Friday, September 4, 2015

Day Shift


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Today's post is on Day Shift by Charlaine Harris. It is the second in her Midnight, Texas series. It is 320 pages long and is published by Ace Books. The cover is another scene of the one road in Midnight with the new hotel on it. The intended reader is has read the first one, likes mystery and urban fantasy. There is no language, no sex, and mild violence in this book. The story is told from the third person perspective of the character's moving from one to the next as the story goes on. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- 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...

Review- Another interesting mystery in a urban fantasy lite world. Manfred gets involved in a murder just by bad luck. Whatever is really going on with Olivia is interesting but ultimately unimportant to the overall story. Add in some oddness going around the town itself and you have a pretty nice story. Again Harris makes the town of Midnight a character too and I really like that. She is very invested in the setting itself and I think that it brings something very special to the narrative. Again I did not guess who the killer was until the reveal. I am looking forward to how this trilogy is going to end. I think there is so much that Harris could do with this setting and characters. Good read.

I give this book a Five out of Five stars. I was given this book by Ace/ROC books in exchange for an honest review.