Title: Midnight Crossroad (Midnight, TX #1)
Author: Charlaine Harris
Genre: Mystery, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Acquired: Amazon purchase
Date Finished: May 12, 2015
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 pawn shop (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).
Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth…
I really love Charlaine Harris’ writing style. I don’t know if it’s because she writes in a small town, southern brogue, or if she’s just a really good writer, but I never stumble over her writing. I’ve read most of the Sookie Stackhouse series (I’ll admit I lost interest toward the end), but I’ve never read any of her other work because I’m not a big cozy mystery girl. I was really hoping this series would follow in the footsteps of the Sookie Stackhouse phenomenon. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look very promising.
The characters were quirky and interesting, but there just wasn’t much going on plot wise. The big mystery of the book was supposed to be what happened to Bobo’s girlfriend. (Yes, that’s really his name.) However, the biggest mystery was what are all of these people hiding because everyone in Midnight, TX has some kind of secret. The good thing about that plot device is it really makes you want to keep reading. The bad thing is that you don’t get any answers in this book. The only mystery solved in this one was about Bobo’s girlfriend.
I really did enjoy the characters. Charlaine gave me just enough to make me want to know more about them. Because of that, I’m sure I’ll read the next book. I hope there’s more action in the next installment.
Slow out of the gate! This book felt like one big introduction to the characters and Midnight, TX. There wasn’t much action, but maybe Charlaine wanted the book to mimic Midnight’s lifestyle, slow and laid-back. The characters were engaging and that’s probably what will keep me moving forward with the series, however, if book two doesn’t pick-up, that will probably be the end of my foray into Midnight, TX.