Narrator: Susan Bennett
Length: 9 hrs 52 mins
Series: Midnight Texas #2
Published by Ace on May 5, 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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...
As I mentioned in my review for Midnight Crossroad, I am having difficulty with the narrative. However, for Day Shift, I was able to get past that and really get into the story.
Manfred loses a high profile client and must deal with police investigations and a crazy relative. That, unfortunately, brings some unwanted visitors to Midnight. Manfred, as well as the rest of the town, want these people cleared out ASAP. He enlists Olivia’s help and they work to try and figure out just what truly happened to Manfred’s client. I was truly amused by one of their plans to get into the client’s house to investigate. I know the citizens are not crazy about the old hotel bringing in more people, but some of them are going to be great characters.
A couple of other new additions to Midnight creates some good ole curiosity. Not only am I becoming more interested in each of the characters and just what their secrets are, but I also enjoyed the mystery that played out. There were definitely some surprise conclusions to problems, that I don’t think would be overlooked anywhere but Midnight.
With all the interesting aspects of the town’s characters, there is a lot of room to grow for this series. I’m glad I gave Day Shift a chance after my experience with Midnight Crossroad. Everyone is getting fleshed out and I think Ms. Harris has plenty of ways to spread out and give us some good mysteries with this interesting bunch of characters.
I think my rule of giving a new series at least two books before jumping ship paid off in this instance. I felt like Day Shift was definitely an improvement and I will be continuing the series. These characters are just too crazy not to investigate more!