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“Outrageous, outlandish, and impossible to put down.” – Janet Evanovich On behalf of USA TODAY bestselling author Gretchen Archer and the entire Henery Press crew, welcome aboard flight DOUBLE UP. Fasten your seatbelts for non-stop action as stiff competition blows into town and the resulting turbulence threatens to take down the Bellissimo Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mis“Outrageous, outlandish, and impossible to put down.” – Janet Evanovich On behalf of USA TODAY bestselling author Gretchen Archer and the entire Henery Press crew, welcome aboard flight DOUBLE UP. Fasten your seatbelts for non-stop action as stiff competition blows into town and the resulting turbulence threatens to take down the Bellissimo Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Super Secret Spy Davis Way Cole, who lives on the twenty-ninth floor of the hotel with her CEO husband and newborn twins, takes it hard. If the casino goes belly up, she won’t be a stay-at-home mom because she won’t have a home. Not to mention her husband won’t have a job. Davis can’t find a way to stop the inevitable end of the Bellissimo life she loves until her ex-ex-mother-in-law shows up, unexpected and definitely uninvited. Davis makes the best of a bad Bea Crawford situation and recruits her for a little corporate espionage work, which would’ve been great, had Bea not turned out to be the world’s worst spy. Ever. Seatbacks and tray tables in their upright positions as we prepare for a bumpy ride with babies, bankruptcies, besties, and shrimp. (Shrimp?) Enjoy your flight. “Fans of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum will absolutely adore Davis Way and her many mishaps.” – RT Book Reviews Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), humorous murder mysteries, book club recommendations, private investigator mystery series, amateur sleuth books, Southern humor, Southern living, romantic comedy, rom com, chick lit. Books in the Davis Way Crime Caper Mystery Series: DOUBLE WHAMMY (#1) DOUBLE DIP (#2) DOUBLE STRIKE (#3) DOUBLE MINT (#4) DOUBLE KNOT (#5) DOUBLE UP (#6) Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all… ...

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Double Up Reviews

  • Susan Boyer
    2019-04-21 15:35

    Double Up was hilarious, as all of Gretchen Archer's books are. There's also a deeper thread as Davis Way adjusts to motherhood, and thoughtful commentary on our growing dependency on technology. I loved this book!

  • Carrie
    2019-04-22 17:10

    What a fun ride. This is the first of the series I've read, but I didn't feel like I missed a beat. The writing is fresh and lively, the characters leap off the page, and the humor is just what I needed to change things up from my usual dark-themed fare. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Judy Lesley
    2019-04-14 17:26

    I received an e-ARC of this novel through NetGalley and Henery Press. Thank you.I've read all the books in the Davis Way series and liked some, loved others. This one I liked, but it would be the one I would be most unlikely to ever read again. It just went a little too far in the frantic mode for me even though I will repeat, I liked it. Mostly I liked it because of finding out about the new babies for Davis and Bradley and because Bea Crawford, Davis' ex-ex-mother-in-law, was such a hoot.This book is definitely not crafted along the lines of a regular mystery novel, be that cozy, semi-cozy, or deadly serious. This one takes on a whole set of new problems by dealing with Davis and her inability to leave her home for the eight months since the babies were born. Yes, Davis lives in complete luxury on the 28th floor of the Bellissimo Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi which has now been turned into a smart house. I would be more likely to call it a horror house. This kind of smart is where a computer can't differentiate between a word in a normal conversation and a command to phone the fire department anytime a word even vaguely related to fire is spoken. Or smart as in it brews a fresh pot of coffee if that word is mentioned. Don't say it's chilly outside and please don't let a pigeon land on the balcony railing! All of this was cute at first and it was leading up to something important, but it began to get old and tiresome pretty quickly.It's pretty hard to write a crime novel when there are multiple protagonists but you only ever meet one for about a paragraph's worth of words. Still, author Gretchen Archer pulled off a novel which had lots of very unusual elements in it and I did enjoy it. I just wish some of those loose ends left flapping in the breeze had been tied up in cute little bows to match the bows on the tiny, blond heads.

  • Meg Mims
    2019-04-13 22:15

    Holy Smokes. Brilliant. Every which way, Archer delivers -- fast, funny, unpredictable, several laugh out louds, and a twist you never saw coming -- like the bells and whistles of a jackpot. LOVE this series!

