Series: Midnight, Texas #2
Published by Penguin Books on May 5th 2015
Genres: Mystery, Urban Fantasy
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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…
Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The Plot: Manfred Bernardo’s in the middle of a personal reading when his client drops dead. She leaves behind an unhinged son who’s accused Manfred of 1) killing her, and 2) stealing her jewelry. Before he knows it, Manfred’s buried in journalists, and worried it’s all going to kill his reputation.
All of this is bringing attention to Midnight, whose residents aren’t too fond of scrutiny – especially with the latest additions to the town population.
The Characters: Manfred Bernardo is no longer Midnight’s newest resident; almost overnight the local hotel’s been bought, spruced up, and inhabited, and the Reverend has a longish-term visitor. Neither of which is “normal” for Midnight…
We learn more about Olivia, who features prominently in Day Shift as she tries to save Manfred’s reputation – and possibly his life, too. Joe and Chuy’s hinted-at nature is not longer a hint. And the Reverend’s visitor is related to someone else we’ve met if we’ve read Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series… Yes, I’m being cryptic. I loved finding this out, and I wouldn’t want to spoil it for anyone else.
The Story: I really enjoyed this addition to Harris’ Midnight, Texas series. I like that there’s a plot and story and action and drama that’s not built around the paranormal, rather the paranormal elements are enhancements to the story. I also liked that things are wrapped up nicely by the end, and Manfred knows the residents of Midnight that much better. He seems to be settling in nicely now, and I wonder where Harris is going to take this next. I’m looking forward to book #3!
drey’s rating: Excellent!
Have you read Day Shift? What did you think?