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The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels returns to the one-traffic-light town you see only when you’re on the way to someplace else…

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…



307 pages, Hardcover

First published May 7, 2015

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Charlaine Harris

397 books34.9k followers
Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for over thirty-five years. A native of the Mississippi Delta, she grew up in the middle of a cotton field. Charlaine lives in Texas now, and all of her children and grandchildren are within easy driving distance.

Though her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by the time she hit college (Rhodes, in Memphis) Charlaine was writing poetry and plays. After holding down some low-level jobs, her husband Hal gave her the opportunity to stay home and write. The resulting two stand-alones were published by Houghton Mifflin. After a child-producing sabbatical, Charlaine latched on to the trend of series, and soon had her own traditional mystery books about a Georgia librarian, Aurora Teagarden. Her first Teagarden, Real Murders, garnered an Agatha nomination.

Soon Charlaine was looking for another challenge, and the result was the much darker Lily Bard series. The books, set in Shakespeare, Arkansas, feature a heroine who has survived a terrible attack and is learning to live with its consequences.

When Charlaine began to realize that neither of those series was ever going to set the literary world on fire, she regrouped and decided to write the book she’d always wanted to write. Not a traditional mystery, nor yet pure science fiction or romance, Dead Until Dark broke genre boundaries to appeal to a wide audience of people who simply enjoy a good adventure. Each subsequent book about Sookie Stackhouse, telepathic Louisiana barmaid and friend to vampires, werewolves, and various other odd creatures, was very successful in many languages.

The Harper Connelly books were written concurrently with the Sookie novels.

Following the end of Sookie's recorded adventures, Charlaine wrote the "Midnight, Texas" books, which have become a television series, also. The Aurora Teagarden books have been adapted by Hallmark Movie & Mystery.

Charlaine is a member of many professional organizations, an Episcopalian, and currently the lucky houseparent to two rescue dogs. She lives on a cliff overlooking the Brazos River.

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Profile Image for Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin.
3,466 reviews9,624 followers
February 25, 2018
Angels and vampires and were-tigers! Oh My!! This trilogy just gets better and better!!



This story was amaze balls! I was sad at first that Lemuel was out of town and we only get a bit of him. Then it hit me. This book is called Dayshift and the last one Nightshift. Duh! He will be prominent in the last book.

Anyhoo, in this book, Manfred goes out of town to do some face to face readings for clients. He happens to be at the same hotel as Olivia. And there are a couple of mysterious deaths surrounding a couple Olivia was seen with. BUT. Manfred has his own issues to deal with as one of his best clients falls over dead at the reading. And her psycho son blames Manfred. There is a whole thing about jewels and what not.

Meanwhile, new goings on in the little town of Midnight. Some rich company has refurbished the old hotel and moved in some senior citizens. The townspeople don't like this as they like to stay off the map. And things are very strange about the hotel and goings on. But, Manfred and Olivia get some of the residents to help them try to get Manfred out of trouble over his clients death. It was great fun! Also, one of the nephews of an old timer has some talks with Manfred about how they both know Sookie Stackhouse 😄 I was so thrilled!

Then we have a little boy who's dad leaves him with the Rev for a bit. Something isn't right about this kind boy with the lavender eyes. He grows everyday. And something else .....

This book was so much fun! There are things going on all over the place! I'm excited for the next book but sad it's the last one. Unless someone tells me another is going to come out!

Happy Reading!

Mel ❤️

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1,258 reviews8,706 followers
September 30, 2017
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Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

3.5 stars

Last year I finished MIDNIGHT CROSSROAD feeling like I was just getting to know the inhabitants of Midnight, TX, and I couldn't wait to learn more about them. It took awhile to get there, but by the end I was ready for more of these mysterious small town residents.

In particular, I wanted to know more about Olivia.

I got my wish.

And I'm reminded of the old adage: be careful what you wish for . . .

SO. DAY SHIFT is a little bit different than its predecessor. Manfred is still one of the main POVs, and we also hear a lot from Fiji and to a lesser degree Bobo, but Olivia joins Manfred in the spotlight, with Chuy and Joe holding their own as well.

And lemme tell you . . . it is interesting.

There are also several cast members from previous adventures with good, ol' Sookie, so that was fun too. In case you really want to know:

Plot-wise, we hit the ground running. As per usual with Harris this is a mystery, and the thing we're supposed to be figuring out happens almost immediately. The way it happens puts Manfred in a decidedly different type of spotlight than he is accustomed to: a murder suspect.

When his infamy brings journalists and camera crews to Midnight, Rev calls a meeting of the pertinent townsfolk and enlists the help of Olivia to find to real culprit so the outsiders will LEAVE.

Rev has much more authority over the residents than I previously realized . . .

Anyway, that's what's happening with the main story.

The problem . . . is that the main story pales in comparison to the secondary storylines:

1. Lemuel is mostly absent, and--to our knowledge--no progress is made concerning the books he got from Bobo at the end of book 1.
2. We get insight into Olivia's life, but not nearly enough.
3. Chuy and Joe, b/c WHOA, did not see that coming. But still need more information.
4. We have no idea why XXXXX is on the run from the Dallas vampires.
5. All the mystery surrounding the re-opening of the Hotel? Yeah, nothing there either.

So as entertaining as Manfred's Murder Mystery may have been, it was overshadowed by ALL THE THINGS in the background.

Another issue I had was that I didn't see a whole lot of difference between Olivia and from MIDNIGHT CROSSROAD. That was a problem for me, b/c while I understood why the residents did what they did, it was still . . . difficult to swallow.