  • Tamara
    2019-04-14 16:30

    Review to come closer to pub date.Quick Thoughts:After reading The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff, I knew I needed something light and funny. Lucky for me, Gretchen Archer's latest Davis Way book was in my review pile so I settled back in my comfy chair to find out what is happening in Davis's world.PLENTY is happening.I knew I was in for a treat, but I really found myself laughing at lots of the lines between Davis and her ex-ex mother-in-law, Bea. If you are a fan of Davis, you know what kind of treat you are in for. New to Davis? Well you are still in for a big treat!

  • Julie Mulhern
    2019-04-15 15:16

    Davis Way blows it out of the park!How I love Davis? Let me count the ways. Funny. Smart. The best spy-handler with the worst spy. Ever. Be ready to laugh!

  • Becky Burciaga
    2019-03-26 17:23

    Once again Ms Archer has delivered absolute writing genius in her latest Davis Cole, née Way, story. The reader is taken for a roller coaster ride from the opening paragraph as Davis battles her own demons of the eminent demise of the life she, her husband and twin baby girls have known. Blaming herself for all that has befallen the Bellissimo casino, she sets out to right the perceived wrongs, using what has driven all her previous capers, her intelligence, gut and pure tenacity. Davis takes us on her journey from the near shut in she had become, in part due to the birth of her daughters, and in part to her own self reflections. In typical Davis (and Ms Archer) fashion, Davis' inner monologue is snarky and sharp, the dialog moving at warp speed (hang on so you don't miss any of the snappy Davis nuances), with completely laugh out loud hilarity ensuing as it starts with House and evolves into side splitting laughter when ex, ex mother-law Bea (who brings with her some surprisingly heartwarming moments...anyone having followed the series thus far knows what a major coup this is) lands on Davis' door step...literally. All the previous characters I have grown emotionally attached to return, with their interactions bringing some of the most memorable moments. What has been trademark in the Davis series, what you think you know is not necessarily correct, and usually off base, is present once again. There are twists and turns that'll keep you not only riveted, but guessing what Davis has in store next...I can pretty much guarantee that laughter be evolved. I thoroughly enjoy that while the story is neatly resolved, the ending is left open for more in the series, but left in such a way that you never know what caper my befall Davis next. This book was provided by the Publisher and Netgalley, I am voluntarily providing my honest review.

  • Bree
    2019-04-02 21:08

    How does one read when the book is making them laugh till they cry? Well, this reader had a lot of tissues and of course chocolate. I couldn't stop laughing, I should have abs from how hard this book made me laugh. Sadly, that's another story not a review.Davis was just introduced to me in this book, and I am quickly reading back through the series to get to know her better. I have never done that before, but this book is so good that I need to read more! I don't think I could wait till the next book, so reading backwards will be a must. Gretchen has a way of giving Davis a personality, and life oops that makes any reader smile. She has a humor that is rare in the book world! I loved reading this book! https://bibliophile.reviews/book-revi...

  • Kourtney
    2019-04-05 23:16

    One again Gretchen Archer delivers a lightning-fast, fantastically fun read in her Davis Way series. I've read every single one and each one is better than the last one--which is saying a lot because the first book was awesome!I loved how this book opened 8 months after her twin daughters were born and we meet a new Davis--Mama Davis. Despite her wonderful family, her career with the casino is kaput. Big changes happened and another casino is killing the Bellisimo.I love all the characters. Reading this book is like hanging out with old friends. I can't get enough of their quirks and their loyalty to each other. Bea Crawford is a hilariously unexpected ally in Davis's next undercover investigation. More Bea and Davis, please!I was laughing well into the night reading about Bea's capers and Davis's crazy smart house. Truly a fun book!The mystery is well crafted and the ending comes together in a hilariously perfect Davis style. Truly satisfying and just desserts. Can't wait to see what happens next in this thrilling mystery series.

