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Night Shift by Charlaine Harris

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Night Shift by Charlaine Harris Night Shift by Charlaine Harris
Narrator: Susan Bennett
Series: Midnight Texas #3
Published by Recorded Books on May 3, 2016
Source: Purchased
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal
Length: 10 hrs 54 mins
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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...

I had this review all written – and lost it. I hate when that happens.

At the beginning of the month, I had finished the audiobook I was listening to, had listened to a couple of short stories, and couldn’t decide what to listen to next. Happily, I noticed that Night Shift was out. I was glad I hadn’t spent the Audible credit on something else first, since I do love this series.

Night Shift is third, and last, of the Midnight, Texas books, and I’ve listened to the three in order. I do think it’s a bit better to start this series at the beginning. The characters are an odd lot, and there are a few things from previous books that impact this one. I guess it also has some cross-overs from Harris’ other series. I’ve read a couple of those books, but it was a while ago and I don’t remember much about them. I don’t feel like that lack made me miss out on anything in this series.

An ancient evil is threatening the town and they all have to work together to defeat it. This time around, the spotlight is on Fiji, the witch, who is just understanding how powerful she truly is. I’m sure it’s not a spoiler to say there’s a happy ending. The way to defeat the evil is a bit odd, though. I’m not sure I entirely approve. The ritual was a bit over the top and rather sexist. Fiji also has a romantic subplot going on that I got a bit annoyed with.

Actually, reading my review of the first, the series has definitely improved for me. In my review of the first book, I  wrote “None of [the characters] are terribly compelling, but they’re all kind of interesting. I didn’t really care about them, but passing the time listening to what was going on in their tiny town was a nice enough way to spend an afternoon.” The characters have become the draw for me. I really enjoyed learning more about each of them, secrets, hopes, pasts. I care about them now, which I didn’t during the first. I love how they all stand by each other, no matter how tough things get. Angels, humans, a vampire, were-tigers, etc. all living together and, for the most part, getting along.

I listened to the audio and the narrator does a good job. She fits the book, if that makes sense. I get lost in the story not stuck on her voices or accents. The story moves quickly. There weren’t really any slow spots for me and all the events fit together well.

There weren’t any major plot points left hanging and the relationships between several of the characters were clarified, but I’m still hoping for another visit to the town.

About Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris is a New York Times bestselling author who has been writing mysteries for thirty years. She was born and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area of the United States. She now lives in southern Arkansas with her husband and three children. Though her early work consisted largely of poems about ghosts and, later, teenage angst, she began writing plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She began to write books a few years later. Her later books have been in the urban fantasy genre.

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Day Shift by Charlaine Harris

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Day Shift by Charlaine Harris Day Shift by Charlaine Harris
Narrator: Susan Bennett
Series: Midnight Texas #2
Published by Orion Publishing Group on May 17, 2015
Source: Purchased
Genres: Contemporary Mystery, Paranormal
Length: 9 hrs 52 mins
Format: Audiobook
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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…

I want to live in Midnight. It’s a really, really small town full of really, really odd people, but they are all so friendly toward each other and protective of each other. I’d love to visit Fiji’s shop or have dinner with them all at the (only) local restaurant.

I guess this is a mystery – who killed Manfred’s client, but there is a lot going on in the background. The new hotel in town is questionable. And the new kid in town could be more dangerous than they suspect. As far as the mystery goes though, I was surprised by the whodunit and equally by the “justice” they received.

We learn a lot about the characters and who/what they are in this one, it’s more about them than the actual plot in some ways. But I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I listened to the audio and the narrator did a good job. She gives everyone their own personalities, even the visitors to town.

The action keeps moving and the story never has a dull moment. Lots of twists and turns, but still some questions left at the end. It’s just a fun read/listen.

About Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris is a New York Times bestselling author who has been writing mysteries for thirty years. She was born and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area of the United States. She now lives in southern Arkansas with her husband and three children. Though her early work consisted largely of poems about ghosts and, later, teenage angst, she began writing plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She began to write books a few years later. Her later books have been in the urban fantasy genre.

Audiobook Review: Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris

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Midnight

Title: Midnight Crossroad (Midnight, Texas #1)

Author: Charlaine Harris

Read by: Susan Bennett

Category: Mystery, Paranormal

Audio published: May 6, 2014 by Recorded Books

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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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…

I am not a die-hard Charlaine Harris fan. I got bored of her Sookie books and read maybe one in her Aurora Teagarden series. I picked up midnight Crossroad because it sounded fun enough and I didn’t really have anything I was desperate to listen to. It’s also the first in a trilogy and I usually stay interested enough for three books, just not 5 or 6 or 7, with a few rare exceptions. This turned out to be an enjoyable, light book, not outstanding but entertaining.

Midnight, Texas is full of misfits who someone all fit together. I guess if you had read some of her other book some of the characters would be familiar to you, but they weren’t to me. The local folks include a vampire, a witch, a mysterious woman who’s secret I’m not sure of, the gay couple who run the salon/antique shop, the kind of creepy Reverend, the couple who run the diner and the family at the gas station. And Manfred, the new guy, an internet psychic. None of them are terribly compelling, but they’re all kind of interesting. I didn’t really care about them, but passing the time listening to what was going on in their tiny town was a nice enough way to spend an afternoon.

There’s the big mystery – the pawn shop owner’s ex-girlfriend, who he had thought left him, is found dead down by the river. Who killed her? But since everyone has his or her own secrets is tough to see what’s actually going on. I liked the mix of paranormal and mystery. I’m interested enough to read the next in the series when it comes out, get to the characters better, see who else’s secrets are exposed.

I listed to the audio and I do think Susan Bennett as reader added something to it for me. I may have gotten a bit bored actually reading it in print, but she kept the story interesting, the characters easily differentiated, and made it easy to know who’s viewpoint we were seeing events from. Her tone didn’t give away the bad guy as narrators sometimes do.

About Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris is a New York Times bestselling author who has been writing mysteries for thirty years. She was born and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area of the United States. She now lives in southern Arkansas with her husband and three children. Though her early work consisted largely of poems about ghosts and, later, teenage angst, she began writing plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She began to write books a few years later. Her later books have been in the urban fantasy genre.

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