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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Simply Brilliant Binge Reading
What a great, funny book. The Ghost Busting Mystery is loaded with humor and wonderfully weird and wacky small-town characters. The back and forth dialog and cracker jack wit between the two protagonists, Ruby Jane and Veenie, is hysterical. The two women are past retirement age but take a job to make ends meet as junior detectives. Their natural nosiness leads them to investigate a ghost haunting that leads to all sorts of unexpected mayhem. A very well done mystery and a great crime comedy from this debut author. Read it and laugh!
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!