( [ONLINE] Doppelgangsters ) By Laura Resnick – norfolkfmradio.co.uk
Or what s killing mobsters and repeated throughout the text Still t s apt and eye catching enough to make someone want to pick this up Recipe for Temptation (Madewood Brothers, ift s the sort of thing they d likeThis book never pretends to be anything t sn t It s silly fluffy urban fantasy and Esther well knows how ridiculous OBaby it sounds In case she forgets other characters are than willing to laugh or disbelieve That made me feel this books grounded Nerds in reality than most urban fantasy despitets humor trappingsThere were times though when Zack (Areion Fury MC it seemed the humor might rely on the absurdity a little too much I worried future books might start to string together wacky hijinks for lack of any betterdeas It gave me flashbacks to the Stephanie Plum series which I ve give up onFor now though I do plan to read the next book We ll see Shadow on the Crown (The Emma of Normandy Trilogy, ift lays the above fears to rest and continues to give me the fun melding of murder mystery and magic that I enjoy ContamiNation in these books I also hope we see Detective Lopez Not because I particularly like him but I like how Esther plays off him Solid genre bookWorld The world buidings solid nothing creative here and pretty much all the pieces here can be found Taxi ins Glück in another bookn the urban fantasty genre That being said t was still fun the gangster angle was kinda stereotypical fun of the genre The expansion of the cast of characters s also funStory Solid for the genre pacing was solid and the banter and situations was pleaseing There Losing My Virginity and Other Dumb Ideas is nothing m I read this storyn Murder by Magic Twenty Tales of Crime and the Supernatural and I loved The Magic Rolling Pin it It takes a fresh look at Made Men aka Mafiosos This time they are the victims of supernatural hits Each victim appears to his cronies and performs his normal behavior minutes before he dies Onlyt s not the victim It s his doppleganger This story managed to do something that I did not feel was possible To feel sorry for mobsters I am not a fan of mafioso types But these guys died Indecent... Exposure (Indecent, in awful ways due All Esther Diamond wantss a decent acting role that she can be proud of and her typically Jewish mother can be proud of as well she ll do anything to get her to stop nagging Plus Not Without a Fight it would be nice to get a regular paycheck And finally go on a hot sexy date with her police detective boyfriend Butt looks as Garden Bouquets and Beyond if that s notn the cards for Esther At least not while Mercury The Unseen Wonder isn retrograde and her proverbial job as a singing waitress at Bella Stella s the mob version of Casablanca The Management Bible is soon to hit the skids When Esther s favorite wiseguy customer Chubby Charlie Chiccantes gunned down Zu schnell in front of her after seeing his mystical doppelganger she s drawn deeplynto a web of magical Sleepless (Bird of Stone, intrigue and the mobster underworld Whos creating the magical doppelganger assassins that threaten to start an all out mob war between New York s notorious crime families And can she stop t before she ends up sleeping with the fishes tooDoppelgangster s an energetic gangster tale with elements of the paranormal that s both witty and hilarious At first I didn t know what to expect when starting t Was Invisible (The Curse of Avalon it a paranormal Wast a mystery Was t a thriller "Was It A Romance I Was So " it a romance I was so surprised to find that 35 stars Second novel
In The Esther Diamond Series This One the Esther Diamond Series This one stronger than the first Resnick has cleared up some of the annoying ticks that I thought stood out n the first she s calmed down on the cutesy dialogue t feels natural and I thought that the secondary characters were altogether nteresting and well written Deep Listening in this follow upnstallment In this mystery Esther has unfortunately found herself without a paying gig when her off broadway show s finally cancelled She finds herself working at Stella s which s a restaurant that Evolution, Me Other Freaks of Nature is a popular hangout for some very dangerous wise guy types Unfortunately supernatural happenings are afoot when Esther witnesses a mobster getting killed right before her eyes with no possible killern sight Esther s an appealing protagonist capable enough but also not uber powered to the point where she s getting out of situations she really has no business being able to solve Worth a read f you liked the first book See my full thoughts here s a scene Trajan in Doppelgangster where the protagonist beats an evil sorcerer with a dead chicken That says just about everything I thinkThis books cheesy and stupid but Bunnys Book Club Goes to School it very clearly understands that ands just having fun with The Peculiar Pig it There are some serious aspects to the plot but most oft Cherry Ingram is just an excuse for the characters to getnto absurd situations observe things with some snark or run The Mermaids Shoes into other odd charactersSpeaking of characters they re the thing that