Saturday, September 28, 2013
I finally picked up this book after reading Cat's glowing review at Beyond Books just about a year ago. I liked what she said about feeling like she wanted to sit down with the characters at the book store and help them solve mysteries.
This first book is about a young actress named Esther Diamond who is playing a minor part in an off-Broadway production of a play called Sorceror! when the lead actress disappears into thin air. Esther is asked to substitute for her, and she can't help worrying that she will disappear into thin air too, if she gets into the prop box - and her fears increase when a mysterious stranger warns her that there is evil among us...
This is a fun, lighthearted mystery with supernatural elements and an interesting cast of characters. I'm not sure I enjoyed it quite as much as Cat - I found it dragged a bit, with the characters spending a bit too much time sitting around and talking and not doing as much as I'd have liked, but I did enjoy it. And I do like to give the first book in a series the benefit of the doubt. I will give the next one a try when I'm in the mood for something light and funny - and I imagine that with the increasing demands of a new school year, I'll be ready for something light and funny very soon.
Books in the Esther Diamond series:
1. Disappearing Nightly
3. Unsympathetic Magic
6. The Misfortune Cookie
Disappearing Nightly (#1 in the Esther Diamond series) by Laura Resnick (Luna, 2005)