Funny fact: This book got lost in the mail on its way to me and took almost a month to arrive. I started wondering if it was a bad idea to order a book with “Disappearing” in the title! It turned up in the end, though, and I’m glad. Disappearing Nightly is a lot of fun. It was just what I needed after reading a couple of really dark novels.
Both the heroine and the plot are highly original in the urban fantasy subgenre. Esther is a struggling actress, not a hard-boiled vigilante. No vampires or werewolves appear in her story, either as antagonists or love interests. Esther is the understudy to pop star Golly Gee in “Sorcerer!”, a musical that revolves around stage magic. One night Golly vanishes as planned — but doesn’t reappear. Esther pokes around to find out what might have happened to Golly, and learns that magician’s assistants are disappearing all over New York City. Esther may be next if she can’t solve the mystery.
Meanwhile, she’s joined by a hilarious cast of supporting characters, and there’s a love interest too, in the form of hunky cop Connor Lopez. The romance isn’t very fleshed-out, but I think the author intends to develop that subplot further in future novels. The mystery plot, however, is brought to a full resolution, so Disappearing Nightly can stand on its own.
This is essentially a mystery novel, with plenty of twists and red herrings both magical and mundane. The style is light and funny, and it’s a quick read. Recommended if you’re looking for some fluffy urban-fantasy fun; this could be a great book for a lazy summer day.
Esther Diamond — (2005-2014) Publisher: I’m not a heroine — I just play one. Along with psychotics, vamps, housewives and hookers. 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 prancing around stage half naked the night Golly Gee — the female lead in the off-Broadway show “Sorceror!” — 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 as if I’m going to need a little magical help if I want to keep my starring role….