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Monday, May 12, 2014

Staff Book Review: Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris

Posted by Susan C.

From Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse fantasy/mystery series (Dead Until Dark) 2001- (Dead EverAfter) 2013 comes the novel Midnight Crossroad, the first on a trilogy,  revealing a town at the intersection of Witch Light Road and Davy Highway. It is a cozy yet eerie story about folks in a Texas town that is but a blink on the map; a city where everybody has a past and a freaky side. Towns folk also respect secrets, so as the story unfolds complexities abound. Life is centered around a 24 hour pawn shop, run by a devoted friend Bobo and his vampire associate, the Antique Gallery and Nail Salon, the Gas N Go, and the Home Cookin Restaurant. These spots are populated by a witch, a vampire, the Reverend, a new psychic in town and their closer-to-normal friends. When the disappearance of a citizen turns out to be a murder, the characters delve into their backstories to try and solve it. 

VERDICT: As intimate and deep as the Stackhouse novels, but with a lighter load of gore and death, readers will recognize Harris’s skills in intricately interweaving the lives of her characters. Recommended for those who prefer a mystery that perhaps calls for accepting the unbelievable and fantastical.  

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