Jun 022017
 


On Flashback Fridays I will share with you the books I was not able to review
when they were first released that have been screaming at me
from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.

This book was technically not on my TBR shelf. It is a series that has been on my radar and on my wish list. The author’s publicist contacted me back in April to promote the series and generously sent me the first book. HOW IN THE WORLD WAS THIS SERIES NOT IN MY HANDS WHEN IT FIRST CAME OUT?? I am kicking myself!! 


Double Whammy (A Davis Way Crime Caper)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Mississippi
Henery Press (May 14, 2013)
Paperback: 306 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1938383366
Kindle ASIN: B00CQETPRM

 

 

 

Davis Way thinks she’s hit the jackpot when she lands a job as the fifth wheel on an elite security team at the fabulous Bellissimo Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. But once there, she runs straight into her ex-ex-husband, a rigged slot machine, her evil twin, and a trail of dead bodies. Davis learns the truth and it does not set her free—in fact, it lands her in the pokey. Buried under a mistaken identity, her hot streak runs cold until her landlord Bradley Cole steps in. Make that her landlord, lawyer, and love interest. With his help, Davis must win this high stakes game before her luck runs out.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

With a main character with the name Davis Way (I once lived in a town with a street by that name) I knew this was going to be a very interesting story. What I didn’t expect was to be laughing out loud one minute and on the edge of my seat the next. This happened repeatedly throughout the story. But I am getting ahead of myself.

Davis Way is a twice divorced, (from the same man), former police officer (her daddy is the chief) with a degree in criminal justice and information technology, (meaning she has a few hacking skills) woman from the teeny tiny town of Pine Apple, (two words) Alabama. She has been interviewing for a job in Biloxi, Mississippi for weeks and still has not seen or heard the job description. She accepts the job at the Bellissimo Resort and Casino with absolutely no idea what she is going to be doing.

  • She never imagined running into her ex x 2 husband or her doppelganger but she does.
  • Nor did she imagine she would find any dead bodies but several appear in her path.
  • She also didn’t imagine ending up behind bars but that is exactly where she lands.

Maybe she should have looked at that employment contract more carefully because she while she didn’t expect to hit the jackpot the only luck she seems to have is Very Bad.

I got on my stool and pulled the lever and hit the winning combination when I started reading this story and I had a hard time putting it down. Davis’ new job starts out crazy and I loved all the “security” assignments she was doing for the casino. Little mini mysteries. But then the story takes a dark turn and I was in shock and felt horrible for Davis and didn’t know how she was going to get herself out of a huge mess.  I can’t say more without spoiling the story, so the plot talk stops here. 🙂

What I can say is Gretchen Archer has written an amazing story. She takes Davis on a wild ride and never takes her foot off the gas. I really liked Davis, she is brassy, smart and persistant but she has her flaws. Her father has her back always, her mother and sister not so much. The rest of the supporting cast is so well written and some are very complex souls. Davis meets a lot of very unique people. Most of them have secrets or are hiding something.

I found the casino/hotel setting very interesting. I am not much of a gambler myself but have played the slots a few times. Nothing as elaborate at what Davis was dealing with though. I loved the two “grandmas” she meets. That may be me someday. The knowledge of what goes on from behind the scenes from the basements to the guest rooms to the office was all very captivating.

To say this book is entertaining is a gross understatement. It is a fabulous debut. Full of twists and turns and is different from other cozy mysteries I have read. You have to read this book!! I can’t wait to read the rest of this series. Kudos Ms. Archer! You have hit the jackpot!!

Dollycas

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Apr 292017
 


I am so excited to feature this series today!


Double Whammy (A Davis Way Crime Caper Book 1)

Cozy Mystery
Henery Press
Hardcover: 300 pages (August 4, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-1940976907
Paperback: 306 pages (May 14, 2013)
ISBN-13: 978-1938383366
E-Book ASIN: B00CQETPRM

Davis Way thinks she’s hit the jackpot when she lands a job as the fifth wheel on an elite security team at the fabulous Bellissimo Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. But once there, she runs straight into her ex-ex-husband, a rigged slot machine, her evil twin, and a trail of dead bodies. Davis learns the truth and it does not set her free—in fact, it lands her in the pokey. Buried under a mistaken identity, her hot streak runs cold until her landlord Bradley Cole steps in. Make that her landlord, lawyer, and love interest. With his help, Davis must win this high stakes game before her luck runs out.


Double Dip (A Davis Way Crime Caper Book 2)
Cozy Mystery
Henery Press
Hardcover: 272 pages (August 4, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-1941962015
Paperback: 260 pages (January 28, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-1938383946
E-Book ASIN: B00I1OJQTI

It’s Davis Way’s first slot-tournament season. And it may be her last…Things are dicey at work. A personal assistant goes missing, a little old lady goes on a suspicious winning streak, and a Bellissimo executive goes gaga for Davis. She follows a disappearing slot-tournament player trail to the So Help Me God Pentecostal Church in Beehive, Alabama, then jumps headlong into a high stakes holy scandal.

She’s on a losing streak at home, too. Her days, nights, and dinners run together, as Davis juggles a revolving door of uninvited guests, namely her rotten ex-ex-husband, Eddie Crawford. And Bradley Cole thinks three’s a crowd.

The worst? Davis doesn’t feel so hot. Maybe it’s the banana pudding, or maybe it’s a little bundle of something else.

DOUBLE DIP. A reckless ride in the fast lane, and Davis Way can’t find the brakes.

