Pawpaw County, Indiana, is all atwitter about Ma and Peepaw Horton’s annual Chickenlandia Festival. The mood turns dark though when the Horton’s prize-winning rooster, Dewey, and his best laying hen, Ginger, vanish, leaving behind no clues except for a trail of tail feathers. Also missing: Gertie Wineagar, local sourpuss, and BBQ chicken cook-off queen. Oldster sleuths, and lifelong gal pals, Ruby Jane Waskom and Veenie Goens, suspect Hiram Krupsky, Pawpaw County’s self-proclaimed Chicken Wing King, of launching the mysterious crime spree in an attempt to sabotage the Horton’s free-range chicken ranch. The women PI's, who need a way to spy on Krupsky’s chicken empire, get an unexpected “in” when Hiram slips into his best leisure suit and commences to court Ruby Jane. Follow the Hoosier snoops as they attempt to sort the good eggs from the bad in this humorous small-town cozy mystery.
This book is a fabulous follow up to its predecessors. It starts off with two mysteries for our heroes RJ and Veenie to solve and quickly adds a third. The author brilliantly describes the setting of a small town, so much so that I expect to walk out my door and find the people of Pawpaw county. The story has twists and turns that you never would expect but they are all plausible and this draws you further into the life of Pawpaw county residents - especially RJ and Veenie. I love the antics and the way these ladies solve their mysteries. I picture myself sitting on their porches enjoying pie and chatting, riding in their old Impala and being nosy to solve a crime or two. You’ll enjoy this cozy mystery with a smile on your face- then you’ll want to read the others!