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Double Whammy: A Davis Way Crime Caper, Book 1 | [Gretchen Archer]

Double Whammy: A Davis Way Crime Caper, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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, unable to seek help from her family, 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.

This book is part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all! Double Whammy is the first book in the Davis Way humorous mystery series.

©2012 Gretchen Archer (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Funny & wonderful & human. It gets the Stephanie Plum seal of approval." (Janet Evanovich)

"Archer navigates a satisfyingly complex plot and injects plenty of humor as she goes. This madcap debut is a winning hand for fans of Janet Evanovich and Deborah Coonts." (Library Journal)

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    Takeyabue Orem, UT, United States 10-04-13
    Takeyabue Orem, UT, United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2015

    At home in the snowy mountains of Utah. Who says you need to have a summer...

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    "Another excellent reading by Dina Pearlman"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would be comfortable recommending this to any fan of cozy mysteries. While there is some romantic tension and violence, it does not proceed beyond a level acceptible for most cozy mystery lovers. I also continue to enjoy the reading/performance of Dina Pearlman. I have listened to many of her other audiobooks and find that she is consistently excellent.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Double Whammy?

    Davis's encounters with Maxine and Mary at the Double Whammy machines. i also enjoyed Teeth and No Hair in all their intimidating glory.


    Which character – as performed by Dina Pearlman – was your favorite?

    Morgan George Sr.was my favorite character beyond Davis.


    Any additional comments?

    Hoping that Double Dip will also make its way to audio.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pete the Dog 08-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Entertaining story. Awesome narrator."
    Would you listen to Double Whammy again? Why?

    Yes. Because some of the character's thoughts are so funny. I would enjoy listening again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Davis Way. Because of her name, where she is from, her personality and sarcasm.


    Which character – as performed by Dina Pearlman – was your favorite?

    Davis Way, definitely.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Just entertaining overall. The author and narrator did a great job making me feel the characters and understand their thoughts/actions.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next book in the series! Please keep Dina Pearlman as the narrator -- she IS Davis Way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    twinsmom 06-04-13
    twinsmom 06-04-13
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    "Hilarious fun! Can't wait for more"

    I totally enjoyed this book! It was so funny. Davis Way is a little bit pathetic (but in a funny way), quite ingenious and completely hilarious. I am so glad that I stumbled upon this book here on audible and decided to give it a try. I bought the kindle book (well worth the $2.99) and the discounted audible book (also well worth the money or the credit). Dina Perlman does a great job narrating but the book reads well in print, too (I mostly listened to it but did read some of it). I will definitely be watching out for the next book in this series. I hope they do an audible version of that one, as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DabOfDarkness Ojo Caliente, NM, United States 08-22-15
    DabOfDarkness Ojo Caliente, NM, United States 08-22-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Murder mysteries & slot machines - too fun!"

    Davis Way use to be a cop in Pine Apple, Alabama. That is, until, she kind of lost her mind and went after her thieving ex-husband, Eddie, a little too harshly. So she is terribly excited to be hired at the Bellissimo Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. At first, she isn’t too sure what her job really is. There’s wigs and a variety of uniforms. She’s set tasks and she accomplishes them. Eventually, she is handed something bigger and funner. That is until she runs into her ex-husband. Erg! Big trouble lies in wait for one or both of them if Davis can’t keep her cool.

    This book was mostly humor with just the right touch of seriousness. Davis has been through some tough times, some of which were of her own making. However, she’s trying to put that behind her and make something new and shiny of her life by taking a job that is 4 hours away from her hometown and family. At first, she is ashamed to tell her father (the head cop in Pine Apple) about her security work at the casino, feeling it is a step down from law enforcement. However, he is forever supportive. Their relationship is one of the cornerstones that keeps Davis going.

    Let’s talk about the casino life. I’ve been in 2 casinos in my life and each time it was to meet someone at the restaurant. So I jumped into this book partly for the experience of something very different from my day to day life. I was not disappointed. The author does a good job of capturing the ambiance of the casino and, through Davis’s eyes, showing a few of the gambling games. There is a touch of computer programing thrown in as Davis tries to figure out how a slot machine can be beaten. Yet I never felt like it was too much and became bored with the story.

