Friday, March 27, 2015

Review: Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris

Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris
Series: Midnight, Texas #1

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From Charlaine Harris, the bestselling author who created Sookie Stackhouse and her world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a darker locale—populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that’s how the locals prefer it…

Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It’s a pretty standard dried-up western town.

There’s a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There’s a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there’s new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he’s found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own).

Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth...

This book was like an episode of Seinfeld in a podunk town. Meaning, for most of the book, it seemed to be a story about nothing (with a little paranormal thrown in). The story followed the everyday lives of some strange people that live in a small town with only one stoplight. There was a little bit of "who done it" type mystery... but nothing exciting. Just a meandering story told from third-person POV of many different people. Maybe this is a cozy mystery? I don't know b/c I've never read one of those before... so I'm only guessing. All-in-all, it was okay... but I would have liked it to be a little more Sookie and a little less Aurora Teagarden.

After reading some other reviews for this book, I realize that I probably should have read some of Harris' other series as the characters in this one are a spinoff of the Shakespeare and Lily Bard series. Getting to know the characters in the earlier series would probably have made me like them more here.  As it was, the story was told from so many points of view that you could not form an attachment to any individual character.

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Other Books in this Series:

Day Shift, Book 2

There is no such thing as bad publicity, except in Midnight, Texas, where the residents like to keep to themselves. Even in a town full of secretive people, Olivia Charity is an enigma. She lives with the vampire Lemuel, but no one knows what she does; they only know that she’s beautiful and dangerous.

Psychic Manfred Bernardo finds out just how dangerous when he goes on a working weekend to Dallas and sees Olivia there with a couple who are both found dead the next day. To make matters worse, one of Manfred’s regular—and very wealthy—clients dies during a reading.

Manfred returns from Dallas embroiled in scandal and hounded by the press. He turns to Olivia for help; somehow he knows that the mysterious Olivia can get things back to normal. As normal as things get in Midnight…