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Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Megastar Harris kicks off an unusual and highly entertaining new series set in the atmospheric and mysterious town of Midnight, Texas. Postage stamp in size with only a few full-time residents, the “crossroads” setup of Midnight lays the scene for some curious plot elements. One of the main characters in this dark drama is young psychic and seer Manfred Bernardo, first introduced in Harris’ outstanding Harper Connelly Grave series. The fact that nothing and no one is what they first appear to be adds an eerie feel to the book. Harris has delivered a supernatural mystery with a decidedly creepy edge!
It doesn’t take long for Manfred Bernardo to realize that Midnight, Texas, is just his kind of town. Manfred makes a living running three different psychic/medium websites, so neighbors who don’t ask a lot of questions are welcome. However, Manfred quickly realizes that he is by no means the most unusual resident in this town. Midnight Pawn, the local pawnshop, is owned by Bobo Winthrop and — aside from the diner, which tends to draw a lot of strangers passing through — it’s the center of most of the town’s action. Before Manfred arrived, Bobo’s girlfriend, Aubrey, took off, but it now looks like Aubrey was not what she seemed. Old and new secrets are starting to be revealed, and what is exposed is more than a little scary. (ACE, May, 320 pp., $27.95)
Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith
Published: May 2014