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Ghost Busting Mystery

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“Ghost Busting Mystery” by Daisy Pettles it's a light-hearted and quirky cozy mystery that offers an entertaining read. The story follows Ruby Jane Waskom she stumbles upon a haunted house and takes it upon herself to uncover the truth behind the ghostly occurrences. The book how's its charms with its small-town setting and eccentric characters, which add a whimsical touch to the narrative. However, the pacing feels uneven, and the plot could have been more tightly woven to maintain a consistent level of suspense. Additionally, some of the humor and dialogue can be hit or miss, with moments that feel forced or overly exaggerated. Nonetheless, if you're seeking a cozy mystery that doesn't take itself too seriously and enjoys a touch of humor and paranormal elements, “Ghost Busting Mystery” might be worth the read.
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This cozy mystery was recommended to me by a friend as a humorous book that would lift my spirits. It did just that. It's a laugh out loud romp starring two amateur detectives, grandmas, who want to quit working but can't. They take a job as junior detectives with a shady detective agency and quickly find themselves chasing ghosts across the cornfields. The writing is fresh and the humor sharp and witty. Overall, a great read in a series I'd highly recommend if you're looking for a quick fun read on a rainy day.
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Ruby Jane (RJ) and Lavinia (Veenie) are two retired senior citizens who are embarking on new careers as detectives in training with the Shady Hoosier Detective Agency in Pawpaw County, Indiana. When they are hired by an old farmer named Dode to investigate the supposed haunting of the old broken-down mansion on the property next to his, cue the hijinks. 

At first, I will admit, I was put off by all the over the top descriptions of the characters, their actions, and their dialogue, but by the second half of the book it didn't bother me too much. Once you get past all that, it's easy to enjoy the situations these people get themselves into. From ghosts to buried treasure, it's quite a romp.

All told, I'm giving this book 4/5 stars because it was a quick read and had a fun plot.

I received a copy of this book free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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I love silliness and this book didn't disappoint.  What a way to get people to enjoy reading that to entertain them while they read.  This is such a cute book with two very fun main characters.  I was able to get into the story and enjoy it thoroughly.
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Two senior citizens are hired to get rid of ghosts in the house across the road.  Antics ensue and colorful characters seem to come from out of the blue but alas all is well by the end of the book.
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This book is one that has you laughing out loud.  While a mystery, Ruby Jane (RJ) and Veenie find themselves involved in some crazy antics.  I really enjoyed getting to know the characters in the book and have decided to buy all of the books in the series.  I'm looking forward to more adventures with the senior lady personal investigators!  You'll be in for a wild and crazy ride.

Thank you to NetGalley and Hot Pants Press for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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The main characters in the book are 2 senior citizens who supplement their pension by working for a private investigator. They're hired by a farmer who believes an abandoned mansion is being haunted .The plot is good and there are interesting characters but I found the dialogue a bit over the top.
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If you like laugh out loud cozy mysteries this book is for you. Our two main characters are a couple of senior citizens, and these ladies are a hoot! This book is hilarious. This was a fun read, definitely laugh out loud funny. I can't wait to read the next one!
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley.
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Dode Schneider, an Indiana farmer, lives close to a home that was once owned by a crooked banker that took off the the towns money in the earl 1900’s but was rumored to have buried some of the money on the property. Dode swears up and down lately that he has been seeing ghosts next door.  Dode goes to the Pawpaw County Sheriff who thinks Dode is crazy, so Dode hires the Shady Hoosier Detective Agency to investigate. Shady Hosier Detective Agency amateur senior sleuths Veenie and Ruby Jane are up to the task.

Having lived both in Indiana and Kentucky this would have been a bit more believable for me if the going ons were happening in Kentucky and not Southern Indiana. The portrayal of how the characters conversed was a bit over the top and corny which made it a bit hard for me to get through. 

