{Liza Reviews} Midnight Texas Series by Charlaine Harris ~ Awesome Adult Paranormal

Posted June 2, 2016 by Liza in Reviews / 7 Comments

I’m a big fan of Charlaine Harris – I’ve read her Southern Vampire series (all but the last book!) and her Harper Connolly series  and I love her brand of paranormal weird, mixed in with a unique sense of humor and a bit of the ridiculous.  When I saw that her new series was coming out I promptly proceeded to read/listen to Midnight Crossroads and then I couldn’t wait to read the rest of the series.

The Midnight Texas series has a great host of characters and the focus of each book is a bit different, but overall, we get to know the characters more in depth with each book.  Also, some of the characters come from her other stories.  Having read two of her series, I recognized some of them, but not all. Here is our non-spoilery list of the main characters (the Midnighters):

  • Bobo – The owner of Midnight Pawn
  • Fiji – A powerful witch that owns a store
  • Mr. Snuggly – Fiji’s cat
  • Olivia – Lives in one of Bobo’s apartments
  • Lemuel – Vampire, works night shift at the pawn shop and Olivia’s lover
  • Manfred – Psychic that owns several psychic websites and phone lines
  • Chuy and Joe – couple that owns the local nail salon/antique shop
  • Teacher – Town’s handyman, married to Madonna
  • Madonna – Runs the local restaurant
  • The Rev – The reverend of the church and in charge of the pet cemetery

Now, you can imagine that there is more than my description to all of the characters, but if you want to know more, then you’ll have to read the books 🙂

The setting is of course, the town of Midnight, Texas. It’s a very small town with one traffic light and a handful of very private, and special residents.  Everyone knows everyone’s business but distrust stranger, most of them have very good reasons to do so.  They each bring their wisdom, knowledge and strengths to the town and watch each other’s back.

The writing is typical for Harris.  It’s current, and funny and insightful.  The story is narrated form the third person POV and each book concentrate the story in some of our cast of characters than others.

Now a bit more about each book:

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, language, and/or violence.
{Liza Reviews} Midnight Texas Series by Charlaine Harris ~ Awesome Adult Paranormal

Midnight Crossroad (Midnight, Texas, #1)

by Charlaine Harris
Series: Midnight Texas #1
Pages: 305
Published on May 6th 2014
by Ace Hardcover
Genres: Adult, Paranormal
Format: Audiobook
Length: 9 hrs 29 min
Source: Library
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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...

4 Stars

Midnight Crossroads is the story of Bobo, Fiji and Manfred, the new resident of the town.  We get to know all of the characters, but more about these three.  Manfred is readily accepted by the other Midnigthers, but that’s not too strange at all.  Bobo has a big secret about the reason why he settled in Midnight that affects the whole town when it becomes know that he lives there.  Also, his girlfriend turns out dead, which is a mystery that everyone wants to solve because being in the papers is something to avoid at all costs.  I have to say that I did not see it coming at all!
{Liza Reviews} Midnight Texas Series by Charlaine Harris ~ Awesome Adult Paranormal

Day Shift (Midnight, Texas, #2)

by Charlaine Harris
Series: Midnight Texas
Published on May 5th 2015
by Ace
Genres: Adult, Paranormal
Format: Audiobook
Length: 9 hrs 52 min
Source: Library
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In Midnight Crossroad, Charlaine Harris “capture[d] the same magic as the world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, and [took] it to another level" (Houston Press). Now the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels returns to the one-traffic-light town you see only when you’re on the way to someplace else....
There is no such thing as bad publicity, except in Midnight, Texas, where the residents like to keep to themselves. Even in a town full of secretive people, Olivia Charity is an enigma. She lives with the vampire Lemuel, but no one knows what she does; they only know that she’s beautiful and dangerous.
Psychic Manfred Bernardo finds out just how dangerous when he goes on a working weekend to Dallas and sees Olivia there with a couple who are both found dead the next day. To make matters worse, one of Manfred’s regular — and very wealthy — clients dies during a reading.
Manfred returns from Dallas embroiled in scandal and hounded by the press. He turns to Olivia for help; somehow he knows that the mysterious Olivia can get things back to normal. As normal as things get in Midnight...

4 Stars

In this book, some of the action happens away from Midnight.  Both Olivia and Manfred are in Dallas at the same time, for different reasons.  One of Manfred clients die while he’s doing a reading and all hell breaks loose.  The media follows him to Midnight and he finds a top-notch layer to help him get out of the mess.  There is a lot of breaking and entering, wigs, crazy people and searching for answers.  We also get to know a lot more about Olivia and some of it is heartbreaking.

Diederik, a little boy, gets left with The Rev for care and protection and he grows at an alarming rate.  He’s kind of adopted by the whole town and is one of reasons why The Rev doesn’t want people around.

