Baby Daddy Mystery (Shady Hoosier Detective Agency #2) by Daisy Pettles #bookreview #mystery

Title: Baby Daddy Mystery

Author: Daisy Pettles

Publisher: Hot Pants Press, LLC

Publication Date: December 8, 2018

Page Count: 216

My rating: 4 stars

About the book:

It’s spring in Pawpaw County, Indiana, and everybody has a bad case of hanky-panky pants. Senior sleuths Ruby Jane Waskom (RJ) and Veenie Goens are on the run, chasing down cheating heart jezebels and shaking child support out of deadbeat daddies. After Avonelle Apple’s husband, William, the esteemed town dentist, passes away, she receives a child support letter from a self-proclaimed mistress. Suspicious, she hires the Shady Hoosier Detective Agency, to determine if her late husband was a philandering baby daddy. The case seems simple until Avonelle’s son, Bromley, heir to his father’s dental empire, and well-known King of the Pawpaw County Hanky-Panky Pants Club, pops up dead in a scarecrow costume. The mounting romantic mysteries come to a surprise head as the senior sleuths outrun shotgun showers to close in on the answers at the Moon Glo Motor Lodge, the Original Home of Hillbilly Hanky Panky. Veenie and RJ have to buy an extra case of Bengay and a buttload of BBs just to keep up with the romantic misadventures in this humorous crime classic.


Baby Daddy Mystery by Daisy Pettles is the second book of the cozy Shady Hoosier Detective Agency mystery series. While our characters have returned in this second book of the series it does feature an all new mystery to be solved so this could easily be read as a standalone if choosing to do so.

Our two main characters of the Shady Hoosier Detective Agency mystery series 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.

This time around the ladies think they have a simple case when Avonelle Apple hires them after her husband passed away and she immediately received a  child support letter from a self-proclaimed mistress. Everything seemed like it would be easy enough until Avonelle’s son, Bromley, is found dead wearing a scarecrow costume.

The Shady Hoosier Detective Agency mystery series is definitely for those that are fans of an over the top quirky comedy cozy. There are just so many funny and hilarious moments involved with these characters in each of the books so far that it’s hard to even pay attention and try to guess the mystery instead of getting distracted with the antics. Being such a ton of fun from start to finish I’ll definitely keep an eye out for book three.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon

About the author:

Daisy Pettles is the pen name of Vicky Phillips, born in Bedford, Indiana and raised in the tiny farming community of Medora. As a child, she was fed a steady diet of books, pies, and Bible stories. She currently lives in a cloud of peace and quiet at the end of a dirt road in Vermont. The Shady Hoosier Detective Agency, humorous novels set in Knobby Waters, Indiana, is her debut cozy mystery series.

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