    Davis herself is a pretty interesting character. She attacks life with some self-effacing humor and a bit of sarcasm. She knows that she is not always the sharpest tack in the pack, but she carries on. Perhaps due to her law enforcement years, she doesn’t shy away from the tough stuff either, being familiar with handguns and having the wit to size a person up before trying any physical moves that may result in a broken bone. She’s practical that way. And yet, when it comes to her ex-husband, she loses all that practicality and becomes total emotion – much of which is rage and anger and hurt. This combination of character traits pulled me and never let me go. I was totally on Davis’s side even when she was in the wrong.

    As Davis completes task after task, things become more complicated. Her employers, Richard Sanders & his assistant Nathalie, are learning to trust her and are taking her further into their confidences. Perhaps half way through the book, Davis learns what they truly want her to do. It involves her look-alike twin (Bianca), the ex-husband (Eddie), and a slot machine. Things end up going a bit deeper than that and it was definitely worth reveling in.

    Towards the end, it really looked like Davis was going to lose it all and be stuck in a very bad situation. This gave her lots of time to reflect upon her life and what was important. Also, this is when a new love interest steps in and offers unlooked for assistance. Truly, I wasn’t sure how the author was going to wrap this mystery up. Being attached to Davis, I wanted things to work out for her. Yet I knew that may not happen. I was biting my nails as I devoured the last several hours of this book. In the end, I was pretty satisfied and looking forward to the next in the series.

    I received this book at no cost from the author (via her publicist) in exchange for an honest review.

    The Narration: Dina Pearlman had a great voice for Davis. She performed the character with an Alabaman accent and she also included a few sounds here and there (gasps of astonishment, choking, etc.). She really portrayed Davis quite well. Her other character voices were all distinct and her male voices were believable. I especially liked her voice for the grumpy taxi driver, George. Quite often the text required character emotions and Pearlman did a great job there as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MSEreads Marianna, FL 08-17-15
    MSEreads Marianna, FL 08-17-15 Member Since 2001

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    "Good Listen - Fun, Entertaining PI Romp"

    Davis Way ('it's a name, not a place') is a young thirtys, diminutive (under 5'3") ex-small-town cop from Pine Apple, Alabama. Davis worked under the police chief, her beloved father, until a huge, ugly divorce blow-up, including gun shots, resulted in her being fired. It happened the dust up was her second divorce from her now ex-ex husband, the snake, Eddie. After a year of unemployment Davis finally lands a job as elite security in the Bellissimo Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. They plan to use her unique abilities which include being a double for the boss’ high maintenance, nasty-tempered wife, Bianca. Since she is able to work well with disguises, Davis’ employment is kept low-key and she is assigned to various tasks to spy on other workers and guests and casino players.

    Davis is happy to have a job even if she is nervous about her new co-workers. She has a hard time remembering names so she tends to give everyone nicknames. The two bulky bruisers she works with become “Big Teeth” and “No Hair”.

    Davis’ initial assignment is to determine who is cashing in on the Double Whammy jackpot machines and how they are doing it. She is dismayed when her research reveals that the most recent winner was her ex-ex and somehow he was connected with Bianca. Now she has to figure out how to disclose the details while trying to keep her distance from Eddie.

    While pulling together clues Davis discovers a taciturn cab driver, George, whom she coerces to assist her. He gives her a few warnings which Davis just brushes aside. Davis finds herself a condo to rent so she will have someplace not under the surveillance ears and eyes of her employers. She begins to fall for her handsome landlord, Bradley Cole, even before she meets him. She falls head over heals when he shows up in person to rescue her from a jail mix-up when no one will identify her true name.

    Gretchen Archer does a great job of creating quirky and fun characters. The southern setting provides extra material for humor. The story moves at a good pace providing a nice mix of action, personal interest and humor. I was glad to have the next two stories to listen to when this one finished. I recommend this to readers who enjoy humor with the mystery and a female PI.

    Audio Notes: Dina Pearlman does a good job with the narration. She manages to capture the southern, small town character of Davis as well as the other male and female characters. I do think this would be a fun read too but I recommend the audio as a fun listen to those who enjoy audiobooks.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sandybar57@msn.con 06-27-15
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    "Absolutely FANTASTIC!"

    I had already read and reviewed this book on Amazon and Goodreads when it first came out when I got this opportunity to listen to it on audio. Not only is this a wonderfully funny story, but I thoroughly enjoyed the narration and the narrator's ability to use different voices for the characters. I listened to this over a two-day period and never once got lost in thought during the process. To me, that is high praise indeed!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steen Tampa Bay, Florida 06-25-15
    Steen Tampa Bay, Florida 06-25-15
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    "Top notch writing, story line and characters"
    What made the experience of listening to Double Whammy the most enjoyable?

