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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, 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 and a can-do attitude, engage in crime-cracking hijinks that will leave the reader rolling in laughter in this classic comic crime novel.


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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, 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 and a can-do attitude, engage in crime-cracking hijinks that will leave the reader rolling in laughter in this classic comic crime novel.

46 review for Ghost Busting Mystery

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Ghost Busting Mystery by Daisy Pettles is the first book in the cozy Shady Hoosier Detective Agency mystery series. This one is for the fans of the over the top humorous cozies that keep a reader laughing from start to finish. Our two main characters of Ghost Busting Mystery are a couple of “elderly” ladies, Ruby Jane Waskom and Veenie Goens. Best friends all their lives the pair lean on each other with neither being rich and still needing to work to support themselves they have taken on working Ghost Busting Mystery by Daisy Pettles is the first book in the cozy Shady Hoosier Detective Agency mystery series. This one is for the fans of the over the top humorous cozies that keep a reader laughing from start to finish. Our two main characters of Ghost Busting Mystery are a couple of “elderly” ladies, Ruby Jane Waskom and Veenie Goens. Best friends all their lives the pair lean on each other with neither being rich and still needing to work to support themselves they have taken on working at the Shady Hoosier Detective Agency, what better job to put to use their nosy natures. Things have been a bit slow at the agency and the ladies know they need to take on any case that comes their way. So from anything like searching for a blind missing wiener dog, mysterious break ins at the local shop or an abandoned mansion that is haunted by ghosts with big butts Ruby Jane and Veenie will be off to the rescue. Being from Indiana myself I just had to give this little cozy a try and I’m certainly glad I did. Sure, it could use a little polishing up a large publisher would bring but it’s still in excellent shape for a small one and the story is one that is non-stop laughs. Having spent plenty of time in southern Indiana I can honestly say there can be some pretty colorful characters in these areas and while Knobby Waters is fictional many of the other towns mentioned aren’t and I’ve been to a few. I could easily picture all of the antics and think those that enjoy a huge helping of quirkiness will love this book. I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sabine

    If you like laugh out loud cozy mysteries this book is for you! This is some "serious" fun and makes it onto my Top10 list of 2018. There was never a dull moment and I was giggling and laughing my way through the book. The two old ladies are the hoot! Ruby Jane, called RJ by almost everyone, and Veenie arer working for Harry's PI agency to make some extra cash to be able to afford some Twinkies and "mystery meat" sandwiches in their old age. Old farmer Dode hires them to find out what the ghosts If you like laugh out loud cozy mysteries this book is for you! This is some "serious" fun and makes it onto my Top10 list of 2018. There was never a dull moment and I was giggling and laughing my way through the book. The two old ladies are the hoot! Ruby Jane, called RJ by almost everyone, and Veenie arer working for Harry's PI agency to make some extra cash to be able to afford some Twinkies and "mystery meat" sandwiches in their old age. Old farmer Dode hires them to find out what the ghosts are doing that he has been seeing in the old mansion that's been empty and neglected for decades. It was hard to put this book down and I am very happy that the next two books in the series are already scheduled to be released. I requested this book from NetGalley and am thankful that Hot Pants Press and the author provided me with an advance copy.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jeri

    This one was so much fun, I laughed out loud a few times! Ruby Jane, or RJ as most call her and her best friend Veenie work for a detective agency. That is the only way two senior women that love to be nosey can make enough money to buy twinkies and mystery meat sandwiches. When they hear of big butted ghosts dancing in an apple orchard they just can't resist investigating. Which leads to a missing fortune, a murder and con artists. I really recommend reading for anyone who loves Jana Deleon's w This one was so much fun, I laughed out loud a few times! Ruby Jane, or RJ as most call her and her best friend Veenie work for a detective agency. That is the only way two senior women that love to be nosey can make enough money to buy twinkies and mystery meat sandwiches. When they hear of big butted ghosts dancing in an apple orchard they just can't resist investigating. Which leads to a missing fortune, a murder and con artists. I really recommend reading for anyone who loves Jana Deleon's work! I was given an eARC by the publisher through NetGalley.

