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review 2018-04-24 15:04
ARC Review: The Worried Man
The Worried Man - Lisa M. Lilly

Please note that I received a free ARC in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating or review. 


So this was a solid debut, but there were still some issues with it. The book became very repetitive after a fashion, and the book was overly explained in parts. I honestly didn't get the main character's (Quille) love for her dead boyfriend (Marco). Maybe if the author had made sure that we as readers got a sense for him and Quille together as a couple first, I would have cared more. I will say that I was fascinated by Quille as a character, and wonder how Lilly plans on having her involved in mysteries in the future. 


"The Worried Man" is the first book in the Q.C. Davis mystery series. This first book finds ex-actress, now lawyer, Q.C. (goes by Quille) about to move in with her boyfriend of a few months Marco. When Quille goes to his place she finds him dead. The police and Marco's ex-wife all suspect that he fell off the wagon again and committed suicide. Quille believes that someone killed Marco. Marco's son asks her to investigate, and Quille does.


Quille as I said above was a fascinating character. You find out she used to act. She currently sings in a trio. Currently she is an attorney and seems to be doing pretty okay for herself. You find out that Quille is named for a dead sister and her mother has never really recovered from the first Quille's death. Quille runs into Marco months before his death after singing with her group and feels a spark. I have to say that I didn't feel a spark, and it's never really explained how Marco recognized her from her acting days. This part felt rushed to me since I think that Lilly was more focused on the murder portion of the book. 

The other characters in this book, Quille's trio group, a friend who gets involved with investigating, all were interesting to me. I hope Lilly ensures they are developed a bit more in the next book. This book really just focuses on Marco and Quille's feelings for him. Reading about Marco from Quille's POV doesn't help especially at times when I didn't like his character. He sounded like a mess and I wondered why she was even with the guy at times. 


The writing was good, though I did say it got repetitive in parts. Also Lilly over explained things so much at times. For example, she goes into why a person that Quille knows is named Mensa Sam. All she had to say is that the guy was a member of Mensa and tells everyone about it. Instead I think we go into three paragraphs about it and it wasn't necessary. Same thing with her explaining that she gets nasty migraines and she needs to take aspirin and do other things in order to stop the migraines. We just need a quick reminder about that, not an explanation every single time. 


The book takes place in Chicago and I have to say that Lilly does a good job of describing the city and other locations in it. 


The ending though felt a bit off to me. I think it's because I got a little lost about who did what to who and why it was a thing worth killing over. 





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text 2018-04-19 19:37
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Worried Man - Lisa M. Lilly

I would call this a solid debut. I think the author gets a bit repetitive and tries to over explain things a bit much. Other than that, the book kept my interest throughout. 

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text 2018-04-18 18:25
Reading progress update: I've read 45%.
The Worried Man - Lisa M. Lilly

Trying to finish this, but it's hard. I am only able to read it via my Kindle app on my cell and it's slow going.


Interesting still, but getting a bit repetitive. We have Quille still trying to investigate what happened to her boyfriend Marco. I am just finding myself a bit bored here and there.

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review 2016-04-25 09:00
Review: Double Knot by Gretchen Archer (@Gretchen_Archer)


Double Knot


Davis Way Crime Caper, #5


Gretchen Archer


Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Henery Press
Date of Publication: April 12, 2016
Number of pages: 262
Word Count: 73k



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Super Spy Davis Way sets sail on a Caribbean cruise aboard the MS Probability with fifty billionaires, a boatload of Louis Vuitton luggage, Anderson Cooper, and her mother. (Her mother?) The weather is perfect, the seas are calm, and Suite 704 is spectacular. Until the door slams shut. For good.

Obviously, it’s a system glitch. Surely someone will show up to free Davis, Miss Hawaii, and the creepy staff. But when the minutes turn to hours and the hours stretch into a day, Davis knows it’s up to her. With $50,000 in casino chips, a pot roast, and a crash course in banking, she races against the clock to determine why they’re being held, stop the people behind it, and find a way out.

Secrets are revealed, antiquities are destroyed, and they’re running out of dishes. It’s mayday on Probability when Davis Way realizes that only the truth will set her free.

I have been having a fabulous time with this series. Every book has topped the last, each one taking me from literally laughing out loud to breaking my heart in anguish and despair. I wondered at the end of the last book how things could possibly be topped in the next. I mean, the level of chaos that surrounds Davis is astounding. By setting the series in a casino and dealing with all the money available to win or lose, the outrageous is almost a given.

The book opens with a pregnant with twins Davis, and a ready to pop Bianca. So if you have been following the series, you know right there, that anything that can go wrong probably will.  Now add in that fact that Davis will be doubling as Bianca on the maiden voyage of the Probability, a casino yacht worth a cool half a billion dollars meant to cater to the extremely wealthy.  Oh, and Davis' mom is on board with her. Yeah, I mean, seriously, what could possibly go wrong?  Have ya'll read the other books in the series? Honestly.

Things were a bit different with this book. Pregnant Davis couldn't get into nearly the physical transformations and costume changes that she normally does. Plus with them confined to the ship, and most of the book, to their room, the action was different than it normally is. Except for when it's not.

In some ways, this was exactly like prior books, with it's ability to take my emotions on a roller coaster ride, and and absolute crazy cast of characters. In other ways, it had a deeper more profound message than normally found in the books. Or maybe that was just me and what I took from it. Either way, I had a fantastic time with Davis and can't wait to see what the next installment will bring. Another 5 star read.

