You all know I love cozies, always have, they are a mainstay on my reading stack. I hope many of you also know me well enough to know that my first love was horror, and as such anything with a supernatural slant has my full attention. Charlaine Harris does both very well and when I heard she had a series that was a mashup of the two, well, I just had to get started with the Midnight, Texas series.
From the back of the book:
From Charlaine Harris, the bestselling 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...
Being a fan of her cozies, as well as her paranormal romance books, I had really no idea what to expect from this book but I was so pleased that it was totally something all it's own. I like books that don't fit into neat little boxes so if you ask me to classify this one I'll have to classify it as wildly entertaining.
The setting is an odd little town, filled with people who all seem to have a history that no one is talking about. I like that it was hard to pinpoint who the main focus would be, that was a neat twist that let me bond strongly with many of the characters. Talk about characters, these are the kind that grab you and make you glad there will be more parts, so you can spend more time peeling back their layers.
There was a mystery to be solved aside from the multiple mysteries of all of the people in the town, which feed my love of a murder mystery. But it was more, it also had that urban fantasy feel which I love and supernatural beings crawls out of the woodwork. I really recommend this book and Charlaine Harris on the whole.
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