Title: Day Shift (Midnight, TX #2)
Author: Charlaine Harris
Genre: Mystery, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Acquired: Netgalley ARC
Date Finished: May 21, 2015
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…
Much better!! This book was a vast improvement over Midnight Crossroad. The mystery was something you were really interested in and it fully carried the plot. There was a good bit of action as well. There was also a lot more information about some of the characters. It looks like Harris is going to focus in on certain characters in each book to give you more on their backstories. This one was mainly about Manfred and Olivia. Harris doesn’t give you everything, but she gives you enough to keep you hooked. She usually has a way with character driven writing and this one didn’t disappoint.
I enjoyed the pacing of this one much better as well. There were no lulls, which was nice because the first book felt like one giant lull. This was fast paced and it really held my interest. There were even several surprises that totally caught me off guard. I love it when that happens!
If you struggled with Midnight Crossroad, please give this one a chance. I was torn about whether to continue with the series, but I’m glad I did. Day Shift was significantly better, more in the Sookie Stackhouse vein and less cozy mystery.
I’d like to give a shout out to Netgalley, Ace, and Charlaine Harris for giving me the opportunity to read and review this ARC.