But despite these issues, I still enjoyed this second installment. In fact, the former of the two problems is just about the best flaw a book can have, b/c it leaves you chomping at the bit to see what happens next. Well played, Ms. Harris . . . well played. Overall, DAY SHIFT is an intriguing followup to MIDNIGHT CROSSROAD that left me, once again, anxious for the next chapter. Strange things are happening in this strange town and I don't want to miss any of them. I don't think you'll want to either. Recommended.

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My other reviews for this series:

Midnight Crossroad (Midnight, Texas #1) by Charlaine Harris
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1,838 reviews6,163 followers
April 12, 2017
This series is one of those kind where it doesn't move all that fast, but you just enjoy hanging out with the characters. It's written in a way that doesn't annoy me when there is a lot of description of them doing basic things. It's like, he grabs some sweet tea and sits in his chair.., and I'm all, "yeah, yeah, and then what does he do?" This is so unlike me. Usually if there is a description of a room, I'm like:


*Note to self: Time to buy some razors.

But, somehow, this town, and these characters charm me. Charm. ME. Weird, huh?

So, in this one, we have our town psychic, Manfred, run into some trouble when he takes a trip to Dallas. His customer dies in front of him and her son accuses Manfred of stealing her jewelry when she's dead. The son is batshit crazy, but this doesn't mean that Manfred is off the hook. Plus, there's the problem of her dying in his room. And, the fact that two other people died in the room down the hall the night before. It's like the police have a problem with coincidences or something. They are so suspicious.


Where is this guy when we need him?

This brings all the reporters to the town of Midnight. And, if the first rule about living in Midnight is you don't talk about Midnight living. The "people" there are an eclectic bunch. And, they aren't all exactly human. It's fun learning what they are. In this one, we learn what Joe & Chuy are, along with the Rev.

There are quite a few Sookie Stackhouse references in this book. Barry the Bellboy is a featured character, and even Quinn shows up. (remember him? Sookie's weretiger boyfriend who dresses like a genie?) Luckily, it's earlier Sookie references, before the series started to suck hard.


Woah, Pam. Bitter, much? I mean, yeah, it's a stupid-ass name. And, true, I don't see the big attraction. And, okay, I was way over the series by the end...... Hmm, okay, I hear ya, Pam!

Lemuel, the vampire, was missing in this book. Out of town. That was the only downside to the story. Also, I'm ready for there to be a hook-up between two of the characters. Come on, already! Other than that, I had a great time reading this and am starting the last one now.
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995 reviews505 followers
June 25, 2020
Enganchada a esta saga o trilogía! Me encanta la manera de narrar de la autora, cómo aborda la vida de los pocos habitantes de Mignight y cómo la historia va ganando en intensidad. Tanto que me he animado a empezar el tercero en inglés 😊
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1,862 reviews369 followers
January 30, 2022
Isn't it amazing how your view of a book can change? This one gets a bump up a whole star from me, from 2.5 to 3.5. I can see that I'll be requesting book 3 of the series very soon, to see how everthing resolves.

There are old favourite characters who appear in Midnight, Texas, namely Barry Bellboy (still fleeing the Dallas vampire community) and Quinn the were-tiger event organizer. We get a peek into the background of Olivia and more insight into Joe and Chuy. And now I have some idea what's up with the Rev. Plus I really enjoyed the exploits of the elderly folks who were recruited to live in the renovated Midnight Hotel. There's more to that story that's still unrevealed, very intriguing!

I guess what it comes down to is my state of mind. I've resolved to follow my impulses more in 2022, to do more free range reading. This book filled that bill quite nicely. This plan (or rather, lack of a plan) is making my reading life much more fun again. Just what the doctor (me) ordered.
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1,989 reviews194 followers
May 5, 2015
Book 2 in the midnight Texas trilogy
Ms. Harris has a way with characters. She can form the simplest of them into these interesting addicting beings. You just want to know them better, want to sit and share an ice tea with them. There was more to this second book, more people, more action, more mystery. She does love a slow build up, luckily so do I. This one has several shockers that amazed and surprised me. I loved it.
This book continues with the characters from book one and adds a few more to spice up the town. A sexy orange striped furry shifter from her Southern Vampire Series makes a brief showing as well as a telepathic bellboy. The shifter brings a new face to town Diderik. Mr Snuggy, has some new friends
When the abandoned hotel in town is mysteriously reopened the town goes into tail spin, nerves are on edge. The when one on Manfield’s clients ends up dead at the same time as a couple seen with another Midnight Texas resident more attention is forced on the residents. Attention is not something anyone in Midnight wants, they are there to disappear.
The Reverend, we finally get to see some of the mystery behind that collar of his. Holy Shockwave, wait till you see what he;s been hiding. I never saw that coming.
Joe and Chuy, well there goes another shocker. WAM Holy Smack-dab what do you know. I wondered what their secret was and when I found out, another didn’t see that coming moment.
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1,649 reviews406 followers
May 2, 2022
So... There's only one more book left, and I am already mad about it. I totally read this book because I heard Quinn (from the Sookie Stackhouse Series) was in it. But I am woefully depressed at his short cameo. It was cool to have Barry the Bellboy back, but I liked him less as a character in this one.

There are so many secrets to uncover and explore, and I loved getting to know more about Olivia. Even with Manfred being a bit of a meh character, it was still interesting to see some of his true psychic power moments.

