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The Case of the Deadly Doppelganger

(Dr Ribero's Agency of the Supernatural #2)

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4.05  ·  Rating details ·  243 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Only a few months have passed since the day Kester Lanner forced an angry ghost through the spirit door, but business prospects for Dr. Ribero's supernatural agency haven't improved. Things are looking grim when the agency lands a contract which they must share with a rival agency headed by Dr Ribero's sworn enemy, Larry Higgins. Desperate for the job, the team accepts and ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Amberjack Publishing
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☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
I give this book 5 out of 5 supernatural stars! Even though this was the second in the series I was able to read it as a standalone. This book was filled with twists and turns. I didn’t want to put it down and at times it was hilarious! I loved the characters for the most part but what sold me on 5 stars besides the plot was how the author had a transgendered person in the story and discussed the importance of it being accepted. She covered the issue quite well that trans men and women face. Luc ...more
Dawn Michelle
THIS one was way better than the first book - I felt the characters were more likable and more fleshed out, everyone seemed a little more believable and I really am totally in love with Kester. He is such an adorable, clumsy, chubby nerdy man and I adore that so much. He continues to try and believe all that is being thrown at him [even when it is hard] and he come up with a lot of things in this book that are actually quite good.

A couple wrenches in the program and a couple snafus and of cours
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Betty
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, cozy, paranormal, e-books
When I saw this book, I knew I wanted to read it. The first book was one of my favorite reads and this one does not disappoint. All the quirky characters have returned and additional ones have been added. The Agency is forced to work with the nemesis of Kester's father, Dr. Ribero. Kester is unique as he has inherited his Mother's ability to see the spirit door opening to sent the evil spirit back to his realm. I found the flow of the words difficult to read at times, but it did not interfere wi ...more
Carmina Valdizán
Dec 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this book, is well written and the story moves fast. To my taste it has too many stereotypes. I understand the use of them, they are helpful, but this resource, even if it’s well-used, creates flat characters. In the case of Ribero, doesn’t bother me as much, is funny to see the Argentinian stereotype, but almost every character is somehow a stereotype, therefore, they are predictable.

The supernatural mystery works great, however, it will add value to the book if the author sh
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Elizabeth (BookishConnoisseur)
Thank you so much to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me a copy of this book to review!
The Case of the Deadly Doppelganger was a fun supernatural mystery read.
Though I have yet to read the first book, it was not at all difficult to pick up on the characters and their history. It follows a supernatural investigation agency as they try and determine what is behind the murders of seniors in a small English town. I enjoyed the supernatural elements and all of the quirky characters. It was a
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Kylie
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I usually enjoy a good paranormal mystery and this book was no exception; with plenty of action, some wince-worthy interactions between characters that are decidedly amusing, a killer ghost, senior citizens and two competing agencies compelled to work together to solve the mystery of the ghosts' origin.

This title is number two in the series, but was able to be read as a standalone title. Having said that I'll be adding number one to my TBR list. A very enjoyable few hours were spent reading...
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May
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
A copy of this book was given to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

this review will most likely contain some ranting, but what can one do about it?

