“A smart, snappy writer who hits your funny bone!” (Janet Evanovich).
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.
©2013 Gretchen Archer (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
was just as funny as the first.however the story line ran up and down through a lot of places.a little hard to follow sometimes but I love all the characters.
I would be willing to try another book I like her story lines. I like the characters in this book. think just need more focus next time.
she was not as animated as the first narrator
My name is Kira and I work as a librarian in utah. I love all kinds of books, but especially like fantasy and mystery.
Distinguished. It's better than most audiobooks.
When Fantasy and Davis had one too many martinis. They were really funny drunks.
Her unique accent and unique intonations.
Life in Biloxi, Mississippi has been a little rocky for Davis Way. Her live-in boyfriend, Bradley Cole is on a big case and is hardly ever home, juggling her security job and her doppleganger job for her employer’s wife has kept her extremely busy, she’s pregnant, and someone is out to get her boyfriend. When an underground senior citizen retirement center is discovered in the heart of the Bellisimo, Davis finds herself having to draw on her family and friend ties to bring the perpetrators to justice. Will she succeed in saving her jobs, getting her boyfriend back safe and sound, and keeping her sanity?
Although, narrator, Amber Benson wasn’t quite as entertaining as the first book’s narrator, her unique intonations and smooth transitions did a great job of bringing Archer’s characters and the world of Biloxi to life. The plot is well-developed and engaging. Unlike the first one, this book has no plot dragging issues and moves at a steady pace. The narrative and writing styles are clear, easy to follow, and complement each other well. The humor and light-hearted nature of the book was masterfully mixed with the suspense and danger the main character and her boyfriend faced. Overall, I give it 5 out of 5 stars. A must read for fans who liked the first one or for people who like mystery novels.
I love this series! Davis, Fantasy, No hear, and Bianca never fail to entertain. The reader's voices are great and she really keeps you hooked while listening to the story.
Archer's characters are quirky and three-dimensional. There's a good mix of sane and crazy. I know very little about the casino world, but Archer's descriptions are so vivid that I never feel lost. She weaves story and setting extremely well.
Just as one story line seems to tie up, another unravels and usually in a most humorous way.
I'm not up on current popular stars, so I'm not a great person to ask how to cast this for movie, TV, or internet.
Amber Benson is a fine reader and handles Southern English well as one character. Her trouble comes in trying to deal with another accent besides Davis Way. The grandmother sounded as though she lived part of her life in Minnesota and part in New Jersey. As for No-Hair and Sanders, Benson probably should stop trying to sound like a man to save her vocal chords. The other women, including Fantasy, sounded as though Benson was pretending to be a fairy. And the TV news reporter sounded like a kindergartener pretending to be a fairy.Ms. Benson is a soprano who is attempting to sing alto, tenor, and baritone. One needs a plus-sized vocal range for narration of books with lots of characters. Sometimes the range comes with age. Save your fine voice, Ms. Benson, and stick with projects that have a smaller range required.But Archer's writing is spot-on. I look forward to Davis Way's next caper.
When I am in the mood to listen to something fun and entertaining to escape from daily stresses, I usually download a Janet Evanovich book. Since I have everything she has ever written I was excited to discover Gretchen Archer. She writes with the same carefree, lets laugh at ourselves style, that Janet has but in her own original way. Her characters are believable and you can always find yourself saying "Yes, I know someone like that!!" This story is also well narrated. I have become a fan of not only Gretchen but of Amber Benson as well. She is very talented and brings Davis to life as well as all the other characters. Keep writing Gretchen! And Keep reading Amber. From your Newest Biggest Fan Gloria
At home in the snowy mountains of Utah. Who says you need to have a summer...
While there is a whole "What could possibly happen next?" aspect to these books, there are periodic small resolutions which keep the story fresh. Just when it appears that the whole mess has gone down the drain some small, or large, success keeps me moving forward and willing to put up with the continuing disasters that occur in the life of Davis
I really loved the hectic room to room in the restaurant sequence which ended with Davis face down in the food, but not for the reason you would suspect.
I think Bianca was one of the strongest characterizations by Amber. Most of the female characters were quite well done, with the male characters following slightly behind.
The whole prayer circle rationale, the negotiations in the dinner, and the elopement at the end both had me laughing out loud.
I appreciate that so far at least it appears that Davis is moving forward, gaining confidence, and growing into her new situation. I hope the story continues moving forward in the next installment.
I love Gretchen Archer's books ... both of them, to date. I read the book a couple of times before listening to it. Whoever narrated her first book was horrendous. This narrator was much better, but still not as good as the book deserves. It's hard for me to put my finger on what isn't right about it. A lack of snap? Inability to convey humor? The voice was fine, the accent Southern without being intrusive.
It just wasn't as good a listening experience as it was a reading experience ... and that's rare for me. I generally prefer audio these days. Oh well. Maybe next book?
Davis succeeded in her first major security assignment at Bellisimo Resort and Casino in Biloxi (Double Whammy). Now she faces another major event: the frenzied slot-tournament where a little old lady is on a winning streak. The few leads seem connected with a Pentecostal Church in Beehive, Alabama.
Bianca’s personal assistant has gone missing which puts Davis repeatedly at the beck and call of the hoity wife of the Casino boss. If that isn’t enough trouble, Davis has to juggle visitors and troubles at home. Davis decides to use her ex-mother-in-law to test a theory that the elderly are tied to the Church and fixed wins. This ends up allowing her ex-ex, Eddie, to show up unexpectedly and uninvited. Bradley doesn’t like the picture and declares an ultimatum. Meanwhile there are upset tummies - some caused by a food item that leads to death. Fortunately, or not, that isn’t Davis’ trouble and she can’t figure out how to tell Bradley there are more concerns than just her ex-ex..
There is more fun in this installment of Davis’ hijinks. She has a new co-worker, Fantasy, a woman who was Davis’ corrections officer during her incarceration in book one. Fantasy is a good ‘Mutt’ (tall, skinny and black) to set off Davis’ ‘Jeff ‘(short, curvy and redheadish).
There is plenty of emotional trouble for Davis as well as mystery to solve. The action and wit keep the reader/listener well entertained. Once again I was very pleased to have the third book ready when this one finished.
Audio Notes: The narrator changed between book one and two. Sometimes that is a major problem but it wasn’t terrible this time. Amber Benson does a good job with the voices and the story. I didn’t find her “asides” quite as effective as the first narration but everything else was just fine. I still enjoy this in audiobook format which makes for fun, quick entertainment.
Yes, I like the story.
The story seemed to be a bit AD/HD. At times I found myself rewinding thinking I had missed a chunk of the story, it was that disjointed. But, still a good read and the plot is good. The new narrator has a good voice for most of the women. But her men's voices were horrible. No Hair sounded like he was hoarse all the time and is always yelling and angry. Would have been better to just use a regular voice. I will try the next book, though, and hope it gets better.
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