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Double Whammy by Gretchen Archer

doubleDavis Way (her real name), from Pine Apple, Alabama (not “Pineapple,” for the uninformed) has bad luck with jobs. So when Mr. Sanders, CEO of the Bellissimo Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi offers her a job, she is beyond thrilled. But when parts of her job involve wearing disguises, playing video poker, working as a hotel maid, and dealing with slightly sinister security guards (nicknames: No Hair and Teeth), Davis becomes wary of her role in the bigger scheme of things. Yes, they are giving her oodles of cash, but what about the warnings of impending doom from a mysterious, and possibly homeless, cab driver? What about her instructions to stay away, at all costs, from her boss’ wife, Mrs. Sanders? And what about the reappearance of her scheming and vile ex-husband, Eddie? Davis is unsettled, to be sure, but resolute to keep her job at all costs. She takes solace in her new obsession with her absent landlord, Bradley Cole. (He left pictures behind, and Davis may or may not have rooted through all his belongings to find more.) When dead bodies start to show up, Davis’ new career is launched into high gear. Now, in addition to figuring out who is doing all the scamming at the casino, she needs to figure out who is doing all the killing. Twist and turns, laugh-out-loud situations, and a cast of quirky characters make Double Whammy a winner. First in the Davis Way mystery series, the second book is titled Double Dip.

Annette G.

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