You have got to love Esther. She is such a fun character to read about. I always enjoy a good lough and action at the same time, and Ms. Resnick always delivers. In Polterheist Esther entertains us with her wit and her love of paying bills, that leads her to a job as an elf, and only Esther can get attacked by a tree. You have her gang along for the ride and sexy Lopez. I still feel there is something else there, he is something more! After all it is not normal to be that good looking and sexy. I was happy with where their relationship was going and then, Bam! But her love life aside, Esther always gets the job done. I would suggest reading the series in order for the back characters and history.
Playing Dreidel, Santa's Jewish helper at the Solsticeland Department store, Esther can’t help it that danger always seems to find her. Sure enough, with the job almost completed strange things start happening in the store...like a tree coming to life and trying to kill people. Esther and her band of misfits fight to solve the case and figure out whom or what is controlling objects and making them kill people. But what they discover may be more than what they can handle. For this Christmas very well may be their last.
Esther Diamond Series: Disappearing Nightly / Doppelgangster / Unsympathetic Magic / Vamarazzi / Polterheist / The Misfortune Cookie (2013)
Struggling actress Esther Diamond's latest Manhattan misadventure leads her into the twisted realm of greedy heirs battling over a retail empire, a series of heists pulled off by invisible thieves, and inanimate objects that grow fangs and fly through the air to attack a poor actress who's just trying to earn enough money to pay her rent.
Realizing that magical mayhem is afoot, Esther joins forces with her pal Max, a 350 year old sorcerer whose day job is protecting the Big Apple from Evil. Together they investigate the terrifying manifestations at Fenster & Co., where Esther is working overtime as an underdressed elf.
Meanwhile, Esther's tumultuous almost-romance with NYPD's Detective Connor Lopez runs hot and cold and increasingly strange as he investigates the perplexing heists at Fenster's. Semi-retired hit man Lucky Battistuzzi is also nosing around, since the mob deeply resents being implicated in these thefts which they didn't commit—well, not this time, anyhow.
As an ancient Evil prepares to unleash hell on a night when darkness prevails and dimensional barriers crumble, Esther Diamond battles to save her friends from deadly peril, protect her city from demonic disaster, and collect her paycheck in time to make rent.