Title: Midnight Crossroad
Author: Charlaine Harris
Publisher: Ace Reprint
Release Date: March 31, 2015
Book Source: Paperback from Ace
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).
This is a very slow paced book, even slower than the Sookie Stackhouse books, so keep that in mind when you pick this one up to read it. While it was slow, I really enjoyed it.
I often find that if an author is too descriptive with the scenery in a book that I am put off, and skim through it. But with Charlaine Harris, there is something about her writing that pulls me in and makes me want to read every descriptive word.
If you are a fan of Charlaine Harris, and read the Harper Connelly series (which if you haven’t, you should) then Manfred Bernardo will be familiar to you. I was happy to find out what had become of him.
Harris also introduces us to new characters, including; Fiji, who is a witch, and her cat, Mr. Snuggly, Madonna and Teacher who run the cafe and gossip hot spot in town, and Lemuel and Olivia who are stone cold killers. There is also the Rev, who takes care of pet burials, and some more characters to round out the bunch.
While having a town picnic, they come across a body. That begins the mystery in the book, and a lot of secrets start to come out. With even more secrets being revealed in the second book. (To read the review for Day Shift, click here.)
The conclusion for this book didn’t really “Wow!” me, but it still left me wanting to read the next book to find out what happens with the characters. And as I mentioned in the beginning, if you are looking for a book with lots of action, this book may disappoint.
But if you are looking for a book with Southern charm, that allows you to get to know a bunch of characters that feel like a family, then this book (and trilogy) may be for you.