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…
Book #2 Midnight, Texas series
Day Shift by Charlaine Harris
The second book in the Midnight, Texas series, Day Shift by Charlaine Harris picks up the thread started in Midnight Crossroad of normal humans doing bad things. It was so refreshing to see in Crossroad how you could have a community full of paranormal folks, and your mind starts to think about all of the magical ways and reasons a person was murdered, only to discover it was a mundane crime by mundane folks all along. Day Shift continues the trend and does it well, but leaves readers ready for something more.
The title alone should give readers a clue as to what they can expect — day walkers only in this tale, mostly. Lemuel is away researching the books he just picked up from Bobo at the end of Crossroad, leaving Olivia alone to work and deal with her murderous urges and bouts of rage. Here, readers get to learn some of her back story, the reason she moved to middle-of-nowhere Midnight, Texas, and just what her impressive array of skills include. There’s also Manfred, whom we see stretching his psychic skill a bit more. AND SURPRISE SPECIAL GUESTS WHO I WISH WOULD BECOME SERIES REGULARS. I won’t spoil who they are, but they were both in the Southern Vampire series so……
Plot is very basic. The mystery isn’t that hard or surprising to solve. You’re ready for it to be a mundane mystery, so the “twist” doesn’t really have an effect. That pretty much knocks off a star and a half for me. It isn’t dull, it just doesn’t feel like it’s a step up from Midnight Crossroad, more like a sidestep Harris uses to worldbuild.
Day Shift by Charlaine Harris feels more like a filler type novel that works to help set up characters and backgrounds for the next few books in the series. Still, it’s fun, quick, and easy to get through. Hopefully, the third in the series, Night Shift, can build some momentum and actually get the series going. Characters are great, premise great, but after book 2, I’m ready to dig into town mysteries and meatier stories.
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