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My Musing ~ Double Strike by Gretchen Archer

Double StrikeDouble Strike by Gretchen Archer is the third book in the “Davis Way Crime Caper” mystery series. Publisher: Henery Press, October 2014

Bellissimo Resort and Casino Super Spy Davis Way knows three things: Cooking isn’t a prerequisite for a happy marriage, don’t trust men who look like David Hasselhoff, and money doesn’t grow on Christmas trees. None of which help when a storm hits the Gulf a week before the most anticipated event in Bellissimo history: the Strike It Rich Sweepstakes. Securing the guests, staff, and property might take a stray bullet. Or two.

Bellissimo Resort and Casino Super Spy Davis Way has three problems: She’s desperate to change her marital status, she has a new boss who speaks in hashtags, and Bianca Sanders has confiscated her clothes. All of which bring on a headache hot enough to spark a fire. Solving her problems means stealing a car. From a dingbat lawyer.

Bellissimo Resort and Casino Super Spy Davis Way has three goals: Keep the Sanders family out of prison, regain her footing in her relationship, and find the genius who wrote the software for futureGaming. One of which, the manhunt one, is iffy. Because when Alabama hides someone, they hide them good.

DOUBLE STRIKE. A VIP invitation to an extraordinary high-stakes gaming event, as thieves, feds, dance instructors, shady bankers, kidnappers, and gold waiters go all in. #Don’tMissIt

In the quirky and eccentric world of Davis Way I found laughter throughout this delightfully humorous tale. The exploits, the antics, the trial and tribulation of doing the right things keeps this story fresh as scene after scene we are guaranteed a fun time with Davis and her friends. What was supposed to happen in Davis’ personal life hits a roadblock and I laughed at her attempts to fix the problem and that’s where we got to meet the craziest people that Davis encounters while also doing her job. Gold paint; bull doo; and a Smerle simply wreaks havoc where laughter and trouble ensues. The author did a great job in providing me with an engaging and entertaining experience in that I’m looking forward to the next exciting escapades with Davis and her friends. #LoveIt #BestOneYet

Davis Way: Gambling for Dummies by Gretchen Archer

Double DipMy name is Davis Way, and I work undercover at the Bellissimo Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. The Bellissimo is a big place—3.2 million square feet of property, 80,000 square feet of casino, 1700 guest rooms, 3,800 slot machines, and 4,000 employees. I’ve learned a thing or two about gambling in my time at the Bellissimo, and sharing is good. Take notes as I debunk a few myths.

Myth #1 – Winners know when to quit. Really? They do not. You should see these crazy gamblers. They do NOT know when to quit. They don’t even know when to give it a rest and get some sleep. I can’t tell you how many gamblers pass out on blackjack tables or fall asleep on slot machines from sheer sleep deprivation. Not long ago, I was breezing through the casino and saw a lady faint dead away at a craps table. That woman was in the floor. As it turned out, she hadn’t stopped gambling long enough to eat one bite of food in two days. She said, “But I know I had a maraschino cherry Tuesday.” Clearly, gamblers don’t know when to quit.

Myth #2 – Casinos pump oxygen into the air to keep your energy level up. No, they don’t. What do you do when you’re behind a truck loaded with those six-foot tall green oxygen tanks? That’s right. You get away from it. Why? Because you don’t want to blow up! (Same thing with those logger trucks. You don’t want to be decapitated.) If we pumped oxygen in the air, number one, it would be a felony, violating all state and federal air quality laws, and number two, the place would BLOW UP.

Myth #3 – You can win on a slot machine by strategizing, playing skillfully, and by walking around your chair backwards three times. None of these are true. There’s no skill involved in playing a slot machine. A monkey could do it all day long. Slot machine results are based on math and probability, and the outcomes are completely arbitrary. A computer chip tells the machine it’s time to give a little back, and it doesn’t matter if you’re wearing a red bra (casinos keep the red bra industry afloat) or if you sprinkle holy water on the slot machine (a lady shut down a bank of seven machines doing just that a few weeks ago). If the computer says it’s time to win—you’ll win. If it doesn’t—you won’t. Regardless of what color bra you’re wearing.