  4. 4 out of 5

    NicoleG

    If you're looking or a fast paced humorous mystery involving senior sleuths then this book is for you. Lots of laugh out loud moments along with a well planned mystery. Do not read this book in public because you might make a spectacle out of yourself when reacting to this engaging and funny book. I really enjoyed the story and characters and the author portrayed the setting in a such a detailed manner that you'll think you've been transplanted right in the middle of an apple orchard in Knobby W If you're looking or a fast paced humorous mystery involving senior sleuths then this book is for you. Lots of laugh out loud moments along with a well planned mystery. Do not read this book in public because you might make a spectacle out of yourself when reacting to this engaging and funny book. I really enjoyed the story and characters and the author portrayed the setting in a such a detailed manner that you'll think you've been transplanted right in the middle of an apple orchard in Knobby Waters, Indiana! I thought this was a great first in series and I'm eager to read more books by this author.

  5. 5 out of 5

    JoAn

    Ghost Busting Mystery by Daisy Pettles was a cute little mystery set in southern Indiana. Ruby Jane/RJ and Lavinia/Veenie Goens are senior sleuths who are the epitome of nosy "old ladies" in their small town. Although some of the characterizations by Ms. Pettles were a little over the top there was some truths as to what it's like living in a small town in southern Indiana. A smartly paced plot with plenty of suspects, a few twists and some hilarious situations made for a fun afternoon read. I vo Ghost Busting Mystery by Daisy Pettles was a cute little mystery set in southern Indiana. Ruby Jane/RJ and Lavinia/Veenie Goens are senior sleuths who are the epitome of nosy "old ladies" in their small town. Although some of the characterizations by Ms. Pettles were a little over the top there was some truths as to what it's like living in a small town in southern Indiana. A smartly paced plot with plenty of suspects, a few twists and some hilarious situations made for a fun afternoon read. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Hot Pants Press, LLC via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tari

    I laughed so much throughout this book! The two main characters are older ladies named Ruby Jane and Veenie. That Veenie is a mischievous little hoot! I laughed out loud whenever it said she stuck her teeth out at people. The ladies worked for the only detective agency in Knobby Waters, IN, Harry Shades Private Detective Agency. Money wasn't coming in like it should, so when a local farmer asked if they'd look into his ghost case, and he provided a retainer of $900 in just one old jar he'd dug up I laughed so much throughout this book! The two main characters are older ladies named Ruby Jane and Veenie. That Veenie is a mischievous little hoot! I laughed out loud whenever it said she stuck her teeth out at people. The ladies worked for the only detective agency in Knobby Waters, IN, Harry Shades Private Detective Agency. Money wasn't coming in like it should, so when a local farmer asked if they'd look into his ghost case, and he provided a retainer of $900 in just one old jar he'd dug up, Harry couldn't say no even though he didn't approve. They ended up finding a 100-year-old skeleton in the old mansion where the farmer kept saying there were ghosts in the trees. There was lots of deception and some side plots going on as well. I have to admit I got the book because of the dachshund on the cover. He was only a small part of the story but it was pretty hilarious picturing these ladies chasing a drunken wiener dog through a dumpster near the local bar. There had also been some local thefts and something told Ruby Jane that maybe their ghost was more of a flesh and blood ghost when rumors of a treasure got the Feds involved. After much laughter, the book wrapped up and even entertained me more by having the first three chapters of the next book, which I'm sure I'll be wanting to read. The dialogue itself is just so funny, like the description of the one guy was that he hadn't been quite right since his collision with the county snow plow along with other local country phrases and sayings sprinkled throughout.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Layce Gardner

