Review: Doppelgangster by Laura Resnick

Doppelgangster (Esther Diamond, #2)

"In Laura Resnick's Doppelgangster, the New York actress is 'resting' between roles by working as a singing waitress at a Manhattan mob restaurant because wiseguys tip well. Then duplicated gangsters appear, bullets start flying, and it's up to Esther and her friend Max the Magician to fight Evil by stopping the gang war before it starts killing the wrong people. And if she has time, maybe Esther can actually keep a hot date with her hunky detective friend Lopez, who doesn't believe in magic. Yet. Unplug the phone and settle down for a fast and funny read."
--New York Times bestselling author Mary Jo Putney

An out of work actress, an eccentric mage, a cop and add some mafia hitmen who have had doppelganger's created of them and you have "Doppelgangster", a witty, suspenseful addition to the Urban Fantasy genre. Esther's latest show has ended and as she is waiting to find another job, she takes a position as a singing waitress at Bella Stella's, a mafia hang out. While on the job, she encounter's a mafioso's hit and sees his doppelganger and gets sucked into a paranormal mystery while trying to maintain a relationship with her detective boyfriend (?), Lopez, and working with a mafia hitman, Lucky, and the eclectic mage, Max. I loved "Doppelgangster" from beginning to end and had me giggling out loud. Only one complaint, the references to a previous book premiering Esther Diamond left me scrambling to find out the back story of Lopez, Esther, and Max. Yes, this is a stand alone BUT with the references here and there to what happened prior to "Doppelgangster", had me scratching my head. One of my pet peeves, especially when the other works listed by Laura Resnick doesn't include the previous book, "Disappearing Nightly", which I know if by a different publisher. I did buy it so I can catch up on the history. Other than that, I loved Esther's world!

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  1. Sounds interesting. I may have to check it out! Thanks for the review.

  2. I almost bought this over a month ago, but put it off. Now I wish I'd gotten it. How was the dialogue?

  3. I just have to say I'm absolutely in love with the cover.

  4. Glad you liked the book!

    The previous book isn't mentioned in the "other books" listing because it was published by a different house, and publishers usually don't include books by other houses. Especially since DISAPPEARING NIGHTLY is currently out of print. Just one of those things that's common in publishing, though it doesn't make much sense in the real world. A new edition of DN will be released, but (again due to the way the biz works) not before next year.

    Next book due out, UNSYMPATHETIC MAGIC. I've just seen the cover art, and it's terrific!

    Laura Resnick

  5. @ Melissa- Do it! Read this book, it's AWESOME!

    @Ryan, I concur! Isn't the cover outrageous? I love it! and it's a good read!

    @Mardel, Sorry, yes, the dialogue was awesome and very realistic. Very funny! I was literally cracking up out loud several times.

    @Laura, I am SO glad you stopped by my blog. I figured that Disappearing Nightly was by a different publisher. It was a little difficult to find but I found it and can't wait to catch up on Esther. Well, actually, I can't wait for MORE Esther Diamond. I have a feeling it's just going to get better and better! Thanks for stopping by! I will be pre-ordering your other books! Whoo hoo

  6. New one for me...Thanks for the great review


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