Midnight Crossroad (TV Tie-In)

Midnight Crossroad (TV Tie-In)

by Charlaine Harris

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Overview

Get ready for the second season of Midnight, Texas on NBC with the first book in Charlaine Harris’ paranormal mystery series about a small town where only outsiders fit in...

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 the Davy highway. It’s a pretty standard dried-up western town.

There’s a pawnshop with three residents. One is seen only at night. There’s a diner, but people stopping there tend not to linger. There’s a newcomer, Manfred Bernardo, who just wants to work hard and blend in. But Manfred has secrets of his own...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451490308
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/04/2017
Series: Midnight, Texas Series , #1
Edition description: Media Tie
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 642,327
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Charlaine Harris is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse and Midnight, Texas, fantasy/mystery series and the Aurora Teagarden, Harper Connelly, and Lily Bard mystery series. Her books have inspired HBO’s True Blood, NBC’s Midnight, Texas, and the Aurora Teagarden movies for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. She has lived in the South her entire life.

Hometown:

Southern Arkansas

Date of Birth:

November 25, 1951

Place of Birth:

Tunica, Mississippi

Education:

B.A. in English and Communication Arts, Rhodes, 1973

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Midnight Crossroad 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 155 reviews.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Midnight Crossroads, Charlaine Harris. Arc supplied via Netgalley I'm a fervent Sookie Stack-house fan, have reads the whole series a few times now * blush *, and enjoyed the Lily Bard series also, and when I saw Charlaine had a new series beginning I had to request a copy! So, what did I think? Well, Sookie had me engrossed from the first page, but this has a more gentle feel. It took me a while to really get into the book, although I “knew” Bobo the other characters were new to me, not having read the other series Charlaine wrote. However they're all interesting characters and as the story moved on I felt like I was getting to know them better. It must be difficult writing a new series after so many years immersed in BonTemps, and its become such a popular series that Charlaine's name becomes almost synonymous with Sookie Stack-house...and that's a tough act to follow. Writing is tough anyway – I know, I tried ( and failed!) so following a popular novel is a real challenge but one that's working well here I think. I like the idea of meeting some of the characters as they have grown on. Bobo is older than when I knew him, but still the same affable, generous man. The other characters each had their own quirks, Manfred, a new resident to Midnight, is an online Psychic, Fiji who's a witch ( with the fabulous cat Mr Snuggles!!), there's the Rev, slightly mysterious, very aloof, and respected by all, he does weddings and pet funerals...Lemuel, a vampire with a difference, Olivia – well, she's clearly more than human but I’m not sure exactly what she is. There are others too, but these seem to be the main characters so far, and the story slowly unfolds. Its a gentle mystery, setting the scene for some further developments from this story I suspect...and I didn't work out who or what was behind it. I like being surprised and this certainly caught me out. It feels as though even though I think I know more about these people and the mystery that developed by the end of the novel, there's still very much more to come, and I'm hoping its going to be another fairly long series. It appears like one of those where you think once the mystery has been solved that's it, end, finis, and yet it's not, each development builds on to a larger, more complex one, and we get lost in a different world. It's a gentle start, not an in the throat, grab you and suck you in to the story that Sookie was for me, but more the slow introduction and build up of characters and story that the Lily Bard mysteries were. I enjoyed it, but I think I was expecting a more Sookie type of drama. My bad, its clearly labelled as something very different. Still – I want to read more, and see where this series is taking us. Its a subdued, gentle start, not a drama filled, emotional read. I've genuinely no idea what's going to come next, that's part of the fun, and I enjoyed this beginning to a new series. Stars: Four, a very interesting beginning ARC supplied via Netgalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book started out choppy and had some problems with its flow. It improved as it progressed. I ended up really liking the characters once I got past the uneven descriptions in the first few chapters.
burns_erin More than 1 year ago