The case of the Deadly Doppelganger is the second book in a series of supernatural mystery books. if you, like me, have not read the first book, don’t worry, this is the type of series that does not need to be read in order, the book stands alone pretty well. all relevant information given in the first book are provided during the nar
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Krissy
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every so often, but not regularly, I pick up a new fiction book, and immediately the characters seem like old friends. It makes me feel comfortable, happy, and a little nostalgic. I felt like this when I read The Case of the Deadly Doppelganger. I can't quite put my finger on what it was, and obviously, as readers, we all bring different prior experiences to our reading endeavors, but for me, this book was an automatic comfort book.
I'm so happy that there is a previous book that has the same gro
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Maggies Daisy
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Author Lucy Banks takes us on another adventurous paranormal mystery filled with her crew of memorable, quirky employees working at Dr. Ribero's Agency of the Supernatural in Exeter, England. The agency has been hired by the Government, along with a rival firm to investigate the deaths of several elderly residents of the English seaside town of Lyme Regis that died under suspicious circumstances that may have involved something, not of this world. The whimsical British mannerisms along with the ...more
Crittermom
Nov 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Dr Ribero’s supernatural agency are ghostbusters of a sort, though their methods of containment are simple and their technical equipment is often non working. I wouldn't say the novels are meant to be humorous, but the interplay between the vibrant characters can be funny at times. The story centers around Kester, Dr Ribero’s son who has newly become involved in the organization. His uncertainty and self awareness make him a charming character that is easy to identify with. His bickering counter ...more
Cathy
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, not as much as the first. But look forward to the next book in this series.
Eva
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun read. I didn't read the first one of this series but I was able to jump right it. I enjoyed the characters and the case. Very enjoyable.
Patricia Bello
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is my first book from this author. Thank you NetGalley and publisher for this discovery!

The story starts off with the gang back in their office a couple of days (?) after the previous book. For someone jumping in the middle, each character is quirky and distinct from the other, making it easy to follow. We have now a new case with an arch rival and Kester coming into his own strength as the book progressed. I like how Kester has grown here, and how being himself saved the day. Also how he
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Carlissa
This is the 2nd book in Dr. Ribero's Agency of the Supernatural series. Although I liked the first book in the series (The Case of the Green-Dressed Ghost) a little bit better, this was still a good read and can be read as a stand alone.

I wish to thank Netgalley, the publisher, and the author for the chance to read and review this book.
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Gaby
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
AH! Another flawless hit by Lucy Banks! He second book did not disappoint. It was so wonderful to reunite with this supernatural team and explore a new mystery. I loved the new insights into all the characters. I could picture every scene so vividly, I cannot wait to see these books brought to life on the screen!
Julia Keizer
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
The first thing that grabbed my attention was the cover of the Novel. I loved the red cover with the house in the back ground and the birds flying over. Very nicely done. Even if you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, it sure helps when it is appealing.

Within the first paragraph I was intrigued with this novel. It grabbed my attention and kept it throughout the novel. This tale is of an agency that investigates cases of supernatural, coming mostly from the viewpoint of Kester, a new m
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Annie
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

The Case of the Deadly Doppelganger is the second book in the Dr. Ribero series by author Lucy Banks. Published by Amberjack publishing and released 6 February, 2018, the series is a NA paranormal mystery. This entry clocks in at an impressive 328 pages and is available in ebook and paperback formats.

There's a popular sub-genre of paranormal mysteries these days which rely on snappy and sarcastic dialogue and ensemble casts. I can think of a half d
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Shannon
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Lucy Banks is quickly becoming one of my favorite paranormal fiction writers. I recently read book 1, but you could have easily picked up with book 2 as a standalone. The book picks up shortly after book 1 leaves off, but there are only a few references made back to the information of book 1 and it is fairly well summarized so you aren't left feeling completely confused or like you are missing so
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Didi
3.5 Stars

I was hooked by the hilarity of Dr. Ribero’s agency team member on Case of the Green-Dressed Ghost and is fortunate enough to be given an early copy of this second book. In the first book we learned Kester first found out about his father and his unique ability - which is similar to his late mother. And his adventure on supernatural beings continued in this second entry to Dr. Ribero’s Agency of the Supernatural.

Following the last development on previous book, where he decided to join
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Nancy
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
After reading the first book in this series, “The Case of the Green-Dressed Ghost”, I was confused as to which genre this series belonged. I am glad to see that book two has slightly upped the game and though it is an easy read and in the upper reaches of young adult, I would no longer say that its audience is strictly YA.

