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.