Author: Gretchen Archer
Publisher: Henery Press
Rating: 3.5 stars
Type: Novel in Series
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Blurb: It’s convention season at the Bellissimo Resort and Casino and Davis Way Cole barely notices. It’s hard to pay attention when you live in a Jambalaya Junkyard. But when Special Events Coordinator Holder Darby walks off the job just as five hundred Alabama bankers pour in the front door, Davis steps up.
Or would that be in? Definitely in. Davis steps in. It.
Not only has the convention director vanished, but a certain Bellissimo guest is missing. One who forgot to pack the million dollars he left in the bathtub. It looks like our redhead newlywed Super Secret Spy’s lazy summer is over when the Bellissimo vault is robbed. Can Davis connect the dots before it’s too late? Can she get her Taser gun back from Bianca Sanders? Will she be stuck with Eddie Crawford’s 1962 Cadillac forever? What Davis needs is a little faith. And a lot of luck.
Review: I was so confused at the beginning of this mystery…and not just about the actual thing that needed solving. There are a lot of inside jokes and an incredibly fast pace to this book that reads a lot like Stephanie Plum has hit the Bellissiomo Casino in Biloxi, MS. Brash, funny, with lots of too-crazy-to-be-true details that add kooky flavor and spice to the story, there’s a lot to catch up with in this who-dunnit of a tale. But I’m trying!
Counterfeit cash, an Alabama bankers convention, and a missing events coordinator–three big things have hit the Bellissiomo at the same time as a huge cache of specially minted platinum Casino coins have been stolen from the vault, neatly switched out with counterfeits. Davis’s husband Bradley is on the hook for those missing coins, so it’s in her best interest to find them before he’s arrested. She’s got to find the real missing coins, the missing event planner, the missing guest who left a million dollars worth of counterfeit bills in his bathroom, and all before the bankers play their last game. It’s a race against time and hopefully she won’t get arrested again…
I really really liked the description of Davis’s relationship with the owner’s wife. Apparently she has to be her “body-double,” appearing as her at events and even at the doctor’s office! It’s hysterical, and the antipathy between Davis and Bianca is the best part of the book. A mysterious cat and the red refrigerator of death also play stellar roles, with the Sears repairman in a cameo that steals the show.
This book was really funny and roller-coaster fast. But stepping into book four of THIS series is an almost impossible thing to do–I almost feel like I’m not qualified to give a review. IF I’d read the earlier ones, I’m sure I’d have liked it much more. But I hadn’t, so I was hopelessly lost. IF I’d been in on the numerous inside jokes and asides, I’d have laughed a lot more, but since I wasn’t, I felt some of the descriptions and jokes were a little over the top. I just didn’t enjoy this as much as I could have because I didn’t know what was going on…but maybe that’s the point? Anyway, very funny, colorful, and ended with a bang. If you like colorful southern madcap humor, this book is for you. I would start with the first one, though!