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Double Whammy (Davis Way Crime Caper #1)

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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 ...more
Paperback, First, 306 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by Henery Press
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2013 Cozy Mystery New Releases
50th out of 199 books — 194 voters
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Kendel Lynn
I was lucky enough to read this book well before publication, and I absolutely loved it. Funny, charming and addicting.
LynDee
I was so excited to get an early peek at Double Whammy, and Gretchen Archer does not disappoint! I couldn't put this down—I read 90 percent of it in a single day.

I've never been to a casino, but I feel like I've been to several now, thanks to Archer's vivid descriptions of Davis Way's sometimes opulent, sometimes laughable surroundings.

Double Whammy introduces us to Davis Way (great name!), a down-on-her luck former police officer from a teensy Alabama town who's trying to start over after div
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Paula  Phillips
Davis Way from Pine Apple , yes it's true has had a knack for getting herself into trouble from evil ex-boyfriends though technically its just the one as she's married him twice and then she hasn't had much luck in the job department until now. Davis has landed herself a job working undercover security in a Casino. The job starts off easy until she is told to investigate the Double Whammy machine and find out how a significant somebody is constantly winning the big ones. That somebody turns out ...more
Terri Austin
After a little misunderstanding with her ex-ex-husband, Davis Way finds herself in need of a new career and a new life. Desperate for work, she takes a complicated undercover job at a casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. But her dream job isn't as fab as advertised. She can't quite trust her boss or his secretive secretary. The cabbie who lives out of his car and gives her occasional advice and reluctant rides seems to know more than he's telling. And somehow, her jerk of an ex-ex-husband is involved ...more
Susan Boyer
I was lucky enough to snag an ARC of Double Whammy, and I loved this book! Gretchen Archer has created a character I want to hang out with often. Davis Way is witty and smart, and while she's gotten herself into trouble rather spectacularly, Archer does an excellent job of showing us the layers of the character and what makes her tick.

The casino setting is well drawn and interesting, and Archer weaves it into the story well so that the plot moves along at a fast clip.

I'm eagerly awaiting the nex
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Christina
I have no idea how to classify this book. Is it a cozy? Yeah, it's not graphic and definitely has the spirit of a cozy. In my opinion it also has more depth than most, which is a good thing. I was on pins and needles at parts and there were a couple of emotional moments that were almost like a kick in the gut. The mystery was great and well executed. I was trying to figure out how all the story threads would tie together and they did nicely. The ending, the very last scene made me smile and do a ...more
Ashley
I want to be Davis Way's friend. Not many books leave me feeling that way about the main character. While reading Double Whammy, I felt that Davis' personality was so authentic that she may be a real person instead of a character in a mystery novel. She's smart, sassy, and just the right amount of flawed. I loved her.

Gretchen Archer did a fantastic job. I didn't want to put the book down, even the second time I read it and already knew what happened.

Sign me up to read #2.
Cynthia
Apr 21, 2013 Cynthia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes cozies, mystery, intrigue and laughter from a very talented writer
Recommended to Cynthia by: Received from Goodreads as a giveaway
This is a book unlike most others that I have read. I enjoyed Double Whammy SO much that I read it twice since I received it as a free book won on Goodreads. This author is such an intelligent writer with describing people, places, situations, events, etc. so clearly that you can just picture them in your mind's eye. I found every character to be described so well that I had a mental picture of each. The story is written very well, with a very unique, unusual and extremely interesting story that ...more
Kourtney
Ms. Archer is a debut author to watch. In Davis Way, she has crafted an adorably flawed, completely relatable character that I can't wait to spend another book with!

Double Whammy has a few meanings and it was a fun adventure uncovering each one of them. The entire cast of characters shine in this book and I look forward to many more books with the Davis clan. Ms. Archer's casino setting was a delightful change of pace from the typical mystery and gave a cool peak inside the inner workings of a
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❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes)
4.5 stars. The book's cover calls itself a "Crime Caper" and that is exactly what it is. It's madcap without being silly or slapstick and offers a very twisty plot that was a lot of fun to read and hard to put down.