Myth #4 – Casinos drop the thermostat to Frigid to keep you awake. No, that’s not why casinos are cold. The casino feels cold because the casino is a big, bright, noisy computer. The mainframe it takes to keep everything up and running is most likely underneath you, and is most likely the size of Rhode Island. Between you and the mainframe are cooling units. That’s a good thing. It keeps you from frying. An added bonus is that the cool temps cut down on employee illnesses. Gamblers are the unhealthiest group of people on Earth. There’s more sneezing and coughing in the casino than in the ER waiting room at Seattle Grace, and we work in it every day. If the casino weren’t kept at a cool temperature, it would be a germ jungle with pop-up brush fires everywhere.

Myth #5 – If you lose and lose and lose on a slot machine, the minute you throw in the towel, someone will sit down right behind you and win all your money. That one’s not a myth. It’s true.

You can read more about Davis in Double Dip, the second book in the “Davis Way” crime caper series, published by Henery Press. The first book in the series is Double Whammy. Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

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Meet 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. DOUBLE DIP is the second in the Davis Way Crime Caper series. You can visit her at www.gretchenarcher.com, on Facebook or Twitter.

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My Musing ~ Double Dip by Gretchen Archer

Double DipDouble Dip by Gretchen Archer is the second book in the “Davis Way Crime Caper” series. Publisher: Henery Press, January 2014

It’s Davis Way’s first slot-tournament season. And it may be her last.

Things are dicey at work. A personal assistant goes missing, a little old lady goes on a suspicious winning streak, and a Bellissimo executive goes gaga for Davis. She follows a disappearing slot-tournament player trail to the So Help Me God Pentecostal Church in Beehive, Alabama, then jumps headlong into a high stakes holy scandal.

She’s on a losing streak at home, too. Her days, nights, and dinners run together, as Davis juggles a revolving door of uninvited guests, namely her rotten ex-ex-husband, Eddie Crawford. And Bradley Cole thinks three’s a crowd.

The worst? Davis doesn’t feel so hot. Maybe it’s the banana pudding, or maybe it’s a little bundle of something else.

DOUBLE DIP. A reckless ride in the fast lane, and Davis Way can’t find the brakes.

I had such a good time running around with Davis as she tries to solve all the situations that lands in her lap from the senior winning too too often at the casinos, to her boss’ wife who is too too demanding and to her job that is too too interfering with her love life. How she gets through it all is wrapped in this fast and full speed ahead darling of a book that engaged and entertained me from beginning to end; and what a ride this was.

Davis and her associates, in particular Fantasy and No Hair, are back in this sophomore drama by Ms. Archer that does not disappoint in delivering delightfully charming and amusing adventures from the halls of the Bellissimo.

FTC Full Disclosure – The publisher, via NetGalley, sent me a copy of this book, in hopes I would review it.

A Day in the Life of Davis Way by Gretchen Archer

Double WhammyWhen I was a teenager, I wanted to be Girl Keanu Reeves. I didn’t really want to be Girl Keanu Reeves so much as I wanted to be Girl Johnny Utah, rookie FBI agent in Point Break or Girl LAPD officer Jack Traven in Speed. My father, the police chief (and mayor) in my hometown of Pine Apple, Alabama, taught me how to shoot a gun when I was eight-years old, it stuck, and I grew up dreaming of shootouts, hostage crises, and stalking serial killers instead of picket fences, weddings, and baby strollers. All my crime-fighting dreams came true when I landed a job on an elite undercover security team at the Bellissimo Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.

None of my crime-fighting dreams came true when I landed a job on an elite undercover security team at the Bellissimo Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.