really makes this book fun Esther herself plays a sort of straight man role but that doesn t mean shesn t funny She has a few witty observations and one liners that make her a fun narrator Then there s her wizard friend Max whose lack of understanding of the modern world never seems to get old And all of the various mobster Wise Guys that they meet are such over the top Italian stereotypes that I couldn t help but laugh and shake my head whenever they did anything reallyNot to mention that the mystery at the heart of the story Untameable Rogue (Bennett is legitimately good The audiences only given The McKettrick Way (McKettricks, information at a slow drip which means that you figure things out at around the same pace as the characters It s notmmediately obvious who s behind all of the murders and when I found out who Midsummer Masque it was I felt genuine sympathy for themThe one part of the story I couldn t getnto was the romance between Esther and Detective Lopez It s not that they don t have chemistry or that either of them are terrible people Maybe This Time (Belonging it s just that life getsn the way of their relationship way too often for me to feel like they would ever work as an Effetto domino item Doppelgangsters very much a tongue The Midwifes Miracle Baby in cheek book that s poking fun at the urban fantasy genre Even as someone whosn t much Mendozas Miracle into that genre this was a lot of fun to read I recommendt for anyone looking for a lighthearted comedy or a mystery with a twis. Oughout the city A paranormal screwball comedy adventure Jennifer Crusie Original.
Laura Resnick ↠ 4 charactersAlright I ll start off by saying I LOVED this book and then continue on by going right nto complaining about Miami Menage it My complaintsn t about the book Miss Westons Masquerade itself just a reallyrritating mishap by I assume the publisher This The Millionaires Proposal is not the first bookn this series When you open to the list of books Michael (New Orleans Knights in this series thiss the first one listed followed by two with little s to Memoirs of a Millionaires Mistress indicate they hadn t been published yet The whole reason I read this book was I liked the look of book number threen this series which has Meet Phoenix in fact now been published I was willing to take the time and start from the beginning and they let me down rantI should probably mention that not reading the first bookn no way took away from the story I loved this book and will continue to love The Mistletoe Melody (A Brookhollow Story, it even though a swapn publishers made for one very annoyed KellieAll that being said this book was hilarious The title alone should tell you something It was laugh out loud funny the whole way through It was clever witty and very well written I loved the main character Esther as well as her mafia sidekick Lucky The older sorcerer Max was a little harder to get to know but apparently that was what the first book was for Sorry I said I d stopI love that the mystery had a mob twist on Sid and Sam it I m not especially a fan of mob stories actually I m not sure I ve ever read one butt gave this story some uniue flair that I ve never seen before It really helped to build the world that Esther lives Screwball in and the people that populate her life Her cop would be boyfriend even manages to play a rolln how the various crime families nteracted with the main character I cracked a smile every time someone chimed n with You date a copI ll definitely be reading the next book The Outlaw Jesse James in the series I will not be going back to read the first though shakes fist Esther Diamonds between acting jobs To make ends meet she takes a job waiting tables at Bella Stella Connor Lopez the cop who may or may not be Esther s boyfriend Up All Night is concerned because Bella Stellas freuented by the Gambello crime family but hey a girl s gotta make a livingBefore long though Esther lands The Spiral Dance in deep trouble One of Bella Stella s regulars Chubby Charlie sees a When I first saw the cover of Doppleganster I wasntrigued I uickly learned I d be circumnavigating the world Laura Resnick created without the context of book one to walk me through Preceding Dopplegangster the first book The Erotic Mind in the Esther Diamond series Disappearing Nightly which at the time was published by Luna unfortunately disappeared almost overnight likely because backn 2005 the publisher didn t know what to do with Dancing at Midnight (The Splendid Trilogy, it andt was soon out of printIt appears that DAW recognized the potential and bought the second and third books It Hurts When I Poop! a Story for Children Who Are Scared to Use the Potty in the series released them ands going rescue and reprint Disappearing Nightly and finally give Here With Me (Together it the homet originally deserved I highly recommend buying Dopplegangster and the new Sympathetic Magic Hopefully good sales will Double Deception (Code Name: Danger influence DAW a Penguin Imprint to get busy and publish book oneEvidentlyn book one Esther became friends with Max a 350 year old wizard who looks a youthful 70 who with her help youthful and who with her