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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

62) Day Shift by Charlaine Harris

The Blurb :

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…

My Thoughts :

So I got an ARC of this one and failed miserably at reading it.  I just couldn't get into the book when reading it and then realised that I listened to the first book, Midnight, and decided to wait for the audio version to be released.  It was the best decision because as soon as I started listening I was hooked.  I can't believe that listening to the book would make such a big difference but the narrator really does a great job and obviously my reading brain connected this series with listening.

Oh Midnight I love you!  The connections to the other Harris universes continue in this second installment of the series and fans will be happy to see some familiar faces make an appearance.  I won't give away the surprises but the hardcore fans, who have read all of Charlaine's other series, will make the connections and put together some of the mystery because of their familiarity with her other books.  It was a delight to catch up with some of the characters and it is so nice of the author to incorporate her other books into this series.

This time around there are some more revelations about the inhabitants of Midnight and it seems that all of the residents are now 'out of the closet' so to speak.  Many of the paranormal questions have been answered and as the reader now knows who is what and some other interesting information about the characters.  That isn't to say that we now know everything and it also doesn't mean that everyone in Midnight knows everything about each other.  There is still a lot of unanswered questions and stories to be told and I can't wait to listen to them.

Don't expect everything in this second installment to be tied-up in a neat bow.  The main mystery is solved and there is a feeling of closure but there are some other mysteries in this book that are not solved.  The Hotel remains a mystery as well as who will take over the gas station.  I expect these subjects will take up some of the focus in book three when it comes out next year.

Another wonderful cozy series from a brilliant must read author.  I love how the paranormal elements in this series are trying to be subtle but actually play a huge role in the series.  I enjoy the ties to Sookie, Lily, Harper and Aurora and look forward to more in the next book.  Anyone who has enjoyed any of Charlaine's previous works will definitely want to take a trip to Midnight, Texas and if you haven't read all of her books yet then you will want to catch up and see how they all come together and meet in this small crossroads of a town in the middle of nowhere.

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Diane P said...

I've read some of the scathing reviews of this series on Amazon, so I'm hesitant to buy it. I have enjoyed your other recommendations. Why the other harsh reviews? I take it that you'd disagree. I've read most of her other series.

Unknown said...


I just went over to Amazon to see what the reviews were saying but saw that this book has 4.5 stars. Only saw a couple of 3 star reviews.

What I saw in those 3 star reviews are people who haven't read all of Charlaine's books and people who expect a conclusion from each book. Whereas I have read all of her books and I don't expect her to answer everything because I know another installment is coming.