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.
Who are your favorite authors?
Fannie Flagg, Garrison Keillor, Carson McCullers, and Flannery O'Connor top my heap of great entertaining authors. What they all have in common, of course, is the ability to tell a story that sounds like something you'd hear sitting on a porch on a summer day. My aim with the Shady Hoosier Detective Agency Series is to create this same type of feeling.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life. I just love it. All of it. Even the gristle.
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."
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
It's spring in Knobby Waters, Indiana. Senior sleuths Ruby Jane Waskom and Veenie Goens are on the run, chasing down cheating heart Romeos and shaking child support out of deadbeat baby daddies. Love takes a peculiar turn when a local dentist turns up dead on a porch swing in Hound Holler. Romantic misadventures lead to infectious fun in this small town crime comedy
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