Thanks to Netgalley and Henery Press for the opportunity to read and review the book.



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review 2015-07-22 09:00
Review: Double Mint by Gretchen Archer


Double Mint


Davis Way Crime Caper, #4


Gretchen Archer


Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Henery Press
Date of Publication: July 21, 2015
Number of pages: 268
Cover Artist: Fayette Terlouw



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It’s convention season at the Bellissimo Resort and Casino and Davis Way Cole barely notices. It’s hard to pay attention when you live in a Jambalaya Junkyard. But when Special Events Coordinator Holder Darby walks off the job just as five hundred Alabama bankers pour in the front door, Davis steps up.

Or would that be in? Definitely in. Davis steps in.


Not only has the convention director vanished, but a certain Bellissimo guest is missing. One who forgot to pack the million dollars he left in the bathtub. It looks like our redhead newlywed Super Secret Spy’s lazy summer is over when the Bellissimo vault is robbed. Can Davis connect the dots before it’s too late? Can she get her Taser gun back from Bianca Sanders? Will she be stuck with Eddie Crawford’s 1962 Cadillac forever? What Davis needs is a little faith. And a lot of luck.


New money. Old sins. Back to jail. And a cat.

(A cat?)

Break the Bank.


Cats don’t like cars.

And I never knew cats were so vocal. Or that they moved at the speed of light. I drive a black Volkswagen Bug, and the cat, when it wasn’t hanging upside down from the headliner by its claws, hurled itself face first at the passenger window, which could be why it’s face is so flat.

“The window is closed, cat. You can’t get out.”

I didn’t grow up with pets, cats or dogs, but I thought they loved riding in cars, sticking their heads out the window. The longest eight-mile drive of my life from Holder Darby’s to the Bellissimo, and never again.

Fantasy answered on the first ring. “Are you murdering someone?”

“I’m trying to get a cat in my spy bag.”

Dead silence.

“Fantasy, can you come in to work?”

“It’s my day off, Davis,” she said. “I’m catching up on my stories.”

“Just an hour. I promise.” Where’d that cat go? This isn’t a big car. “And would you stop by Cats R Us on the way in?”

“For what?”

“A cat care package. A cat starter kit. I don’t know. Ask the cat people what cats need and bring one of each. But no mice.”

Kneeling on the hot pavement, I lured the cat out from under the passenger seat with a red Gummy Bear I found in the floorboard. It finally slinked out, then launched itself through the air, landing on and latching into my head. I tried to peel it off—dancing, gushing blood, shrieking—which only encouraged the cat to sink its claws in deeper. After five minutes of going round and round with the cat on my head in the vendor parking lot, behind the Bellissimo, on a blazing hot Sunday, love bugs everywhere, I got a grip. I stopped fighting the cat and stood there, catching my breath. As soon as I calmed down, so did the cat. I reached up and patted it; I spoke in very soothing tones. “Good kitty. Get off my head, you psycho kitty.”

To reward it for letting go of my scalp I gave it the Gummy Bear, which immediately glued its front teeth together, quieting it down and keeping it busy.

Shopping list: Gummy Bears.

Hiding behind sunglasses the size of Frisbees, I entered the building. I had the hair of someone who’d been electrocuted, a few scratches, and a cat tucked under my arm. The cat whipped its absurdly large tail back and forth and slung its head around trying to lose the Gummy. We caught an elevator.

A lady asked, “Is your cat having a seizure?”

The cat, offended, convulsed—its rounded spine digging into my side, and spit at the woman, the red Gummy Bear dangling from one of its dagger teeth.

Good kitty.

I walked in my front door and dropped my Super Spy bag and the cat on the floor. The cat shot off for who knows where.

Bradley Cole said, “Oh, my God. Davis.”


I have been waiting for this book to come out, so as soon as it hit Netgalley, I grabbed it. There was an announcement at the end of book 3, Double Strike that I need to follow up on. Bradley Cole, Davis' brand new husband had just become her boss at the casino. I just knew there was going to be some repercussions from this. Not so much for them as a couple, but now they are living in the casino, in the former manager's suite, while Bradley works 60+ hour weeks. A suite has some serious decorating and appliance issues.

The book actually starts several months down the road from the end of Double Strike. It's summer, which means weddings/convention season at the casino. Bianca is doing some extensive traveling/shopping internationally and No Hair is busy with the new casino being built in northern Mississippi. Mostly Davis and her posse have been lounging pool side, just doing the occasional job. That is, until the Hello Kitty Wedding from Hell Fiasco that causes the Events Coordinator to walk off the job. Davis has to step into the position and keep things running for the Alabama bankers convention and check up of the casino's vault. And so begins the chaos, conspiracy theories, plots, counterplots and hey look, more jail time.

I have to say, I laughed so hard during this book, I almost had an asthma attack. My nephew came in to tell me something, and I was laughing so much, he couldn't help but laugh with me. I tried to explain why I was laughing, but every time I would try and tell him why it was funny, I would break down into more giggles. Most of the gang was present, or at least mentioned. There is even the possibility of a new member for their crew. Once again the story ended on an unexpected announcement, that had me laughing and sighing and wondering just how soon the next book will be out.  This was totally another 5 star read. I just love this series.

Thanks to Netgalley and Henery Press for the opportunity to read and review the book.



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