Title: Chickenlandia Mystery (Shady Hoosier Detective Agency #3)
Author: Daisy Pettles
Published on: 15th September 2019
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Ruby Jane and Lavinia Goens, the quirky grandmas are back! The senior citizen duo are PIs-in-the-making and work for Harry Shades’ detective agency. Ma and Peepaw find their prized chickens
kidnapped chicken-napped and the ladies are asked to investigate.
Chickenlandia festival is quite famous in Pawpaw County, Indiana. Tater has come over to the agency claiming that his wife Gertie’s gone missing. Gertie’s been the winner of the BBQ contest at Chickenlandia for years now. With hardly a week left for the festival to begin, Gertie’s disappearance might have something to do with her rival wanting her gone from the contest. Things take a turn for worse when one of the chicken rancher is found dead in her rival’s factory.
Chickenlandia Mystery is the third book in Shady Hoosier Detective Agency series. I enjoyed the first two books in this series – Ghost Busting Mystery and Baby Daddy Mystery. I wish I could say the same about this one, though!
Ruby Jane and Veenie Goens make quite a hilarious amateur sleuth pair. They are quirky, weird and wack-a-doodle-doo! Having read all the books in this series (that have been released so far), I must say I am finding their wackiness a tad monotonous.
The mystery is so-so; I didn’t find it all that great. There are too many things happening here – missing chickens, a dead body, pool of suspects, romance and whatnot. I like the fact that the author has incorporated all of these into one story. It doesn’t bore you. At the same time, there’s nothing much that makes one go haw!
Veenie is the quirkiest of the two. There’s a thin line between humor and sarcasm. At times, Veenie’s opinions left a sour taste in my mouth. I do not like it when characters cross the line or overdo it – ruins the story, you see.
There are lots of chickens in this story! Not fried ones, mind. 😛 Cluck-clucking around, these birdies are the stars of the story; especially the missing ones – Dewey and Ginger. If you like to experiment with your cozy reads, I recommend you to try the first two books in this series.
Chickenlandia Mystery has a lot of good ratings and I might be the only one who’s given it an okayish rating. If you like quirky mysteries, give this book a try. You might like it better than I did.
Many thanks to BooksGoSocial and NetGalley for the ARC. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.