Ghost Busting Mystery: Shady Hoosier Detective Agency (Book 1)

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Hot Pants Press, LLC, Aug 18, 2018 - Fiction - 224 pages
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Veenie Goens and Ruby Jane Waskom would like to retire, but they lack a nest egg. In fact, they barely have a nest. They co-own a ramshackle, but cozy home, that’s overrun with quirky characters. Determined to supplement their social security, the gal pals, who live in the small town of Knobby Waters, Indiana, decide to go pro with their one natural talent: nosiness. They sign on as PIs in-training with the Shady Hoosier Detective Agency, run by Harry Shades, an incompetent womanizer. Their knees aching, but their spirits high, the senior sleuths’ first crime case, the Ghost Busting Mystery, finds the lifelong friends chasing ghosts, bank robbers and hillbilly hoodlums through the barnyards of rural Indiana. Follow Ruby Jane and Veenie’s antics in the Ghost Busting Mystery, a debut feel-good, crime comedy novel that early reviewers describe as “Delightful!”

 

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This first Shady Hoosier Detective Agency book had me laughing out loud and waiting for more. If this is book 1, I know there must be at least one more coming... right?
How nice to find MATURE
women with wit and smarts! Since I am one, I know that RJ and Veenie are, too! I enjoyed these two and their antics. Wherever they're going in that old Chevy Impala, I want to ride along.
These two are able to out-cop the cops... in fact, the local cops don't even want to touch this one, so they turn it over to the Shady Hoosier Detective Agency, where Veenie and RJ are working to try to make ends meet.
The author, Daisy Pettles, has an original style that is quirky and engaging. All of the characters are full of life. Ghost Busting Mystery is small town mystery with the heart of Garrison Keillor and the crime cracking wit of Janet Evanovich.
Almost makes me want a mystery meat sandwich!
 

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I am a fan of southern humor and the farce and a great fan of wacky and weird smalltown characters, Ghost Busting is loaded with all these elements. I was expecting something drier as many cozy mysteries are stuffed with too many recipes and very little in the way of fresh voice or original plotting. Daisy Pettles shattered those expectations and provided me with 5 hours of simply brilliant binge reading. A writer to watch. If you don't enjoy humor and farce and the off-beat this may not be the book for you but I like Janet Evanovich -- the middle books mostly -- and Ghost Busting (not a paranormal book BTW) has that same crackerjack wit and play back and forth between the leading characters who are retired, lifelong friends who have a sort of Lucy and Ethel vibe. Could easily by a sit-com hit ala Golden Girls in the country. 

Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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Section 4
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Section 5
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Section 6
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Section 7
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Section 8
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 24
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Section 25
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Section 26
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Section 27
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Section 28
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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About the author (2018)

Daisy Pettles is the pen name of Vicky Phillips, 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 entrepreneur and award-winning writer. She currently lives in a cloud of quiet at the end of a dirt road in Vermont. The Shady Hoosier Detective Agency, humorous novels set in Knobby Waters, Indiana, is her debut mystery series.†

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