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Charlaine Harris returns to her Midnight, Texas series where psychic, Manfred Bernando, finds himself on the hook for murder. Add in a team of mysterious developers poking around the town’s formerly iconic hotel, and Midnight’s inhabitants find themselves spun into chaos. Though Day Shift has a rich, charming cast of characters, they are often underutilized and lacking the connection most readers come to associate with Harris’s previous books. Despite wanting more character-driven interaction, this doesn’t distract from being completely absorbed by the mysteries plaguing Midnight, especially for those who are new to the series. Each character has their own secrets to keep, though the small-town atmosphere brings them all together. With one of their own in trouble, the way the group of ragtag Midnighters band together is both quirky and heartwarming. With threads of the paranormal, Day Shift is more than just a standard murder mystery. Psychics, witches, and vampires enhance the town’s outward sleepy, inconspicuous appearance. For those who like a pinch of the fantastic and the supernatural, Day Shift blends urban fantasy with a cozy mystery. Fans of Harris will certainly welcome this next addition to the Midnight, Texas series. It has the quaint town setting and the delightful group of characters that have become synonymous with her previous Sookie Stackhouse books, and readers missing the Louisiana haunt of Bon Temps will be overjoyed at the appearance of a few familiar faces.
Parallel universes, killer androids, and H. G. Wells and Arthur Conan Doyle fighting the Invisible Man. You already know whether or not you will like this book (though if you're still on the fence for some reason, let me add dinosaurs, King Kong, a dragon, and Nazi bombers). Yes, it's slightly corny, but it's a fun metafictional story. It takes liberties with both history and science for the sake of adventure, and throws both into the blender for the climax, but remains internally consistent and believable. Palma's world-building is creative even while he draws from well-loved tropes and familiar personages. His old-fashioned narration is charming if a bit flowery. The story starts out rather slowly because, as in The Map of Time, the reader can't at first see how the different plot lines are related. But the book gains momentum and blends all the different story lines together for a satisfying climax.