Original post at http://pastor-patrick.blogspot.com/2014/07/double-strike-review.html
Davis Way finds herself in the midst of a casino based crime spree - again. Like most businesses, casinos have to change with the time - and the Bellissimo Resort and Casino is not sure how best to grow. To manage the needed transition, Richard Sanders (CEO) and the management team contracted with an experienced group of casino managers to operate a “casino within a casino”. To celebrate the opening of this new venture, they had set up the “Strike It Rich Sweepstakes.” This event would introduce the casino and its guests to the hardware and the software that would define the “Casino of the Future”.
Only three things stood in the way of a successful opening:
1. Davis Way’s wedding was planned for the same weekend as the opening of the “casino within a casino”.
2. Davis Way was still married - only she did not know it.
3. Something was not right with the “casino within a casino”.
It fell to Davis and the other members of the security team that worked for the Bellissimo to put the pieces together before something tragic happened (sadly, they were not able to do that) and the Mississippi Gaming Commission closed down the casino.
Of course, as in her earlier books, the fact that Davis Way is the virtual twin of Richard Sanders’ (CEO) wife, Bianca, only complicates the work they have to do. The task is further complicated by the presence of the Sanders’ son Thomas who is on the verge of being expelled from his boarding school. The presence of other characters (some legitimate, some not so) makes for an interesting story. I would love to access to Jeremy’s (aka “No Hair” and Davis Way’s boss) tie collection - they are colorful and interesting. Given that he only wears a tie once, means they should be available for others to use. Maybe the author could mail a set of them my way. Because Davis Way is a virtual twin to the bosses wife, she gets the privilege of assuming her role, wearing her clothes (that is nice), and spilling hot chocolate on the one-of-a-kind fur coat (that is not so nice).
The mix of plot, characters, and setting (including time spent in Alabama and Mississippi), make for a story that will leave the reader laughing his or her way through a crime that could topple a major institution in Biloxi, MS, as well as Davis Way’s family. Though I am not a gambler or drinker, it was a pleasure to again walk along with this set of characters as they seek to solve mysteries bigger than they thought possible.
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.