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Midnight Crossroad (Midnight, Texas #1)

3.53  ·  Rating Details  ·  12,395 Ratings  ·  2,187 Reviews
From Charlaine Harris, the bestselling author who created Sookie Stackhouse and her world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a darker locale - populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that’s how the locals prefer it...

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 Ro

Hardcover, First Edition, 305 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Ace Hardcover (first published January 1st 2014)
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Ang from OZ
May 27, 2014 Ang from OZ rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Interested to see what this is like. Think I'll wait and see what early reviews say first though.
I haven't forgiven Ms Harris for the last few books in the Sookie Stackhouse series yet......

Update- I reckon if I get 100 likes on this I'll buy the stupid book and review it.

Update- As stated once I hit 100 likes I agreed to read and review this book. So the book is on its way, Stay Tuned for Review...
In the mean time, check out the Interview with Charlaine Harris where she talks about her books
Jessica ❁ Far Dareis Mai ❁ Rabid Reads
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

3.5 stars

I love Charlaine Harris. Really, I do.

When I started reading her Sookie Stackhouse books, I was so desperate for more Harris reading material (in the between books time) that I did something I’d never done before—I read mysteries.

Why did I read mysteries?

B/c that’s what Harris writes. She wrote mysteries for years, only having middling success. I don’t know if Harris had a dream filled with vampires and werewolves and fairies (oh, my!) one night, or if a decision
Darth J
I'm trying but the story here is
Yolanda Sfetsos
Mar 19, 2014 Yolanda Sfetsos rated it it was amazing
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Meg Leader
May 11, 2014 Meg Leader rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I was hugely disappointed in this new book. It is the first of the series, with Manfred, the psychic friend of Harper Connelly as the star carryover from previous books. (Though, to be fair, Lily Bard from the Shakespeare books gets a mention too.)

I so looked forward to this. I absolutely have loved every one of Charlaine Harris's books--I'm pretty sure I've read all her published novels, even the very early ones. And the Harper Connelly series (GRAVE SIGHT, etc.) is my absolute favorite. I like
Judy Lesley
Apr 24, 2014 Judy Lesley rated it did not like it
Shelves: suspense, paranormal
What happens when a witch, a vampire, and a psychic walk into the Home Cookin restaurant in Midnight, Texas? Answer: not much.

I have been tempted to read novels written by Charlaine Harris, but had never satisfied my curiosity. I figured the first book in a new trilogy would be a good place to start. This story is set in a tiny hamlet that is nothing more than a stoplight at a crossroads. The book reads as if every inhabitant of the town is included in the character list. The beginning of the no
Shannon Godwin
Jun 03, 2015 Shannon Godwin marked it as to-read
I am just wondering if this series is going to be like the true blood series & let us all down at the end.... I don't think I know of one person who really enjoyed the last couple of those books.
The Holy Terror
I've read at least one book (in some cases all) of every single series Charlaine Harris has written. Her earlier cozy mysteries are at worst, mind numbingly boring (especially Aurora Teagarden), and at best, mildly interesting. Midnight Crossroad unfortunately falls into the cozy mystery genre, though I was hoping for more of a Harper Connelly-type story, especially given the (sort of) main character hails from that series, but this ends up closer to Lily Bard's series instead.

Stay away from th
May 07, 2014 Anna rated it it was amazing
If I could give this book six stars I would. Every page was a delight, from the beginning where I got to meet beloved old characters from my favorite past Charlaine Harris series to the end, where I was left satisfied and enlightened and yet still curious about what is to come in the secretive town of Midnight, Texas. This is little more than a crossroads with a traffic light and a small handful of residents all of whom have their reasons for living there, and town custom is to not enquire about ...more
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
I'm a little disheartened to say that one of the most highly anticipated books for me this year ended up being the biggest disappointment thus far. :/

I used to really look forward to each Sookie Stackhouse book that came out, even if the storyline sort of fizzled out by the end of the series. So I was really excited to discover that she had a new series coming out and that it featured a small town in Texas that was surrounded by mysterious circumstances.

Suffice to say I was sad to find out tha
Jun 02, 2014 Elaine rated it it was amazing
Marked ad to read! So excited Manfred is getting his own trilogy! I wonder if Harper and Tolliver will make any appearances ??Can't wait!
⊱ Irena ⊰

Welcome to Crazytown, Texas. Everyone here is hiding something; be it one's past or nature, they all have that in common. There are more POVs but they are all about the same things: the main mystery and what they think of each other. Midnight Crossroad is more of an introduction to the series and setting the stage for future mysteries and problems these characters might be facing than anything else. Also, I love the book summary.