help a bad wizard and they killed his evil assistant Hieronymus something that had to be done but weighs on Esther s mind and something she can never tell her hopefully soon to be cop boyfriend ConnorEsther s life never goes to plan and she always ends up a mess looking like a mess or trying to getherself out of one It Wicked Lies (Men of Summer, is almost a Lucille Ball kind of slapstick She stumbles from one zany crazy silly hilarious mix up to another She s like a pinball stuckn a game being bashed around from one side to the other Esther Grave Tattoo is just trying to find her way to that acting gig that will break hernto the big time trying to find some romantic time with the guy of her dreams while being flung from one part of town to another trying to solve the mystery and stay aliveWhat Georgia and the Tycoon is so fresh and wonderful about the Esther Diamond seriess Esther Churchills Trial is the ANTITHESIS of what has become the normn Urban Fantasy The biggest weapons she carries are her four A Conspiracy of Ravens (Lady Trent Mysteries inch high heels She doesn t know how to fight Theres no mystery about her parentage other than how does her Mother always know to call when there Lakeside Redemption is bad news She has no magical skills That s rightnone Shesn t going to become some magical ueen she doesn t go around bossing everyone around because the whole world depends on her Nobody seems to depend on her she s just trying to survive on her own and maybe keep her boyfriend alive from the things he doesn t know about that go bump In Pursuit of a Princess in the nightDopplegangster again thiss book two starts with Stella losing her acting gig The play she was Second Time Loving in Sorcerers canceled Being a struggling actress n New York s no joke She Dark Awakening is damn glad to be rehired at her old waitressing job evenf Hawks Way (Hawks Way its as a singing server at Bella Stella s a known and notorious Mob HangoutUnfortunately her on again off again cop boyfriend Joe Morellioops I mean Connor Lopez a gorgeous hunk of Cuban and Scotch Irish parentage doesn t agree and thinks Family Men its a dangerous
place for her to work He might have a point given the fact that there have been two mob hits therefor her to work He might have a point given the fact that there have been two mob hits there the last five years and the owner Stella launders money for the MobTo make matters worse Lopez has just been promoted to the OCCB task force organized Crime Control Bureau and his job Creative Participation is to crack down on organized crime Chubby Charlie one of her Mafioso regulars and Esther both see an exact walking talking double of Chubby Charlie and then hes shot at his table from an Sabina Spielrein impossible angle This doesn t help Lopez s employment prospects as everyone thinks Esther had to have seen the murderer ands covering She finds herself Cognitive Radio Networks in the middle of a murdernvestigation and on the cover of a New York Tabloid publication looking like a mob girlfriend Personnel Management in Government in the middle of a mob war In a very short period wise guys begin dropping like flies just after they see their exact double the cops want Esther broughtn for uest. While waiting tables n Little Italy actress Esther Diamond realizes some magical. Ioning and chaos ensuesThe cops and the mob both think she knows than she does The only real people Esther can count on are Max the Sorcerer with his trusty f slobbery familiar Nelli a Wizardly familiar The Time It Never Rained in the body of a massive hound from another plane of existence and Lucky a retired assassin wise guy who knows the truth and surprisingly acceptst uite easilyThe scenes with Lucky are great He s the kind of guy where The Child of the Soul and Other Stories ift was his job and he had to do Childrens Phantasies it he d kill you but otherwisef he likes youhe s gonna keep an eye out and try to help you out And he likes Esther Even though his concern s paternal t The Soviet Union isnfuriating to Lopez who cannot understand why Esther Gods and Heroes is hanging out with a mobsterf she Science, Technology and Culture isnnocent as she claimsConnor can only protect her so much he can tell she s lying and various factions of the mafia are beginning to think Esther might be better off sleeping with the fishes Connor also knows Max No Beast So Fierce is hiding something and thinks hes a bad nfluence on Esther and he s Last Chance Bride incensed shes hanging out with retired mob enforcer LuckyEsther just wants her agent to return her calls with news of a great acting job and to have sex with her boyfriend Given the situations she finds herself Whos Cheatin Who? (Thoroughbred Legacy in none of these things seems likely to happen any time soonThe one liners are hilarious the side characters arencredibly nuanced and fleshed out the heroine Lawman Lover (Outlaws, is hyper smart and hilarious and the heros beleaguered The book City Girl in Training is much like Esther an oddball mix Part urban fantasy part mystery part screwball comedy harkening back to Katherine Hepburn and Carey Grant Its a fun ride from start to finish I just bought the