The crazy grandma sleuths are back to solve another mystery in Pawpaw County. Ruby Jane Waskom and Veenie Goens (Lavinia Goens) work at the Shady Hoosier Detective Agency.
Avonelle, one of the rich and famous peeps of Knobby Waters, receives a child-support letter from her late husband’s mistress. William Apple, a well-known dentist in the County, had an affair with one of them waitresses from the pancake palace. As they say, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, Mr Apple’s three (illegitimate) kids and their mother stay in the County.
As RJ and Veenie go to the mistress’ house, they find Bromley, Mr Apple’s son, dead in the porch. Sassy, RJ and Veenie’s roommate is looking for new arm candy. Her date on-a-yacht goes wrong when the date is found floating in the water. Sassy is arrested for the ‘murder’. And then there’s Joyce – RJ’s daughter. Joyce thinks that her husband is cheating on her and hires her mum to spy on him.
A dead body on the porch, some clucking hens and a handsome rooster, old women trying to impress an equally old and handsome man, a scam, Ma and Peepaw Horton’s pies, extramarital affairs … phew! So many things going on at once and these ladies are stronger than you think! They can run, jump and even ‘manhandle’ a criminal so don’t underestimate them.
Harry, the ‘founder’ of Shady Hoosier Detective agency is on a run. No, he’s not a criminal but he’s well known for sleeping with ladies – the married ones. Oops!. Shap is angry and threatens to kill Harry for sleeping with his wife. But Mrs Shap can’t seem to keep her hands and eyes off Harry. As they make the detective agency office their love nest, RJ and Veenie spend most of the time outdoors, sleuthing.
Baby Daddy Mystery is the second book in the Shady Hoosier Detective Agency series. The first book was super crazy and funny – ghosts with green lights on their bums!! The second book is even crazier, quirkier and wild! Yep, the senior citizens do some dirty talking so grand-parental guidance is recommended before you read the book. Hmm!
There isn’t a single instance in the book where I felt lost or bored! Daisy Pettles makes sure that each and every paragraph has something hilarious or dirty. Veenie was wilder than I remember her from the previous book. RJ’s relation with her kids was a nice inclusion to the story. But being Veenie’s friend and all, RJ is weird too. Sassy and Veenie, though single, are always ready to mingle. Senior citizens or not, love and companionship is a must, isn’t it?
As the story ends, be it fraud, murder or cheating spouse, the ladies solve it all! See, I told you, there are very good at what they do! One arrow, three birds! Or, Four, or five! I loved the ending. Although the reader is given a clear picture as to the identity of the perp, I liked the ending. It was something different from the same old, usual stuff. I thought the ladies would do some Jack Reacher like action in the end but as they say, expect the unexpected, they handled it coolly.
So go ahead and read Baby Daddy Mystery and if you haven’t read the first book in the series – Ghost Busting Mysteries, then read that too. The third book is being released this month so I am looking forward to reading it.
If you missed my review of book 1 then you can check it here: Ghost Busting Mystery
Character Development: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5
Title: Baby Daddy Mystery (Shady Hoosier Detective Agency #2)
Author: Daisy Pettles
Published on: 15th December 2018
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Featured Image Credits: NetGalley
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an hoenst and unbiased opinion.