Title: Day Shift
Author: Charlaine Harris
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
Publication Date: 7 May 2015
Format: eBook / Paperback / Hardcover / Audio
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Welcome to Midnight, Texas.
It’s a quiet little town, perched at the junction between Davy Road and Witch Light Road, and it’s easy to miss. With its boarded-up windows, single traffic light and sleepy air, there’s nothing special about Midnight . . . which is exactly how the residents like it.
So when the news comes that a new owner plans to renovate the run-down, abandoned old hotel in town, it’s not met with pleasure. Who would want to come to Midnight, with its handful of shops, the Home Cookin diner, and quiet residents – and why?
But there are bigger problems in the air. When Manfred Bernado, the newest resident in town, is swept up in a deadly investigation suddenly the hotel and its residents are the least of the towns concern. The police, lawyers and journalists are all headed to Midnight, and it’s the worst possible moment . . .
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
The second book in the Midnight Texas series and the follow up to Midnight Crossroad, Day Shift introduces more depth to the characters introduced in the first book and deepens the feeling that things just aren’t what they seem in Midnight!
We get to know much more about Olivia who was merely a background character in the first book and the story itself focuses around Manfred Bernado who recently moved into the town and has implanted himself well and truly as a Midnighter.
The opening of the Midnight Hotel and a new mysterious resident along with an influx of journalists doesn’t bode well for the citizens of the town but as we’ve learned already they will band together and battle through in some of the most unusual ways we could imagine.
Charlaine Harris’ imagination and ability to combine the paranormal into everyday life in such a normal way is a pleasure to read and she keeps the pace simple and easy to read. As always you can never be sure which way the book is going to twist and turn as you are reading, and even with the gentle pace of the book things get tense and suspenseful.
Not all of the mysteries in this book are concluded meaning we will go to the third book with questions already on the table, exactly as Charlaine Harris will have wanted it.
Another excellent book from one of the leaders in this genre.
Thank you to Orion Publishing for the ARC of this book in return for this review.
About Charlaine Harris:
Author of a number of international bestselling series, Charlaine Harris’ many novels include the Sookie Stackhouse series, now also known as the books behind the HBO original series, True Blood. She has also penned the Harper Connelly mysteries, the Lily Bard Investigations and the Aurora Teagarden cases. Her latest novel, first in a brand new series, is Midnight Crossroad. Charlaine Harris was born and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area. Now married with children, she currently resides in Texas.
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