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Day Shift (Midnight, Texas) by Charlaine Harris
Cover Artist: Hugh Syme
Review by Gayle Surrette
Ace Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780425263198
Date: 05 May 2015 List Price $27.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Day Shift, the second book of the Midnight Texas series following Midnight Crossroad, pulled me in from the first page. There's murder, slander, shapeshifting mayhem, avarice and greed, misdirection, misinformation, and corporate flim flam. There's also the same group of interesting characters from the town of Midnight, Texas, and a few new characters readers may remember from the Sookie Stackhouse series.

Manfred Bernardo decides it's time he did some readings with clients so he's off to Dallas, Texas to meet with both old and new clients. While having dinner, he catches sight of Olivia in the dining room with an older couple. The next day, that couple is found dead in their hotel room.

The residents of Midnight, Texas, may wonder what the other residents do for a living. They may even speculate to themselves. But what they never do is discuss it among themselves or ask questions of each other. They're in Midnight because they like their privacy and while occasionally they enjoy company, they have unspoken rules about not crossing lines.

When Manfred returns under a cloud of suspicion and public accusations from the son of a client, the press arrives also. No one in Midnight wants publicity. And, as if Manfred's problems aren't enough, a corporation is renovating the local hotel and turning it into an assisted living half-way house for the elderly, as well as a few regular hotel rooms/B&B sort of place. They're planning a lot of publicity for their opening. So, Midnight is abuzz with journalists and the residents are nervous.

Not everything is what it seems and I haven't even mentioned the child that's growing too fast to be normal or the strange animal sightings in the area. Midnight needs to get out of the limelight, and fast, for all their sakes.

The writing as usual pulls you in because you care about these people and want to know who -- and what -- they are. Harris manages to play fair with the reader and yet keep the reader guessing and involved in trying to figure out what is going on and how is it going to impact not just Manfred but all the residents of Midnight.

I finished the last page, and felt that the book left me hanging. I felt as if several more chapter must be missing because it didn't resolve anything. Then I sat and thought about it. The murder gets solved. The hotel issue is resolved. The animal sighting and related issues get revealed. Nothing was left hanging. Day Shift was complete and whole. However, I wanted to know more about these people and what was going to happen next. Darn . I'm hooked and now I have to wait for another book in this series.

My advice is to jump in now when there's only two books in the series because you're not going to want to miss any of this potentially multi-layered and intriguing new series.

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