    This book was so much fun I don't even know where to begin. I laughed all the way through. A cozy mystery with two old ladies and a cast of characters that not even Mel Brooks could think up. It was laugh out loud enjoyable from the first word to the last. I can't wait for the next in the series. Thank goodness I have some emergency pie to tide me over!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    This is a fun book. The characters are a hoot and the mystery is well=done. Definitely will be waiting for the next one. #GhostBustingMystery #NetGalley

  9. 5 out of 5

    Allyson Abu-hajar

    Great start to a new series! This is a new author to me, I was drawn to the book by the excerpt. Ruby Jane Waskom and Vennie Goens are a pair of elderly sleuths working for Harry Shades Private Detective Agency in Knobby waters, Indiana. The sheriff, Boots Gibson, dismisses a claim about ghosts, and points the client towards Ruby and Vennie. Dode Schneider, pays the agency a retainer of two jars full of coins. Vennie dons on her ghost busting attire to get down to business, because they aren't af Great start to a new series! This is a new author to me, I was drawn to the book by the excerpt. Ruby Jane Waskom and Vennie Goens are a pair of elderly sleuths working for Harry Shades Private Detective Agency in Knobby waters, Indiana. The sheriff, Boots Gibson, dismisses a claim about ghosts, and points the client towards Ruby and Vennie. Dode Schneider, pays the agency a retainer of two jars full of coins. Vennie dons on her ghost busting attire to get down to business, because they aren't afraid of no ghosts. When Ruby and Vennie enter the old abandoned mansion, they find a skeleton tied to a 100 year old mystery. Aside of chasing ghosts, there's a drunken blind dog, and other issues to contend with. Vennie is a hoot! She doesn't let much stop her from doing what she wants to do! This was a delightful read, with many laugh out loud moments throughout the book. If you are looking for a fun, entertaining read, this is the book to read! I would like to thank NetGalley via Hot Pants Press, LLC for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    A really fun and funny read! I was pleasantly surprised, considering it's senior sleuths involved (65+) - judging books by covers, etc. A few little grammar errors, but overall an excellent read, great mystery and entertaining duo. I look forward to more in the series. Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and the author for the ARC to read and review. All opinions are my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This was a fun read, definitely laugh out loud funny. I can't wait to read the next one!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Annarella

    I like this type of humour and this was a good and funny book. It made me laugh, the characters are likeable and the plot is entertaining and keep you guessing. I'm curious about the next instalments. Recommended! Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rekha

    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 eve 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.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sally Wilsey

    This book makes you laugh and scratch your head. It has two older women from the South who add wit and bravery to the mix. RJ and Vennie are a laugh a minute. All I could picture while reading the book was Heddie from NCIS LA. RJ and Vennie work as interns at Harry's Private Eye Agency. Well they have bills to pay and Harry is out of funds but it seems like they always have to find the cases and solve the crimes. Dode hires them to solve a case of lighted bottom ghosts he keeps seeing in the orc This book makes you laugh and scratch your head. It has two older women from the South who add wit and bravery to the mix. RJ and Vennie are a laugh a minute. All I could picture while reading the book was Heddie from NCIS LA. RJ and Vennie work as interns at Harry's Private Eye Agency. Well they have bills to pay and Harry is out of funds but it seems like they always have to find the cases and solve the crimes. Dode hires them to solve a case of lighted bottom ghosts he keeps seeing in the orchard next to his house. RJ and Vennie go on the case with their smoking Impala and try to solve the case. It has other cases in it while solving this one. Who is stealing the mystery meat from Porky's? Who stole Junior's motorcycle? The addition of their roommate Sassy was an added plus. This is a heart warming and funny split your sides mystery and the author is very authentic. I highly recommend this book to any mystery reader. I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This is a great book; this is the first book in the Shady Hoosier Detective Agency series written by Daisy Pettles. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. If you are looking for a great book, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Leah Hines

    Fans of Jana DeLeon should give this one a try. These characters are zany and fun, full of personality. The mystery was fun and not quite what you expect. This was my first read by this author and I will definitely be going back for more.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Pat Cray-Hollis

    I love this book. I downloaded the book to my e-reader and could not put it down.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    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, I want to ride along. When this case comes in to the local police, they don't want to touch it, so they slide it over to the Shady Hoosier Detective A 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, I want to ride along. When this case comes in to the local police, they don't want to touch it, so they slide it over to the Shady Hoosier Detective Agency, where Veenie & RJ are working to try to make ends meet. That's when things get rolling. 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! (I said almost....)

