Day Shift by Charlaine Harris

A review by CJ Dee

The usually peaceful town of Midnight is once again thrown into turmoil by plans to repair and reopen an abandoned hotel.

While the reopened hotel brings new residents, Midnight’s local psychic Manfred Bernardo comes under investigation for theft against a murdered client. The client’s son makes accusations and reporters swarm to Midnight sending the town in further disarray.

Meanwhile, the Rev has taken on a child who is exhibiting some strange behaviour. In the town of Midnight though, strange is relative.

Day Shift was a fun romp through my new favourite town of Charlaine Harris’s creation (sorry, Bon Temps). We are shown depths of characters who were only shadowy figures in the first novel but are left with enough questions to hope the third book isn’t too far away.

The resident vampire of Midnight is noticeably absent from Day Shift with the exception of several mentions made by other characters and a brief appearance. In Lemuel’s place there are several supernatural characters with ties to Harris’s Southern Vampire Mysteries. I’m not telling which ones but as a fan of the Sookie universe, I was very pleased.

Day Shift is a fun and entertaining sophomore novel in what is shaping up to be a great urban fantasy series. Charlaine Harris has already cemented her position as the queen of this genre, but Day Shift further builds upon this foundation with great characters, intriguing plot and fun twists.

Rating: 4/5 stars
ISBN: 9780575092891
Format: Paperback, 307 pages
Publisher: Gollancz (Hachette)

Day Shift by Charlaine Harris. A stripy dead creature lies on a road during a storm; lightning strikes the road in the distance