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Dopplegangster (Esther Diamond #2)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  707 ratings  ·  106 reviews
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...more
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Published January 5th 2010 by Daw Books (first published December 1st 2006)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
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 awfu...more
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 recognize...more
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 more natural, and I thought that the secondary characters were altogether more 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...more
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 so...more
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 ta...more
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...more
May 30, 2014 Moria is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Dump the boyfriend, keep the rest. It's a good thing I read the first book first or I'd never have gotten past chapter one, which is all about the boyfriend Connor. It's the night of their 3rd date and he's already decided which jobs Esther can or can't take. He can also tell her who to be friends with. I guess we're supposed to find him concerned and protective. What we get is someone intensely controlling at every turn.

Oh and did I mention all the secrets about her life that Esther is keeping...more
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.
Very enjoyable. Not a serious piece of literature, but just right for what it is.
Detective Lopez, who has just transferred to Organized Crime, isn't at all happy when Esther Diamond, the woman he's trying to date, goes to her fall back job as a singing waitress at an Italian restaurant the mob uses, when in between acting jobs. And his supervisor isn't at all thrilled when Esther is up close and personal at a mob hit that defies all logic.

Esther and Lucky, a semi-retired hitman, had seen the victim's double and team up with Max, a sorcerer who fights evil in the New York are...more
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 charac...more
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 he...more
3.5 stars.

This is the second Esther Diamond book, and Esther and Max get involved in another mystery that seems to be impossible. Gangsters see their perfect double and then die a short time later. Of course no one believes them but when Esther sees both the double and the original and they have the exact same conversation with her, and then said mobster ends up getting shot in front of her with no visible shooter, she goes to Max for help along with a semiretired hitman for one of the families,...more
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 o...more
by OBS Staff Member Verushka

Beware of spoilers

If 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...more
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 r...more
Esther is working in a Broadway show, looking forward to a hot date with her cop maybe-boyfriend when she gets word that the show is closing. This sends her into a panicky tailspin, desperate to find a job to tide her over. And when her cop-date shows up, it's the first of a number of messed-up dates.

She goes to work at an Italian restaurant frequented by real mob types, to the unhappiness of her maybe-boyfriend. (She claims him as her boyfriend to keep the mobsters from hitting on her, though...more
Esther Diamond isn't your typical urban fantasy/paranormal romance heroine (and by typical, I mean compared to what is currently popular in that genre). She doesn't carry around a samurai sword and doesn't have tattoos in provocative locations. She doesn't have an arcane and mysterious background. She's not tough-girl sassy. She's just a single woman trying to make ends meet while pursuing a career as an actress and a romance with a good looking detective she knows.

Thank goodness for all that....more
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 more 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 acti...more
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, clev...more
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...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Rating* 3.0
*Genre* Science Fiction


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 issue...more
I read this because my roommate read it and liked it. The urban fantasy I have read previous to this was the Dresden Files books by Jim Butcher. Doppelganster is much lighter than the Dresden books.

Esther Diamond is a struggling actress who gets involved with an old mage named Max who is protecting New York city from Evil. She is involved with a NYPD detective in a relationship that is complicated. Esther has no powers of her own but she gets involved anyway in this story when a mobster is kille...more
Wow, this was a real disappointment. The title was great, and I'll probably never use the term doppelganger ever again, but the story didn't live up to it. As opposed to the first book, Disappearing Nightly, the humor was nearly nonexistent, the energy and zip lost, the new characters didn't add much and weren't very interesting - heck, even Esther and Max were boring, and the plot just wasn't that good. A hundred pages could have easily been shaved off and they wouldn't have been missed, especi...more
Esther Diamond is an actor between jobs, though she calls it resting. She finds out about a job at a restaurant she's used before as a fallback place of employment, a restaurant known to be visited by 'family' of the wiseguy persuasion. They love to hear Esther sing and she can crack wise with the best of them.
The doppelgangers, aka doppelgangsters (love this), start appearing and causing havoc as well as murder. Esther needs to find out how they are appearing since she witnessed a hit and migh...more
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 spectacul...more
4 1/2 stars. Esther is between acting jobs and working as a server at a notorious mobster restaurant (hey, wiseguys are good tippers). When Esther encounters the same wiseguy twice in one night, she is concerned because she knows she has seen him twice, but he does not. Things get complicated when the same wiseguy ends up dead at her table a few nights later. Then more duplicate mobsters start showing up. Looks like something only her good friend and wizard, Max, can handle. Drawn into the myste...more
Decent series. The funny thing is, it's the second book and the way the whole thing comes together it might as well be the first book. Esther is likeable as your first person accidental heroine in the same way Mercy Thompson is likeable; you could be friends with them and dismayed with their choices to hang with a bunch of weirdos. The only downside I found with this title was that I had figured much of the culprits out before the characters so there are areas that get repetitive if you've read...more
For whatever reason, I have never gotten into urban fantasy in novel form, although in theory I should like it. It seems it has to be a world far removed from mine. At least until I read this book. I picked this book purely for the title. If more urban fantasy could be like this, I'd read more. Resnick's writing is snappy and funny, moving along at the pace of a good movie. The gangsters may be stereotypes, but they are fun in the way that the pirates of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies are f...more
The second book of Esther Diamond series totally reminds me of the crazy old days of Stephani Plum books! This time, Esther gets entangled with crazy Italian gangs, while being the first witness of a murder. I enjoy the whole doppelgangster plot. I think the story is still hilarious ... especially when Max learning to "talk" like Wiseguys. ZOMG!!! I can't imagine a 350-year mage (who looks like a 70-year old man) swears like it he is supposed to, you know? *lol*

I'm a bit sad of what happens betw...more
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Laura Resnick is an award-winning science fiction and fantasy author, the daughter of prolific science fiction author Mike Resnick. She was the winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in Science Fiction for 1993. She also writes romance novels under the pseudonym Laura Leone
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“I pictured myself saying in a court of law, "Well, Your Honor, there was
this evil sorcerer's apprentice and a flesh-eating, power-granting demon
he summoned from a primordial dimension . . ."
Even I couldn't see a way to make that script work.”
"It's a restaurant called Bella Stella in Little Italy."
He frowned. "On Mulberry Street."
"You know it?" That didn't surprise me. It was a pretty famous place.
"Of course I know it, Esther. There've been two mob hits there in the
past five years, and Stella Butera launders money for the Gambello crime
Okay, so it was notorious as well as famous.”
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