Midnight Crossroad (Midnight, Texas)
by Charlaine Harris
Cover Artist: Hugh Syme
Review by Gayle Surrette
Ace Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780425263150
Date: 06 May 2014 List Price $27.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK
It's always exciting to sit down with a new book, the start of a new series even, by an author you've enjoyed. So, it was with great anticipation that I curled up with Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris. I'd enjoyed her Sookie Stackhouse series as well as her Harper Connelly, Aurora Teagarden, and Lily Bard series. I'm happy to say not only was I not disappointed by Midnight Crossroads; I was pleased to see the connections with some of my other readings.
Midnight is a town that's been left behind. Its main street is a scattering of businesses that are barely holding onto solvency in the area's depressed economy. People pass through Midnight, they don't stay, which is pretty much how the townspeople like it. Because Midnight may seem like your normal town that's slowly sliding into oblivion, but at night things change. Not all the citizens of Midnight are what they seem, but together they're family of a sort and look out for each other.
Moving into town is Manfred Bernardo. He's renting an apartment from the owner of Midnight Pawn, Bobo Winthrop, who at one time lived in Shakespeare, Arkansas. You might remember Manfred from the Harper Connelly series where he and his grandmother occasionally consulted with Harper on a case or two. Manfred wanted a quiet town where he could run his online psychic consulting business, but not have to deal with many actual people.
As Manfred settles into the his apartment and gets to know the residents, he begins to realize that there's definitely something a bit off about all of them. Across the street there's a new age shop that gives classes. The night manager of the pawn shop just might not be completely human. The owner of the Gas N Go might be in witness protection, because he sure is paranoid about his children.
So when some mysterious strangers show up acting secretive -- it's not that strange until they start to threaten the townspeople. What's worse the police don't seem to be that interested in protecting them from the intrusions. The next thing they know, they're on the wrong end of the interrogations and it's up to them to solve the mystery and get themselves off the police radar so to speak.
There's plenty of paranormal abnormality and links to the unknown to satisfy the readers of fantasy. There's also a mystery or two to be solved and a police investigation to be pointed in the correct (meaning away from Midnight) direction to keep mystery readers happy. All in all a good start to what may turn out to be another outstanding series by Charlaine Harris.