Despite the fact that this is marked "First in a new trilogy-Never before Published" one thing readers should know is that Manfred Bernado is NOT a new character in Charlaine Harris' worlds. He was a main supporting character in the Harper Connelly series and featured in Games Creatures Play. I'd highly recommend reading that series first so you get a better sense of who Manfred Bernardo is, but then I am biased because I quite liked that series, it is so very different from the Sookie Stackhouse series. Speaking frankly I think an extreme interest in at least one of the characters is the only thing that will drag anyone through the boredom that is the first few chapter's meet and greet. Truthfully, it's hard slog even if you are already invested in a character. I'm going to have to admit though, I picked this up fully expecting to lambast it as an awful, money bringing waste of my time, but I've been interested in the continuation of Manfred's story since I read the other series. I'm not going to gush, it wasn't that good, but it was entertaining, vivid, and a solid introduction to what should (assuming Ms. Harris has a plan and admits when to quit) continue to be an entertaining series. I give this book a solid 3 maybe 3.5 stars. The whole town (which is pretty sparsely populated) is absolutely filled with people who have secrets and strangeness, and once you get past the meet and greet, Harris starts filling them in at a fairy steady rate. Pay close attention to Bobo though, he's going to be familiar to readers of the Shakespeare series. And while I haven't read the Aurora Teagarden series, I do believe Arthur Smith is from that series. Harris wrote a cast of the type of morally ambivalent characters so common in the Sookie-verse and paired it with a more grounded world view and a good mystery with an ending I didn't see coming, though the secondary mystery was no big surprise to those of us familiar with Bobo. In fact, this was as much Bobo’s book as it was Manfred’s. Which I guess brings me to my final thoughts, I cannot quite decide if this is some sort of reward to faithful readers of the previous series or if it is a shameless grub to get people to look into Harris's backlist. I know I feel having read both the Shakespeare and the Connelly series enhanced my enjoyment of this book, and that I've never been particularly interested in the Teagarden series until now (I really want Arthur's back story now). I don't think you HAVE to have read any of these series to get into the book, I'm not even sure if a casual reader of this book would catch any of the connections. When Jayne Ann Krentz interweaves characters and worlds I always feel like it is a reward, here I'm not so certain. I liked it well enough though, that for the moment I am going to try to think positive and will be looking forward to the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely have loved every one of Charlaine Harris's books--I'm pretty sure I've read all her published novels, even the very early ones. And the Harper Connelly series (GRAVE SIGHT, etc.) is my absolute favorite. I liked Manfred in that series, the young man who worked with and looked after his grandmother. Both made a living as psychics, with Manfred having more actual talent than his grandmother, but both having actual flashes of psychic skills. Charlaine Harris writes pretty good urban supernatural novels (at least, she does when she's not attempting to prolong a series far, far past it's natural conclusion *cough* Sookie Stackhouse *cough*); but this book pretty clearly shows that she struggles to blend the two genres when she tries to move past the "troubled psychic of some type helps police but is often misunderstood/ hated" formula. This is too bad, because the other Harris series which blends the genres, Grave Sight and its sequels, is pretty enjoyable despite the fact that the idea of a psychic-helps-authorities-and-family-members-solve-murders is not a very fresh one. This is the first book of a new series by Charlaine Harris. Most of the story line was setting up the characters. And, they are the most interesting characters! Charlaine Harris always gives a good story no matter what series she is writing and this was no different. One is drawn into the setting and the characters ' lives. The plot revolves around a murder that has occurred. It is nicely written and holds the interest. I cannot wait til the second book in the series comes out. I like the characters as they all have such diverse personalities.   
TiredofGarbage More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of the good Sookie Stackhouse books - which do not include the last 3! So I was hoping that Ms. Harris got her mojo back for this new one. Sadly, she did not. Seems to be barely warmed up leftovers instead of great new material. I think Ms Harris needs to let go of the fear that tv producers will take her characters away from her again, and put some real passion into her writing again. Sadly, I cannot recommend this one at all, it's boring and has the strangest deus ex machina thing of the vampires in town getting rid of undesirables in an offensive way. Giving it one star for trying, but the trying is too hard, the book is unoriginal, and the storyline lacking in any real interest. Skip it and hope for something better from Ms. Harris next time.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Midnight Crossroad is the first book in the Midnight Texas trilogy by popular American author, Charlaine Harris. Midnight, Texas looks like a pretty standard dried-up western town, with lots of vacant buildings and few full-time inhabitants. The people who do live there, as new resident, psychic Manfred Bernardo soon discovers, are a bit unusual, although most are friendly and helpful. His landlord, Bobo Winthrop runs Midnight Pawn during the day; at night his basement tenants, the chilling Lemuel Bridger and the beautiful and very capable Olivia Charity take care of the business. Fiji Cavanaugh, self-proclaimed witch, runs The Inquiring Mind in a cottage left to her by her Great Aunt Mildred, along with her unusual cat, Mr Snuggles. The reclusive Reverend Emilio Sheehan looks after