The TRUE star of this series was the elderly and *drumroll* Mr. Snuggly. I love SO much that he has a freaking lisp. It adds a tremendous amount of personality to his character. I loved that he was a bigger character in this one.

I also loved getting to know more about Joe and Chuy. There are so many more fascinating stories to be told in this world. I sincerely hope that Charlaine Harris doesn't leave it at this trilogy.

I can't wait to read book 3! This one was a joy to read, and I couldn't put it down.

5 Stars from me.
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1,066 reviews382 followers
May 3, 2015
Day Shift by Charlaine Harris
Published 2015, Ace Books
Stars: ★★★☆☆
Review also posted at: Slapdash & Sundry

Thanks to my good friend Jessica from Rabid Reads who let me read her book swag ARC. This review is honest and unbiased.

Charlaine, you naughty minx, you've done it again. You've made me wish I lived in Midnight, Texas. Regardless of the weird stuff that goes down in Midnight, I want to live there. The people seem so nice and everyone is tightknit. Just think it would be a fun place to live!

Unfortunately for Harris, she didn't nail it this time around. Perhaps some of the myriad loose ends she left hanging were for book three. If so, that's fine, but some of them felt completely ignored at the end of the book. Left there dangling, really. And that "dramatic" but not so dramatic scene at the end to connect with the hold-ups she'd been dropping hints about through the book didn't work for me. Felt rushed, forced, and sloppy.

Overall, I loved the addition of some more characters from Sookie's series. I wish that the two characters had bigger roles, especially the one who had the teeny tiny role. You'll know which one that is when you read it. I don't want to spoil any of it.

I really liked getting a little more background on Olivia, the Rev, Chuy, and Joe... but I wanted more growth in Lemuel, Fiji, and Bobo, and even Manfred as well. And we got absolutely NO character development or background for Madonna and Teacher, which is disappointing too. Harris can't keep leaving little hints that Midnight is special and everyone is there for a reason and then give us NO tidbits or teasers or information on these characters.

As a whole, I was very entertained by this book. I pretty much always am when Charlaine is writing it. But it wasn't her best work, considering the relatively obvious mystery solution and the sloppy addition of more storyline threads and very little character development in general. I'll definitely still read the third one, as I like this multi-verse that she has created but it definitely won't be one of those "GOTTA HAVE IT NOW" books.
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1,557 reviews117 followers
February 22, 2023
Wow, this book, the second book in the Midnight Texas trilogy (according to Ms Harris' web-site) gives us even more action than we had in book one. We have more action, but we also learn so much more about some of our favorite characters. Have you wondered what was up with the Rev? We had a good idea what he was, but not what type of what! LOL! Now we know!
I love how we are seeing characters from Sookies world –so now we have seen characters from all of Ms Harris’ series –I love this concept. Who do you think we’ll see in the third of this trilogy?

There is so much going on in Midnight –a company has come in to reopen an old time hotel. They’ve turned it into a longer stay hotel and a sort of elder care for those not quite ready for assisted living place – it is interesting that all of the older people who come to stay had interesting lives in Reno!

Poor Manfred---well he just about has the poop kicked out of him when a client of his dies as he is holding a sort of séance for her to meet up with her dead husband. So now poor Manfred now looks like a murderer, since she has died under very unusual circumstances…but wait…her son Lewis also is accusing Manfred of a huge theft -Lewis is, how can I say this nicely? A shmuck!

In the first book we learned quite a bit about Fiji and Bobo; in this book we learn a lot about Olivia and the Rev…Lemual is away from town so there is very little about him in this book.

The Rev…what can I say. We finally find out just what he is and we get to do it in such an interesting way. The Rev is child sitting. Yep, that’s right; he is watching after a very unusual youngster who literally grows right in front of your eyes. A youngster whose father had to go off for a job…a father who was once one of Sookies lover’s (though not for very long).

Great writing, great set up for the next novel, some frustration because we get no satisfaction with Fiji and Bobo (will there really be any? At least, to our satisfaction?) And just why the heck are Teacher and Madonna in Midnight. How the heck does everyone live –there really are no customers.

Many questions are asked but not all are answered.

I loved it!
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Author 168 books37.5k followers
Read
March 28, 2015
Received from NetGalley.

This book has not yet been published, so this review is going to reflect the reading experience more than the plot twists.

The blurb says: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…


That's a good summary of the beginning. Manfred finds himself accused of murder and theft, and in trying to clear his name, he ends up reaching out to most of the citizens of Midnight, Texas, who are surprised, and at first not very pleased, to discover that a megacorporation has bought, and begun renovating a long-vacated hotel, supposedly for old folks. And then a visitor comes to one of the most reclusive Midnighters, which draws the others in to help.

Gradually we begin meeting the few old folks after the renovation is finished, as they get drawn into events in Midnight. We also get a closer look at certain among Midnight's citizens as their secrets are revealed.

I chose this out of curiosity. I know that Harris is a mega seller; I tried the first Sookie novel way back when, but it didn't take. I'm not an automatic sell for vampires, and the idea of 25 books of vamps is somewhat daunting. But this here is book two in a new series. I wanted to discover, if I could, why Harris is so popular.

I ended up reading straight through. I was drawn in immediately by the skill with which Harris deploys the reticent, often witty, surprisingly affectionate narrative voice. I loved the slow unfolding of the weird, especially contrasted with the arid setting of a small town in Texas. I was intrigued by the way the Midnighters look out for one another, in spite of their being very different, very reclusive, and (they acknowledge in various ways) rather dangerous. And I appreciated the vivid details, and the complexities of these characters.