Kester Lanner, and his talent as a door opener, is continuing to finding his way around his father’s agency and with funds almost non-existent, the group must take on a job wi
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Linda
Nov 05, 2017 rated it liked it
This story picks up a few months after the first book in this series. Kester is working on fitting in with Dr. Ribero's team, but they are quickly getting discouraged at the limited number of cases they are winning. And then when they bid on a more local case, they are awarded it in coordination with their hated rival, Larry Higgins. The case involves several older residents, who apparently see themselves right before their death. The two teams have been given a set time to solve this case, but ...more
Misaki
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This book is the second in the series, Dr Ribero's Agency of the Supernatural but I haven't read the first one, hence it took time to get into this world. However, I'm deeply immersed in this well written spiritual setting.

Kester Lanner is a new member of the Ribero's supernatural agency and the agency copes with spirits in secret. The team are given the job to solve the murder that the elderly people are dying in Lyme Regis and they saw double of themselves right before they die. Is the malevol
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Ionia
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it
This book certainly has an interesting cast of characters and made me laugh out loud more than once. The author is creative and the mystery was fun to solve, but there were also a lot of stereotypes involved and some of them were downright cringe-worthy.

Most of the humour in this novel I appreciated, there were some awfully funny one-liners and so forth, but there were also a few really gross things that I felt the book would have been better off without. I have mixed emotions on how to feel ab
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Daphne Sharpe
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book about Dr.Ribero's Agency of the Supernatural and it is hilarious! My attention was held from the first few sentences and it just continued to get better and weirder, I loved it !! An enjoyable read with quirky characters,who possess unusual skills, psychic readers,spirit door openers, all set within a chaotic office belonging to the over the top Dr Riberio.
Elderly people are dying in Lyme Regis on the South Coast( AKA Gods waiting room!) and the connection seems to be,as
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Annie
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC.

Kester Lanner is a spirit door-opener and works for this father's supernatural agency in Exeter, Devon. He has only recently found his father, an Argentinian by the name of Dr Ribero, and started working with him. The Case of the Deadly Doppleganger is the second investigation with the group for Kester.

I wasn't really sure what to expect with this book, as it sounded really fun. It takes place in an area I've visited, and live near, so it was
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Lucy
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kester Lanner is new to the world of ghosts and still not comfortable with or confident in his role as a door-opener to send spirits away from our world. The agency is not doing well, and must take a job shared with the agency run by Dr. Ribero's sworn enemy Larry Higgins. The groups get along pretty well, except for the two chiefs who are still at war with each other, at least verbally. Kester makes several interesting and correct deductions that are dismissed by the Higgins because they don't ...more
Salisa
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
The characters are different as in a weird different but they work. The book contains a bunch of characters that I never thought would be seen together but in this they not only are but they work really well. The characters and the plot play well with each other in the sense that both of them was the highlight of the book for me.

This is the second book of the series and I do have to point out that I have not read the first one. But the curiosity of the plot weighted heavily and I read it and fi
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Jill Elizabeth
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a wish book, granted by NetGalley - I came across the first in the series just as I saw that this was available, and rushed to wish for it because I was so intrigued by the first (The Case of the Green-Dressed Ghost). If you don't know the series, it's a fun regular-guy-learns-there's-more-to-the-world tale - akin to Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London books, but with its own unique slant, unique cast of characters, and a nice cozy-ish writing style that is thoroughly enjoyable. The book ...more
Darcysmom
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review.
A few short months after opening a spirit door and forcing an angry spirit through it, Kester Lanner and the rest of Dr. Ribero's supernatural agency fond themselves investigating a series of deaths in the seaside town of Lyme Regis. The team is under significant pressure to stop whatever malevolent spirit is killing the elderly town residents before they are all gone. To add to the challenge, the team has t
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Lucy Banks grew up in provincial Hertfordshire, before fleeing to the wilds of Devon, where she now lives with her husband and two boys. As a child, she spent a disproportionate amount of time lurking in libraries, and prowling car-boot sales to feed both her hunger for books and her book collection. It's fair to say that she's bypassed being a bookworm, and become a book-python instead. Today, mo ...more

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