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The Check Your Luck Agency (Check Your Luck #1)

3.18 of 5 stars 3.18  ·  rating details  ·  17 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Not believing in something doesn't make it go away

In the six months she’s worked as a paranormal investigator for the Check Your Luck Agency, Ursula Formosa has found plenty of larceny, blackmail, fraud and threats…but no evidence of ghosts, jinn, vampires, demons or anything else from the spirit world.

That is, until she joins charming, ex-model Shariff Kadir to host a ser
Kindle Edition, 184 pages
Published October 6th 2011 by Sandal Press
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Jacob Proffitt
Okay, I don't know what to call this. It wasn't a book (I don't care if it crosses some word-count threshold, it doesn't end so it just doesn't qualify). It isn't even a story, really. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

This... thing... is a wonderfully well-told... thing... (dang, this is hard) as d'Bastian is fantastically evocative and creates a vivid picture of a land and culture she clearly loves without being blind to its flaws and irrational quirks. And she creates a protagonist who is inter
I very rarely read paranormal, and it takes an unusual premise to make me pick up one, but "The Check Your Luck Agency" sounded like something different: this is a story of a paranormal investigator whose job so far has involved debunking fake ghosts - and who has reasons for very much not wanting to encounter any real ones.

I found it very easy to get on-side with the protagonist, Ursula, and her desire for quiet and minimal complications to her job and was more than curious to see how the paran
When you work in Singapore, a lot of friends and business associates believe in Luck. Good luck, bad luck, luck of all kinds is sent you by spirits and affects how your life runs.
Ursula Formosa, formerly of the UK but born in Asia; has skipped to Malay. She leaves behind no love life, deceased parents and has enough to “get by”. But she didn’t like to be idle so picks up a job from Fiona Li at the Check Your Luck Agency. Problems with a lease? Lover dumps you cold? Things that go bump in the nig
This a light, quick read. Sort of a 'cozy' set in Asia. Ursula Formosa is an investigator for 'The Check Your Luck Agency'. Although the clients believe that paranormal events are behind their runs of 'luck', Ursula hasn't found that to be the case in the entire 6 months she's worked there. She's perfectly happy discovering run of the mill, human, bad guys are to blame for her clients troubles and denying to herself that she does, indeed, have the ability to see ghosts - even if she refuses to b ...more
Slightly a bit too much info-dumping for me at the start, but that wasn’t a show-stopper. I did like how the Malaysia/Singapore setting came to life and the book whiled away an hour or so on the train very nicely. However, I felt the story read more like a series of episodes as opposed to a full novel, plus it ended very abruptly, which caught me by surprise. Having looked up the series detail now, the “complete” version (The Complete Check Your Luck Agency) is a five-book omnibus – I’ll probab ...more
I had to think about this a while before I could even write this review. It was difficult to formulate what to say.

The synopsis is that Ursula works for the Check Your Luck Agency, set in Singapore. The culture is very superstitious and the agency bills itself as investigators of the paranormal when strange things happen to others. In the six months Ursula has worked for them, Ursula hasn't found anything caused by the paranormal; greed, scams, etc are always uncovered. Ursula tells herself and
Jessica Bronder
Ursula works for the Check Your Luck Agency, a company that is by Malaysia that specializes in bad luck. Ursula has been working for six months and usually finds physical reasons for the bad luck the clients are experiencing, like a contractor making a widow feel threatened by a spirit but is actually just trying to scare the widow off to buy up her house and land.

Then the agency is asked to star in a new reality television show where they hunt spirits causing peoples bad luck. Ursula has a hard
As the narrator tells us, the Check Your Luck Agency is a business that could only exist in Asia. Its agents investigate what's causing clients' bad or good luck.

Structurally, the novel is more like two stories instead of a whole. Early on, Ursula Formosa investigates a house that the client believes is haunted by her dead husband. In the latter, Ursula joins a television production about hauntings, whilst coming to terms with being able to see and communicate with ghosts.

And the structure is th
Jun 10, 2012 Pat rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I was pleased to find The Check Your Luck Agency has at least one sequel, as the book mainly introduces me to a very different world. I appreciated the glimpse of Singapore and Malasia. The descriptions of the city architecture, the travel options, the food and the local people were just as enjoyable as the plot. I found Ursula to be a very appealing protagonist and narrator. We learn just enough about her to explain her actions but still leave some mysteries. The book did end abruptly, but no m ...more
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