By the end, which expertly resolves some threads while setting up others to tantalize, I found myself so thoroughly hooked that as soon as I finished I began hunting out the first Midnight tale, so I can find out what happened before. There is even fan-service in the form of Sookie's Bon Temps characters who show up in Midnight, adding to the zaniness.

Harris proves herself to be a master at balancing plot, character, humor and the shivery side of weird; I'm not sure I want to visit Midnight, but I definitely want to read more about it.

I might even have to go back and retry that first Sookie Stackhouse novel.
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1,552 reviews736 followers
February 6, 2017
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Genre: Paranormal. Mystery.

I love the town of Midnight Texas where all the residents have some sort of mysterious and paranormal edge to them. Each of the characters in this story as engaging and I loved how we were able to learn a bit more about them in this installment. Now, we didn't learn everything about each character in this book but I believe as the series progresses we will (at least I really hope so!).

This book is told in multiple POV's. For some, this may be confusing as the chapters don't state which characters head we are in at the time, but if you have grown to love and understand them you will figure it out easily like I have.

As far as the story goes, this one is filled with the same eccentric characters as the previous book (Midnight Crossroad) but with a few new residents as well. Unfortunately though, they are also thrust into another murder mystery and have to figure out "who dun it" before a citizen of Midnight becomes arrested...

Overall, I absolutely enjoyed this book. Charlaine Harris does a wonderful job at engaging her readers with the stories that she produces and she always writes unique reads. The mysteries that surround the characters leave you wanting more though, but I definitely think waiting to hear about them is worth it. For readers who are unfamiliar with this series, make sure you read it in order. These are not books that can standalone.

The Series
-- Book 1: Midnight Crossroad
-- Book 2: Day Shift
-- Book 3: Night Shift
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Author 6 books10 followers
April 1, 2017
I love the Midnight Texas group of people. I look forward to the next installment and hold out hope that she will extend beyond three books....
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1,116 reviews
April 6, 2015
‘Day Shift’ is the second book in Charlaine Harris’s new urban fantasy series, ‘Midnight, Texas’ … which happens to be a sort of amalgamation of all her other series, featuring various secondary characters from those books.

Last year I was so thrilled with Harris’s new series, and counted ‘Midnight, Crossroad’ as one of my favourite books of 2014. This new series features Manfred Bernardo from Harris’s ‘Harper Connelly’ series, Bobo Winthrop from ‘Lily Bard’, a character called Fiji Cavanaugh has a relative who is a Bon Temps sheriff, the detective Arthur from ‘Aurora Teagarden’ pops up … and in ‘Day Shift’ we catch up with a few more minor and secondary characters from Sookie Stackhouse’s world.

Basically, Midnight is a one traffic light town with a whole lot of weird and wonderful residents who all apparently occupy Charlaine Harris’s one-in-the-same universe for all her series. I loved the concept, and adored ‘Midnight Crossroad’, particularly because Bobo from ‘Lily Bard’ was perhaps the one character of Harris’s that I most wanted a happy ending for, and in this new series we get to see what became of him and a few other wayward folk from her various series.

Yes, there’s mystery and murder – what Charlaine Harris writes best – but this series felt very much character driven, since the author has collected the most beloved and missed folk from her various series. So I was really disheartened to get to the end of ‘Day Shift’ feeling like I’d been short-changed on the character side of things with this second book.

What I loved most from ‘Midnight Crossroad’ was the unrequited love affair between across-the-road neighbours Fiji and Bobo, and the way Harris was teasing out Fiji’s crush on her best friend. I also liked the hint of romance between Manfred and a young woman called Creek, whose family was in turmoil by the end of ‘Crossroad’. Unfortunately in ‘Day Shift��� Fiji and Bobo are the two characters with the least amount of page-time, and Creek isn’t mentioned once in the whole book. This second instalment is concentrated on a murder-mystery with Manfred at the centre, and providing backstory for Midnight resident Olivia and her vampire lover, Lemuel. Character Joe and Chuy also get plenty of baffling page-time, as does the Rev and a new young resident (with links to Bon Temps).

She opened the basket and, and out jumped Mr. Snuggly. Mr. Snuggly immediately went to the boy and stood at his feet, looking up. The boy had dark brown hair, long and tangled. He wore denim shorts and a Walking Dead T-shirt, which was an unusual choice for a child his apparent age. But what was that?
“Hail, little brother,” said Mr. Snuggly in his small shrill voice.
With a movement too quick to track, the boy was on his knees in front of the cat, peering into his face. Suddenly, the boy smiled. It was bewitching. He looked up at Fiji, and Olivia could see that his eyes were pansy purple.
“Okay, I’m in love,” Fiji said cheerfully.


I just couldn’t believe that after setting up Fiji and Bobo with such interesting characterisation in ‘Midnight Crossroad’, Harris would just erase them from this second instalment … I’m really quite gobsmacked, to be honest. I know Harris has set a hard task for herself by making this a multiple-character focused story, as opposed to a Sookie Stakchouse/Aurora Teagarden/Lily Bard/Harper Connelly single-focus hero series. But she balanced the focus between Fiji, Bobo and Manfred really well against the mystery of other Midnight characters like Lemuel, Olivia and Rev. In ‘Day Shift’ all that built-up intrigue surrounding Olivia especially is just throw out the window, and characters like Fiji and Bobo really do suffer.

