Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Double Whammy by Gretchen Archer

Posted May 11, 2017 by meezcarrie in contemporary, cozy mystery, giveaway, Gretchen Archer, mystery/suspense / 43 Comments

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about the book

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 the pokey.

Buried under a mistaken identity, unable to seek help from her family, her hot streak runs cold until her landlord Bradley Cole steps in.

Make that her landlord, lawyer, and love interest. With his help, Davis must win this high stakes game before her luck runs out.

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SERIES: Davis Way Crime Caper #1
GENRE: Cozy Mystery
PUBLISHER: Henery Press
RELEASE DATE: May 14, 2013
PAGES: 306

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“And with that, I was well on my way to prison.”

Oh my goodness, y’all. This book – this heroine – is so delightful and quirky!

Davis is an endearingly flawed heroine whose first person narrative voice adds a whole other level of snark and hilarity to the story, which is not without its heart tugging moments as well.  I knew I loved her when she dubbed the two beefy security guys “Teeth” and “No Hair”, highlighting their dominant physical features. I completely embraced her when she developed a serious crush on the guy whose condo she’s subletting, based solely on his pictures and his clothing.

The mystery (more than one) is really well presented, but it’s the process of solving the various dilemmas that’s even more fun. Davis is a hoot and her methods (both her own and the ones she’s assigned) are intriguing and clever. Supporting characters are also flawed and endearing – endearing because of the flaws in many cases – and more than one thread is introduced in this first book that will carry over into the rest of the series. (Though, not to worry, the specific story arc in Double Whammy is tied up at the end.) George is another character you’ll come to love as the book progresses – and, of course, there’s Bradley Cole.

Bottom Line: Humor, snark, a little romance and a lot of fun are the hallmarks of this unique cozy mystery! Davis is a mix of Stephanie Plum (from Janet Evanovich’s series) and Sandra Bullock in Miss Congeniality, and you’ll often find yourself just wanting to hug her. While chuckling at the quirkiness that makes her distinctly “Davis”. I’m anxious to check out the other books in this series now (thankfully, there are 6 out so far so I don’t have to wait) to see how some of the subthreads play out. Great characters, great narration, and a great mystery equal a great read!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / Such fun!

Reviewer’s Note: Readers may want to be aware that there is some scattered cursing throughout the novel and implications (though nothing outright descriptive or graphic) of “sexy times”.

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about the author

Gretchen Archer is a Tennessee housewife who began writing when her daughters, seeking higher educations, left her. She lives on Lookout Mountain with her husband, son, and a Yorkie named Bently.

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What about you? If you had an evil twin, what would his/her name be? And how would I tell you apart? 😉

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43 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Double Whammy by Gretchen Archer

  1. If I had an evil twin, her name would be Jen Sue and she would be prim and proper, poised and well-spoken. This is the opposite of me so if you heard cussing coming from our general direction, you would know which was me.

  2. Dianne Casey

    My evil twin would be named Dana, and I have no reason why. She would be snobby and way over the top.

  3. Kay Garrett

    If I had an evil twin, her name would be Tammy Jean. Why? No reason other than I’ve always liked that name. 🙂 I would be the one that loves to bake and tried to make others happy. I’m sure she would be more self centered and eats take out.

  4. Lisa Hudson

    My Evil Twin would be named Myrtis Ann Greasewratchet. She would be from Briar Bush, AL. I’m the encouraging, loyal, fun-loving friend. Myrtis Ann would be the negative, mean, catty kind. Can’t say enough good things about the Davis Way Crime Caper Series!

  5. Vikki

    My evil twin would be named Kathy. It would be easy enough to spot her as she would be the “pretty one” and gets whatever she wants. She’s easy to spot as she hates animals and is mean to most anyone, especially if they don’t instantly worship her.

    I absolutely love Davis Way and all the other amazing characters. Thank you so much for giving me so many laughs.

  6. Tara Brown

    My twin, being that she is the evil one, tries to steal my identity because she wants what I have worked a long time to build for myself. She hasn’t worked a day in her life, and while things may have been been okay this way when we were young, she is realizing now that living the fun, easy life, isn’t so fun and easy anymore! 🙂

  7. Donna B

    This question is a fun one for me because I have an identical twin. I will say it is not always fun! She has much more of a temper than I do and doesn’t hesitate to tell people if she feels they are wrong. There has been quite a few times I have wished we didn’t look alike. Even when we are together, I have been embarrassed more than once by her actions, hoping when or if I saw that person again they didn’t think I was the one who told them off. I will not put her real name but for the answer to this question I will say Angie.

  8. Winnie Thomas

    Great review and great question! My evil twin would be named Skinnie, and it’s obvious how you could tell us apart. She’d be the one out jogging and doing yoga, while I sit here answering questions on blogs and snacking on chocolate!

  9. Debbie E

    I can’t quite imagine having an evil twin! Her name would be Tammy and you would be able to tell us apart because she is the one who has the fake smile and is always stirring up trouble.

  10. Dianne B

    My evil twin would be named Katherine and she would be tall, slim and very attractive. I am tall , no longer slim and plain.

  11. Candy Kennedy

    My evil twin is Sandy and she tall broew eyed and does all kinds of bad things.She embezzels from her employer which I fear I would do given the chance.

  12. Cynthia Smith

    My evil twin would be named Sinclair (Sin) and she would have a cold hard glint in her eye!

  13. Cynthia Smith

    My evil twin would be named SInclair (aka Sin) and would have a cold hard glint in her eye. (I had to use a 2nd email address to enter my response. So hopefully this is not a duplicate entry.). Can’t wait to read this series.

  14. Shannon

    My evil twin would be named Melody (sounds so sweet, right?). She would look composed and in control and gently manipulate all those around her. But she has that evil glint in her eye and a coldness to her that you will recognize if you just take the time to really look.

  15. Judy grogan

    My evil twin would be Cindy sue. I don’t know why. She would be refined and proper while I would be joking and cutting up

  16. Linda May

    My evil twins name would be Lydia & she would have long hair & mine would be short.

  17. Kathleen Costa

    An evil twin? Her name is Kandi. She has a birthmark just above her left eye in the shape of a poison ivy leaf…

  18. Darlene Pylar

    My evil twin would be Charlene. To tell us apart, she would have a birthmark freckle on her right check. Thank you.

  19. Cynthia Blain

    From the time I was a baby my family called me Sunshine as I was always smiling and happy from what I was told. My parents always said that they never had to worry that I wouldn’t be well behaved and did what was expected of me. So I guess my evil twin would have been called Hell-on-wheels!!! as that would have been, more or less, the opposite of what I was told I was. Actual!y, I know someone like that and…, no never mind, my youngest sister might read this.

    If I were to win, I would gift the books to my wonderful daughter, a mom to three children 13 and gounger, and she certainly could use some laughter in her busy and stressful days!!! Thank you.

  20. Marla B

    My evil twin would be named Helga. She would hate to read, so you could tell us apart by which one of us had a book.

  21. Sharon Extine

    My evil twin would be named Linda and you would not be able to tell us apart. That’s what causes all my problems.

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