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5.0 out of 5 starsTROUBLED TIMES!
Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2020
Since I read the first Davis Way Crime Caper Book (Double Whammy), I’ve been a fan of this series! Archer is one of my all time favorite authors as she has such superb storytelling skills! She has introduced us to her fabulous unforgettable cast of characters and made them feel as though they are people we know (or may be related to) as well as continuing to introduce some quirky new characters. In DOUBLE TROUBLE, her plot is full of mischief, mayhem & murder and continues to keep you guessing about the outcome. Archer is a master at writing Davis & Fantasy getting caught in zany situations. They always remind me of Lucy & Viv - only things eventually work out in the end for Davis & Fantasy. T-R-O-U-B-L-E comes in all shapes and sizes when $5,000,000 comes up missing from the Casino! Toss in an Elvis Convention with the Elvii taking over the town as well as the Casino. Add an Old Birdy Woman, Davis’ Mom & unfortunately Davis’ ex-ex mother-in-law Bea Crawford to the mix. Now you know there’s DOUBLE T-R-O-U-B-L-E! I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Henery Press and Edelweiss. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence.
Davis' first mistake was not firing Birdy James, who is old as the hills, when her boss suggested she let her go. Birdy is in charge of Lost and Found at the Bellisimo Casino where Davis works in security.
No one can find anything in Lost and found because Birdy uses the Dewey Decimal System and shorthand - her shorthand.
The Bellisimo has lost 5 million dollars - it is in lost and found.
Things go down hill from there.
Enter Davis' Mother and her ex Mother-in-law.
Davis is in trouble - Double Trouble.
This is a fast paced, slap stick, funny book.
This is the 9th book in the Davis Way Crime Series. I say this every time; this is the funniest and best one yet. I laughed so much reading this book, and boy do we need to laugh at this time in our life.
Yes, yes, yes! Let’s get cooking: Take Elvis and more Elvis (Elvii?), mix with one unforgettable and missing Birdy, toss in a character who shouldn’t even be there(!), then add Davis Way and Fantasy and No Hair and crew, and don’t forget the secret ingredient: Some alarming stuff that should NOT be happening. Put it all in a bag, shake it all up, and the delicious result equals a recipe for pure hilarity at the fabulous Bellissimo Hotel and Casino in steamy Louisiana. Serve with coffee, tea, mimosa, or mint julep for best results. (Or a peanut and banana sandwich, because did I mention the Elvises/Elvii?) Tightly written and filled with both heartwarming moments and hijinks, this may be best one in the series yet. An absolute delight, filled with memorable characters and moments to make you laugh and cry and escape into pure enjoyment. Davis Way and her family alway do this for me. She is my go-to gal. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I should probably start here with my bias – I’m a huge Davis Way fan. Each book in this series never fails to make me laugh out loud. Davis is the kind of character that you root for – she doesn’t always make the best choices, but she works with what she has and she does everything in her power to protect those she loves along the way.
To sum up this latest - Davis is in trouble. A lot of trouble. Missing five million dollars kind of trouble. Since our last caper she’s been demoted, the Bellissimo security team is split, and to find this money, Davis needs her mother to come babysit the twins. Who in turn brings Bea (the ex-ex-mother-in-law). (Who isn’t supposed to be there.) And tomatoes. So many tomatoes.
And I didn’t even get around to mentioning the Elvis convention. People dressed up like the King are roaming not just the casino, but all around town. It’s easy for someone with five million stolen dollars to get lost in all the Elvises. (Sorry, Davis, I tried typing Elvii but – I’m with Fantasy here.)
In other words, Davis has a lot going on.
This latest Davis Way Crime Caper is full of fun – from the mystery of the missing money to why Davis has been demoted and no longer speaking to Bianca Sanders. Will things ever be the same at the Bellissimo again? You’ll just have to read the book to find out.
2.0 out of 5 starsGosh, what a stinker. And I don't mean the fertilizer.
Reviewed in the United States on June 11, 2020
Sorry to say this 9th book in the Davis Way Crime Caper series was not good for me on so many levels. I've been a firm fan since the first book but this one simply went too far into wacky-land. Everything was too much or too many. The Bellisimo casino is having an Elvis convention so it's silly, silly Elvis throughout the whole book. How many times can a penthouse apartment be destroyed and redecorated in one day? Read this book to find out. How sick did I get with reading about the tomato plants? Very sick. The smell and texture of the fertilizer? Completely overwritten. Everything is so over the top there is no semblance of any naturally occurring life from the first page to the last. Plus the author used one of my least favored devices to clean up some of the mess she had created for the heroine, she knocked her out with exhaustion and fixed most of her screw-ups while she slept so we never even get to see Davis put right most of the problems she caused.
The books in this series are always skewed toward the comedic and I've been alright with that every time before. It means I have to take a lot of what goes on with even less than a single grain of salt but that was what I did because I loved the characters. In this book Davis has lost every single smidgen of common sense she ever had and takes down her entire crew with her. It wasn't laugh-out-loud funny, it was embarrassing.