Full review: http://jenn.booklikes.com/post/113856...
Ian
After shooting herself in the foot...well, discharging her firearm in the general direction of her ex-husband anyway, Davis finds herself all but unemployable as a police officer.

Then she lands a job working for a casino investigating scams and people who are cheating the system and she's found her niche. But coworkers who are acting suspiciously and a demanding boss make for a hard field to plough.


Double Whammy is a pretty good little mystery set in the South (Mississippi). There is a little
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Renee
Funny book....could not put it down. Davis Way gets herself into some funny situations. This book is good for a laugh or two. I received this book from Goodreads.
Dee
Gretchen Archer’s debut novel, Double Whammy, is a fun, entertaining read. I loved the main character, Davis Way, and found myself laughing so much throughout the book at her carefree ways.

Davis Way, from Pine Apple, Alabama, lands herself an undercover security job in a Mississippi casino. Dressed in expensive clothes and crazy wigs, she’s given a pocket full of cash to go play and figure out how someone keeps winning the progressive payout on the Double Whammy slot game. Who wouldn’t love th
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Teresa
You want a great mystery, that keep you guessing, about everything, you need to read "Double Whammy" by Gretchen Archer.

"Double Whammy", start out with Davis Way, leaving L.A. (Lower Alabama) after applying for every job; to look for a job in Mississippi, after being on unemployment for more than a year. Davis, land in Biloxi, Ms. where she apply for one job fifty times, it better than applying for fifty jobs.

Davis, had her final interview, with the executive type Natalie Middleton. The other in
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DelAnne Frazee
Title: Double Whammy
Author: Gretchen Archer
Series: Book 1 of a Davis Way Mystery
Publisher: Henery Press
ISBN: 978-1938383366


Davis Way is a woman still in search of her place in the world, a Daddy's girl. Married at 16 to Eddie and annulled shortly there after, she has a mother who keeps her at a distance and with whom Davis has no emotional connection with. Davis has been the second police officer in the two police officer town of Pine Apple, Alabama. Following her divorce to her husband, Eddie,
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Nancy Silk
"The Author Has Talent ... And My Attention!"

This is a Davis Way crime caper and it's a doozy! Davis is unemployed, fired by her dad from the police department in Pine Apple, Alabama. So, not finding anything locally, she heads west to Biloxi, Mississippi. She wants a job in security and winds up with CEO Richard Sanders interviewing her at the Bellisimo Resort and Casino. She didn't give the best interview as she had been nibbling on red-hot cinnamon candies from his desk as she waited for him.
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Sheryl
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 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 ...more
Larissa Reinhart
Gretchen Archer debuts with a novel that should put her on "emerging authors to watch" list. Her distinct voice brings humor to the pages of a byzantine mystery that puts her heroine through the wringer. The protagonist, Davis Way from Pine Apple, Alabama, is a character you want to adopt and save from herself. Likable, smart, and sassy, I thoroughly loved Davis Way, particularly her numerous faults. The other characters are engaging and the plot is superbly crafted. I literally could not put do ...more
Kait Carson
Hilarious! This is a wonderful beach read - come to think of it, a perfect beach read. Davis Way (yes, that is her name) is looking for revenge, a job,and a love life in all the wrong places - when she lands a job as an undercover detective at a high end hotel (read casino) in Biloxi, MS, she thinks she's finally on the right track. So what that her two times ex husband is in the same town, and he has a restraining order against her. Small potatoes to the woman who was a cop in beautiful Pine Ap ...more
Diane Vallere
Perfect for a holiday weekend. This was like Spellman Files meets Stephanie Plum meets Oceans Eleven. I loved how author Gretchen Archer interspersed her character's backstory with the daily drama of her mysterious new casino job. This book had the right amount of depth and humor, which made it fast, enjoyable, and fun!
Shawn Clark
Very good book. I loved it all. It kept me interrested and wanting more. Hope Gretchen Archer writes more. Thank you Gretchen and goodreads for the book.
Pamela
Wonderful!! Awesome! Amazing!
Pat
Oh. My. Goodness. What a wonderful book! If this is Archer's first novel we are in for a treat. Double Whammy sucked me in from the get-go and the only time I came up for air was to sleep. This morning I finished it. WOW. Great story. Can't wait for January when #2 Double Dipp comes out.

