Baby Daddy Mystery: Shady Hoosier Detective Agency @DaisyPettles

I’ve been reading some very grim thrillers, gritty urban fiction and heartbreaking women’s fiction lately and I seriously needed a change of pace. How fortuitous that Daisy Pettle would publish the next book in Shady Hoosier Detective Agency series.


For those of you who may be unaware, “Hoosiers” is the official name for those of us who are lucky enough to live in the midwestern state of Indiana. You can ask a dozen people where the nickname originated and you will receive a dozen different answers but it is now our official title. That said, this series with its quirky characters, often real-life Hoosier settings and true to life, ethnocentric humor, had me laughing-out-loud from start to finish. I adored the first book, The Ghost Busting Mystery, but The Baby Daddy Mystery was just too terrific, even better than the first!

Ruby Jane and Veenie are back and have been hired by one of the wealthiest women in town to verify the paternity of her late husband’s mistress’s children. However, the dead bodies soon begin to pile up as RJ and Veenie get closer to learning the truth. It doesn’t help that it is spring in PawPaw County and everyone – literally – is having a spring fling with somebody else’s spouse. What can I say? The Hoosier hills come alive in the spring time. πŸ˜‰

These books are meant to be read with tongue in cheek. The joy of reading them is in their massive amount of humor and it comes in buckets. This one did, in fact, have a bit more actual sleuthing than the first and that made it a tad more enjoyable for me but I would read anything that featured RJ and Veenie. It is so incredibly rare for women their age to be featured as anything other than doddering old fuddy-duddies and I absolutely adore the fact that Veenie, well, is actually a lot like me! Now if only I could find that elusive pie hut I would be in heaven!

If you haven’t read anything in this series yet – well, what are you waiting for!?

Thank you so much to #Netgalley, @DaisyPettles and #HotPantsPressLLC for my copy of this delightful book!

20 thoughts on “Baby Daddy Mystery: Shady Hoosier Detective Agency @DaisyPettles

    1. Shalini – did you find it on Netgalley? Her books usually pop up there and stay there for a little while. They are slapstick funny, very US Midwestern fun and I think you would enjoy them for that fact alone. Let me know.


      1. Well that just makes me really sad Shalini! I don’t understand, actually cannot comprehend, the various regions for our availability. I mean, seriously, a kindle book is a kindle book and i love reading books from all over the world and assume everyone else does as well. The UK does this a lot with some of their cosies and it just makes no sense to me at all. Well poop! Now I’m sad.


    1. I would love to hear your grandfather’s version!!! The stories seem to differ from north to south. I’m just happy I don’t have to be an Indianan or Indianite – now those are just too strange for me – LOL!! I’m a proud adopted Hoosier!

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      1. Lol! Indianan is one I never want to be called! My grandfather’s story is one that I’ve never heard from anyone else so, I don’t even know where he got it from. Basically, he said that in the early days when someone would knock on your door in Indiana, you would yell, “Hoosier” but it would rhyme with “Who’s there” by sounding like “Who’s Yare.” πŸ˜‚ I guess you’d have to hear him tell it. He would just laugh. 😁

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      2. I’ve actually heard a similar version… because of the heavy Quaker influence in the state, when the “friends” would gather at the meeting house, they say “who’s here?” When people from out of state would come and hear their strange accents (part highlander/part NorthCarolina/partMidwesterner) what they heard was Hoosier. I actually like this story best so it’s the one I tell to my own out of state guests here at the Inn. LOL! But I like your granddad’s version too and I can “hear” his accent in my head! LOL! Thank you for sharing it with me! You know, someday you’re going to have to come here and visit – you know this, right?

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      3. Lol! You know what, yours definitely makes more sense, Mackey! That is too hilarious. I’m sorry it took me so long to find your comment, but I’m not getting notifications. I have no idea what’s going on.

        Yes! I’m going to have to for sure. Not sure how far you are, but we’ll try to make it happen! πŸ’— Thanks for sharing your story!

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      4. We’ve been having this discussion all over the blogs lately. It seems everyone is having problems this week. Maybe solar flares? No idea but there’s too many us having difficulties.


    1. Thanks Berit!! Last year we almost froze to death but this year we have the heat zones just right in this old house and so we’re staying toasty warm. Now today it is 50 degrees but with snow in the forecast for this weekend. Mother Nature has lost her mind – LOL!!!


    1. Thanks Jennifer. I love it when I read books and can relate to the crazy places that are around me. I didn’t grow up in Indiana but I am slowly discovering the fun and quirky, as well as, beautiful places it has to offer.

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    1. Christopher – these two women will have you laughing out loud! Read the first book in the series before this one. Veenie is me 100% I swear. Okay, I don’t have dentures, but other than that… Everything is written a little tongue-in-cheek but it is one of the funniest set of books I’ve come across in a long time.

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      1. Bwahahahaha Christopher!!! My daughter read the first book and even she thought Veenie sounded like me. I think it’s just because we’re the same size. I’m nearly as old. LOLOL!!!! I am that weird, though!


  1. It is always great to read a book that you can relate to so well. I just read a review of this one on another blog and it was still available on Netgalley. It sounds hilarious and I am looking forward to the laugh.

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