Even increased focus on Manfred felt hollow when there’s absolutely no mention of young woman Creek, who was set up as a sort of romantic mystery for him in ‘Crossroad’. In fact, the whole of ‘Day Shift’ felt like it lacked heart – though Lemuel and Olivia have a tender if bizarre romance, they lack the heart and heat of Fiji’s unrequited love for Bobo or Manfred’s forbidden lusting after Creek. It’s a sad fact but in this series that’s meant to be very character-driven, without those deeper relationships and feelings between the characters it feels very much like something is hollow and missing.

To be honest, I was so frustrated with the lack of tangible connection in this book that the mystery also held less interest and gravitas as a result. The only thing I liked in this book were the two Bon Temps characters – one of whom I’ve always loved and wanted some reassurance that good things happened to them after the conclusion of ‘Sookie Stackhouse’.

Al in all this was a really disappointing second instalment after the pure enjoyment that was first book ‘Midnight Crossroad’. I hope in the third book ‘Night Shift’, coming 2016, Fiji and Bobo return for more page-time and there can be some acknowledgment of the romantic relationships that Harris did such a good job of establishing in the first book.

1.5/5
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2,338 reviews97 followers
November 22, 2018
I wanted to like this book a whole lot more than I did. And I was skipping along with a “🤷🏼‍♀️ it’s ok.” Then the author introduced some of the Sookie Stackhouse gang. That’s when I felt the ‘shark being jumped.’ 🦈
It was a bit of a lame try to save the series. I like a ‘guest appearance’ to tie in two worlds now and then, but I had hoped this series would try to stand on its own a bit more. Or maybe I just got too tired of the Sookie of it all.
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6,766 reviews590 followers
April 23, 2015
Welcome back to Midnight, Texas, a smalltown with some quirky residents who like their town just the way it is, filled with magical beings, talking cats and their own set of secrets. Change is-a-coming, big business is revamping an old building to be a luxury hotel for the twenty-first century. Is this good for Midnight or is there a hidden agenda behind this new business? A new business is not the only thing to put the town on tenterhooks, there’s been a murder and a death or two that may involve some of their own and the search is on to make sure that at least Manfred is cleared of any wrong-doing.

Like a comedic group of amateur sleuths, the citizens are on the hunt for clues, while Manfred, the resident psychic and person of interest is inundated with police questions, reporters and the flash of the paparazzi’s cameras. What really happened the day the wealthy woman died? How does Olivia figure in, in all of this?

Day Shift by Charlaine Harris, the queen of quirky paranormal romance with a southern drawl, once again shows her lighter side of non-reality filled with suspense, mystery and that quaint small town charm, even if the residents each have supernatural abilities! A quick pace, enough characters to fill a stadium and more twists and turns than a slinky, you may want to keep a dance card handy to keep everything straight!

I received an ARC edition from PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW in exchange for my honest review. 3.5 Stars

Series: Midnight, Texas - Book 2
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Ace
ISBN-13: 9781101598818
Genre: Paranormal | Mystery
Pages: 320
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Reviewed for: http://tometender.blogspot.com

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1,557 reviews117 followers
April 11, 2022
Wow, this book, the second book in the Midnight Texas trilogy (according to Ms. Harris' website) gives us even more action than we had in book one. We have more action, but we also learn so much more about some of our favorite characters. Have you wondered what was up with the Rev? We had a good idea what he was, but not what type of what! LOL! Now we know!
I love how we are seeing characters from Sookie's world –so now we have seen characters from all of Ms. Harris’ series –I love this concept. Who do you think we’ll see in the third of this trilogy?

There is so much going on in Midnight –a company has come in to reopen an old-time hotel. They’ve turned it into a longer stay hotel and a sort of elder care for those not quite ready for assisted living – it is interesting that all of the older people who come to stay had interesting lives in Reno!

Poor Manfred---well he just about has the poop kicked out of him when a client of his dies as he is holding a sort of séance for her to meet up with her dead husband. So now poor Manfred now looks like a murderer, since she has died under very unusual circumstances…but wait…her son Lewis also is accusing Manfred of a huge theft -Lewis is, how can I say this nicely? A shmuck!

In the first book, we learned quite a bit about Fiji and Bobo; in this book, we learn a lot about Olivia and the Rev…Lemual is away from town so there is very little about him in this book.

The Rev…what can I say. We finally find out just what he is and we get to do it in such an interesting way. The Rev is child-sitting. Yep, that’s right; he is watching after a very unusual youngster who literally grows right in front of your eyes. A youngster whose father had to go off for a job…a father who was once one of Sookie's lover’s (though not for very long).

Great writing, great set up for the next novel, some frustration because we get no satisfaction with Fiji and Bobo (will there really be any? At least, to our satisfaction?) And just why the heck is Teacher and Madonna in Midnight. How the heck does everyone live –there really are no customers.

Many questions are asked but not all are answered.

I loved it!
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3,396 reviews145 followers
July 25, 2015
Day Shift is the second book in the Midnight Texas trilogy by popular American author, Charlaine Harris. Residents of Midnight, Texas are concerned to learn that the old abandoned Rio Roca Fria Hotel is being refurbished. Someone is spending quite a bit on the renovation, and it is complete in record time, but why? Then a client of Manfred’s meets an unexpected end, and her son makes public accusations against the psychic. Reporters flock to Midnight and all the extra attention on their little (almost ghost) town is not welcomed, especially as the Rev has an unusual visitor.