  • Larissa Reinhart
    2019-04-20 18:35

    Davis Way has doubled down on babies, personal, and casino troubles in her sixth crime caper. Our intrepid Bellissimo casino security specialist/spy has taken maternity leave at the worst time possible, the Bellissimo is failing at the hands of the newest competition in Biloxi casinos. Davis feels it's her fault and with the help of her ex-ex-mother-in-law, Bea (who's having personal troubles of her own), they set out to uncover is rotten (spoiled shrimp) in Denmark. I mean, Biloxi.The sixth caper is as funny as the first through the fifth, with the complexity in plot you expect from Archer. I believe Double Up's my favorite after the first, Double Whammy. We've seen Davis Way through prison, marriage, loss, pregnancy, and now motherhood. There's a real connection there that you don't get in don't always get in mysteries. Her personal life is always tied up in the caper, not set aside to deal with during her spying downtime. Probably because Davis never gets downtime.Plus I just love Bea. I'm pretty sure I know her personally. Honestly, I don't think she's actually from Pine Apple, AL, but from my hometown.

  • Marian
    2019-04-09 17:07

    Gretchen Archer once again delivers with her new Davis Way book. I had a hard time putting it down and, once I was finished, immediately wanted more. Davis Way continues to find herself in the most ridiculous/dangerous situations. I may never eat shrimp again.

  • Susan
    2019-04-11 17:35

    Davis Way is back. Along with Bradley, Baylor, Fantasy, No Hair, and Bea. Yes, you heard right, Bea! All the laughs and mystery that I've come to expect from Gretchen Archer. She's outdone herself with Double Up. I think this may be my favorite caper yet!*ARC provided by Netgalley for an honest review.

  • Debbie
    2019-04-05 23:33

    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.

  • Betty
    2019-04-04 21:10

    Double up a play on words. Twin babies! I had trouble getting into the story at first because of all commotion of the smart house. Davis Way is having problems leaving her twin girls. The Bellissimo is about to go belly up because of the nearby casino. Bea Crawford, her ex-mother-in-law shows unexpected. Davis puts her to work as a corporate spy. This doesn't work very good causing few more problems.Will David managed to save the Bellissimo and her home? I recommend this book and series.Disclosure: I received a free copy from Henery Press for an honest review. I would like to thank for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions expressed are my own.

  • Lisa Morin
    2019-04-08 19:09

    Double Up by Gretchen Archer is an entertaining story that will leave you wishing for more.I am new to this series and I started with book # 6. I immediately caught up with the cast of characters and was able to follow the story without that "lost" feeling.Davis Way was very easy to relate too, I have twins so I could easily understand the stress & pressure she felt, as well as the lack of sleep.I love that this story & series is set in a casino. Although I am not one to go to the casinos, it is a unique story line and kept me thoroughly entertained. Bea Crawford is my favorite character. She had such a colorful personality and her humor kept me laughing all the way through. In this book, the thought of losing Bellisimo Casino is too much for Davis and the lack of communication from her friend Fantasy doesn't help the situation.Davis has a choice, let Bellisimo slip trough her fingers, or put on her big girl pants and get back to work. The thought of having to do either terrifies her and the choice is not easy to make.I enjoyed this book so much that I had to buy book # 1 and will have to read the whole series.I can't believe I didn't read this series sooner.I voluntarily read an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.Books in the Davis Way Crime Caper Mystery Series:DOUBLE WHAMMY (#1)DOUBLE DIP (#2) DOUBLE STRIKE (#3)DOUBLE MINT (#4) DOUBLE KNOT (#5)DOUBLE UP (#6)

  • Eleanor Jones
    2019-03-31 21:16

    Buckle up for hilarity with DOUBLE UP. Just when you thought you couldn't laugh any harder...the topsy-turvy life of Davis Way continues to wind its way into the next phase with this warm and wonderful offering. Old favorite characters are here, albeit at a distance, along with two utterly charming new ones, and the joys of new motherhood are tempered with a sense of impending doom that Davis feels powerless to do anything about. It's also possible she's stuck in a rut, and the last person in the world you'd think could help her with that shows up on her doorstep with waaaay too much luggage.This author has a way of cracking me up to the point of tears--and then I have to catch my breath because in the next moment she may have me in tears over something unbelievably touching.I wish I could list all the things I loved about this book (Waffle House) (Shrimp Surprise) but it would spoil it for those who like surprises with their hilarity. (Airplanes.)So many elements of the delightful plot lead toward the completely unexpected and creative conclusion, and you can only see at the end how cleverly it is woven. And if you read and loved DOUBLE KNOT and wondered how the author would manage a sequel equally as good, well, somehow she's done it (again).And thus I conclude another slightly slobbery review of a Davis Way book, but I can't seem to help myself as they are such a joy to read. Davis is sharp-witted, kind, and unorthodox and I love hanging out with her. Every. Time. (PS: Start with Double Whammy to get the whole story. You'll be glad you did.)

  • JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
    2019-04-20 17:37

    Davis Way Cole is the ex-Secret Super Spy for the Bellissimo Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. 'Ex' because she's retired - now taking care of two eight-month-old baby girls, Bex and Quinn - while her husband Bradley is left to run what's left of the casino. I say this because there's a new sheriff in town: The Blitz, which has been built right across the river from the Bellissimo, and they've not only taken the Bell's staff, but most of their customers as well. They've become practically a ghost town on their own, and the owner, Richard Sanders (and his wife Bianca) have decamped for the lights of Las Vegas and left Bradley to salvage what he can.Davis blames herself, because if she hadn't been so busy being pregnant and then motherhood, she believes she would have known what the Blitz was up to all along and none of this would have happened; she would have been at the top of her game and realized they were building a mega-casino instead of what she originally thought - a football stadium. Why a stadium? Because the person who now runs the Blitz is the grandson of the owner, Elias Johnson, and an ex-football player.Because of this, Davis has refused to leave her lavish penthouse, and has become as reclusive as Greta Garbo. That is, until her ex-ex-mother-in-law Bea Crawford shows up and refuses to leave. At first Davis is horrified, but when things start going even further south, she realizes she can use Bea in her own scheme to put things right again, and that's when she turns Bea into a spy herself (sort of). But just when Davis thinks things are starting to look up, she hasn't got a clue as to how dark they can become...As a great fan of the series I was really looking forward to this entry, and for the most part, wasn't disappointed. While it started out slow - it's not that interesting to follow a storyline of someone who spends all their time in an apartment with their babies - but once the plot got going - and so did Davis, it really took off (see what I did there?).There isn't a lot I can say about the plot without giving away the crux of the story, so let it suffice to say that Davis is tired of what is going on around her and decides she's the one who needs to save the company (and her home). She learns from Bea what is going on over at the Blitz; decides she can do something even better at the Bellissimo, and sets forth on a plan to save the resort and her husband's job in the process. What ensues is quite humorous at times, suspenseful at others, there was even one scene between Fantasy and Davis that had me downright chuckling; plus Davis' reaction when she realizes why she's spending time with Bea is worth reading the book alone; not to mention what happens when Bea begins to take herself seriously as a spy.In the end, it was a fun journey with an unexpected ending, and while not technically a murder mystery (although there is a murder, have no fear), it still gives you plenty to devour while you enjoy the book and wait for the next in the series to arrive. Recommended.

