Doppelgangster (2020)

Doppelgangster Laura Resnick Doppelgangster A struggling actress a year old mage whose day job is protecting New York City from Evil a skeptical cop and double the number of wiseguys that there should be While working as a singing waitres
  • Title: Doppelgangster
  • Author: Laura Resnick
  • ISBN: 9780756405953
  • Page: 140
  • Format: Paperback
Doppelgangster Laura Resnick A struggling actress, a 350 year old mage whose day job is protecting New York City from Evil, a skeptical cop and double the number of wiseguys that there should be.While working as a singing waitress in Little Italy, struggling actress Esther Diamond witnesses a mob hit And right before getting whacked out, the victim tells her that he just saw his own doppio a perfectA struggling actress, a 350 year old mage whose day job is protecting New York City from Evil, a skeptical cop and double the number of wiseguys that there should be.While working as a singing waitress in Little Italy, struggling actress Esther Diamond witnesses a mob hit And right before getting whacked out, the victim tells her that he just saw his own doppio a perfect double and a notorious portent of death.Before long, d ppelgangers start haunting New York s mobsters, who are subsequently getting bumped off in mysterious ways Meanwhile, Esther s new love interest, Detective Connor Lopez, gets transferred to the NYPD s organized crime unit and is assigned to investigate these hits.Determined to prevent the murder of of her restaurant customers, which slayings will soon lead to a mob war, Esther tries to uncover the evil genius behind the deadly doppelgangsters Along with a 350 year old sorcerer and an aging hit man, Esther delves deep into the world of wiseguys in pursuit of a ruthlessly mystical murderer
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  1. Carol.

    clsiewert.wordpress 2015 I know what you are thinking why did I read this when I apprently hated the first in the series The short answer it has been a month of severe reading ADD.The long answer I m enrolled in a class to advance my nursing degree when my employer announces they are merging my nursing unit with a critical care unit in 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 req [...]

  2. Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    I read this story in Murder by Magic Twenty Tales of Crime and the Supernatural , and I loved 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 Only it 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 in awful ways, due [...]

  3. Dangerous Romance Book Reviews

    When I first saw the cover of Doppleganster, I was intrigued I quickly 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 in the Esther Diamond series, Disappearing Nightly which at the time was published by Luna, unfortunately disappeared almost overnight, likely because back in 2005 the publisher didn t know what to do with it, and it was soon out of print.It appears that DAW recognized the [...]

  4. Leslee

    3.5 stars Second novel in the Esther Diamond Series This one was stronger than the first Resnick has cleared up some of the annoying ticks that I thought stood out in the first, she s calmed down on the cutesy dialogue, it feels natural, and I thought that the secondary characters were altogether interesting and well written in this follow up installment In this mystery, Esther has unfortunately found herself without a paying gig when her off broadway show is finally cancelled She finds hersel [...]

  5. Kelly

    Esther Diamond is 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, is concerned because Bella Stella is frequented by the Gambello crime family, but hey, a girl s gotta make a living Before long, though, Esther lands in deep trouble One of Bella Stella s regulars, Chubby Charlie, sees a perfect double of himself and then is murdered right in front of her She s traumatized by the event, the tabloi [...]

  6. Fiendishly Bookish

    All Esther Diamond wants is 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, it would be nice to get a regular paycheck And finally go on a hot sexy date with her police detective boyfriend But it looks as if that s not in the cards for Esther At least not while Mercury is in retrograde and her proverbial job as a singing waitress at Bella Stella s the mob version of Casablanca is soon to hit [...]

  7. Alice

    This is the second book in the Esther Diamond series It s an improvement over the last book, though there are some indications the series might fall into some tropes I dislike.In the previous book, Esther, a struggling stage actress, found out that magic exists, and stopped a sorcerer who wanted to sacrifice leading ladies to a powerful demon In this book, her familiarity with magic serves her well, as it s the only explanation for the bizarre deaths taking place at her day job at an Italian res [...]

  8. Kellie Sheridan

    Alright, I ll start off by saying I LOVED this book and then continue on by going right into complaining about it My complaint isn t about the book itself, just a really irritating mishap by I assume, the publisher This is not the first book in this series When you open to the list of books in this series, this is the first one listed, followed by two with little s to indicate they hadn t been published yet The whole reason I read this book was I liked the look of book number three in this serie [...]

  9. Matt

    I picked this up at my book club white elephant in the unwanted pile and felt with a title like dopplegangster it was the sort of book I might enjoy.Esther Diamond is an out of work actress and to make ends meet while she is resting she takes a job at a notorious mob restaurant Wise guys tip well When one of her customers comes in terrified having seen his perfect double and is then shot in front of her by a bullet that somehow went round a corner she realizes something supernatural is going on [...]

  10. Brian

    Took rather too long to get there The beginning of the book has about nine chapters in a row of planning to have conversations, traveling to conversations, talking about previous conversations, and so on Just freaking have the conversation As a result, the book drags For a second book, one would think it s faster paced than the first one, so heaven help you if you start reading book one.

  11. Sylvia Sybil

    Even though this is technically the second book in the series, the first is out of print and this was written with the expectation that readers would not have had a chance to read it There s a 4 page prologue recapping what backstory is relevant to the characters and most other history is explained when it becomes relevant.Esther Diamond is a struggling actress who pays the bills by waiting tables at a mob owned restaurant wiseguys tip well While most people know that magic is the domain of fair [...]

