Hot Pants Press, LLC is small Indie press dedicated to publishing women's fiction in the humor, comedy, and mystery niche, particularly books and entertainment derivatives by and for women baby boomers. The press publishes the work of Daisy Pettles, in the form of The Shady Hoosier Detective Agency, an award-winning humorous cozy mystery series set in Knobby Waters, Indiana, featuring amatuer women sleuths Ruby Jane Waskom and Veenie Goens. The Vermont Press is a feel-good project of Internet entrepreneur and Angel Investor, Vicky Phillips. The Shady Hoosier Detective Agency's debut book, Ghost Busting Mystery, won the following awards:Indie Reader: Discovery Award Winner - Best Humor Book / Next Generation: Gold Medal Winner - Best Humor Book / American Fiction Awards – Best Humor Book / American Fiction Awards – Finalist Best Cozy Mystery / IPPY Award: Best Mystery E-Book / Finalist Best American Book Awards – Humor/ and the Eric Hoffman Da Vinci Eye Award Finalist – Best Cover Art
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."