Charlaine Harris is one of my favourite supernatural writers and the Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) novels are one of my top 10 series – I read a lot, so that’s saying something!
Night Shift is the third book in the Midnight Texas series, which features some characters from the True Blood and Harper Connelly stories.
From the blurb: “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…”
Midnight, Texas, is a very small secluded town situated around a crossroads, practically in the middle of nowhere. The people who live in Midnight choose to live there, and everyone has a secret. This is an ensemble series, but the main protagonists are:
☆ Manfred Bernado, internet personality and psychic extraordinaire.
☆ Fiji Cavanaugh, owner of The Inquiring Mind spiritualist shop, and a practising witch.
☆Bobo Winthrop, owner of the Midnight Pawnshop and the object of Fiji’s affection. Probably the most “normal” member of the community.
☆Olivia Charity, beautiful, mysterious and lethal, Bob’s tenant and possible hit woman. Not really sure what’s going on with her if I’m honest.
☆Lemuel, 100+ year old vampire and Olivia’s lover.
☆The Rev, clergyman and Weretiger.
☆Chuy Villegas and Joe Strong, cute couple who run the nail salon and antique shop. Also angels.
So, for some reason strangers keep driving into Midnight to commit suicide on the crossroads. The people of Midnight have their aforementioned secrets, and have also disposed of a few bodies over the course of the series, so they really don’t need any more attention drawn to their little town.
On top of this, Fiji’s not particularly lovely sister Kiki decides to come for a visit when her marriage breaks down, and immediately starts chatting up anything make within a 3 mile radius.
If you haven’t read this or any of Charlaine Harris’s other series I highly recommend them; they are funny, quite addictive and can be quite saucy.
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