Esther of the Singing Hands is Perach's Sweetheart, a young and beautiful musician with a Girl Next Door image. When her violin is stolen after a concert in the capital city, she doesn't expect the queen herself to show up, intent upon solving the mystery. But Queen Shulamit—lesbian, intellectual, and mother of the six-month-old crown princess—loves to play detective. With the help of her legendary bodyguard Rivka and her dragon, and with the support of her partner Aviva the Chef, Shulamit turns her mind toward the solution—which she quickly begins to suspect involves the use of illegal magic that could threaten the safety of her citizens. Includes the two short stories "Rivka in Port Saltspray" and "Aviva and the Aliens", two contrasting fantasy adventures of heroic Jewish womanhood.