Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris

October 13th, 2017 kimbacaffeinate Review 44 Comments

13th Oct
Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris
Midnight Crossroad
by Charlaine Harris
Series: Midnight, Texas #1
Published by: Penguin
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchase
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

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...

mystery paranormal Small-town urban

I loved the first season of Midnight, Texas on NBC and although I own and have not read the Sookie series I decided to dive in and begin the Midnight, Texas trilogy. Midnight Crossroad is very much like the television show with some slight changes mostly in casting. In retrospect, I am almost glad I watched the first season before beginning.

Trying to look at this from the perspective of someone just reading the book who has NOT watched the television show my gut feeling tells me it may be a tad confusing. You know Midnight, Texas is different, but it takes a while before you really know who the key players are or rather WHAT they are. Aside from a few minor physical changes,  a missing RV and grandma it looks like the television series follows the book(s) pretty closely. Well, at least season one and book one.

I love the premise of Midnight. A small town with only one-stop light where the veil is thin between the dead and the living, a place that draws those who are different. Here we have all types of supernatural creatures living side by side along with humans who are hiding or different, like a certain kickass female. Manfred Bernardo a psychic has just moved in and through him, we learn about the town and its inhabitants. I am hoping that what we learned about him on the television show is reflected in the next book. We get a lot of different POVs and having watched the show, it made navigating them easier.

One of the things I loved is that Harris combines urban fantasy with mystery. Since these are two of my favorite genres, it stands to reason that together they would rock. We have a murder, but in the book, we also have the mystery of everyone’s secret and why Manfred suddenly relocated to Midnight. While this made things interesting and I am sure it will pay off, it also kept me from becoming attached to any of the residents. (This is where the tv show worked better)

They say the book is always better, but in this case, I Think I preferred the show. However, I enjoyed Midnight Crossroad and will continue with book two, Day Shift.

About Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris is a New York Times bestselling author who has been writing mysteries for thirty years. She was born and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area of the United States. She now lives in southern Arkansas with her husband and three children. Though her early work consisted largely of poems about ghosts and, later, teenage angst, she began writing plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She began to write books a few years later. Her later books have been in the urban fantasy genre. She is best known for The Southern Vampire Mysteries series, which HBO later adapted for its dramatic series entitled True Blood.

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44 Responses to “Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris”

  1. Jessica

    Great review! I really enjoyed hearing your thoughts on this, as I loved the television adaptation. I also go to read more Charlaine Harris but for some reason, I never do. Even though I quite enjoy the works I have read by her and both this show and True Blood are amongst my favourites.

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  2. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    I didn’t even know this was a TV show (I’m not a TV watcher) but I’m definitely intrigued by the premise. I just dipped my toes into the urban fantasy genre this year with The Others series by Anne Bishop and have been looking for some more good UF ever since. I might give this one a try since I’m definitely intrigued by the sound of the town.

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  3. BookishBiker

    My first thought was to start reading the book after the first episode of the TV show. But, I haven’t gotten over the last couple of books in the Sookie Stackhouse series. I’m sure Charlaine Harris told the writers/producers of True Blood where she saw it going, but it felt like when it came to writing the books, she just got lazy and played catch-up. Whatever it was, the final books were not up to her usual standard. Now that I know the Midnight books are a trilogy and already finished, I may just change my mind – and refuse to read any more should the series go beyond 😉

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was good, but having done it in reverse, I liked season one better. I did grab books two and three, and I am told they only get better. I will share and let you know.

  4. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I love this book series – probably more than Sookie, I really hope it’s renewed, Olivia is probably my favorite character and I have to admit, I was never a big fan of the gal that plays her but I actually think she’s done a great job.

  5. Tyler H. Jolley

    I’ve accidentally done this exact thing before. It’s very confusing, especially when you get to parts the tv show/movie cut out. Great review, as always, Kimba.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I never watched True Blood. I am told from reliable sources that books two and three are stronger and worth the read. I shall, of course, give a full report.

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