At Midnight’s local pawnshop, weapons are flying off the shelves—only to be used in sudden and dramatic suicides right at the main crossroads in town.
Who better to figure out why blood is being spilled than the vampire Lemuel, who, while translating mysterious texts, discovers what makes Midnight the town it is. There’s a reason why witches and werewolves, killers and psychics, have been drawn to this place.
And now they must come together to stop the bloodshed in the heart of Midnight. For if all hell breaks loose—which just might happen—it will put the secretive town on the map, where no one wants it to be…
Book #3 Midnight, Texas series
Night Shift by Charlaine Harris
Finally! Third book into the series and things are really picking up! Night Shift by Charlaine Harris takes a huge step forward in story after spending books 1 and 2 building up the characters. Finally, the town starts getting looked into. Characters finally wonder why they all ended up settling in Midnight. Considering all of their talents, the chance it’s a coincidence is statistically close to zero. So how did this tiny nowhere town manage to attract them all?
It all starts with a suicide. The second suicide in the same apparent location that sends up warning signals to the residents, and not only because of the media and legal fallout from having the suicide spot investigated. Something there is drawing folks to the Midnight crossroads and convincing them to kill themselves, and somehow, they all connect to Fiji, in one way or another. Turns out also that those books Lemuel has been obsessed with are all about why Midnight is such a strange melting pot of supernatural. It’s incredibly convenient, but considering these books are a light, fun read, something that can be overlooked.
Speaking of overlooked, Bobo finally realizes exactly how Fiji has been feeling for him and decides to make a move. Except, it’s the wrong move and sends Fiji into a fierce, resentful anger. It doesn’t hurt that there’s also a deliciously available weretiger right there anxious to pick up the pieces. Will Fiji finally move on from Bobo? I wish she would!
If you’ve read the first two books of the Midnight, Texas series, you’ll finally get some form of payoff with Night Shift by Charlaine Harris. Just don’t expect it to be amazing. The climax was fun, but campy, much like the series itself. If you want something heavy or serious, this is definitely not your book. But if you don’t mind small town gossip and campy supernatural issues, this is sure to be a fun read.
Quotes & Excerpts
“[…] How can she buy my food if she doesn’t make any money today?”
Fiji had explained that on slow days, she still made a little money. But if the show was closed (reasoned Mr. Snuggly) she would not make any, and therefore he might go hungry. He padded into the little pantry and counted the cans of cat food. He would be good for a week, and in that time she would get tired of staying in bed with [SPOILER] and she would open the shop to sell things.
– Chapter 38
(This quote, and this cat, made the book for me honestly. Such a cat thing to think about. Reminds me of my own babes)
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