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The Misfortune Cookie

by Laura Resnick

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Series: Esther Diamond (6)

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I love this series. At this point, it's one of the few "urban fantasy" series that I'm keeping up with, and it's my favorite.

I did love the Chinatown setting for this one, though it did mean there were a few pretty solid info-dumps at the beginning to provide context. They were well-done info-dumps, though, and while I knew most of the info, if you didn't- it'd help.

The rest was really well done. I must say, I think it's time for Esther and Lopez wot work it out, damnit! even though the ambiguity can be pretty fun, like in one of the initial scenes here. Lopez's arc looks like it's going in an interesting direction, and I'm hoping that in the next few novels, some movement happens; right not, both Esther and Lopez are STUCK, which is not much fun.

I'm not sure whether this is one of the best in the series- and it's certainly not the place to start!- but it was a really fun novel with a good premise, and i enjoyed it utterly.

I can hardly wait for the next one! ( )
  cissa | Jan 22, 2014 |
This time out, Esther finds herself trapped in another mystical mystery as she tries to help her friend Lucky solve a murder in Chinatown. Everyone thinks it was just an accident, but Lucky knows magic when he sees it and he is sure that the fortune cookie left for the victim was cursed. Meanwhile, Esther is trying to stay mad at her true love, Lopez, who has recently arrested her (long story). Much fun ensues.

This series is just getting better and better. The stories are so much fun. By now I know most of the characters pretty well and I look forward to seeing them. Esther must be the unluckiest person in NYC but she always manages to survive the magical mayhem around her. If you have not read these marvelous books, shame on you. You are missing all the fun. ( )
  TheLibraryhag | Dec 26, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0756408474, Mass Market Paperback)

Esther Diamond's year gets off to a rocky start when NYPD's Detective Connor Lopez, who slept with her and then didn't call, shuts down her current place of employment and gets her arrested. Once she's out of handcuffs, and with no paying work on the frigid horizon, Esther takes a small role in a grad student's film project in Chinatown—where her friend semi-retired hit man Lucky Battistuzzi, who escaped Lopez's sweep at the Little Italy restaurant where Esther works between acting jobs, is hiding out in a Chinese-Italian mortuary.

Esther and Lucky soon realize that something strange is going on in Chinatown, where beautifully handcrafted fortune cookies are inflicting deadly mystical curses on the hapless victims who receive them as gifts—and before long, Esther learns that Detective Lopez is one of the recipients. As preparations for Chinese New Year heat up in the ice-covered neighborhood, when the streets will be filled with costumed lion dancers, firecrackers, and dense crowds, Esther and Lucky summon the help of their friend Max, a semi-immortal mage and semi-solvent bookseller, to help them save Chinatown and Lopez (with whom Esther is not on speaking terms) from a mystical murderer of maniacal menace.

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"Esther Diamond's year gets off to a rocky start when NYPD's Detective Connor Lopez, who slept with her and then didn't call, shuts down her current place of employment and gets her arrested. Once she's out of handcuffs, and with no paying work on the frigid horizon, Esther takes a small role in a grad student's film project in Chinatown{u2014}where her friend semi-retired hit man Lucky Battistuzzi, who escaped Lopez's sweep at the Little Italy restaurant where Esther works between acting jobs, is hiding out in a Chinese-Italian mortuary. Esther and Lucky soon realize that something strange is going on in Chinatown, where beautifully handcrafted fortune cookies are inflicting deadly mystical curses on the hapless victims who receive them as gifts{u2014}and before long, Esther learns that Detective Lopez is one of the recipients. As preparations for Chinese New Year heat up in the ice-covered neighborhood, when the streets will be filled with costumed lion dancers, firecrackers, and dense crowds, Esther and Lucky summon the help of their friend Max, a semi-immortal mage and semi-solvent bookseller, to help them save Chinatown and Lopez (with whom Esther is not on speaking terms) from a mystical murderer of maniacal menace."--Publisher description.… (more)

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