The book could have used a bit more polishing but all in all it was an ok book.  I would like to read the next in the series to see how the writer’s storyline matures.
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Ghost Busting Mystery by Daisy Pettles is the 1st book in the Shady Hoosier Detective Agency series, and my first book by this author.  This book was hilarious, I laughed out loud many times.  Ruby Jane and Veenie are senior women who work as private eyes, under a lazy licensed private eye.  When a local farmer reports seeing big butt ghosts in the apple orchard, they accept the job. If you feel like laughing, give this book a try, you won't be disappointed.  Can't wait to read the next book in the series.  

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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A bunch of seniors rules the roost with this cozy mystery, they fun quirky, hilarious and darn interesting to hang out with. These investigators in training are a savvy, sassy and downright upbeat lot. Oh my, Ruby-Jane and two of the most amusing and titillating sleuths I have ever come upon on, they are a crack up duo, I love this book, well written with a great storyline, an absolute divine read.
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The Ghost Busting Mystery book took me to the days I spent watching scooby doo on the tv. I loved the quirky mysteries that the gang would get into.  This book took me to that quirky place where you get a touch of humor and a touch of mystery.  RJ and Vinnie a pair of elderly ladies who work for Harry's Hoosier detective agency..  They take cases from anywhere they get them from solving a ghost mystery to locating a missing dog who loves beer.  Most mysteries have a serious side to them where you are trying to figure out who done it.  I laughed hard at times reading what the two ladies did or how the people who they where helping acted.  This book will tickle your funny bone..  It is the best lighthearted reading I have done in a long time.  If you like a quirky mystery and you like to laugh this book is for you.  

Daisy Pettles thank you for writing this book the only critique I have is that it was too short.  I would of loved to have a little more background on RJ and Vinnie.  You have a great talent of using humor into your stories it is the best I have seen of the books I have read so far.  Your visualization of the town and its description made me feel like I was there standing on the side line listening to the conversations between RJ and Vinnie had when they met with perspective clients it always seemed like a gang of people where around..  I felt like i was a part of the community..  Who doesn't love homemade pie if you are not craving it by the end of the book you are missing out.  Everybody has these quirky stories told by their families about the good old days where certain members of your family did certain things.  Twisting these tails into a book and bringing them to life takes a lot of talent and you did a good job bringing the town of Knobby Waters to life..  Those old porch stories can sure give you great fodder for some tall tales.
Thank You to NetGalley and Hot Pants Press LLC publishing  for allowing me to read the book for free for an honest review.
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Wonderful funny cozy! This book has a good plot and mystery but the real joy is in the characters, Ruby Jane and Veenie. They are absolutely delightful seniors that are "detectives." Be careful of any beverages while reading as you will probably burst out laughing at their antics. I cannot wait to read the next story in this series and look forward to many moreI received a copy from NetGalley and the publisher and this is my honest opinion.
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This is a humorous cozy mystery about two senior sleuths that have been lifelong friends. It is a pretty fast-paced book, I read the book in one day. The friends-Ruby Jane (R.J.) and Veenie- are a hilarious two-some with very different personalities. Veenie, the quirkier of the two ladies, gets herself in a few situations will have you laughing out loud. One scene that really got me laughing was when they are going to investigate the mansion for the ghosts. Another scene I found funny is when the ladies are looking for the missing dachshund Puddles. I have a senior dachshund of my own so I really related how the elderly fur baby is described. There is a lot of deception being spun on all around the ladies this keeps them guessing what is going on. This deceptions also keeps the readers engaged and guessing whodunit too. I recommend this book to cozy mystery lovers and fans of senior protagonists. 

I voluntarily agreed to read a copy of this book supplied by NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way have been influenced.
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Very amusing and cozy story, a little funny in itself, but the characters are hilarious. Every description is short and efficient, and most of them are very funny.
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“She pointed to a wall sign that read ‘This reading room is for the enjoyment of all. Please be quiet and courteous.’

Veenie stuck her false teeth out at the woman.

‘Well, I never …’

Veenie said, ‘Well maybe you ought to. You might feel better if you did.’

Veenie Groens is the confrontational half of a pair of old ladies who are trying to earn their pay at the Shady Hoosier Detective Agency, owned by Harry Shades.

This is a light romp through a story full of characters with quirky names and the kind of relationships that everyone has to everyone else, whether they like it or not, in a small midwestern town like Knobby Waters, Indiana. 

