Review: Day Shift (Midnight, Texas #2) by Charlaine Harris
Title: Day Shift
Author: Charlaine Harris
Published: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Penguin Group
Genre: Paranormal/Urban fantasy
Review: Ebook provided by NetGalley and the publisher Penguin Group
In Midnight Crossroad, Charlaine Harris “capture[d] the same magic as the world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, and [took] it to another level" (Houston Press). Now the #1 New York Timesbestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels returns to the one-traffic-light town you see only when you’re on the way to someplace else…
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.
I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review. 4.5
I know of this author but I have never read anything by her. So when I saw Day Shift was up for request I asked for a copy and crossed my fingers. I can see why Charlaine is an author a lot of people enjoy reading her books. She has a way of capturing you with her story and making you wonder what is going to happen next.
Now with Day Shift I would say you could read it as a stand alone even though it is book two in the Midnight, Texas series. I for one have not read book one and thought I would be completely lost while reading this book. That was not really the case for me. I think the only thing was that I didn't truly know the characters. They all have something about them that seems to be supernatural so I need to pick up book one and have the characters introduced to me.
In Day Shift the town of Midnight does not have a lot of people living there just about a handful or so. It is very mysterious and the residents there seem very friendly but they really do not seem to like a lot of people that are not from there to be there in a way. Though this story includes all the characters it is mostly about Manfred and him being accused of murder.
Manfred is a psychic and he gives readings either by phone, email or sometimes in person. When one of his really good client ends up dying and he is there the tables are turned on him. Her son accuses him not only of murder at first but stealing her jewels. This leads to Manfred requesting help to clear his name.
While this is going on, there is a new resident in town who has something very magical happening to him and we learn slowly but surely what this person is.
Along with that, there seems to be a hotel being fixed up in taking care of people for short term. Something with that hotel sounds very fishy to me but we don't get a whole lot of answers with it.
I honestly want to read more by this author and hope book three is out soon after this one. I will be hopefully getting book one soon so I can find out how this series starts.
I don't know much about the Sookie Stackhouse books but it seems a character that knows about Bon Temp comes into play.
I do hope the characters become more opened in the other books so we can further connect with them and who they are.
Overall a really good book a little bit of mysterious surrounding the characters, a good plot line, supernatural it all makes for a good book. :)
Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for over twenty-five years. A native of the Mississippi Delta, she grew up in the middle of a cotton field. Now she lives in southern Arkansas with her husband, her three children, three dogs, and a duck. The duck stays outside.
Though her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by the time she hit college (Rhodes, in Memphis) Charlaine was writing poetry and plays. After holding down some low-level jobs, she had the opportunity to stay home and write, and the resulting two stand-alones were published by Houghton Mifflin. After a child-producing sabbatical, Charlaine latched on to the trend of writing mystery series, and soon had her own traditional books about a Georgia librarian, Aurora Teagarden. Her first Teagarden, Real Murders, garnered an Agatha nomination.
Soon Charlaine was looking for another challenge, and the result was the much darker Lily Bard series. The books, set in Shakespeare, Arkansas, feature a heroine who has survived a terrible attack and is learning to live with its consequences.
When Charlaine began to realize that neither of those series was ever going to set the literary world on fire, she regrouped and decided to write the book she’d always wanted to write. Not a traditional mystery, nor yet pure science fiction or romance, Dead Until Dark broke genre boundaries to appeal to a wide audience of people who just enjoy a good adventure. Each subsequent book about Sookie Stackhouse, telepathic Louisiana barmaid and friend to vampires, werewolves, and various other odd creatures, has drawn more readers. The Southern Vampire books are published in Japan, Great Britain, Greece, Germany, Thailand, Spain, France, and Russia.
In addition to Sookie, Charlaine has another heroine with a strange ability. Harper Connelly, lightning-struck and strange, can find corpses… and that’s how she makes her living.
In addition to her work as a writer, Charlaine is the past senior warden of St. James Episcopal Church, a board member of Mystery Writers of America, a past board member of Sisters in Crime, a member of the American Crime Writers League, and past president of the Arkansas Mystery Writers Alliance. She spends her "spare" time reading, watching her daughter play sports, traveling, and going to the movies.