Davis Way Cole and Nowhere to Go by Gretchen Archer

Double KnotAt midnight, the clock clicking from Saturday to Sunday, I locked the door to my stateroom behind me. I gathered my cat, pajamas, vitamins, toothbrush, and was in a hurry for the bed when I stepped into the gold bathroom and saw an envelope taped to the mirror above the vanity. It was addressed to me. I recognized my name right away; I’ve had it all my life. The problem was—I took slow and steady steps toward the envelope—no one outside 704 knew my name. Correspondence to me aboard Probability should have been addressed to Bianca Sanders. Not Davis Way Cole. I reached for it, curious and apprehensive at the same time. I opened it to find a photograph of my boss, No Hair. My knees gave way and the vanity caught me. Hands bound behind his back, legs secured at the ankles, clothes disheveled, his tie gone and his lower lip split wide open, he was in a straight chair against a wall between two dark porthole windows. No Hair was someone’s prisoner. He looked straight at me when the picture was taken, his eyes apologetic, but everything else about his expression and posture was livid.

My head swam and I saw stars. I backed up to the square porcelain bathtub in the middle of the gold floor and sat down on the wide edge. I read the letter.

Mrs. Cole,

To ensure your safety and that of your guests and loved ones, sit back and settle in, because you’re not leaving your suite. Rest assured no harm will come to anyone as long as you follow these simple instructions: Do not attempt to escape or make contact with anyone. Jeremy Covey will be detained for the duration of the cruise, as will you and your party. You will walk off this ship unharmed if you cooperate.

Unfortunately, the medical staff accompanying you tried to board with controlled substances and was refused passage. They’re not looking for you. Your photography crew has been reassigned. They’re not looking for you. No one is looking for you. There’s no way out. Not only is escape impossible, you will most assuredly jeopardize everyone’s welfare if you attempt any overt attention-seeking endeavors. In other words, Mrs. Cole, don’t start a fire. You’ll burn.

Arrangements have been made to communicate with your husband for you. Should you try to contact him directly and by some miracle succeed, you run the risk of never seeing him again.

Relax, follow these simple instructions, and all will be well. Attempts to escape, alert your husband, the authorities, or other passengers will be met with deadly consequences. It’s up to you.

And that was it.

We were hostages on a luxury cruise liner.


Double Knot is the fifth book in the Davis Way mystery series, published by Henery Press, April 2016.

Super Spy Davis Way sets sail on a Caribbean cruise aboard the MS Probability with fifty billionaires, a boatload of Louis Vuitton luggage, Anderson Cooper, and her mother. (Her mother?) The weather is perfect, the seas are calm, and Suite 704 is spectacular. Until the door slams shut. For good.

Obviously, it’s a system glitch. Surely someone will show up to free Davis, Miss Hawaii, and the creepy staff. But when the minutes turn to hours and the hours stretch into a day, Davis knows it’s up to her. With $50,000 in casino chips, a pot roast, and a crash course in banking, she races against the clock to determine why they’re being held, stop the people behind it, and find a way out.

Secrets are revealed, antiquities are destroyed, and they’re running out of dishes. It’s mayday on Probability when Davis Way realizes that only the truth will set her free.

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About the author
Gretchen Archer is a Tennessee housewife who began writing when her daughters, seeking higher educations, left her. She lives on Lookout Mountain with her husband, son, and a Yorkie named Bently. Double Knot is the fifth in her Davis Way Crime Caper series.

Connect with Gretchen at gretchenarcher.com, @Gretchen_Archer and on Facebook.

Giveaway: Leave comment below for your chance to win a hardcover copy of Double Knot. US entries only, please. The giveaway will end April 19, 2016 at 12 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

All comments are welcomed.

32 responses to “Davis Way Cole and Nowhere to Go by Gretchen Archer

  1. Gladys Paradowski

    Very unusual plot, truly intriguing.

  2. Doward Wilson

    On my TBR list. Great review and thanks for the chance to win.

  3. I’m hooked…..this intro has me wanting to read more and find out what happens. Thanks for the chance to win.

  4. Looks like a promising story premise. Look forward to reading it even if I don’t win this contest.

  5. Interesting…

  6. Barbara Hackel

    WOW what an excerpt! I HAVE to read this! Thanks Dru, another great selection. Thanks Gretchen for the chance t o win a copy! :0

  7. That excerpt has me hooked! Thanks.

  8. Peggy Hyndman

    Sounds intriguing. Thank you for this chance.

  9. wendynewcomb

    WOW! What else is there to say???? Thank you for the chance tow in a copy of this book.

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  10. elainehroberson

    This sounds like a great series. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  11. WOW – enter me, please! Sounds fascinating!

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  12. Oh my goodness. NOT the way you want to start a trip!

  13. Thanks for the opportunity!

  14. I have not read anything by Ms Archer. This seems as good as any place to start. The story sounds fascinating.

  15. This is such a fun series–one of my favorites. I love it!!! I can’t wait to read Double Knot. Thanks for the chance to win a hardcover copy.

  16. I’ve been wanting to get started on this Gretchen Archer series. Thanks for the chance to win the book.

  17. Thanks for this great excerpt, feature and giveaway.

  18. Wow, another TBR list, would love to add this book in series, ty

  19. This sounds so good! I can’t wait to read it!

  20. Wow, this book sounds amazing! I can’t believe I haven’t heard of this series before. Thanks for the chance to win!

  21. Mary Jane H.

    Appreciate the review! This is another great series. Looking forward to reading this one. Thank you.

  22. Sounds like an awesome read! I’d love to win this one. Can’t wait to read it.

  23. New author to me, but all the reviews I’ve read have been very convincing. Can’t wait to read. Adding to my TBR list.

  24. Oh boy oh boy I would Love to own this Awesome sounding book 💟💟 This would be my first time I have read this Author ! Thank you for a chance to win 👍👍👍

  25. What an attention grabber. Can’t wait to read it.

  26. Celia Fowler

    I would love to win a copy of Double Knot! Thanks so much for the giveaway Dru!

  27. rosemary pfeiffer

    omg after reading the previous paragraphs about the book..I must read more.!! lol thanks for the chance to do just that.

  28. very fun series…looking forward to reading this newest title

  29. Sounds like a fun read.

  30. Cynthia E. Blain

    The four books that preceded Double Knot were fabulous, but Gretchen has outdone herself with this book for sure. It has such depth with regard to the details of the story and the characters and all of the revealing information that you will read. It is an unbelievable story and with so much wit and sarcasm I love it more than I can even begin to say. Lots of surprises as always and many twists and turns and lots of emotions are exposed and set free. I am secretly wishing for another 30 or more books in this series as I cannot even fathom the idea of not having a Davis Way book to look forward to. For anyone who has not yet read this series, do not delay; you are missing one of the best writers of this genre ever.
    Cynthia

  31. Already on my WishList….
    Thank you for the giveaway…..

  32. I would love to read this…I love trying new Authors to me at least. Love the Cover and thank you for the contest.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com