  12. Mark Isaak

    The book was entertaining its plot was original and intricate but not too complicated to follow, and all the pieces were drawn together nicely by the end Most of the action and characters rang true, as much as applies to a fantasy novel There were some particularly amusing dialogues involving a mafia gangster and an antiquarian bookseller where antiquarian describes the seller as much as the books Somehow, though, the conflicts between people who like each other don t quite ring true in their di [...]

  13. Melinda

    I am really enjoying this series Love the narration by Graphic Audio and the life they breed into the characters This series is not going to win awards but I do love the way the characters and the sidekicks work together and get up to all sorts of zany things Works well.

  14. Moira

    Fun A little confusing, but mostly my fault as I thought this was book 1 I started with book 4 and was trying to correct my error I enjoy the writing and that the characters don t take themselves too seriously.

  15. Marina Finlayson

    The title is clever, and this is quite different from most urban fantasy books The mob angle is interesting, but I would have liked magic.

  16. Freevortex

    A good beach book with fun characters, but it had that annoying trope of there s magic but I refuse to prove it to my boyfriend mom whatever because reasons.

  17. Amanda

    I didn t read the first in the series, because the friend that loaned this series to me told me that it was best skipped, and the second book is where it starts getting good I m hoping the third book is better than Doppelgangster was, because I almost gave up on this book altogether.Esther has her moments, but I do not find her at all endearing The writing overall is a bit obnoxious.

  18. Shelley

    Rating 3.0 Genre Science Fiction Review Struggling actress Esther Diamond suddenly finds herself unemployed after the musical Sorcerer , shuts its doors because of monetary cost overruns due largely to the events of Disappearing Nightly On a whim, she asks and is granted her job back as a singing waitress at Bella Stella s a NYC hangout and tourist attraction for the Italian Mafia.In the meantime, her fledgling relationship with Irish Cuban Detective Connor Lopez is having some growing issues th [...]

  19. Edward Branley

    Laura Resnick is a friend of a friend Specifically, my friend is the wife of a fraternity brother of mine, so we go back a long way When you see friends of friends commenting on stuff on Facebook, naturally you get curious about that person I asked my friend Cindy if the thought Laura would mind me friending her on Facebook She said no, so I did When Laura announced the release of her latest novel, I learned it was the fourth of her Esther Diammond books Not wanting to jump into characters devel [...]

  20. Joshua Palmatier

    Doppelgangster is the second book in Laura Resnick s Esther Diamond series and I have to say it s much better than the first I really enjoyed it I would have picked it up at the bookstore based on the title of the book itself So clever I m surprised someone hasn t used it before In any case .Esther Diamond is an struggling actress in NYC who has just lost her current job She s forced to waitress at a restaurant frequented by numerous mob gangsters, but she feels relatively safe since her current [...]


    by OBS Staff Member VerushkaBeware of spoilersIf I had to describe this book in one word, it would be fun.Esther Diamond is a struggling actress in New York, who just happens to be friends with a 350 year old mage, Max She has no powers she is simply drawn along in Max s wake from book 1 into the world of the supernatural in New York That is what makes this book so unique for me it s the first I ve read where the main character is in fact just like the book s audience, pretty normal save for a s [...]

  22. Anna

    This is the type of urban fantasy with enough of a comedic touch to keep it light, in the vein of Tanya Huff or Janet Evanovich Despite being the second in the series, it works well as a standalone, probably at least in part because it switched publishers after book 1, which was put out by Mira Very few of the characters have returned, which gives me mixed feelings I really liked some of the characters in Disappearing Nightly, but given that this is an entirely different case, it makes sense tha [...]

  23. Lindsey Duncan

    Esther Diamond is a struggling actress in New York City and sometimes the only job you have to help you through is that of a singing waitress at the friendly neighborhood mob hangout This leads her headlong into murder, mayhem and the tabloids as a doppelganger curse dogs and speaking of dogs the gangsters If this isn t complicated enough, she has to avoid the suspicion of her hunky cop would be boyfriend long enough to actually become his girlfriend.Fast paced, witty, clever and consistently go [...]

  24. Kim

    Oh, have I been looking forward to this book for a long time When the Esther Diamond series changed publishers from Harlequin Luna to DAW , publication of Doppelgangster was delayed, much to my dismay But now it s finally out, and it s just what I hoped for a combination of supernatural mystery and screwball comedy with a heroine I d love to meet for lunch and a movie Perfect escapism for a long flight home Esther Diamond is a struggling young actress in New York When the musical spectacular Sor [...]

  25. Cheryl

    I read and liked the first book, Disappearing Nightly, when it came out, but the date for the sequel kept getting pushed back, so I started thinking it was never actually going to be released Turns out it was well worth the wait, I liked this one even than the first Don t worry if you didn t read the first book Laura Resnick references it enough to pretty much catch you up for the sequel.Esther Diamond is working as a singing waitress, at a restaurant frequented by mobsters, between acting jobs [...]

  26. John Loyd

    The show Esther Diamond is appearing in is canceled and to make ends meet she has to go back to work at Stella s Lopez, her cop boyfriend, isn t thrilled, because the place is frequented by many wiseguys working for the Gambello mob family It isn t long before Chubby Charlie is murdered right in front of her There was something supernatural Max would say mystical about this murder, and the police won t believe Esther s statement because it doesn t fit the facts.Esther and Lucky, retired hitman f [...]

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