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Midnight Crossroad (Midnight, Texas) Hardcover – May 6, 2014

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Book 1 of 3 in the Midnight, Texas Series

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Harris comes off the ending of her wildly popular Sookie Stackouse series with a new mystery-romance-paranormal mash-up, slated as the first in a planned trilogy. The inhabitants of Midnight, Texas, have all chosen the derelict little town for its size and its ­quietness—it’s a great place to hide. But what are they hiding from? Bobo Winthrop, proprietor of the local pawn shop, seems to know a little bit about everyone in town, and they all have secrets. The new tenant in the basement of the pawn shop only comes out after dark, while New Age instructor Fiji Cavanaugh openly claims to be a witch and can talk to her cat, Mr. Snuggly. When Bobo’s girlfriend, Aubrey, disappears, people start to ask too many questions, and everyone begins to fear that their pasts will be exposed, along with Aubrey’s. Although it’s much lighter on the paranormal elements than Harris’ usual fare, this should still make the lists of readers who miss Sookie and company. HIGH DEMAND BACKSTORY: Between her books and the HBO spin-off True Blood, Harris has a large fan base. Now that both the print and the television series have ended, they’re looking for something new to read. --Rebecca Vnuk

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"With polished ease, Harris brings her cast on stage, pairs them off to reveal character through conversation, and ambles the mystery along...While not ignoring the downsides of smalltown life, with too-knowing neighbors and teens desperate to get out, Harris also works in its joys and comforts. This is a solid entry in Harris’s catalogue and will do very well with her fans."—Publishers Weekly

Praise for Charlaine Harris and her #1 New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse novels:

“Harris treasures the everyday routines of small-town family life, burnishing little moments until they glow.”—Los Angeles Times

“Inventive and funny with an engaging, smart, and sexy heroine.”—The Denver Post

“[Harris’s] mash-up of genres is delightful, taking elements from mysteries, horror stories, and romances.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Product Details

  • Series: Midnight, Texas (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; First Edition edition (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425263150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425263150
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (949 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By B. M. Fitzhugh on July 17, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Do not waste your money or time.
The Charlaine Harris we all love and expect to read did not write this book.
Too many boring characters, too, too much description of food eaten, cloths, houses, and roads to be interesting.
Who cares how the roast beef tasted or looked or what came with it as a side item?
No real resolution of weak plot or character interaction.
Hard to get into the first 100 pages-hard to get through this NO-action filled, No-interesting characters and No-substantial plot.
The killer was brought into the story in the get any hints previously last 100-150 pages with NO development of character at all and we did not get any tidbits about him as a killer at all until the last part of the book.

Ms Harris seems to have lost her knack for writing great characters, great plots and keeping the reader interested in the book. All she does not is write lots of descriptions of inanimate items just to fill pages and get paid.

I will no longer buy her boring books if this what she has to offer.
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I've always liked Charlaine Harris's writing, up until about the last 2-3 Sookie Stackhouse books. Then I felt she descended into a pattern of description of clothing and food, and away from the characters themselves, which made for not very interesting reading. Still, I was willing to give her new series a try because I was hoping it would be fresh and exciting.

I really shouldn't have bothered.

The story is set in Midnight, Texas, and features the strangest group of people as very odd friends. There's young Manfred, new in town, and possibly psychic; there's Fiji, a young witch who is in love with Bobo, who owns the pawn shop. There's Lemuel, a vampire, and his often-missing girlfriend, Olivia; there's the Rev, a man of God who doesn't speak much. I could go on and on, each one more oddly named than the rest, and none of them particularly endearing. The story essentially revolves around getting to know the group and the disappearance of Bobo's girlfriend, Aubrey, whose body turns up almost halfway through. Not that I cared, really; no one is the sort you'd cheer for and the "gang" who is behind many of the attacks seems to be not quite as smart as a gang should be.

I kept reading, hoping I'd finally get interested, and then mostly so I could write this review. What made the characters quirky and fun in the Sookie books is totally lacking in this book; there's just no spark. I may have been engaged a time or two, but overall, I just couldn't have cared less. I won't be looking for the next one.
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Please know now that I've read Mz Harris's books since high school. I love mysteries and strong plots, and usually, Harris's writing has never let me down. Until now. I'm not going to rip into the woman but I will say this is the first book I've read of hers where I was bored reading it. Worse than hating it, I didn't care about any of the characters or there problems. I think it was because all th characters had secrets, so many secrets, that i wasn't able to identify with any of the characters. When the mystery was solved and the killer revealed, I still couldn't care. I liked Figi well enough, but everybody (the characters) guarded their back stories so well that it made them all dull. When Harris let me know interesting bits about her Midnight cast, it was too little too late. Sad to say, I didn't enjoy reading this book; I dredged through it. Ignore or believe me -your choice. I'm so sorry Mz Harris.
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I was hugely disappointed in this new book. It is the first of the series, with Manfred, the psychic friend of Harper Connelly as the star carryover from previous books. (Though, to be fair, Lily Bard from the Shakespeare books gets a mention too.)

I so looked forward to this. I absolutely have loved every one of Charlaine Harris's books--I'm pretty sure I've read all her published novels, even the very early ones. And the Harper Connelly series (GRAVE SIGHT, etc.) is my absolute favorite. I liked Manfred in that series, the young man who worked with and looked after his grandmother. Both made a living as psychics, with Manfred having more actual talent than his grandmother, but both having actual flashes of psychic skills.

But...my disappointment level is huge with this opening book of the new Midnight Texas series. First, the writing is very flat. This is a little town in West Texas out in the middle of nowhere, with maybe a couple hundred total residents, most of whom live in outlying ranches. The people living in the town are a group of a dozen or so. Of this cadre of characters, all of them appear to have odd back stories. One is a vampire. The businesses these people run appear to have no likelihood of ever drawing a single customer--who would go there to buy anything???--yet they all scratch out an acceptable living. Harris does so many character POV switches that we never really get to know any of the characters very well. She doesn't head-hop--the POV switches are clearly done. But everything is very shallow and...well...flat.

Even worse. This is a mystery series, right? Well, in my Kindle edition, I was 80% of the way through the book before a dead body appeared! NOTHING HAPPENS in this story. There's no real conflict.
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