  • Jessica
    2019-04-01 18:29

    Double Up is the sixth book in the Davis Way series and if you haven’t read any of the books in the series, it’s not necessary to enjoy Double Up. I do recommend you start with the first, Double Whammy or at least read, the fifth book, Double Knot so you’ll get an idea of who’s who and what’s going on. That being said, Gretchen Archer does a great job explaining certain events from previous books and of course, nothing I consider to be spoilers.I thought I knew everything there was to know about Davis Way, but Archer proved me wrong! There’s a bit of a time jump from when Double Knot ended and Double Up begins. Davis has been suffering from postpartum depression, even though she insists she’s okay. It was heartbreaking to see Davis this way, but at the same time, she’s worked hard at the Bellissimo and when things go south, she takes it personal. No Hair, Fantasy, and Baylor all are featured in some way, but things definitely are different at the Bellissimo. We’re introduced to Baylor’s new girlfriend, July (pronounced Julie) and she’s just the most perfect nanny (why couldn’t Davis get a manny, a male nanny? Imagine the hilarious scenarios).I anticipated the sixth book in the series to still feature a pregnant Davis, but the babies are here! I don’t want to spoil it for anyone so if you’re a fan of the series and don’t know what Davis and Bradley have, I’ll keep quiet. It was fun to have the babies in the book and I just wanted to cuddle with them. They are quite the handful and will definitely keep the Coles on their toes! Maybe, Archer will gift us with a spin off series featuring the twins all grown up.What I really liked about Double Up were the surprises! Holy heck, Davis (view spoiler)[blew up the Blitz (hide spoiler)]! House (and no, not Hugh Laurie) stole the show (Off! Off! Off!), but Bea Crawford really surprised me! I loved her personal changes and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for her. I laughed at what Bea called certain things. For example a selfie becomes selfish and that cracks me up because English isn’t my mother’s first language and at first she’d call selfies, surfies. Archer really makes things believable in that aspect. I was really worried at how much Davis could trust the town gossip and I’m just really surprised at it all. I won’t say anything because I want you to discover it on your own. I still have some questions that hopefully Archer will answer at some point in time (such as, what was Eddie doing at the Bellissimo?). The Waffle House makes an appearance and while they do have some good biscuits and gravy, their coffee really is amazing (or at least the one across from my work has some great coffee)!The ending feels likes a goodbye and if Archer decides not to continue with the series, I’ll be okay. I’ll miss Davis and company, but it has a good stopping point if the end is near. Overall, I adored Double Up! I laughed so much and to be honest, there’s something really sexy about Bradley Cole and a gun. If you’re looking for a laugh out loud, feel good book, I highly recommend Gretchen Archer’s Double Up.This review and more are posted at Literary, etc.

  • Anam Cara
    2019-03-26 20:12

    Gretchen Archer, where have you been all my life?I read this book because the name of the author seemed familiar. I thought I might have read something before that I liked. After reading it, I searched my Goodreads list, my kindle library, every place I could think of. No, I had never read anything although I had the first book in this series on my "want to read" list. I am so sorry that I hadn't read it long ago!This was fantastic! The story was so funny, not at all realistic at times, but hey, shouldn't you learn to suspend disbelief when reading a good book!Davis Way is a stitch! Her monolog as she tells her story had me laughing out loud. The turn of the phrase, the way words just rolled right out. Davis is the happy mother of twin girls. She hasn't left her apartment since they were born. She and her husband both worked for a casino and live in the building on an upper floor. Their home has been wired to become a "smart" home with the idea that you can say "coffee" and the coffee pot starts brewing in the kitchen. Everything is controlled and voice activated. But the sensors are set so that Davis and her husband must whisper or the house does all sorts of things. Like phone the doctor if anyone uses the word "sick." The house is slowly driving her crazy, but she just can't bring herself to leave. A new casino built close by and all the business is being siphoned off. People at Davis' place are being laid off, the company could very well go bankrupt. Where would they go? Before she can begin to worry, her ex-mother-in-law drops on her doorstep. One thing leads to another and Davis works up the courage to go out into the world again.Oh, the descriptions of what follows! Astonishingly there was no body until almost 3/4 of the way through the story. It was a mystery, but no death. I was loving this. And then when someone did die, it was one of the competition.I don't want to tell who died, what happens, you just need to read it yourself. You won't be sorry. And I am going back to find all the missing books in the series. Don't be like me and wait so long to read this entertaining author!

  • DelAnne Frazee
    2019-04-01 16:21

    Title: Double Up - A Davis Way Crime Caper Book 6Author: Gretchen ArcherPublisher: Henery PressPublished: 3-21-2017Pages: 262Genre: Mystery; Thrillers & SuspenseSub-Genre: Humor; Amateur Sleuth; Cozy Mystery;ISBN: 9781635111811ASIN: B01MU9DM31Reviewed For NetGalley and Henery PressReviewer: DelAnneRating: 5 StarsDavis Way Cole is in danger of loosing not only her job and home, but also her sanity. Engrossed with the arrival and care for her new twin daughters she has managed to be overwhelmed by a smart home that is to smart for its own good. A rival casino is opening and is bellowing the death dirge for the Bellissimo Resort and Casino. As always Gretchen Archer combines humor with suspense and intrigue. Warm, loving moments and fun. Always lots of fun times to be had as you read the latest Davis Way cozy. Even as you find yourself rushing to see what happens next, be sure to slow down to savor this delightful read.Books in the Davis Way Crime Caper Mystery Series:DOUBLE WHAMMY (#1)DOUBLE DIP (#2) DOUBLE STRIKE (#3)DOUBLE MINT (#4) DOUBLE KNOT (#5)DOUBLE UP (#6)My rating of "Double Up" is 5 out of 5 stars.Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MU9DM31/...B&N Link: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/doub...GoodReads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...The Reading Room Link: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.ph...Twitter Link: https://twitter.com/DelAnne531/status...

