Double Whammy, by Gretchen Archer
Davis 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 the 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 this mystery a winner. First in the Davis Way mystery series, the second book is titled “Double Dip.”
This is a Henery Press title, and like all of their titles, the ebook editions are only $2.99. (Cheap is good!)
Board Stiff, by Kendel Lynn
It was a happy day when I discovered the books of Henery Press, publisher of cozy mysteries with humorous flair. I have read a number of their books, and have yet to be disappointed. The latest title, “Board Stiff” by Kendel Lynn, is no exception.
Elliot Lisbon lives, by most people’s standards, an idyllic life. She lives on Sea Pine Island, South Carolina, and has a home on the beach. She works as the director of the prestigious Ballantyne Foundation, which gives her a flexible schedule. She has friends in the community, including the hunky principle of the local prep school. She has her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, and with the help of the local police, she is working towards her PI license. If you ignore the incident of the thieving maid and the designer shoe bonfire, everything is perfect.
But the winds of change are blowing over Sea Pine Island. First, Elli gets a new neighbor; Nick Ransom, the new police chief and the man that broke Elli’s heart years ago. Second, one of the Ballantyne board members turns up dead, apparently murdered by another board member. Elli must now try to keep the taint of murder from damaging the pristine reputation of the Ballantyne Foundation, and at the same time, try to decide how she feels about Nick Ransom. Armed with her wits and her southern charm, Elli ferrets out clues about the murder from the Sea Pines Island cast of nefarious characters. The heat builds between Elliot and Nick Ransom, and the danger mounts as Elliot draws ever closer to the killer. Will she solve the crime? Will she be forced to eat seafood? And can her best party frock be saved? Slapstick situations and humor lighten up this very well-written mystery, nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. A very enjoyable book!
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