the Wedding Chapel and Pet Cemetery. Madonna Reed cooks wonderful meals at the Home Cookin diner. The aptly named Joe Strong runs the Antique Gallery and Nail Salon with his partner Chuy Villegas. Shawn Lovell runs the busiest concern in town, the Gas N Go, while keeping a tight rein on his pretty daughter, Creek and handful of a son, Connor. Not long after Manfred’s arrival, the body of Bobo’s missing girlfriend is discovered, and suspicion initially falls on Bobo. A pair of strangers also threatens the peace of the town, and Midnight’s residents take steps to protect their own. A diligent sheriff from nearby Davy, Arthur Smith is determined to flush out the killer. After a somewhat slow start as Harris sets the scene, the pace picks up and this novel is as intriguing and enjoyable as Harris’s other short series: Aurora Teagarden, Lily Bard and Harper Connelly. Fans of those series will recognise Bobo from Shakespeare’s Champion, Manfred from the Harper Connelly series, and Sheriff Arthur Smith from the Aurora Teagarden series. Harris peoples this series with interesting characters, her dialogue is witty and sharp, and the plot includes a vampire, white supremacists, gays, kidnapping, Halloween traditions, arson and a truly shocking climax. Readers who enjoy this instalment will look forward to the next book in the trilogy. 
lindaa55 More than 1 year ago
I wish Charlaine Harris would write more Aurora Teagarden books. Loved that series best of all!
BarerMender More than 1 year ago
Good stuff. Harris picks up characters from the Harper Connelly stories and the Lily Bard stories and sticks them at a crossroads in Texas. It's a nice, homey little ville, but as TV has been telling us for years, the evil is in the small towns. The murder has already taken place when the story starts, and everyone thinks he knows who did it, but the murderer is never who you think it is, is it? Not as Gothic as the Sookie Stackhouse stories, but Gothic enough to give you a tingle.
mjmutch More than 1 year ago
Loved all the characters, it is a stand alone book, but if you have read her other books, you will recognize some characters, which is big fun for me.  I am waiting patiently for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once into the story, I liked it. Can't wait for book # 2.
Sargon1 More than 1 year ago
This book was very hard to get into. After reading Charlaine's other series I noticed a few of the characters mentioned in the book are notable in the others. Even with this incentive to read it to the end it was a very slow read and only pulled me in the last few chapters. Not sure I will get the next one.
TE4 More than 1 year ago
Another amazing read by Charlaine! I highly recommend this book if you love her writing style. 
OmahaStar More than 1 year ago
The title is absolutely correct. This is a crossroads. It bridges so many of Ms. Harris's previous series. It can be read as a standalone book with no knowledge of the previous series, but is a very special treat for those who have enjoyed one or more of those series - Southern Vampire, Aurora Teagarden, Lily Bard, & Harper Connelly. This work firmly sets every work she's done into one much larger universe, and does it magnificantly. I've enjoyed just about everything I've read from Ms. Harris, some more than others, and I absolutely have my favorites. In one read, this jumped right up there among those favorites. As I understand it, she plans on doing this as a three-book trilogy. I plan on picking them up the day they're out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved Charlaine Harris's books, so I quickly ordered this one.  Even purchased a signed copy, only to be very disappointed. This story is not interesting at all for me.  I cannot "get" the characters.  I kept reading waiting for it to pick up, for something to  happen, but it never really did.  Personally, I don't like this book at all.  Not sure what happened with her writing, because this  does not seems like her at all.  I would not recommend this book.
Anonymous 3 months ago
ok
Anonymous 7 months ago
Interesting characters. Slow moving.
Anonymous 11 months ago
This series is highly satisfactory, with a different, softer plot line than the Sookie series (which I love). Nice character development, interesting use of psychic abilities. I enjoyed these and read all three one right after the other.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was happily surprised with this book! I read all three in the series very quickly because they are just a great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As withe her Skookie Stackhouse series,Ms. Harris has designed and peopled an inviting place to visit. Her characters are compelling. Definitely worth a read (or two). Hope you enjoy this book. The TV show was good, but this is better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book. Great plot twist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like the way Charlaine Harris writes. She makes you feel like you're there with each of the characters. There twist and turns only make the adventures and mystery even all that more suspenseful for the group of Midnight, TX. I can't wait to see what happens next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful. Gonna get started on book 2 right now. ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story line was slow to develop and move on but overall was an okay read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Charlie and Harris is one of my favorite writers Great book Charlene Harris is one of my favorite writers!