third book Sympathetic Magic and I hope Esther and Lopez sort out their differences and get a HEA or at least get a chance to work off some of that sexual frustration Given all that they ve been through together they deserve Mystery at Kittiwake Bay it know what you are thinking why did I read this when I apprently hated the firstn the series The short answer Dangerous Waters (Cold Case Files it has been a month of severe reading ADDThe long answer I m enrolledn a class to advance my nursing degree when my employer announces they are merging my nursing unit with a critical care unit n four months So all of a sudden I m also taking classes through work one of which means trying to recover long ago knowledge of cardiac rhythms I had already reuested Kraken from the library and had begged NetGalley for Harrison Suared so I was afraid of Full Brain Syndrome The Esther Diamond series by Resnick seemed to fit the bill for fluffy downtime reading Being on the orderly side of the scale I picked up the first book Disappearing Nightly and discovered n Resnick s ntroduction that the book has actually gone out of print had the rights reverted and was then updated and republished When I reached a particularly clunky world building chapter on page 90 I decided to set t downHoping An Italian Education it was a case of first book syndrome her first UF book I thought I d give the second a uick spin Reviews seemed to support that decision Sadlyt was even less Protecting the Colton Bride Coltons Cowboy Code interesting than the first and I wandered off somewhere around page 100 I came back to the first book decidedt was better than I originally thought but found the ending such a whopper of poor taste and decision making that I gave t
NEGATIVE STARS WHEN I WROTE THE REVIEW WENT BACKstars when I wrote the review Went back this one because I feel this weird urge for procrastination completion and lost nterest again It s probably that I m the wrong audience The Sopranos was the last time I was Daddy Wanted interestedn organized crime but Forbidden Stranger it s also thatt just Snowy River Man isn t good writingEsther the actress continues to be mostly airheaded and dramatic After witnessing a murder at her waitressing job shes pulled Night Moves (Harlequin Blaze into the mystery of apparent body doubles among the city s organized crime families The cop shes almost dating from book one Les brumes d'avalon : roman is now on the Organized Crime Suad so when he s assigned the case he and Esther keep colliding Their romantic tensions cute and probably the most well developed aspect of the story The band of merry men from Disappearing has been replaced with a sidekick from the crime family Lucky and Max s new familiar Nelli Through Malakai (Wicked Games, it all Esther continues to agonize about acting jobs the wizard continues to be almost useless and Esther snterview skills continue to annoy There s numerous small plot The Carpenters Wife and Heart of Stone inconsistencies to add to therritation One example of a bigger plot hole comes from Nelli who Celtic Fire (Rogue Angel, isnitially able to The Family Plan identify the duplicates buts unable to A Family Practice identify one at a crucial momentThe writings flat out awkward For A Doctor in Her Stocking (From Here to Maternity instance Esthers trying to get a woman to come with her down Celebrity Bachelor into the basementcrypt of the church where Esther thinks she left a shawl I m not really sure why Esther decides she needs the ancillary character to go with her butt becomes an excuse for a long awkward dialogue about the crime family and the woman s three murdered husbands Then Esther For Better and Worse instead headsnto the crypt with the priest and continues to pump him for Cassidys Kids (Maitland Maternity, information about the widow while she looks for the shawl I still can t tellf Rescuing the Texans Heart its a character Wrangled (Whitehorse, MT: Chisholm Cattle Co., issue Thiss the second book Her Cowboy Hero (Refuge Ranch in the Esther Diamond series It s anmprovement over the last book though there are some Un hros pour Rayne (Delta Force Heroes t. 1) indications the series might fallnto some tropes I dislikeIn the previous book Esther a struggling stage actress found out "That Magic Exists And Stopped A Sorcerer " magic exists and stopped a sorcerer wanted to sacrifice leading ladies to a powerful demon In this book her familiarity with magic serves her well as Mine to Take (Nine Circles, it s the only explanation for the bizarre deaths taking place at her day job at an Italian restaurant People with mod connections are seeing perfect doubles of themselves and then dying within hours A hit man asks Esther for help finding the killer Meanwhile Detective Lopez has been moved to the department thatnvestigates the Mafia and he d very much like for Esther to stay out of His L.A. Cinderella it before his conflict ofnterest gets them both A Groom for Greta (Amish Brides of Celery Fields, in troubleThe title probably would ve been funnierf The Baby They Both Loved it hadn t been adopted as the name Mischiefs going on when a rash of doubles dopplegangsters starts to appear thr. ,