First in a new trilogy
From Charlaine Harris, the best-selling author who created Sookie Stackhouse and her world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a darker locale - populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that's how the locals prefer it. 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 pawnshop (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....
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A nice, and a bit surprising, tale in and of itself, I'd recommend Midnight Crossroad to many readers.For Charlaine Harris fans who've read many of the author's other series novels, I HIGHLY recommend Midnight Crossroad. "Crossroad" is right.... or maybe "crossover". The novel is absolutely delightful for Harris fans. Each mention, allusion, and nod to another series by the author is like collecting magical Easter eggs. Enjoy the novel on one level. Enjoy the crossovers on a second, also enjoyable level.
Atmosphere, Midnight Crossroad is steeped in it, warm, familiar, comfy, scary and fun. Loved catching up with old favorites: Bobo Winthrop from the Lily Bard series, Manfred Bernardo from the Harper Connelly series and the sheriff from the Aurora Teagarden series. Great cast of new characters as well. After being disheartened over the last Sookie novel, this was a happy surprise and vintage Charlaine Harris. Back in my happy space.
Loved the performance. Susan Bennett's voice dropped me immediately in the town of Midnight and kept things exciting and enjoyable.
Very satisfying all the way round!
Dead Until Dark
Loved the performance. I had bought the Kindle version and started reading, but realized I did want some audio atmosphere. Susan Bennett's voice dropped me immediately in the town of Midnight and kept things exciting and enjoyable.
Manfred Bernardo, but I probably say that because he is a favorite character from the Harper Connelly series.
I was excited to start a new series by Charlaine Harris. However, this book just rambles. The last few chapters are the story. You could skip the entire first 3/4 of the book. I think that Charlaine has returned to quality writing, but the story is missing. The narrator does a good job, and I would not mind listening to something else she performs.
I'm not sure what to think of this book. It's very different from Charlaine Harris' other series. Although it included characters from other series. That was a surprise that I appreciated. Especially since I wish The Lily Bard series continued. This book started off very slow with just a hint that something good was coming. I had faith in Harris so I continued. The book didn't really pick up until the last few chapters. Then things took a very strange turn. I won't spoil the ending for anyone but it's rather shocking. I can see good things coming and I will get the next book.
Best: Mr. Snuggles
Yes. I love the other two series and this one has possibilities.
Her tone seemed to fit the characters
The story started a little slow but now that all the introductions are out of the way the next books may be a little more lively.
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Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 3.50
Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris had a very strong (and enjoyable) mystery and the characters are starting to grow on me!
Story Thoughts: I am a self-professed fangirl of Charlaine Harris' ability to write a good mystery. It is the main reason that I love her stories. She writes a darn good "who-dun-it". Midnight Crossroad is no exception in that aspect. Once we got to the mystery, the book really took off. I was invested and a little bit caught off guard that one of my off-the-wall guesses was right (granted I only guessed off-the-wall because sometimes Charlaine will do that). Even though it takes a bit to get to the mystery, it really was worth the journey. My only complaint was the pacing for the first 1/3 of the book which happens a lot in first in series. Especially when you are introducing a town as quirky as Midnight, TX!
Character Thoughts: Going to admit that it took till the last quarter of Midnight Crossing for me to get into the characters. In the beginning, I just couldn't quite connect with them. There were too many characters but towards the end I realized why. Now, I am invested in Fiji and her familiar. I was happy to see characters such as Manfred and Arthur from her other series. Overall, I am sure in the 2nd book I will have more favorites!
Narrated by: Susan Bennett/Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
I thought Susan did an excellent job with the narration of Midnight Crossroad. She managed to capture the quirkiness of the town just right. She showcased the large cast in a way that made each one stand out and be completely unique. I will be continuing this in audio.
Final Thought: Rocky start but excellent mystery!
I have read pretty much every full-length novel CH has written. From Aurora Teagarden, to Harper Connelly, to Lily Bard, to Sookie Stackhouse. So, I've invested a fair amount of time and money into this author because I have found her books entertaining on some level. They aren't literature, but they have been entertaining fluff reads. Until now. I think she needed a break following the disaster of the final Sookie novel. I almost wish they could recall this book and reissue it in a year once it had been edited. I didn't know this book was going to be about Manfred and Bobo, and I was really excited! Except the writing and characters were so dull and flat, I couldn't even finish the book. Manfred was an awesome character in the Grave Sight books, and I just don't get what went wrong. It was like it was written to fulfill a contract without any joy or interest in the future books.
This was a good time filler. It wasn't as good as Charlaine Harris' other books.
If she had focused on Manford more.I wasn't crazy about the character names either.
Katherine Kellgren or Johanna Parker!!!
I guess so. But it is at the bottom of my re-listen list.
I like the writing style of this author and the way she weaves her tales within tales. I enjoyed being introduced to a new cast of characters in what is to be a new series for Harris. Almost all the names of this cast are somewhat ridiculous but I love the premise of an almost nothing town full of unusual people with something to hide. The mystery was not a slam dunk to figure out. While this book centered around one characters story, I am anticipating the stories of the other characters as we move along in the series should all be fun! I did not go into this book thinking of the Sookie Stackhouse series and neither should you.
For me, Charlaine Harris has been really off. I couldn't have been more disappointed with the way the Sookie Stackhouse series ended. However, this book is fresh and had some twists I didn't see coming. It's worth the read. Yay!!!
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