    Dina Pearlman's ability to give life to the book. Her reading style may not come across in the sample, but she'll grow on you. Trust me. She's good.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Double Whammy?

    Hard to nail that down...I love the sarcasm the most. It's appropriate and funny. Which makes my day more enjoyable as it puts me in a good mood.


    What does Dina Pearlman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She adds inflections to words, like when people are irritated, you hear it in her voice. I don't have to imagine it as I would when reading.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I loved it. Yes, I laughed. Actually out loud. It's a roller coaster ride of tension, fun, intrigue and a few "awww" moments.


    Any additional comments?

    Double Whammy is an enjoyable novel, pure and simple. I recommend the entire series to anyone who is looking for a book with a huge dose of humor, sarcasm, wit and awkward family relationships (as tends to happen in real life).
    After I’d purchased each book that Gretchen Archer has written (as they were released), I have now also bought the series on Audible, to listen to when I’m relaxing. The audio format brings a new aspect to books.
    I listened carefully to the sample, paying attention to the narrator.
    Some Audible narrators are great, some are good and some…I walk away from. As for Dina Pearlman, honestly, I wasn’t sure after listening to the sample. But since I absolutely love Ms Archer’s writing style and the Davis Way character, I trusted and forged ahead. I’m so glad I did.
    It only took a few minutes for me to settle in to listening to Dina Pearlman and to realize that she grasped Davis Way’s character quite well. She reads the book with a dry wit that reflects the tone of the story. I love her voice, style and the inflections she reads with, making the book come alive.
    As to the story itself, I think it deserves the highest accolades possible. Gretchen Archer writes pure enjoyment. This book is a prime example of why I read books.
    The main character, Davis Way, is funny, flawed, passionate, smart and determined. She is also bedeviled by her ex-ex-husband, Eddie, and his random appearances in her trying-to-get-myself-back-on-track life. To her credit, she does not just shoot him dead right in the middle of the casino.
    As a great many of us can relate to, Eddie epitomizes everything that is just so wrong with our exes…he’s alive, he’s stolen from us, he’s still good looking, and he’s in the way, irritating the bejeezus out of us.
    The writing style of Double Whammy is an absolute pleasure. I giggle aloud at some of the sarcastic asides in the narrative. The story flows well, the plot contains enough subterfuge and enough gunplay to keep us spy-wannabes happy (while safe in our homes).
    We are taken on a five-star ride through the Belissimo, through the luxury resort accommodations, the non-stop gaming, the back areas that a guest would never experience, and the thieves who masquerade as guests while trying to leave with millions in their pockets. The bad guys are not one-dimensional evil incarnate, but normal people who have succumbed to a human temptation: greed.
    Davis does do some silly things, but there are reasons for them and they’re funny, people. She may just be exhausted, having been up for thirty hours working towards solving a crime or she may just be distracted/overwhelmed/stressed by numerous people/plot points that I will not reveal in this review. Whatever. Davis Way’s foibles make it a better, more delightful book.
    Davis Way is a refreshing character, a true gem hidden in the thick of the mystery genre, which is populated with way too many insipid, nauseating and plain annoying protagonists. Let me make this clear: Davis Way is none of those things. I want to be Davis Way, (Except I’d get worn out in three hours of her life.) Advice: buy the book, read the book, enjoy the book and get ready to laugh.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon D. Moore 03-23-15 Member Since 2014

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    "An enjoyable listen/read"

    With the ineptness of a Stephanie Plum, Davis Way is a very funny character who should probably never have access to a gun. Her family is dysfunctional as ate her former inlaws. She stumbles through everything and somehow comes out on top.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Dayton, Oh, United States 01-06-15
    Lynn Dayton, Oh, United States 01-06-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting mystery novel."

    I enjoyed this. Was written well and the reading was not bad. Good job. I'm planning to get the next book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ty Mixx 09-30-14
    Ty Mixx 09-30-14 Member Since 2012

    Long-term AIDS survivor, losing eyesight from complications. Ex software developer & Chicago dance club DJ. Born again & love life left.

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    "Funny, fast read, good plot"
    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy Janet Evanovich's "Stephanie a Plum" series, you ought to enjoy this book, and vice versa. The plot is good, it's not overly long, the humor of the main character is just snarky enough. There aren't any villainous characters making surprise entrances at the end to frustrate your logic. Still, I just wasn't sure who done it until the reveal. Excellent read when you get tired of Kafka works :-). Enjoy yourself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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