Ghost Busting Mystery
Shady Hoosier Detective Agency Series, Book 1
by Daisy Pettles
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Pub Date 01 Sep 2018 | Archive Date 17 Feb 2019
Hot Pants Press, LLC, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
When Dode Schneider, rattle-brained Indiana farmer, insists the abandoned Wyatt mansion is haunted by ghosts with big butts who dance in the apple orchard, Pawpaw County Sheriff Boots Gibson happily off-loads the crazy complaint to Ruby Jane Waskom and Veenie Goens, senior sleuths in training with the Shady Hoosier Detective Agency. Ruby Jane and Veenie, lifelong gal pals, aren’t afraid of the haunted Wyatt mansion, built by a con artist banker who rowed out of town on the flood waters of 1919, taking the town’s assets with him. The senior crime-cracking duo set out in their smoke-belching 1960 Impala to uncover the truth behind the century-old haunting legend only to find surprise evidence of long ago murder and mayhem. Along the way, Veenie and Ruby Jane chase down a missing drunk wiener dog, earn a lifetime supply of mystery meat sandwiches from Pokey’s Tavern, recover a stolen Harley, and uncover the startling truth about a long cursed buried treasure. The investigation, which involves con artists, bank robbers, and hillbilly hoodlums, doesn’t go smoothly, but Ruby Jane and Veenie, fueled by senior grit, engage in crime-cracking hijinks that will leave the reader rolling in laughter in this classic comic crime novel.
A Note From the Publisher
Ebook (Mobi - EPub - PDF) 9780981567839
“A small town mystery series with the heart of Garrison Keillor and the crime-cracking wit of Janet Evanovich.”
“Mostly, I just loved it!”
“Daisy Pettles has an ongoing style that is quirky, original and engaging.”
The ebook edition of Book 1 of the Shady Hoosier Detective Agency Series (Ghost BUsting Mystery) will be available perma-free at selected sites to introduce the new comic crime writer Daisy Pettles to readers.
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What a HOOT! I am out of words to describe this story. Hilarious? Yes. Wacky? Yes. Quirky? Yes. Rib-tickling humor? Yes. Unique? Yes, Yes, Yes!
I have never read a book that includes ghosts (with green lights on their bums… I just can’t stop saying that!), grannies with chattering dentures, bank robbery, seances, fraud, a dog that farts and belches at the same time, and many more! Of all the cozy mysteries that I have read far, I must say that this is the wackiest and funniest one that I have ever read.
It is not easy to write rib-tickling humor and it is even more difficult to write something that is funny and quirky. Hats off to the author Daisy Pettles for combining both in this hilarious, mind-numbingly funny story – Ghost Busting Mystery.
The story takes a 180 degree turn when Jedidah Wyatt’s fraud charges come into picture. The skeleton found in the Wyatt mansion is most likely to be of his wife – Alta Iona Wyatt. Then another twist during the séance. The concluding chapters are definitely the best part of the story. The cozy mysteries that I have read so far have a good ending (no doubt about it), but this book had a unique ending. The detective grannies are really good, mind you.
Each character in the story plays an important and quirky role. There’s Queet Hudsucker, the town librarian. Then there is the psychic Kandy Huggins who speaks Pig Latin during her seances. Ma and Peepaw Hortons – yes, you read it right. The wife is called Ma and the husband Peepaw. They own a chicken farm called chickenlandia – the rooster there is the big shot hero who likes to flex his muscles and show his biceps to the hens out there. Then there is the local newspaper called Hoosier Squealer and it is owned by a guy named Squeal Daddy. When RJ and Veenie find the skeleton, the Hoosier Squealer reports this news as “Ghosts Hosting Late Night Orgies at Wyatt Mansion.” And not to forget Harry Shades, who runs the Harry Shades Private Detective Agency and Boots Gibson, the Pawpaw County’s Sheriff. Veenie and RJ’s friendship is portrayed really well. I liked the bond that they have between them.
The names of the shops in Knobby Waters (Pawpaw County) are hilarious – Lube It Up is the mechanics. Go Go Gas is..yes, the gas station. Pokey’s Tavern is where one goes for a mystery-meat sandwich and greasy, fat onion rings. And of course, Ma and Peepaw Horton’s pie place – the best pies in the world!
Ghost Busting Mystery is a wackalicious cozy mystery. If you love to have a good laugh (who doesn’t?), then Ghost Busting Mystery is THE book for you.