Monday, January 22, 2018

Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris

From Charlaine Harris, the bestselling author who created Sookie Stackhouse and her world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a darker locale – populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that’s how the locals prefer it...

Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It’s a pretty standard dried-up western town.

There’s a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There’s a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there’s new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he’s found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own).

Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth...

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I’m hooked! The first book in the Midnight, Texas series reminded me of all the reasons I fell in love with Charlaine Harris’ writing. This series has more in common with the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries and the Lily Bard books than it does the more famous True Blood series, and I loved the quiet quirkiness of Midnight and its strange citizens.

I will admit that this starts very slowly. Each character is introduced with layers of description and there is more focus on atmosphere than plot for the first half of the book. But the characters are wonderful. A little bit mundane. A little bit Southern Gothic. A little bit macabre.

At first, readers join the town’s newest resident Manfred (from the Harper Connelly books) as he tries to understand his strange neighbours. But soon there are dead bodies and a murder that readers must attempt to solve with little moments of information gleaned from various town residents.

I loved the characters. I loved the puzzle and I loved the bizarre mix of ordinary small town life and the disturbing, slightly supernatural happenings in Midnight, Texas.

Charlaine Harris is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse and Midnight, Texas, fantasy/mystery series and the Aurora Teagarden, Harper Connelly, and Lily Bard mystery series. Her books have inspired HBO’s True Blood, NBC’s Midnight, Texas, and the Aurora Teagarden movies for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. She has lived in the South her entire life.

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Sarah reviewed her personal copy of Midnight Crossroad (Midnight, Texas #1) by Charlaine Harris for this post.

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