“Night Shift” by Charlaine Harris continues the eerie and mesmerizing tale of a remarkable group of individuals. It has been fascinating to learn more and more details about this disparate collection of beings, and to see how their comfort level around each other has improved and deepened into something beyond cautious tolerance. This makes it even more ironic that one of the threads in this book is miscommunication that results in bad feelings and estrangement and uncharacteristic behavior.
I think this author’s most intriguing talent is her facility for turning traditional expectations on end. I love the calm acceptance that marks the sometimes quite surprising revelations and the way everyone steps up and uses the talents they are gifted with, if not enthusiastically, then at least with determination.
It would probably be a bit difficult to join the series without some familiarity with previous stories to provide backstory for such things as the weretiger population that is slowly increasing, the assassin’s connection with the vampire who owns the pawnshop, the psychic who has a booming internet business, and the witch with her talking feline familiar. The reminder to refrain from confusing acceptance and placidity with a lack of danger is vividly demonstrated several times during this deliciously quirky tale with angels, demons, and other enigmatic and ruthless beings, and the fascinating revelations keep one morbidly enthralled in the actions of all of the inhabitants of Midnight, Texas, and perpetually curious about what else could possibly occur. A definite small town tale with a twist!
This paranormal tale continues the ‘Midnight, Texas’ series as the inhabitants of this unique small town deal with a series of unexpected occurrences, initially marked by an inexplicable suicide. The body count increases even as there is a shift in the relationships between several of the beings living in Midnight, and facets and histories are revealed that may signal the beginning of a horrific end for the town.
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels—“the Mark Twain of things that live under your bed”*—comes a new novel of Midnight, Texas, the town where some secrets will never see the light of day...
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...