Review: Disappearing Nightly (Esther Diamond #1) by Laura Resnick

Disappearing Nightly (Esther Diamond #1) by Laura Resnick

*purchased e-book from Amazon*

Regina’s Rating: 3.5 Stars/Skulls; Grade B+

Blurb:

[box=purple]I’m not a heroine — I just play one.

Also psychotics, vamps, orphans, hookers, housewives and — on one memorable occasion — a singing rutabaga. It was never my ambition to utilize my extensive dramatic training by playing a musical vegetable. However, as my agent is fond of pointing out, there are more actors in New York than there are people in most other cities. Translation: Beggars can’t be choosers.

This explains how I wound up painting my body green and prancing around stage half-naked the night Golly Gee, the female lead in the off-broadway show “Sorcerer!” disappeared into thin air. Literally.

Now other performers are also vanishing, and a mysterious stranger is warning me: There is evil among us. But the producers want me to take over Golly’s part.

Looks like I’m going to need a little magical help if I want to keep my starring role . .[/box]

Regina’s Review:

3.5 stars, but I am rounding up. Why is this author not getting more attention? Laura Resnick is a recent discovery for me Fallen from Grace. Fallen from Grace suffers from a really bad cover and not enough buzz — I think the cover turns readers away (it shouldn’t, the story is great). Disappearing Nightly suffers similarly. Apparently The Esther Diamond series has quite a few books in it (5!) and she has an epic fantasy series also. But I never see Resnick’s books turn up on my GR friends’ TBR list. Why? Resnick is a talented writer — she is funny and makes great observations about human beings. She knows how to slowly pull her writers in to her stories, there is no “bam” feeling with her stories and the reader is in. But that doesn’t lessen the enjoyment. Disappearing Nightly was originally released in 2005 and has been recently re-released in ebook format this year.

Lately, urban fantasy is hit or miss with me. Disappearing Nightly held my interest through the entire book and that is saying a lot for me lately. The dialogue is witty, the characters are well developed, and the world is more urban than fantasy — but still fun.

The setting is NYC among actors and various types of performers. The feel of the book is funny crime fiction that intersects with the magic world. The set up and scenes are funny and then the interactions with the characters is funny. There is a Stephanie Plum feel but with less slap stick and more substance. The characters are slowly introduced with time to get to know each one. Resnick builds her story slowly, nothing happens too easily or swiftly.

What is unique about Esther (the main character) is that she is not amazingly beautiful with mad fighting skills. She is pretty average in appearance and defense skills, yet somehow she is still appealing to the man she is interested in and able to survive some encounters she gets herself into.

For romance lovers there is a hint of attraction and romance, but no true satisfaction is had. This is a fun, quick read and I just don’t understand why this series and author do not receive more attention. I definitely plan on reading the next one in this series. I don’t have that desperate need to move on to #2, but it is nice knowing that #2 is there and I want to read it. I will leave you with a few funny quotes that demonstrate what a fun read this is:

“I looked between him and the fire. ‘Did you .. did you .. Is that magic?’ He seemed faintly puzzled as he waved a hand holding a remote. ‘No, I’ve switched it on.’ ”

“Men can rarely resist a sultry beauty with tears in her eyes. Especially if they haven’t yet realized she’s got a penis under that tight red skirt.”

” ‘We confront Evil.’ ‘Well’, I said. ‘Uh-huh. I see.’ If someone ever tells you he’s a member of a worldwide club whose mission is to confront Evil, I defy you to come up with a pithy reply on the spot.”

“I was letting a sexy, employed, straight single man whom I really liked leave my apartment with a brief wave and no plans for a date. It was just barely possible, I mused, that I wasn’t running my life as well as I might.”

 

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