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Ghost Busting Mystery

(Shady Hoosier Detective Agency #1)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  116 ratings  ·  65 reviews
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, ...more
Published August 13th 2018 by Hot Pants Press, LLC (first published August 2018)
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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 ki
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Montzalee Wittmann
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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 ...more
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, netgalley
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
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, mystery
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
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Marythios (AkaSusanne )
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 ar ...more
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quirky and fun, yet with a somewhat gloomy mystery. Might need a tiny bit of editing (some commas and such) but otherwise a good, easy read.
Layce Gardner
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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! ...more
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Tiffany PSquared
This book had me LOL'ing in public. Yes, I got some strange looks, but it was totally worth it. If a book can make you do that, then read more just like it.

Read this book if you are a fan of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. You will find the characterization familiar, but not derivative. Read it if you enjoy cozy mysteries full of the hilarious and unpredictable with offbeat characters and wacky circumstances.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, read-2018
This was a fun read, definitely laugh out loud funny. I can't wait to read the next one! ...more
Allyson Abu-Hajar
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ev
Missi Martin (Stockwell)
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ghost Busting Mystery by Daisy Pettles is so much FUN to read !!! I loved it !!! As this is the first book in the Shady Hoosier Detective Agency series, it sets the stage beautifully for future books !!

You will fall in love with Ruby Jane Waskom and Veenie Goens, the main characters, instantly. How can you not ? They are pie eating, go-kart driving, crazy dressing senior citizens and they are "detectives".

In Ghost Busting Mystery when Dode Schneider contacts the agency regarding dancing ghosts
Connie Steckel
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious book!! Perfectly southern Indiana. I can say that since I live in southern Indiana. I fully intend to read the rest of her books.
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 th ...more
Sally Wilsey
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Think grandma Ghost Busters.

Okay the plot was a good one but it was just too hillbilly for me. Perhaps it's just the difference in humour from the US and UK but although I enjoyed the antics of our two senior PI's I can't truthfully say it was hilarious. The characters however were a delight with their devil may care attitude and their obvious disregard to the letter of the law.
She and her BFF had not only moved in together but have started at the detective agency to supplement their pensions. W
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Leah Hines
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Pat Cray-Hollis
I love this book. I downloaded the book to my e-reader and could not put it down.
Feb 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: e-books, arc, cozy-mystery
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