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review 2017-03-03 09:00
Double Up (A Davis Way Crime Caper) (Volume 6) - Gretchen Archer

I absolutely love Davis Way. This is my absolute favorite series from Henery Press. I had been thinking that I hadn't had my David (Davis) fix in a while and I was excited to see this one come up in Net Galley. Yay!!

I do have to say though, I thought the baby thing at the beginning was getting a little too much, but just as I thought that Davis came out of the baby cloud and back to the Bellissimo!

As usual, the antics are crazy. The speaker system totally had me cracking up. And in this book, Bea, the ex-mother-in-law, comes to visit her grandbabies. Never mind that they aren't her grandbabies. Since the casino is empty anyway, Davis sets her up in one of the empty condos on the 25th floor. She then uses her as a spy at the new competition casino, the reason the Bellissimo is empty. Fantasy and No Hair have jumped ship and she can't do it herself.

Of course, Bea is the world's worst spy. I'll stop there and not spoil the surprise for you. However, her antics are laugh out loud funny which brings up more laugh out loud funny antics including some smelly shrimp. Okay that was just a little tease.

I will say though, I did go to Waffle House shortly after finishing reading this. For some reason, I was craving one of their waffles and I have never had one before.

I can honestly say that I was glad I was home when I was reading this because of the number of times that I actually laughed out loud. One could even say I was rolling on the floor even. That way the men in the white suits with their stretchers did not hear me and had no reason to take me away. I think this was one of the funniest books yet. I do have to wonder though, Eddie made an alleged cameo. However, in my reading, it was just hearsay. What does that mean for Davis?

Well, this one's not even out yet and I can't wait for Davis #7. Start writing faster Gretchen! Ha!

Thanks Henery Press for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

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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 2016-03-29 19:59
Double Knot (A Davis Way Crime Caper) (Volume 5) - Gretchen Archer

#DOUBLEKNOT  AVAILABLE 4/12/16  4 STARS  @Gretchen_Archer @HeneryPress  Davis Way is back!! And I, for one, have missed her. She is undoubtedly one of my favorite characters. Her antics are hilarious and she is always finding herself in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I do have to say that this one was my least favorite though. I guess since Davis is carrying twins, it's kind of hard of her to get into too many precarious situations, so I can let that slide. That being said, it was still pretty funny just not as outrageously as funny as the others.

However, that doesn't spoil it for me and my pal Davis Way. I'm on her band wagon forever. I've never seen a girl get into so much trouble. I just love her!!! Again, Stephanie who?

Huge thanks to Henery Press and Net Galley for the opportunity to spend the day with Davis in exchange for a review. Life couldn't get any better! Ha!

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review 2016-03-23 21:07
Review: Double Knot by Gretchen Archer
Double Knot (A Davis Way Crime Caper) (Volume 5) - Gretchen Archer

Note: I received this book for free from Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I was not paid to write this. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

I’ve read and enjoyed every Davis Way Crime Caper novel thus far. Double Knot by Gretchen Archer, while fun, was a bit too over-the-top on the drama, making the story a bit too unbelievable for my tastes.

 

Davis embarks on a Caribbean cruise in Double Knot acting once again as a body double for her boss’s wife, the ever demanding Bianca Sanders. (Talk about the craziest job ever!) What was supposed to be a luxury cruise full of promotional appearances, ended up being a cruise from hell. Davis was trapped in her room with quite an odd group of people.

 

Between the tech savvy cruise liner, the banking talk, and the money scam, the entire story felt pretty unbelievable. I mean, could a cruise liner that relies completely on a single device exist? Yes. But I find it hard to believe that there was absolutely no way to override the system. Plus the wife that was part of the couple in charge of the cruise knew absolutely nothing. NOTHING! How could she miss so much? Then there was the banking talk about how the cruise work that just went completely over my head. It was just too much, and I had a hard time believing it all.

 

Despite the lack of believability of the plot, I enjoyed Double KnotDouble Knot presented an opportunity to explore a relationship that has been strained over the past four books. With Davis’s mother on the cruise and the predicament she finds herself in, Davis has no choice but to discuss her issues with her mother. Did I like how her mother handled the situation? No. In fact, I’m not sure I’m completely warmed up to her yet. Regardless, I enjoyed seeing their relationship develop more and hope to see more in the future.

 

Overall, Double Knot by Gretchen Archer was fun and developed some critical plot points to the overall series. However, the over-the-top drama made the story more unbelievable, and in the end, I wouldn’t call this a favorite. It is still a must read for all fans of the series.

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review 2015-11-30 14:46
Double Strike
Double Strike (Davis Way #3) - Gretchen Archer

Author: Gretchen Archer

Series: Davis Way #3

Rating: 3.5 stars

 

Henery Press has a reputation for putting out solid stories. This one is no exception. We pick up with Davis still working at the Casino. All your favorites are back -  No Hair, Fantasy, Bianca, Mr. Sanders,  even her ex-ex-husband Eddie.  Some of those are not their real names but Davis' nicknames are used so frequently I've forgotten the real ones.

 

The antics Davis gets into are over the top and just as hysterical as in the other books. There's an almost manic nature to them. The best way to describe them is it's like watching a comedy hour where some of the jokes are funny while others fall a little flat. But overall you are left laughing and leave with a smile so you say, "Good show!" and move on.  I don't know how Ms. Archer sustains that level of humor throughout the book but hats off.

 

The caper this time around takes some time to get going. We were well into the book by the time it took shape.  Then like the other previous books, it got real, really fast. I actually like the jarring contrast. Though there is humor, there are stakes and to balance the two is difficult. I think this book pulled it off but while I enjoyed the humor, I would like to see the serious parts played out more. In the first book it was done really, really well. It made the series stand out for me.

 

There is progress on all fronts. Davis' personal life and issues are where most of the humor comes from. The cast of characters from her home town are great. The comments about social media, Obamacaring, hashtags were all funny. Though I did have a hard time believing a hacker of Davis' level didn't know anything about hashtags. I guess it's possible.

 

Overall an enjoyable read. Will definitely continue with the series.

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