Title: Day Shift
Author: Charlaine Harris
Warning: Elder abuse
Silver Lining: Those responsible get what’s coming to them?
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…
This novel took me quite some time to finish though I’m sure that has more to do with my six other ongoing reads than any of the content in this book.
The second book in the Midnight Texas trilogy does rev things up a little bit. There were just a couple of things I didn’t quite get in the end. And yes, they are spoilers.
1) Would Lewis not have been arrested for falsifying charges and using police resources when he himself had committed the crime?
2) Trying very hard to suspend disbelief that every series CH has ever written are within the same universe is hard.
Also, I really missed Fiji and Bobo.
That being said I did appreciate a little bit more of a look into Joe, Olivia and Chuy though I wish there had been a bit more fleshing out of their characters. Also I found it a little weird that whilst Madonna and Teacher were seen as mysterious within the first novel but within this book their “normality” was enforced.
The mystery within this book was not that hard of one to solve, but it seemed to again, be more about the town than the mystery of the day. Midnight, TX is not as it seems and I hope within the last novel we will learn more about not only its inhabitants by why it exists, what does it mean and hopefully, how does it all tie together?
Also might not read the newest book in this series until I’ve re-read Harper Connolly. It’s been a while and I’m definitely missing something.