That’s not to say that there isn’t the occasional element of danger in my work. There has been, there is, and there will be, because the Bellissimo isn’t a little place. It’s smack-dab on the beach, with 1600-plus guest rooms, twelve restaurants, 75,000 square feet of gaming, plus liquor and money everywhere. So things happen. But most of the things that happen are far from major crimes.

A few weeks ago, a guy chartered a deep-sea fishing boat, then afterward, he smuggled four live baby sharks into his Bellissimo guest room Jacuzzi tub. When he sobered up and checked out the next morning, he’d forgotten to pack his baby sharks, and I had to get them back in the Gulf. There was nothing baby about them—they had whiskers—and there was screaming.

A few days later, we had a runaway bride. She ran out of her wedding venue, the Riviera Room, through the casino, her cathedral-length veil flying behind her. The bow of her chiffon wedding dress caught on a Lucky Monkey Triple Times Pay slot machine, and the whole thing ripped off her and landed across two Tarzan and Jane Jungle Bonus slot machines. She kept going, screaming her lungs out (“Save me! Somebody save me!”) in her lace undies, organza veil, and six-inch heels. By then the entire wedding party was chasing her, led by her would-be mother-in-law (trash mouth on that one), and before it was over, one of the bridesmaids tossed ME into the middle of a packed-out craps table. That night I found a $100 casino chip in my Tory Burch Caroline flats.

I spend just as much time chasing after casino patrons’ juvenilely delinquent kids down as I do chasing purse snatchers and dice sliders. Gamblers check into the hotel, then wag their fingers at their rotten offspring. “You be good. And stay out of that mini bar.” Then the parents hit the casino and forget about the teenage terrors upstairs reenacting every scene of Jackass 3.5. A few weeks ago, two thirteen-year-old brats dumped a half-gallon of Louisiana Fire Sauce into the holding bin of the ice dispenser at the Plethora Buffet’s self-serve fountain-drink line. A week later, a kid absconded with an abandoned motorized wheelchair, then drove it into the swimming pool. The very next day, two teenagers stuffed a small child through the opening at the top of the Claw Crane game in the kiddie arcade, put tokens in, snagged the child by the seat of his pants with the metal claw, and left him dangling inside the game. It’s almost worse when the parents ban the rotten kids to the hotel rooms. They make 300-decibel wake-up calls all over the building at two in the morning, and order porn on the television the parents refuse to pay for because their little angels “would never do that.” My advice to parents: Check your teenager’s luggage before you come to the Bellissimo. There is no reason for them to bring industrial air horns, 400 off-brand condoms (doorknob décor), or bottle rockets.

Never a dull moment, and who knows? Maybe we’ll have a hostage crisis one day, but when it happens, it’ll probably be me taken hostage.

Gretchen is giving away one (1) copy of DOUBLE WHAMMY. Leave a comment to be included in the giveaway. The book will be shipped directly from the author. Contest ends May 16 and US entries only.

You can read more about Davis in Double Whammy, the first book in the new “Davis Way” mystery series.

Meet 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. Double Whammy is her first Davis Way mystery. Visit Gretchen at www.gretchenarcher.com

Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

My Musing ~ Double Whammy by Gretchen Archer

Double WhammyDouble Whammy by Gretchen Archer is the first book in the new “Davis Way” humorous mystery series. Publisher: Henery Press, May 2013

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.

Oh my goodness, what a riot of laughter I had reading the adventures and escapades of Davis Way. Landing the perfect job, or so she thinks, puts her in situations that were both amusing and intriguing as I watched her achieve her goal, that is until one dastardly incident and then the real Davis Way with unlikely help proves that she’s tougher than she appears. Surrounded by an interesting cast of characters exploding with southern charm, this was a fun read full of snarky and witty banter (especially her internal dialogue) that kept me entertained as I quickly turn the pages in a book that I could not put down. This is a great debut and I can’t wait for the next book in this engagingly appealing series.

FTC Full Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book, in hopes I would review it.

previously posted on the Cozy Chicks blog