I can't be sure if I would feel the same about Manfred if I didn't
Jun 08, 2015 SUSAN rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

I read Ms. Harris's "True Blood" series and though I enjoyed it,the series fizzled out at the end.
I was hesitant to start another series,but I liked this book. I was not crazy about the storyline. I thought the "whodunit" storyline line was a little lame. It seemed a little forced.

I loved the characters in this book and want to know about them,so Ms Harris effectively hooked me.
I just hope that the storyline strengthens,good characters can only take you so far and then interest starts
May 28, 2014 ALPHAreader rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
*** I try not to give ‘Harper Connelly’ or ‘Lily Bard’ spoilers away – but I do have to mention how it is that two characters from those series are able to migrate into this new Charlaine Harris universe, so if you intend to read those books and don’t want to be in the least bit spoiled – STOP READING! ***

Manfred Bernardo – 22-year-old phone and online psychic – has just packed up and moved his entire life to Midnight, Texas. One stoplight town with a pawnshop, resident witch and more secrets t
May 18, 2014 Kirsti rated it it was ok
Possibly the most boring book I've read this year. Dry writing, boring characters, boring murder mystery. If the whole point of this novel is solving the murder of a character, I would have liked to know more about her, enough to actually care she was dead. Instead Manfred moves to town long after she's disappeared, and that's when the story begins.

Why do Charlaine Harris characters end up with such cracked names? Maybe it's just me, but most people I meet have names like, Matt, Brad, etc, but w
May 27, 2014 Noneya rated it it was ok
Man, oh man. I have long been a fan of Charlaine Harris, and coming fresh off the let down of the final few books in the Dead series (namely the last one), I was really hoping she would redeem herself with this new book. Sadly, that simply wasn't the case. The best way for me to describe what reading this book was like is to harken it to having a strong craving for a delicious tiramisu only to receive a soggy, watery, flavorless goo. While the book was not so terribly offensive as the final book ...more
3.5- it was slow, it was not exciting, and yet it was a pleasurable experience. I enjoyed the relaxed small town feel of the story. The pacing was easy, how life happens in a one gas station country town. A place where everybody knows your business and keeps to theirs for the most part. This is the kind of community that reveals their steal bonds in times of trouble. It is also a place where many beings have come to hide away from the outside world. Not much happens no, but the characters introd ...more
Tabitha (Pabkins)
Midnight Crossroad was different then the usual type of urban fantasy I’m used to reading that is typically fast and very in your face with the supernatural elements. This one had a pace that was just what I imagine Texas is like, a leisurely mosey. Don’t mistake me tho it was incredibly readable and such a refreshing change of pace especially considering I’m normally an adrenaline junkie.

The story takes place in a very very small town in Texas that pretty much only stays alive because it has a
Jun 08, 2014 Kaora rated it did not like it
Shelves: mindless-books
What did I just read?

This is my first Charlaine Harris book, so I went in not knowing what to expect.

A book about a town consisting of a vampire, a witch and a psychic and a host of other strange creatures and people. Should have been an interesting read.


I was bored. Bored bored BORED. That is when I wasn't scratching my head saying WTF?

The book and the people are just so illogical. Maybe I am expecting too much. It is a book with snake-people, witches and vampires, so I suppose expect
Arielle Walker
Midnight Crossroad‘s blurb urges readers to “stay a while, and learn the truth”, so it's rather frustrating to discover that the whole “truth” about the town of Midnight and its residents will have to wait until book two. The truth about this first book, however, is plain: despite an interesting premise, great characters and a lot of potential, it never goes anywhere.

Full review here.

Recieved from the publisher through NZ Booklovers
May 14, 2014 Asia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Sooo booooring. Nothing happens and it seems more like a super long introduction to the book. Also the writing was really weird: extremely short sentences and an author was rather telling readers what's going on instead of showing.
Apr 02, 2015 Beverly rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
A great start to a new series!

Welcome to Midnight, Texas...a small town where everything seems pretty much normal if you just drive through and don't look any anything too closely. (It sort of reminded me of the Haven TV series in that regard.)

