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Double Whammy

(Davis Way Crime Caper #1)

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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  2,247 ratings  ·  313 reviews
FILLED WITH HUMOR AND FRESH, ENDEARING CHARACTERS "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

Davis Way thinks she’s hit the

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Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published November 20th 2013 by Henery Press (first published May 14th 2013)
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LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
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
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Wyshona D. Lawson
I'm mad at myself for finishing this book. My reasoning is that I really wanted to see if the murderer ended up being who I thought it was going to be. It was. THERE ARE SPOILERS BELOW:

So, why am I mad at myself for finishing this? Let me count the ways.

1. Davis Way is kind of dumb. She supposedly went to school and earned a degree in criminal justice (and another in computer science), and even though she was a police person for a period of time, when No Hair says Teeth is (1) sweeping a room,
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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.
Cynthia
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Maureen DeLuca
To me , this book had potential.... I liked the idea and was looking for a cozy type book. But, it was a bit too busy for me... xx oh well, better luck next time xx
Maggie
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindleunlimited
I saw Janet Evanovich’s recommendation and decided to give this a go. If you enjoy Evanovich or Sue Grafton’s work - you’ll like Gretchen Archer. This is on a par with them. Fun cozy-ish mystery, more well written than so many of the Kindle Unlimited offerings. Does have many of the genre tropes, so if you sniff at tropes, this wouldn’t be your cup of tea.

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
Paula  Phillips
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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
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Ashley
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This is the first in a series that I have been wanting to read for a while, I am glad I finally did. This was really a humorous, fast-paced, mystery story. Davis Way, our protagonist has quite a background. She was married twice to the same man, was fired from her job as a police officer by her father, is not welcomed by her mother who has tried to evict her a few times and also has a computer programming degree. Without a job, she is finally hired to do security at a casino in Biloxi. She works ...more
Ian
May 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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 ...more
Donna
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm in the minority, but I found this book poorly written (had to re-read things to figure out what she meant), un-funny, and unrealistic. Another reviewer did a great job listing all the ways that Davis, supposedly an ex-cop, is a complete boob, and that's the kind of lead character I can't stand. Some folks might get humor out of that, but I just roll my eyes and grind my teeth.
Renee
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mark Baker
May 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2019
Former police officer Davis Way has finally landed a new job. She’s working as undercover security at the Bellissimo Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. The first thing she’s asked to do is figure out how someone is rigging the Double Whammy machines to win the jackpot. She’s just started the investigation when she makes a startling discovery – the person getting the jackpots is her ex-ex-husband, a man she doesn’t want back in her life. Can she figure out how he is rigging the machines ...more
Marian
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have met one of my new favorite characters, and her name is Davis Way. Davis is endearing and somewhat goofy and has some interesting friends. And some interesting adventures. A fun read!
Mike
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious and witty! Drop anything else you might be reading and pick this up immediately.
DelAnne Frazee
May 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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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Jennifer Reese Rohr
Really good. Davis getting in trouble reminds me a little bit of another character in another book series I love.
Teresa
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Nancy Silk
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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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Dee
May 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Inishowen Cailín
I was disappointed in this book as I had seen it had a lot of 5 star reviews and my expectations for it were high.
The story very difficult to get into. It didn't grab my attention in the opening chapters and from there on it was a chore to keep going with it. An easy book to put down; I even considered dropping it completely but I persevered with it. However, I won't be picking up any of the other titles in the series.
The story line was very disjointed and the romance was all very weird,
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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
Mary Edwards
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a must read. Davis Way is someone I would want for a pal. She is smart and has a quick wit. The characters are believable and well developed. The story is fun and full of twist and turns. Davis Way leaves her hometown for a interesting job in a casino, undercover security. Trust me. This is a great book. I so glad there are two more books. Thank you, Gretchen, for introducing me to Davis Way!
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!
❂ Jennifer
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
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...
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Gretchen Archer is a Tennessee housewife, mom of three, grocery-list and mystery writer. She's the author of the Davis Way Crime Caper series.

Other books in the series

Davis Way Crime Caper (9 books)
  • Double Dip (Davis Way Crime Caper, #2)
  • Double Strike (Davis Way Crime Caper, #3)
  • Double Mint (Davis Way Crime Caper, #4)
  • Double Knot (Davis Way Crime Caper, #5)
  • Double Up (Davis Way Crime Caper, #6)
  • Double Deck the Halls (A Bellissimo Casino Crime Caper, #6.5)
  • Double Dog Dare (Davis Way Crime Caper, #7)
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