Double Mint (A Davis Way Crime Caper)
By Gretchen Archer
Rating: 5/5 Stairs
Publication Date: 21 July 2015
I loved this book. What a breath of (cozy mystery) fresh air. It was fun. It was funny. (Yes, I laughed out loud.) Double Mint, the fourth in this series, is told from the perspective of Davis Way – it’s sarcastic and fresh. I really enjoyed the character and her narrative. It’s hard to explain what her job is, I guess it would be undercover spy for the Bellissimo Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.
The special events coordinator – Holder Darby – has quit, and until her replacement is found Davis has to take responsibility. This is the beginning of Davis’ week from hell, which includes (but is not limited to) a bankers convention, missing money, a psycho cat, and Magnolia Thibodeaux. It’s a very convoluted story, but let’s just say that Davis is sure Magnolia has been sneaking into her apartment, looking for something. Davis is determined to catch Magnolia, even though no one else believes her. She does sound pretty paranoid when she tells people about it.
I couldn’t get anyone on my Magnolia bandwagon – some say witch hunt – and when this is said and done, when I’ve nailed her, I’ll remind these men of this moment when they looked at me as if I’d lost my very last marble.
So many things are happening in this book and Davis has so many theories, that at times it feels like nothing – or everything? – is happening. Is there something funny going on with the bankers conference? Is someone after the money in the vault? Where did Holder Darby go, and why did she leave her cat? Will the refrigerator ever get fixed?
There were a few characters that seemed connected to prior books in the series – like Davis’ ex-ex-husband – which really didn’t add much to the storyline per say, but it sure did add to the confusion and her bad week.
It was a fun ride, and a fun read. A great novel to pick up this summer. I can tell you that after finishing Double Mint, the first three books in the series just made my summer reading list.
Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.