While her narrative seems almost flat to begin with, Harris soon has the reader rushing through the pages as the action hots up. In this instalment, Harris expands on each of the established characters, satisfying, to some extent, the curiosity about these unusual residents that may have arisen in Midnight Crossroad. The action includes quite a few murders, telepathy, a séance, a curfew at full moon, a crazy brother, a jogging accident, several disguises, an attempted robbery, a retired Vegas mobster, a demented grandfather, an influx of fangbangers from Dallas and more than one press conference. Someone flies over the town (with wings), and someone gets killed by a wild animal. A very enjoyable read that will have fans looking forward to the next book, Night Shift.
Profile Image for Tanja ~ KT Book Reviews .
1,394 reviews184 followers
April 7, 2015
Okay guys, if, like me, you haven’t read the Harper Connelly’ series and Lily Bard you may not get the excitement other may feel about this new series. Honestly, I felt that not having read those previous works, I was kinda missing out on some character history. But have no fear, not reading those other aren’t a must. Oh, and did I mention that there are Bon Temp characters as well?

Mix up some across-the-way neighbors and some unrequited love. Then throw in Harris’ trademark murder/mystery in a Podunk town and voila you got Day Shift!

Alright, time for the nitty-gritty: sadly I wasn’t instantly drawn in. It felt dry and a bit been there done that with Sookie. I am sure many will like it, and the uber fan will love it - unfortunately it just didn’t do it for me :(

*ARC provided by Netgalley
Profile Image for Beth.
3,129 reviews263 followers
May 3, 2015
Charlaine Harris has a way of molding all the quirks of home town USA, adding a paranormal flare and twisting it into magical story telling.

Psychic Manfred finds himself caught up in a scandalous multiple murder mysteries, together with his neighbor Olivia, in Dallas. When the investigation follows them home, it brings unwanted attention to both Olivia's and Manfred's doors The residents of Midnight must once again rally together to keep the secrets of their little town.

Day Shift gives us more insight into town resident Olivia while bringing in some exciting character crossovers from Harris's Southern Vampire series. All that was really known of Olivia was her relationship with town vampire Lemel, now we get to see the back history and the true reason for what makes Olivia who she truly is. For the character crossover, this character's cameo will thrill any Southern Vampire Mystery fan. For me personally, I hope these characters become active players in the Midnight, Texas series.

Day Shift gives a wonderful southern based paranormal mystery that will have you entertained for hours. This light and fast paced story provides plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing till the end.

I received this ARC copy of Day Shift from PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication May 5, 2015.

Written by: Charlaine Harris
Series: Midnight, Texas
Sequence in Series: Book 2
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Ace
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
Rating: 4 Stars
ISBN-10: 0425263193
ISBN-13: 978-0425263198
Genre: Paranormal | Mystery | Suspense
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125 reviews75 followers
January 3, 2021
I'm really enjoying reading this series. Even though this is the second book in the series, I felt like I was left with more questions than answers. We did get a little more backstory on some of the characters but nowhere near enough to satisfy my curiosity. There was another little mystery to solve in this one. Again, I didn't have it figured out. I think all the "midnighters" are generally captivating. I also really enjoyed how they look out for one another as well as the town of Midnight as a whole. I'm glad I decided to give this series a try. I can't wait to read the next (and hopefully final) book in the series.
Profile Image for Lauren.
2,275 reviews162 followers
June 2, 2021
Day Shift
4 Stars

Series note: If you are new to Harris's works, I do not recommend starting with this series. There are several crossover characters from Lily Bard, Harper Connelly, Sookie Stackhouse, and even one from Aurora Teagarden. The backstories for the characters in these series add another layer of enjoyment to the books.

The tiny town of Midnight, Texas with its single stoplight and reticent residents gets an unwelcome influx of attention when Manfred Bernardo, the local medium, is involved in the suspicious death of one of his clients. Matters are only compounded with the reopening of the local hotel and the arrival of a mysterious boy who is anything but normal.

Harris writing style is particularly engaging. She has a knack for captivating the reader and making seemingly mundane characters and situations interesting and intriguing. In this installment, readers learn more about the enigmatic Olivia Charity and there are revelations regarding other characters as well as hints at developments to come - I do wish .

The mystery is the weakest element in the book. To begin with, it is never clear why the reader should care about the victim aside from the inconvenience her death creates for Mandred and the other inhabitants of Midnight. Moreover, the resolution is very anti-climactic with an obvious culprit and motive.

In sum, an entertaining read and I look forward to the final installment.
Profile Image for Hannah Cassie.
396 reviews145 followers
August 28, 2016
MORE? MORE! @ P.S. I love that book!

THE WORLD: Sooo...same as in the first book :D But if you are not familiar with the first book it is basically normal world plus supernatural creatures being out in the open. Jup, pretty much that is it. Vampires, werewolves, werepanthers, witches, psychics you name it. All are there.

CHARACTERS: So because I already felt in love with the character in the first book it was no surprise that I just stayed on that road. Tho, in this book we focus more on Manfred, Fiji and Olivia. Not that other people living in Crossroad do not play their role, they sure do. But the story this time is about Manfred being framed for a julery theft. And well Fiji and Olivia actively help him. So yeah, I already stated that I love the characters and I still absolutely do. I also love Mr. Snuggly...damn that cat is so funny! Plus we get a few characters from True Blood coming in in this book, whoop whoop!

LOVE: Far from the center of this book.

PLUS: I really really love the world and the characters. Charlaine Harris did an amazing job as always. There is a reason she is one of my favorite authors ever.

MINUS: The story itself was not as good as in the first book. I mean it was good but I am not biggest fan of Olivia I guess.

OVERALL: Again, Charlaine Harris is a genius as I cannot wait to read the third book!