  • Jannelies
    2019-04-08 21:09

    If Gretchen Archer was not already a very good author, someone should have invented her. She knows what we readers need! We need an engaging main character, surrounded by more interesting characters and we need an interesting plot. It sounds all so simple… but it isn’t. Gretchen Archer comes up with new and funny ways to describe a mother-in-law that isn’t even a real mother-in-law. She comes up with new and funny ways to describe 8-month old baby twins (although I will never, ever get used to the strange ways American people have with naming their children. I simply cannot understand why you would give a cute little girl the name of her great-grandfather. His surname! It’s horrible.) She will come up with a story with more twists and turns than the longest rollercoaster and after reading this book, I felt like I’ve been in one.I must say that sometimes the story is a little bit over the top, but on the other hand I sometimes laughed to loud even my husband wanted to know what was going on in my book. He actually liked the idea of House (who doesn’t) except for the fact that 70 loudspeakers would be a bit much for our small home.I loved the way Gretchen Archer let Bea come alive, to have her change from a very dislikable figure in an interesting and funny woman. I liked the way Gretchen gave away all these little clues that in the end make up for one quite unexpected ending. Spoiler alertI only hope that can ever eat shrimp again without ROFL…

  • Cynthia
    2019-03-25 23:19

    This book is the 6th book in this series and in my estimation it is the best so far. The others were wonderful and this one is even more phenomenal. I love the3 writing style of Ms. Archer. The stories are extremely well written and full of unbelievable information that is put forth to make the stories so interesting and exciting to read. This book gives readers a glimpse into the life of Davis Way Cole, the head of investigation into crime at the Bellissimo Casino in Biloxi. After marrying and giving birth to twins, Davis "retired" for 8 months, never leaving her house which is on the top floor of the casino. When the Bellissimo is in dire straights financially from a nearby casino that was recently built and taking the customers away from the Bellissimo. After finding just the right solution for her to be able to return to her job as investigator of crimes she returns to work and the adventures begin. After no contact with family and friends for 8 months, Davis is thrown back into family and friends seeking her help and their help to her as well. The story is extremely well written with lots of twists and turns and laugh out loud moments and Davis reuniting with family and dear friends along the way due to a new friend that gives her great comfort in regard to her twin girls.The adventures are like no other and you will be as shocked at the ending as I was and I really was expecting something outstanding and I surely got that and much more. A LOT more. Phenomenal ending. Do yourself a favor and get this book and if you have not read the previous books, I surely hope you will get those and read them too, as they are wonderful.Cynthia B.

  • Brenda
    2019-03-27 23:21

    I laughed so hard I had tears. Davis Way Cole is amazing!With the birth of her twins, Davis takes the role of stay-at-home mom literally - she never leaves her apartment except to walk the twins in their stroller around the penthouse abandoned by Bellissimo owners Richard & Bianca Sanders.It's been 8 months since Davis gave birth and a competitor casino & resort has opened outside her very window. The Blitz has everything the Bellissimo has and a whole lot more. Staff have jumped to the competition including her security team member and BFF Fantasy. Now lay-offs are scheduled and Baylor is next. With the help of July, Davis sets out to save her home, her family and everyone's job.So well written I wanted to read it all again in case I missed something the first time. Look out Evanovich, Gretchen Archer has arrived!I received a copy of this book from Henery Press through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. I have already placed an order to own a copy on release.

  • Laura
    2019-04-09 20:15

    This is a great book; this is the sixth book in the Davis Way Crime series written by Gretchen Archer. This book can be read as a standalone but once you read this one you will want to go back and read the other books in this great series. Davis Way Cole, is a super secret spy who lives and works on the twenty-ninth floor of the hotel Bellissimo with her husband and newborn twins. When the hotel is threatened by the competition, and her ex-ex-mother-in-law shows up, unexpected and definitely uninvited. Davis decides to put her skills to the test and recruits her ex-ex- mother-in-law to help her do a little corporate espionage work to find out what is really going on with the competition. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. If you are looking for a great book, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader’s copy of this book. The free book held no determination on my personal review.

