This Chick Read: Night Shift (Midnight Texas #3) by Charlaine Harris

Midnight, Texas, has become the crossroads that people are drawn to to kill themselves.  Why?  We find out in this eye opening third novel in the Midnight Texas series. This series has gotten progressively more fascinating, drawing us into caring for these characters by revealing them a bit at a time.  In the last book, we found out Olivia’s true occupation, and in book 3, we see Fiji grow even further into her powers and also force Bobo to come to grips with his true feelings for her.  When evil comes to Midnight, its inhabitants are revealed in all of their otherworldly glory.  In a fabulous, Charlaine Harris creepy kind of way.  As a fan of the Sookie Stackhouse books that the TV show, Trueblood was built upon, I appreciate how this author likes to build a story slowly.  Fine tuning the characters as the plot develops.  This series was no different.  The first book was just setting us up for future novels, and in book 3, she really hits her stride.  Night Shift gives us the opportunity of viewing the inhabitants of Midnight through night vision goggles, revealing all their secrets to the reader in fluorescent green lighting.

The following synopsis is from

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. 

 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…

In this novel, not only do we get insight into Fiji’s character, but we finally get to see why those mysterious books that Lemuel had looked for, a big part of book two’s plot, are so important.  Lemuel becomes a historian, if you will, hunting down the reason why all of these deaths are happening.  We are given insight into his background that makes him a bit more interesting than he had been previously.  Lemuel had always played the straight guy to Olivia’s slight insanity.  The two of them, as a couple, for me never worked, until I read this story.  Their brand of love, may work only for them, but it does work, and it makes both of their characters a little more sympathetic and like able.

Diederick, the young tiger shifter, son of Quinn, from the Sookie Stackhouse novels, adds some much needed comic relief.  He has grown up from a child to a mature young man in the space of a year.  He has discovered sex, and his conversations with Fiji and Quinn are pretty funny and make me pretty happy that I don’t have kids and won’t ever have to have the “talk”.  His private thoughts about the women in Midnight, and Fiji in particular are pretty funny, and her uncomfortable reactions, priceless.

I have really enjoyed exploring this new series, especially since it inhabits the same world as Sookie Stackhouse.  I could’ve kept reading those books forever, and in their absence, Night Shift is a very good substitute.

I received a copy of this book from Berkeley Publishing through NetGalley for my honest review.


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