The plot for this book wasn't as strong as the previous book,
, especially the play on the title. The
allusion to the strange activity actually coming from a poltergeist is
more of a passing theory, quickly brought forth and discarded, and I
don't think any reader will be convinced that's what's going on from the
beginning. But that's fine, because it makes a great title, and what's
really going on is so much more deadly and interesting in the long
run. As usual, there's a great cast of characters, with Esther dealing
with the other employees trapped in elf and Santa outfits and the owners
of the department store and management. Max and Lucky don't appear
much in this story, which is fine.
Connor is back, of course, and actually the interaction between him
and Esther is the best part of the entire book. Their plot arch takes a
significant leap forward in a very good way, in my opinion, after
having stalled out in the last book. I really enjoyed how this
developed here and it was by far my favorite section in the book. It
was handled well and believably and not in any heavy-handed, overly
romantic way. In fact, it was just right.
So, not the strongest plot in the series so far, but certainly a
ton of fun and with some great development between Esther and Connor.
Certainly looking forward to the next book in this series.