Double Strike (A Davis Way Crime Caper Book 3)
Cozy Mystery
Henery Press (October 21, 2014)
Hardcover: 270 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1941962145
Paperback: 260 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1940976334
E- Book ASIN: B00N11O8TY

Bellissimo Resort and Casino Super Spy Davis Way knows three things: Cooking isn’t a prerequisite for a happy marriage, don’t trust men who look like David Hasselhoff, and money doesn’t grow on Christmas trees. None of which help when a storm hits the Gulf a week before the most anticipated event in Bellissimo history: the Strike It Rich Sweepstakes. Securing the guests, staff, and property might take a stray bullet. Or two.

Bellissimo Resort and Casino Super Spy Davis Way has three problems: She’s desperate to change her marital status, she has a new boss who speaks in hashtags, and Bianca Sanders has confiscated her clothes. All of which bring on a headache hot enough to spark a fire. Solving her problems means stealing a car. From a dingbat lawyer.

Bellissimo Resort and Casino Super Spy Davis Way has three goals: Keep the Sanders family out of prison, regain her footing in her relationship, and find the genius who wrote the software for futureGaming. One of which, the manhunt one, is iffy. Because when Alabama hides someone, they hide them good.


Double Mint (A Davis Way Crime Caper Book 4)
Cozy Mystery
Henery Press (July 21, 2015)
Hardcover: 268 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1941962800
Paperback: 267 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1941962770
E-Book ASIN: B00WGZ3OU0

It’s convention season at the Bellissimo Resort and Casino and Davis Way Cole barely notices. It’s hard to pay attention when you live in a Jambalaya Junkyard. But when Special Events Coordinator Holder Darby walks off the job just as five hundred Alabama bankers pour in the front door, Davis steps up.

Or would that be in? Definitely in. Davis steps in.

It.

Not only has the convention director vanished, but a certain Bellissimo guest is missing. One who forgot to pack the million dollars he left in the bathtub. It looks like our redhead newlywed Super Secret Spy’s lazy summer is over when the Bellissimo vault is robbed. Can Davis connect the dots before it’s too late? Can she get her Taser gun back from Bianca Sanders? Will she be stuck with Eddie Crawford’s 1962 Cadillac forever? What Davis needs is a little faith. And a lot of luck.

DOUBLE MINT.
New money. Old sins. Back to jail. And a cat.
(A cat?)
Break the Bank.

Double Knot (A Davis Way Crime Caper Book 5)
Cozy Mystery
Henery Press (April 12, 2016)
Hardcover: 262 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635110326
Paperback: 268 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635110296
E-Book ASIN: B01AWTXVWC

Super Spy Davis Way sets sail on a Caribbean cruise aboard the MS Probability with fifty billionaires, a boatload of Louis Vuitton luggage, Anderson Cooper, and her mother. (Her mother?) The weather is perfect, the seas are calm, and Suite 704 is spectacular. Until the door slams shut. For good.

Obviously, it’s a system glitch. Surely someone will show up to free Davis, Miss Hawaii, and the creepy staff. But when the minutes turn to hours and the hours stretch into a day, Davis knows it’s up to her. With $50,000 in casino chips, a pot roast, and a crash course in banking, she races against the clock to determine why they’re being held, stop the people behind it, and find a way out.

Secrets are revealed, antiquities are destroyed, and they’re running out of dishes. It’s mayday on Probability when Davis Way realizes that only the truth will set her free.

Double Jinx: A Bellissimo Casino Crime Caper Short StoryCozy Short Story
Henery Press (October 4, 2016)
Print Length: 35 pages
E-Book ASIN: B01LZ2N59J

July Jackson’s job as Holiday Host at the Bellissimo Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi is more trick than treat when one of her Scary Rich slot tournament players croaks. Then $3,000,000 goes missing. And a couple dressed as condiments—he’s Mustard, she’s Ketchup—might be behind the spooky shenanigans. What’s a Holiday Host to do? Call in the flying monkeys? July turns to the highest level of casino security and meets a boy named Baylor. Just Baylor. From there, it’s all thrills and chills.

Double Up (A Davis Way Crime Caper Book 6)
Cozy Mystery
Henery Press (March 21, 2017)
Hardcover:262 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635111842
Paperback: 262 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635111811
E-Book ASIN: B01MU9DM31

Fasten your seatbelts for non-stop action as stiff competition blows into town and the resulting turbulence threatens to take down the Bellissimo Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Super Secret Spy Davis Way Cole, who lives on the twenty-ninth floor of the hotel with her CEO husband and newborn twins, takes it hard. If the casino goes belly up, she won’t be a stay-at-home mom because she won’t have a home. Not to mention her husband won’t have a job.

Davis can’t find a way to stop the inevitable end of the Bellissimo life she loves until her ex-ex-mother-in-law shows up, unexpected and definitely uninvited. Davis makes the best of a bad Bea Crawford situation and recruits her for a little corporate espionage work, which would’ve been great, had Bea not turned out to be the world’s worst spy.

Ever.

Seatbacks and tray tables in their upright positions as we prepare for a bumpy ride with babies, bankruptcies, besties, and shrimp. (Shrimp?)

Enjoy your flight.

About Gretchen Archer

Gretchen Archer is the USA TODAY-bestselling author of Double Whammy, Double Dip, and Double Strike, the first three novels in the Davis Way Crime Caper series from mystery publisher Henery Press. Double Whammy was a finalist for the 2014 Daphne du Mauier Awards. Her 2016 short story, “Double Jinx,” is nominated for an Agatha Award.

A Tennessee housewife who began writing when her daughters (seeking higher educations) left her, Archer lives on Lookout Mountain with her husband, son, and a Yorkie named Bently. Her newest book from the Davis Way Crime Caper series, Double Up, is available now. Visit her on www.gretchenarcher.com, on Facebook and Twitter.

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