When local farmer Dode Schneider contacts them, freaked out about ghosts he’s seen on his farm, the ladies insist on investigating. His place is next door to an empty old mansion, of course. What would a ghost story be without one? And of course, there’s the necessary old skeleton. 

RJ (Ruby Jane) Waskom narrates. She’s Veenie’s life-long friend and partner in crime-solving. It’s a kind of hillbilly romp, with names like Queet Hudsucker, the librarian who knows where the bodies are buried, metaphorically speaking. 

There’s a flashy, fortune-teller, Kandy Huggins, who’s staying at the Moon Glo Motor Lodge, which may or may not still have Magic Finger beds. Our intrepid detective Harry Shades is anxious to find out, of course, and so the story goes.

I’ll share a few more quotes to give you an idea of the style. On a farm they visit, they meet another colourful pair.

“Peepaw Horton was an energetic fellow, and Ma loved her chickens. Together they’d fashioned replicas of the White House, the Supreme Court, and the Senate building out of scrap lumber. The buildings were connected with two-by-fours and chicken wire catwalks. It wasn’t a chicken house so much as it was an entire Chickenlandia.”

The local constabulary is equally unique.

“Devon Hattabaugh, the junior officer in training, sprung out of the car. He hunched down behind the open door, his pistol drawn. He wasn’t wearing a cop hat. He was wearing his customary beret, aviator sunglasses, and a tie-dyed T-shirt with a pair of denim knee-knocker shorts. His muttonchop sideburns were bushed out like squirrel tails. He was wearing ankle boots and athletic socks. ‘Hit the ground!’ he squeaked. ‘Law enforcement! Hit the ground!’

People who enjoy a corny diet will probably eat this up and those to follow. 

Thanks to NetGalley and Hot Pants Press LLC for the preview copy from which I’ve quoted.
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I wasn’t sure what to expect with this fun Ghost Busting Mystery but I am so glad I gave it a try! It was super entertaining and a quick read, I read it in one day! I will for sure be following this detective series! I loved the old lady humor and story line. The characters reminded me many times of how wacky and ornery my grandma used to be. This was exactly what I needed after a few rough days over the holidays.
Thank you to Hot Pants Press, IBPA and NetGalley for this e-copy in exchange for my honest review. My opinions are my own.
This will be featured on my blog Friday December 28, 2018.
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Ghost Busting Mystery (Shady Hoosier Detective Agency, #1) by Daisy Pettles is a book I requested from NetGalley and the review is voluntary. Oh my gosh this book is hilarious! It has the most unique characters and world building and it is all zany! A very Hoosier town where the main characters are not any smarter than the crooks! I giggled and snorted my way through this book! I was crying and I laughed so hard. My cheeks ached from smiling! It was a pleasant surprise! A couple of crazy senior (60's and 70's) women are PIs. They live in a small, very rural area in Indiana. One of the elderly men who isn't right in the head since he was run over by the ice plow, is seeing ghosts or aliens in the abandoned mansion. Then the story gets wild! It is a laugh a minute! Lots of mysteries mixed with more mysteries! I am definitely going to follow this author's work!
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If you like laugh out loud cozy mysteries this book is for you! Do not read this book in public because you might make a spectacle out of yourself when reacting to this engaging and funny book. there are two more books coming out and I can't wait.
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Ruby Jane and Veenie are senior sleuths working in a detective agency.  When the Sheriff gets reports of ghosts in the apple trees of an abandoned house, he gives the case to them.  The man reporting it is not all there and the Sheriff is not into ghost busting.  He'll get involved before it's all over, though.

Hot Pants Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

This story is half silly and half serious.  It's a light read with crime going around RJ and Veenie and it takes some effort to sort out what the ghosts are, who is scamming whom, and where the treasure might be hidden.

You see, the house has been vacant for almost a hundred years and it's rumored the man who built it hid the bank's gold there when he left town.  What they find is a dead body.  And the Sheriff has no choice but to join the investigation.

This is a light read but it sure was a bunch of fun.  If you like a laugh with your mystery, you'll like this book.
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