{Liza Reviews} Midnight Texas Series by Charlaine Harris ~ Awesome Adult Paranormal

Night Shift (Midnight, Texas, #3)

by Charlaine Harris
Series: Midnight Texas
Published on May 3rd 2016
by Ace
Genres: Adult, Paranormal
Format: eBook
Source: Netgalley
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels—“the Mark Twain of things that live under your bed”*—comes a new novel of Midnight, Texas, the town where some secrets will never see the light of day... At Midnight’s local pawnshop, weapons are flying off the shelves—only to be used in sudden and dramatic suicides right at the main crossroads in town.   Who better to figure out why blood is being spilled than the vampire Lemuel, who, while translating mysterious texts, discovers what makes Midnight the town it is. There’s a reason why witches and werewolves, killers and psychics, have been drawn to this place.   And now they must come together to stop the bloodshed in the heart of Midnight. For if all hell breaks loose—which just might happen—it will put the secretive town on the map, where no one wants it to be...
  *Houston Press

4.5 Stars

This last book was awesome!  Something dark and sinister is rising in Midnight.  It affects animals, it talks to Fiji, it creeps everyone out and guides people to commit suicide at the crossroads. What is going on? How to save the town?  Lemuel thinks he can find the answer in an old book found in the pawn shop, but translating it is proving to be very hard and slow progress.  Quinn (Diederik’s father) is in town and there is a new person – Sylvester Ravenwing – tending to the only gas station in town and they offer their help.  A lot of weird things are going on at the same time, but the way to save the town was plain weird and funny, but all ended well, which I loved.
Overall, Midnight Texas turned out to be an amazing adult paranormal series.  I really loved the characters, and then   The series has been optioned by NBC, so I hope we can see a TV series or at least movies, I think it would be awesome to see these characters come to life.  Although planned as a trilogy, Harris left some doors open just in case she decides to add to the series.  The ending was not open, so worry not and read on. 


About Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for over twenty-five years. A native of the Mississippi Delta, she grew up in the middle of a cotton field. Now she lives in southern Arkansas with her husband, her three children, three dogs, and a duck. The duck stays outside.

Though her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by the time she hit college (Rhodes, in Memphis) Charlaine was writing poetry and plays. After holding down some low-level jobs, she had the opportunity to stay home and write, and the resulting two stand-alones were published by Houghton Mifflin. After a child-producing sabbatical, Charlaine latched on to the trend of writing mystery series, and soon had her own traditional books about a Georgia librarian, Aurora Teagarden. Her first Teagarden, Real Murders, garnered an Agatha nomination.

Soon Charlaine was looking for another challenge, and the result was the much darker Lily Bard series. The books, set in Shakespeare, Arkansas, feature a heroine who has survived a terrible attack and is learning to live with its consequences.

When Charlaine began to realize that neither of those series was ever going to set the literary world on fire, she regrouped and decided to write the book she’d always wanted to write. Not a traditional mystery, nor yet pure science fiction or romance, Dead Until Dark broke genre boundaries to appeal to a wide audience of people who just enjoy a good adventure. Each subsequent book about Sookie Stackhouse, telepathic Louisiana barmaid and friend to vampires, werewolves, and various other odd creatures, has drawn more readers. The Southern Vampire books are published in Japan, Great Britain, Greece, Germany, Thailand, Spain, France, and Russia.


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7 responses to “{Liza Reviews} Midnight Texas Series by Charlaine Harris ~ Awesome Adult Paranormal

  1. Oh, I had no idea this series even existed. I read 10/13 books in the Southern Vampire series (in PDF on my laptop, no less, in the pre-Kindle days; THAT’s commitment). And while that sort of went downhill for me towards the end, I do so frequently miss that Charlaine Harris specific atmosphere. I lived in Louisiana for a spell, and she makes me nostalgic, even with all the magical craze that I can’t say I’ve ever gone through myself – sadly. 😀 So I’m glad to see her writerly prowess is in the south once again, and I’m glad I once again have something of hers to binge watch when summers get unbearably hot and I shut myself indoors with only the AC and nostalgia for company. 😉

    Thank you for this post, Liza. :*

    • Liza

      I’ve read all the Southern Vampire series books, except for the last one! I agree that after book 9 things were kind of down hill. A good thing about the Midnight series is that it’s just a trilogy and all books are published now. Happy binging 🙂

  2. Oooh I’m excited by your reviews because I just purchased the first book in this series and I loved her Southern Vampire series and Harper Connelly (I wish there were more!). This sounds fun and I can’t wait to start it. Great review!!

  3. I’ve watched most of True Blood but I’ve yet to read anything by Charlaine Harris, I keep wondering whether or not I would like it or if I can commit to reading that many books. But since this one is a trilogy it’s much more doable. I do like that her books are set in the south. And I’m glad it’s not an open-ended ending. I just prefer closure haha

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