Author: Charlaine Harris
Title: Day Shift
Series: Midnight Texas 2
Rating: Three Petals
On the Author's Website:
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...
Manfred is in trouble: a wealthy client has died during a private psychic reading with him and her son is trying to pin the murder on him. To make matters worse, the attention of the press falls on Midnight, which only survives because the magical denizens can stay anonymous--which isn't possible with cameras and press hanging around all the time. Solving the murder will require Manfred to team up with Olivia, one of the more secretive of Midnight's residents, but the extra attention on her might just destroy them both.
I was so hopeful for this story when I read the summary because I thought it might finally go into some depth about the magic use in this world. Readers learned absolutely nothing about how Manfred speaks with the dead in book one, and unfortunately we were only provided a glimpse in this book. It almost feels like the fact that magic exists in this world is an afterthought, which is a shame given how much of the characters' lives revolve around their use of magic.
Then I learned that this series is set in the same world as Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series and I can't help wondering whether Harris is relying on readers having read that series first to understand the magic. Since I've read the other series, I can safely tell you it is not enough to understand Midnight Texas' magic.
I did like this book, so I will recommend it, however I continue to be disappointed overall with the series. In this one I hoped the magic would finally be given some depth, but aside from a few parlor tricks it really wasn't and that lack of depth has been consistently hurting the series. .
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