Day Shift by Charlaine Harris #Review

Posted May 12, 2015 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 26 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Day Shift by Charlaine Harris #Review
Day Shift

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Series: #2 Midnight, TX
Genres: Mystery Romance, Paranormal Romance
Published by Ace
Released on May 5, 2015
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher

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All the elements that sizzled in the first book for me carried forward into this second installation of the series. The first book had the job of introduction to the world of Midnight, Texas and its characters and it was all so unique and quirky that I was curious to see if the author would hold my attention now that everything is established. Not a problem! This one jumped right in with the murder and ensuing mayhem, brought a few more ticklish mysteries to the town and in rather an exciting fashion revealed a few town secrets.

I suppose the reader could get by reading this out of order, but I seriously wouldn’t recommend it. All the introductions are made in the previous book and though this one presents new mysteries and the such, the reader would feel off balance from being dropped into the middle of something.

The story opens with Manfred, a psychic, heading off to Dallas to do some face to face readings with a few clients, the Reverend receiving a mysterious visit and the responsibility of caring for a strange child, the old hotel bought and renovated by an unknown owner, Lemuel is away and researching the newly discovered books on magic, and everyone else uneasy about the changes coming to town.

Manfred’s trip to Dallas was an utter disaster and brings even more trouble to the folks at Midnight. Manfred bumps into Olivia who is with a couple shortly before they are found dead the next day. Manfred doesn’t know what to make of this, but then he is distracted by something much worse. His own client dies under mysterious circumstances. Manfred is pegged for that crime and the media descends. Everyone pulls together to help Manfred and figure out what to do about the other issues going on at the same time.

This book kept things busy for the residents of Midnight and I enjoyed all the story threads going on as well as the continued character and relationship development. The murder mystery was an exciting part, but the other little mysteries like what the new boy is, what’s going on at the hotel and the rough customers that are actively seeking Olivia. The reveals about the Reverend, Joe and Chuy were great and I was thrilled to see that I guessed right. There was a bit more progress in the little romance brewing in town. I love that everyone comes together to help each other prove Manfred’s innocence and solve the case.

And like the first book, this one had crossover characters with one of her other series. Sookie Stackhhouse series fans will recognize the people. I’ll say no more about that so it will be a delightful surprise when they come up.

All in all, I was thrilled to see the second book was as fantastic as the first book. I really look forward to what comes next in the series. I would recommend this for those who enjoy a blend of mystery, paranormal and a pinch of romance.

My thanks to Penguin Random House for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • I wanted to wait a little to see if book #2 was as good as the first, just in case 😉 Finally added the series to my list, great review 😉

    • I understand that, Iza. I let other reviewers be my guinea pigs all the time. 😉 I can’t wait for book three.

  • Lindy Gomez

    I love it when a sequel is just as good as the first book in the series! I like that this segment had additional mysterious to solve, added romance, and crossover characters as well. Lovely Review Sophia 🙂

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    • Oh yes, the new mysteries and additions were great, Lindy. I’m excited about this series.

  • I really enjoyed this one too Sophia and totally had a fan girl squee over the new arrival and who he was connected to. I really hope they’ll be showing up in the next one too 🙂

    • I am so glad you’ve read it. I was dying to squee and get excited over that with someone too. What a great surprise!

      • I’ll totally squee with you! When they first arrived I figured it was a past character but so didn’t guess that. And that he had a kid!!! omg! When it started hinting what the kid was I was totally doing an omg…no. it can’t be, can it?!! I’d forgotten mention from way back before she had started the series that mentioned him.

        • Exactly! It was like getting a special surprise follow-up story that I wasn’t expecting right in the middle of another series. Oh, and the grandson at the hotel too? His story gets a follow up as well? But sigh…the father/son thing was the best.

          • Quite the update too! The grandson. Was he an actual character in the previous series? I couldn’t place him at all. I hope we’ll hear more of his at some point.

            • Yes, he appeared in two Sookie stories and played big roles in both. Book 2 when she went to Dallas and whatever book it was when she went to that big vampire convention and it all blew up. He might have even popped into a few other later books too though I’m hazy about that. He was the only other telepath other than her nephew that Sookie knew. The whole Dallas Vampires being after him was part of the story in one of the Sookie books, but again, I forget all the details. (brain = seive).

              • LOL well you’re doing WAY better than I am. I can’t for the life of me pull him up from back then. It’s probably one of those thigns where if I skimmed a little it would hit me again but nope. I just can’t get it to pull up. Grs!

                • One of these days I need to do a skim through off that series too. Lots of the earlier stories that I really loved are getting hard to remember.

                  • I definitely need a refresher at this point. It was one of the very first series I picked up years ago and way before the blog or doing reviews. I can’t hardly remember what I ate yesterday let alone all those early reads. lol

                    • I store my reviews on GRs, but the earlier reads I didn’t review, but just left a rating and being stuck relying on my memory doesn’t make me happy. Maybe we should do the occasional Re-Reads review feature to help fix that. 😉

                    • I really really need that. I feel so bad that those early books didn’t get reviews and a lot of them have fuzzed out at this point. There were so many I absolutely loved back then too.

                    • And its not b/c the books aren’t memorable, but b/c my head can only hold so much info. So yes, a Skimmy or Mini Re-Read Review idea is a good thing.

                    • Yep same here. I totally get it. I still know–oh yes I enjoyed that book or eh not so much–but a lot of the reasons are fuzzy.

                      If you decide to give it a go let me know and I’ll try to join in too 🙂

                    • I’ll think about it. Maybe something that only gets posted once a quarter or so at first while I work on the other piles of unread books, but maybe it will be a nice break for something old and familiar, too. Definitely not until fall the way I packed in a ton of stuff to do for the next few months. Ugh!

                    • That sounds much more do-able than every month. I think I could squeeze in one every 3 months.

                      And gah. I was just looking at my June-Aug and having a tiny little blogger girl panic. Whew! So, yeah. Fall on this end too 😉

                    • Sounds like a plan! I’ll aim for one re-read in September. I’ll have to think of some catchy title for the post- Oldies with a 50’s theme, Memories with a tepia look? Fall back? Hmm….

                    • Hmmm. vintage something? We could totally do an old fashioned icon for it. I could prob do Sept. I don’t think I have any on my list for then yet other than some very old reviews I need to catch up on.

                    • Sounds good! I’ll run it by Shari for my end, but I put something on my calendar to have the book read and up for post by the end of Sept.

                    • Good deal. I’ll poke around and see if I can find a cute old fashioned graphic on the photo subscription site I use. We can do an unofficial meme kind of thing maybe. 🙂

                    • Yes, this sounds good. I like your idea of a old-fashioned graphic/unofficial meme.

                    • Yes, this sounds good. I like your idea of a old-fashioned graphic/unofficial meme.

        • Exactly! It was like getting a special surprise follow-up story that I wasn’t expecting right in the middle of another series. Oh, and the grandson at the hotel too? His story gets a follow up as well? But sigh…the father/son thing was the best.