  19. 4 out of 5

    J McAvoy

    Wacky does not even begin to describe this story. Beginning with ghost sightings by a man who was at some point hit by a snowplow, and ending with a sneak peek of the next in the series, this is one crazy read. I enjoyed the mystery itself; ghosts in orchards, generational family intrigue, and missing Confederate gold all made for a detailed plot. The characters from the leads, RJ and Vennie, to secondary characters were all unique. Some, like Vennie, were “true” characters…as in “wow, the autho Wacky does not even begin to describe this story. Beginning with ghost sightings by a man who was at some point hit by a snowplow, and ending with a sneak peek of the next in the series, this is one crazy read. I enjoyed the mystery itself; ghosts in orchards, generational family intrigue, and missing Confederate gold all made for a detailed plot. The characters from the leads, RJ and Vennie, to secondary characters were all unique. Some, like Vennie, were “true” characters…as in “wow, the author has a vivid imagination, but she kind of reminds me of my crazy aunt.” I think if I had anything negative to say, it would be that the whole thing was almost too much. The wackiness never really let up, and at times that got a little bit tiring to read. It’s almost like watching a bunch of Monty Python sketches in a row with no breaks. In that regard, it’s possible that this book would be best read in small doses to really let all of the characters and events sink in. It’s a 3.5 star rating from me. Thank you to NetGalley, Hot Pants Press LLC, and the author for a digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chesterfield Books

    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 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.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Crittermom

    Despite its unfortunate name - surely almost anything is better than Ghost Busting Mystery - the book is a cute one.  What it lacks in complexity, it more than makes up for with a heaping serving of quirky small town residents and more than a dash of down home humor.  Abbott had Costello, and Ruby Jane has Veenie. The duo make for a unique pair of detectives, which goes a long way towards explaining the unusual cases they end up taking.  In this case Dode Schneider is convinced ghosts are haunti Despite its unfortunate name - surely almost anything is better than Ghost Busting Mystery - the book is a cute one.  What it lacks in complexity, it more than makes up for with a heaping serving of quirky small town residents and more than a dash of down home humor.  Abbott had Costello, and Ruby Jane has Veenie. The duo make for a unique pair of detectives, which goes a long way towards explaining the unusual cases they end up taking.  In this case Dode Schneider is convinced ghosts are haunting the abandoned Wyatt mansion. Ruby Jane and Veenie are hired to investigate. Of course as luck would have it, they stumble upon a skeleton- the start to a first class adventure. Ruby Jane and Veenie are not the type of people to let propriety or expectations stand in their way.  These girls are not afraid to admit they wear granny panties. Alone, Veenie would be annoying and RJ dull, but together they make for a fun combo -  Veenie’s hijinks alone are unbelievable. It’s enjoyable to see the duo interact with their friends and neighbors. Ghost Busting Mystery is far from great, but it shows a lot of promise.  Once the kinks are worked out ( and a catchier title selected) it is likely to appeal to those who enjoy more slapstick comedic mysteries. 3 / 5 I received a copy of Ghost Busting Mystery from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. — Crittermom

