King, in this installment. In between she and her 71-year-old sidekick, Lavinia, try to chase down local chicken thieves and figure out who sent a cranky egg rancher named Cheaty Pants Pam to that great Chickenlandia in the Sky. The result is toooooo funny!

I love-love-love this series and these wacky old lady detectives. Very original. Dive into this series – you’ll enjoy all the quirky mysteries that plague the odd and lovable residents of Pawpaw County
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
yagerc reviewed on Oct. 7, 2019

Yes, RJ and Veenie are at it again.

This third caper with our favorite senior snooping sleuths starts off with a missing person. Gertie Wineager wasn't winning any popularity contests, but she was the reigning queen of the BBQ chicken cook-off - part of the annual Chickenlandia Festival.

The plot rapidly thickens when the prize-winning rooster and top laying hen go missing from Ma & Peepaw Horton's - the actual Chickenlandia that the festival is named for.

Add in a rival egg laying operation, a chicken wing king, and Veenie's intense distrust of chickens, and our gal pals are scrambling to find out what happened to Gertie the BBQ queen, Dewey the rooster, and Ginger the hen.

Oh...and then there's Veenie's forklift accident - and a dead body! Yikes!

Fear not, dear readers. By story's end, the cluckers are back in their coop, and the reign of Gertie remains.

Who knows what trouble Veenie and RJ will find themselves in next? I can hardly wait to find out. Bring it on, Daisy Pettles!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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