Former cop, Davis Way is from a small town in Alabama but just landed herself a job at a casino in Biloxi Mississippi to discover how people are winning at one of the games there, the Double Whammy. Unfortunately
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Elizabeth Dodd
I really enjoyed this book. The main character is very sharp and smart, but decidedly goofy in many ways. She has to out-think the "bad guys" and does it well, jumping from one ID to another, complete with wigs, fake IDs, jobs, etc.
The mystery is intriguing--who is getting the jackpots from the casino games and how?
While the author keeps us busy with details about the ins and outs of casinos and this particular situation, Davis Way, the main character, has some really entertaining and amusing ex
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Andrea Guy
It is hard to figure out where to start when it comes to Double Whammy, the first book in the David Way Casino Mystery series.

First, let's talk about the book cover. OMG isn't it adorable? It is absolutely perfect for the book too.

But back to the story, which is fantastic, especially if you like casinos, and I do. (Even though I'm not much of a gambler, I like the pretty lights).

In some ways you really feel like you are learning the workings of a big casino. The Bellissimo is a fancy one. Think
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Meka
Aug 27, 2014 Meka rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Meka by: co-worker
Shelves: gretchen-archer
I started and stopped this book several times due to the slowness. I became bored quick and could not get into it. Urged by my co-worker to keep with it as “it is a funny read” I finally completed it. After an agonizing 278 pages, I did not see the humor nor laugh.

The plot seemed incoherent and details were inconsistent. Details were either given in abundance, skimmed over, or not addressed at all. Characters were irritating to me. Although the heroine, Davis has some endearing memories, they a
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Annette
Davis Way (her real name), from Pine Apple, Alabama (not “pineapple,” for the uninformed) has bad luck with jobs. So when Mr. Sanders, CEO of the Bellissimo Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi offers her a job, she is beyond thrilled. But when parts of her job involve wearing disguises, playing video poker, working as a hotel maid, and dealing with slightly sinister security guards (nicknames: No Hair and Teeth), Davis becomes wary of her role in the bigger scheme of things. Yes, they are g ...more
Diane Krause
This is the summer read I was looking for. Imagine Mary Kay Andrews and Janet Evanovich getting together to collaborate on a book -- well, Gretchen Archer did it first.

True chick-lit is not my favorite genre, but I do like chick-lit with an edge for summer reading. Double Whammy fits the bill, with a fresh plot and an adorably spunky protagonist, Davis Way. ("No, tell me your real name.")

If you're a Stephanie Plum fan, I'm confident you'll enjoy Double Whammy.
Chris
The free preview was so good-I paid retail to continue reading! So funny, well plotted, great characters. I couldn't put it down- it is hilarious. If Stephanie Plum moved to Mississippi, this would be her story. Davis Way from Pine Apple, Alabama takes a mysterious job at a Biloxi casino. Her police background may help her solve the convoluted puzzle or she may end up sleeping with the fishes. Archer has a Southerner's way of looking at things which probably doesn't make much sense to non-Southe ...more
MarciaB - Book Muster Down Under
In this, her debut novel, Gretchen Archer brings us a “new to the block” amateur detective in the same vein as Stephanie Plum and, for us Aussies, Erica Jewell, introducing us to Davis Way from Pine Apple, Alabama (yes, seriously)!

Davis has had a run of bad luck lately. A former police officer in Pine Apple (with two degrees behind her name, one in Criminal Justice and the other in Computer and Information Science), she’s found herself unemployed and down on her luck. Ready to take her sister’s
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Davis Way Crime Caper (4 books)
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