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…
Day Shift, the second book in the ‘Midnight, Texas series, introduces the reader to another community, as likeable as the residents of Bon Temps. I haven’t read the first story in this series but it didn’t matter. The easy writing style, quirky characters you can visualise and enough back stories, means this book reads well as a standalone.
The plot is simple but entertaining. The characters make this a five star read for me. I had fun figuring out what secrets they were hiding. It was nice to connect with some familiar faces from the Sookie Stackhouse series but there is plenty to learn about the residents of Midnight, at times they almost make Bon Temps seem ‘normal’.
Day Shift is Manfred’s story and the trouble, he unwittingly finds himself in, whilst doing his day job. Thankfully Midnight’s community stands by him and he finds friends in unexpected quarters. The opening chapter sets the scene for the mystery part of the story, which remains unsolved at the end, another reason to read book 3. There is a strong humorous thread in this story. I especially liked Mr Snuggles the supernaturally talented cat.
Charlaine Harris has the ability to make something extraordinary out of the mundane and that’s what makes her such a readable author.
I received a copy of this book from Penguin group (USA) via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Day Shift by Charlaine Harris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars