Gretchen Archer knows how to write a cozy mystery. She combines murder, arson, and fraud into a fun and funny story centered on the Bellissimo Casino and, for this book, the new competitor, the Blitz, located across the bay in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Davis Way Cole’s “House” is hilarious as it attempts to meet every need the family has in
it 24th floor suite - EVERY NEED to the extreme. Added to “House” is Davis’ ex- ex- Mother-in-Law and her ability to spy on the competitor’s operations. Then things only went from bad to worse when the shrimp started spoiling in the ex- ex- Mother-in-Law’s car (“yuck”).
It was obvious something was not right - and Davis Way Cole (former casino super spy) took it upon herself to find out what it was without getting herself and her friends killed in the process.
This reader was laughing from the first chapter - he needed to be careful to not wake his spouse with a giggle or two in the middle of the night. Though the mystery was obvious from the beginning, it would take nearly half the book before the first murder took place - meaning the story was a bit, though not obnoxiously, slow in developing. My biggest disappointment, having read the earlier books in the series, was the disappearance of many main supporting characters, Fantasy, No-Hair, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Sanders, from most of the current book. If the reader has not read previous books in the series, their absence will hardly be noticed.
For the reader looking for a funny and enjoyable spring read, “Double Up” should fill the prescription well.
This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.