MORE? MORE! @ P.S. I love that book!
Profile Image for ☕️Kimberly  (Caffeinated Reviewer).
3,035 reviews646 followers
November 29, 2018
Day Shift took us back to the odd little town of Midnight where Psychic Manfred Bernardo finds himself in trouble, a new hotel is opening and strange new residence bring trouble. Lots happening in this installment and it all begins outside of Midnight. Manfred is staying in a hotel where he has set up visits with clients for readings. Not only does he bump into someone from Midnight, but one of his clients ends up dead and her greedy son is claiming murder and theft. A new lawyer, Olivia and an assist from Fifi made for an interesting tale. Then we have the new hotel and a particular young boy who the townsfolk take under their wing. I devoured this. Despite, my frustration with a certain witch and a young man I had a good time. Really would someone lock them in a broom closet already. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer
Profile Image for SUSAN   *Nevertheless,she persisted*.
504 reviews98 followers
October 9, 2015
This book was the perfect book to read on a chilly day snuggled under a cozy quilt.
A great,quick read with characters that I love. Looking forward to the sequel.





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1,395 reviews153 followers
April 23, 2015
Four stars: A much better sequel with engaging characters in an interesting town.

Manfred is headed to Dallas for the weekend to do psychic readings. At his hotel while checking in, he looks up and notices Olivia, his neighbor from Midnight. When he makes a move to acknowledge, she waves him off. Peculiar. Later that night, Manfred sees Olivia having dinner with a couple. The next morning, that same couple is found dead in their hotel room, apparently a murder/suicide. Manfred wonders what Olivia did because he knows somehow she is involved. He pushes it out of his mind and prepares for his first client. Unfortunately, his first reading goes awry when his long time client, Rachel, suddenly drops dead during the session. Manfred returns back to Midnight only to have the cops and press follow him. The woman's son is accusing him of stealing her jewelry. All the strangers in town are making the locals edgy as Midnight isn't your ordinary podunk town. Quickly, the townsfolk conspire to make the problem go away. Can the citizens of Midnight clear Manfred's name?
What I Liked:
*I went into this one with a bit of hesitation as I have severe book amnesia when it comes to this series. I only recall that Midnight Crossroad was my first Charlaine Harris book, and that I was a bit disappointed. This time around, I had a much better experience. I enjoyed catching up with the eccentric characters and learning more of their secrets. I was quickly plunged back into this strange town, and I enjoyed the mystery. This is a character driven novel, so if you like books with all kinds of paranormal entities, this is a fun read. It has shapeshifters, a vampire, witch, angels, a telepath, a psychic and who knows what else. I am loving learning more about the town and its people.
*Last time around, I complained about the lack of world building. I felt like I didn't have a handle on Midnight, Texas. This time around, the world building is much better. Midnight might be a minuscule town in the middle of nowhere, but it is far from boring. I thought Ms. Harris did an excellent job creating a strange atmosphere, and I loved uncovering more and more secrets about the inhabitants. I can't wait to go back to Midnight.
*This is a character driven story. Fans of Harris will recognize the characters from other series, which I am sure enhances the read, but for a newbie like me, I was still entertained by the characters. No one is who them seem in this town. All of the inhabitants are there for reason, and they are all far from ordinary. I liked learning more about each person and learning their secrets. I was surprised a time or two by the true identities of some of the townspeople like The Rev and Chuy and Joe. Each person is a mystery, and I am eager to learn all I can about them all. I was especially intrigued by the arrival of a telepath named Barry Bellboy. I was left wanting to know much more about him.
*There is a lot going on in this book, and I was pulled in by the multiple story lines. The heart of the story centers around Manfred and his now deceased client. The towns people want to make all the strangers go away so they work together to find out what happened to the jewelry. However, that is just one of the stories. There is also a story line regarding the remodel of the old hotel, turning into an old folk's home of sorts. Who was behind the renovation and why? The Rev gets a mysterious visitor a young boy, who isn't what he seems. Olivia is wrestling the demons from her past, and Lem is trying to uncover the origins of some strange old books. There were so many interesting little mysteries, that I was just itching to solve. I liked all the story threads.
*The books ends in a good place as it wraps up the main mystery of the book, but there were still so many threads left to explore. I need more on all the townsfolk. I want to know all their secrets.
And The Not So Much:
*Even though I liked that there was a lot going on in this book, I was a bit frustrated by the lack of answers. I was left with more unanswered questions than answers. The whole story line with the hotel seemed like it was going to be a big and important part of the plot, and then it is cast aside. What is the deal with the hotel? I was wishing that there was a bit more focus after it was all said and done. If you aren't a fan of books with multiple story lines and multiple view points, this won't work for you.
*Where was Lem? He is notable absent for the whole book, and he makes only one brief appearance. Lem was one of the most fascinating characters from the first book, and to have him missing from this installment was a disappointment. One of the highlights of the last book was the budding romance between Bobo and Fiji, unfortunately, the romance is only a brief mention, and it makes no movement. Again, this book gets a bit too busy, and it fails to follow up on story lines from the previous book. I am hoping that the third and final book will bring it all together, but that is going to be a tall task. I was also left perplexed over Olivia and her actions. I am not sure what to make of her, and I wanted to understand her actions in the hotel.
*I was intrigued by the strange boy who Rev takes in. There is something not quite right about the boy. When the full moon comes, the town folk head in before dark and close their doors and windows, fearful of something out there in the night. It was creepy and suspenseful. When the big reveal as to what was stalking the streets of Midnight was revealed, I was a bit disappointed. I was expecting something darker and more sinister, and what I got was not all that exciting.
*Barry Bellboy pops into the picture during the second half of the book. He is obviously a character from the Sookie Stackhouse Series. I was immediately drawn in by Barry and his telepathic talent. Unfortunately, Barry ends up leaving town quickly, and I was left wanting to know so much more. I hope he will return in the third book, but I have my doubts. I think this is case of not understanding because I haven't read Harris' other series.
*The old folks who took up residence in the hotel were funny and charming. I was disappointed that there wasn't more focus on the strange hotel, and at the end, I was even more frustrated with what happens with the old folks. What was the point?