  22. 5 out of 5

    Peri

    You know that you are reading a fantastic book when you carry it with you everywhere you go and whip it out when you have any time at all to read, Ghost Busting Mystery is one of those books. I read it during my lunch break, I read it in the grocery store line, I read it while waiting for a food order- I look for any opportunity to pick it up. The characters are funny, lively and relatable (and I never lived I Indiana). The story line brings you in, I want to know who these ghosts are! Daisy Pet You know that you are reading a fantastic book when you carry it with you everywhere you go and whip it out when you have any time at all to read, Ghost Busting Mystery is one of those books. I read it during my lunch break, I read it in the grocery store line, I read it while waiting for a food order- I look for any opportunity to pick it up. The characters are funny, lively and relatable (and I never lived I Indiana). The story line brings you in, I want to know who these ghosts are! Daisy Pettles is a smart writer with a sense of humor. I’m so glad this is the first in a series because I am sorry that this one is over. I want to read number two! You will not regret reading this book, I promise!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    There's a perfectly good plot here, but the best thing is the absolutely hilarious humor! And the characters, of course. The two seniors have perfectly fine minds, but one is pretty much blind as a bat and the other is more stubborn than a mule. Together they investigate some mighty odd goings on in their small township, keep running afoul of their friend who is the local law, and even get mixed up with a Fed who used to live there. Stay away from beverages while reading this great book! It's ju There's a perfectly good plot here, but the best thing is the absolutely hilarious humor! And the characters, of course. The two seniors have perfectly fine minds, but one is pretty much blind as a bat and the other is more stubborn than a mule. Together they investigate some mighty odd goings on in their small township, keep running afoul of their friend who is the local law, and even get mixed up with a Fed who used to live there. Stay away from beverages while reading this great book! It's just what I needed when I would come home from working second shift in the ER! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Hot Pants Press, LLC via NetGalley.

  24. 4 out of 5

    BookABooBoo

    A rare laugh-out-loud combination of murder, wit, and mirth. Honestly, a delight. This is a fast-paced mystery told in a homespun style with dialogue that literally crackles. The protagonists are two elderly women in rural Indiana trying to make ends meet by taking a shared job as detectives in training at a small detective agency. Having lived through the late 60s and 70s I loved their references to America's past: a purple Gremlin car makes an appearance along with notes on making out at the d A rare laugh-out-loud combination of murder, wit, and mirth. Honestly, a delight. This is a fast-paced mystery told in a homespun style with dialogue that literally crackles. The protagonists are two elderly women in rural Indiana trying to make ends meet by taking a shared job as detectives in training at a small detective agency. Having lived through the late 60s and 70s I loved their references to America's past: a purple Gremlin car makes an appearance along with notes on making out at the drive-in. Had me literally rolling on the bed in laughter and reading parts out loud to my partner.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Saxon Bennett

    I loved this book! It was hilarious and well-written. The characters are quirky and who doesn't need emergency pie. The mystery was well-plotted. I really needed a laugh and I got it. I'm going to be a fan of this series for sure.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Linda98201

    This book was a delight to read. Perfect choice for my book club which is composed of "women of a certain age" who tend to slip off the rails from time to time. I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting a well-written, entertaining mystery. Can't wait for Book 2!

  27. 4 out of 5

    JoAnn

    What a cute mystery. Loved the plot and the feisty and quirky characters. I look forward to reading more books in this series. I recommend to fans of mysteries. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for my digital arc this is my unbiased review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Aileen Grist

    A fun book. Two old trainee PI women investigate ghosts at a 'mansion' close to a small town, where everyone knows everyone's business. Lots of happenings along the way and the book introduces some amazing elderly people. I laughed aloud at some of the happenings. Looking forward to more please.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Horton

  30. 5 out of 5

    Diana

  31. 4 out of 5

    Carol

  32. 4 out of 5

    Daisy Pettles

  33. 4 out of 5

    DebbieL

  34. 4 out of 5

    Brianna Belbin

  35. 4 out of 5

    Ilene Harris

  36. 5 out of 5

    Paula Adams

  37. 5 out of 5

    Jenene

  38. 4 out of 5

    Aymee

  39. 5 out of 5

    Margo

  40. 4 out of 5

    Misty

  41. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne Adamek

  42. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

  43. 5 out of 5

    Linda

  44. 5 out of 5

    Eileen Lynx

  45. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Jones

  46. 4 out of 5

    Snake

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