Harris has written a great cast of characters (despite their odd names, which did kind of grow on me), including Manfred, the Internet psychic, who had arrived in Midnight for reasons unknown and has a drive to work until he just about drops; Fiji, (and
Jacqueline's Reads
Apr 18, 2015 Jacqueline's Reads marked it as considering
Shelves: arc
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May 13, 2015 Eleanor rated it did not like it
AHHHHHH! I was so excited to read this book. I was thinking YAY a new Charlaine Harris Series to get myself lost in.

I was so disappointed. The way its written is so not like her and was very hard to invest in any one character. Not to mention it was boring to me so very boring!

Wont be reading anymore of this series.
This book and series has quite a bit of potential. Great characters and an interesting set up. Midnight Crossroad is slow start, but with its assembly of misfits in an isolated setting tells a decent story. The main character of the Midnight, Texas series is a side character for the Harper Connelly series - Manfred. This novel in particular, is a continuation of Lily Bard novel, and a theme that Harris seems to like to write about - right wing rebel group acting on their violent politics. So in ...more
Eleanor With Cats
Mar 15, 2014 Eleanor With Cats rated it really liked it
I'm rounding my 4 stars to 4 stars because I feel that the series is going to get even better and this is how I'll eventually think about it. A deceptively slow and subtly enjoyable quirky book about vivid characters.

It is definitely an ensemble piece. I can think of 3 viewpoint characters offhand and I'm not sure others weren't given a turn as well. (So if omniscient narrators annoy you, you may find a few instances of this bugging you. Think of it like a small town gossip who knows everything
Like many Harris fans, I have been wondering what she would follow up her popular Sookie Stackhouse novels with. And finally, with this book, the wait is over. Set in Midnight, Texas, this start of a new trilogy opens slowly, but finishes quite strongly. Harris devotes a lot of time to clearly setting the scene - of the one-stop town and its inhabitants. Filtered largely through the perspective of newcomer (and psychic), Manfred Bernardo, it quickly becomes clear that there is more lurking benea ...more
Apr 19, 2014 Lucinda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
A new suspenseful supernatural story from bestselling author of ’Sookie Stackhouse’ series!

I was so excited upon encountering this thrilling new novel by Charlaine Harris, as a HUGE fan of her sensational Sookie Stackhouse series (made into a hugely popular television drama series: true blood). This phenomenal paranormal tale is the first book in a new planned series that’s refreshingly original and incredibly addictive. I highly predict “Midnight, Texas” becoming a bestselling series, as Harri
Jun 03, 2014 Marianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Midnight Crossroad is the first book in the Midnight Texas trilogy by popular American author, Charlaine Harris. Midnight, Texas looks like a pretty standard dried-up western town, with lots of vacant buildings and few full-time inhabitants. The people who do live there, as new resident, psychic Manfred Bernardo soon discovers, are a bit unusual, although most are friendly and helpful. His landlord, Bobo Winthrop runs Midnight Pawn during the day; at night his basement tenants, the chilling Lemu ...more
Marta Cox
Feb 27, 2015 Marta Cox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had no idea what to expect from this book and if honest was somewhat disappointed by the very slow pace that the story seemed set at initially. A new resident arrives in the sleepy town of Midnight Texas and almost from the start a motley crew of characters unfold as we read. Such an odd assortment of characters each seemingly with secrets and yet it's very obvious that questions are frowned upon. As the story meanders along and we get to know more ( and less!) about the towns quirky inhabitan ...more
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“When the second hour of Fiji’s open house was almost at an end, a mother from Davy said, “How on earth do you get it to look like the cat is talking?” “Oh, did it look realistic?” Fiji had to struggle to keep a smile on her face. “It was so cute! It said, ‘Get off my tail or I’ll smother you in your sleep.’” “Just some batteries and a CD!” Fiji said. “And isn’t that just what a cat should say?” 3 likes
“Fiji, I’m betting you don’t drink a lot,” he said, trying to suppress a smile.
“I don’t,” she confessed. “How did you know?”
“Just a lucky guess.”
“You think he’d like my phone number?”
“Feej, that guy is tough as nails, and he’s not only been around the block, he’s run a marathon. He could eat you for breakfast,” Olivia said, half smiling.
“And wouldn’t that be a great way to wake up?” Fiji said, with a broad wink. Manfred laughed; he couldn’t help it.”
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