Day Shift was a book that drew me in and entertained me despite its flaws. I am sure this would be a much better read for long time fans of Ms. Harris. Even though I had my niggles, I found myself quickly immersed in the small town of Midnight. I love all the quirky, enigmatic characters and their secrets, and I am itching to know more. This was a fast and fun read, but it does require some patience. If you like paranormal books with fascinating characters, secrets, mysteries and multiple story lines, give this series a read. I am eagerly looking forward to the third and final book, Night Shift because I just have to know everything.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
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4,491 reviews469 followers
August 30, 2017
Day Shift is the second book in the Midnight, Texas trilogy, making for a more enjoyable book than the first. Despite being a more engaging tale than book one, this book still failed to deliver the amazing read I’d been hoping to receive.

I gave book one a three star rating, despite considering it to be a two-point-five star rating. Book two is a solid three star rating. I considered amending my rating of book one down to two stars, but in the end I opted to keep it at the rounded up rating. Therefore, whilst both books one and two received a three star rating from me, there was a difference in how much I enjoyed the stories.

The first book introduced us to our small town and the inhabitants, yet we didn’t really get to know them all that well. Book two works to amend that to some degree. More information is given about characters, along with more questions appearing. For a second book in a trilogy, it hits the right spot in that regard – you want answers but you do not want all of the answers.

However, whilst it was fun to get to know some of the characters better, I feel as though it wasn’t all the book could have been. There were many elements of book one that seemed to have been pushed aside completely and forgotten about, ignored to allow new elements to develop. I hate it when this kind of thing happens in a series. I understand that there are times where certain elements are more important, but I feel as though some of the big things from book one were completely ignored.

In addition, I felt as though the book failed to deliver the promised punch. As with book one, the mystery side of the story was overly obvious. In addition to being obvious, I feel as though it failed to deliver many of the important aspects of mystery story telling. You need build up and suspense, then a big bang when the resolution becomes clear. Things simply seemed to sort themselves out – handed to us on a silver platter once someone else had played about with them, a ‘here you go, here is something I made earlier, let me tell you about it without letting you experience all the hard work involved’.

Don’t get me wrong, it was an okay read. I certainly enjoyed it more than I enjoyed the first book, yet I really wasn’t crazy about it. Truthfully, I’m glad this is merely a trilogy and not a longer series.
Profile Image for BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme.
6,668 reviews1,282 followers
May 17, 2015
A fan of Sookie Stackhouse, I squealed to see a new series from Ms. Harris. I missed the first book in this series and figured I could dive into the second one as a standalone. That could have been a mistake. This series did nothing for me. I couldn't figure out who exactly was the main character. Is it Manfred or Olivia? After about a third of the way through the story, I didn't care.

The world building here is confusing. Perhaps it's all been explained in the first book. In this second one, Midnight is a shell of a town with no rhyme or reason for surviving. Every resident is special in their own way. There are different threads to this story going on at the same time and few are resolved. The main thread is about Manfred and how he's accused of stealing jewels from a rich customer. The story didn't really make much sense. The story felt like a stream of consciousness spewing forth in random moments.

The only interesting thing was learning a little bit about each character. The tie in from Sookie's story with Barry and Quinn is a nice touch. The talking cat was just bizarre. Vampires, assassins, witches, shifters and angels are all hiding in plain sight. And none of it comes across as a cohesive story. For those who fell in love with the Sookie Stackhouse books, this series seems to be completely different. It was hard for me to stay motivated to keep reading. I forced myself to finish it because I wanted to see if my conclusions would come true. The ending leaves the conflict half resolved with no sense of closure. This series doesn't seem to be for me.

*provided by NetGalley
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3,156 reviews313 followers
May 9, 2015
First Sentence: It isn’t the rumbling of the trucks that seizes Manfred Bernardo’s attention; it is the silence that falls when their ignitions die.

Midnight, Texas is a town few people visit. That’s just fine with the assortment of unusual and unique residents. Yet into this town comes outsiders. However, it’s when physic reader Manfred travels to Dallas that troubles begin as his client suddenly dies during her reading. Accused of murder and stealing the woman’s jewels, trouble follows him back to Midnight.

There’s no doubt that one should start with the previous book of this series, “Midnight Crossroad.” However, fans of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse, will certainly enjoy this new series. It’s even nice that there are some crossovers between the series.

Unfortunately, this read more as a first, than second series book to be in that so much time was spent introducing us to the various characters. While backstory is good, it does not substitute for plot. The good thing is that each of the characters is unique, likable and strangely fascinating.

“Day Shift” is a delightful book for lovers of paranormal/fantasy in general and Charlaine Harris in particularly. It is a fun, quick, guilty-pleasure read.

DAY SHIFT (Para/Fantasy-Manfred Bernardo-Midnight, TX-Contemp) – G+
Harris, Charlaine – 2nd in series
Ace – May 2015
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