  • Kristi | Hidden Staircase |
    2019-04-13 23:24

    This is the third Davis Way I’ve read, and the sixth in the series. I really enjoy this series. The characters are just so enjoyable and fun, and always manage to get themselves wrapped up in ridiculous situations. As always, Ms. Archer had me laughing out loud throughout the book. Ms. Archer voices Davis perfectly, and the asides she puts in throughout are so funny. One of my favorite bits in this go-around are the voice-to-text messages Davis receives from her mother.I will note that this is not your traditional mystery novel. Davis is in a postpartum funk, and the combination of the arrival of Bea and the Bellissimo’s demise is what finally kickstarts Davis back into action. Armed with (a terrible) secret spy (Bea) and a whiteboard and laptop in her home office, Davis is determined to figure out just exactly what Blitz is up to and hopefully save the Bellissimo (and her home).Be prepared for crazy hijinks, laugh-out-loud hilarity, and shrimp. Oh, the shrimp.For my full review, please visit Hidden Staircase.Many thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Sherry
    2019-04-04 23:17

    Double Up Deserves 20 Stars!!The BEST Davis Way book yet! This story is jammed packed with quirky &, what first appears, dysfunctional characters, especially surprisingly Davis. The fairly new mom of twins is a shadow of her former self. With troubles galore at the Bellissimo she teams up with her ex-ex-mother-in-law Bea to try to figure out what the hell is going on with their new neighbors- The Blitz. As the story unfolds it becomes one crazy, hilarious thrill ride after another as it jets towards the most explosive conclusion! While Bianca Sanders, who is only heard from in crazy texts she sends to "David", is missed, laughs galore are still provided by Bea. I could not put this book down, it was absolutely intoxicating. It grabbed me from the beginning & held me to the very end!! Davis Way fans will not be disappointed!

  • Keith Lytton
    2019-04-25 17:15

    So I was in the library looking to pick up a few books to read after my surgery...and saw this one...skimmed it...thought ok..looks like a quick read and a new author so thought I would give it a chance...well..it was a quick read...could have read it in one day if I hadn't had to keep putting it down...if it was longer..i would have dumped it...good point..her writing style is unique and fun...bad point...supposed to be a mystery and it was over half way in before I had a clue as to anything wrong...there were several little additives that were never revisited...and the mystery just wasn't that interesting...would I read another by her? naa...I have so many authors I like...so keep plenty busy with those...seems like a lot of people like her so good luck...just not my taste I guess...

  • Barbara Tobey
    2019-04-23 15:35

    Prepare to double up with laughter as Davis fumbles her way to the ending worthy of a James Bond movie. Davis can be compared with Stephanie Plum in her over the top situations and friends. Babies and gambling, neither of which are in my wheelhouse, are the central topics. That does not preclude my total enjoyment of all the antics involved. I cannot turn the pages fast enough, but then I don't really want the book to end as I am having so much fun. I sure do hope there are lots more Doubles to come. Thanks to the publisher via NetGalley for a copy for my voluntary review.

  • Tonette
    2019-04-21 17:26

    At the start of reading Double Up, I feared that, despite the even greater humor than the previous Davis Way Mysteries, Gretchen Archer was running out of ‘steam’, mystery and action-wise. However, I found that she was only building the steam up more and more to explosive qualities!THIS is the series where I anticipate the next book, the one I pre-order. The plot twists and the how-can-she-possibly-get-out-of-that-? situations abound and once the action started in Double Up, it literally did not end until the last page…and again, Gretchen Archer left me waiting for more.

  • Karen
    2019-04-14 22:36

    This is currently the last book in the series and at first I couldn't get into it. Davis had the twins and 8 months later she was a hermit in her apartment caring for the twins. For someone like Davis that was out of character. But I must say that the book was well worth continuing in her bid to save the casino. Her wacky ways in the didn't save the casino but the surprise ending did. See if you can figure out the clues to the ending.