I have enjoyed almost all the books by Charlaine Harris that I’ve read. I say almost because the Harper Connelly lost it’s appeal to me by book four and I never finished book five. I only mention that series because this book has taken a few characters from her previous series and put them in the tiny town of Midnight, Texas. Each of these characters weren’t strong enough to carry their own series however, they’ve meshed well enough to be more primary characters in this series.
The book starts with Manfred (from the Harper Connelly series) arriving in the tiny town and renting an apartment from Bobo Winthrop (from the Lily Bard series). Bobo is recovering from the loss of his girlfriend, who every in town believes left him months prior to the beginning of the book. However, when the town discovers Bobo’s girlfriend was murdered instead, Bobo’s history is brought to light. I felt the book really developed the characters well and it was hard to put down.
Normally I’m not a fan of books where it’s told from multiple points of view. I like a hero or heroine and sticking to that character’s point of view. This is the first book where I’ve enjoyed seeing the action unfold from multiple characters. I love the personalities of each of the primary characters and that there is still a mystery to their background. It’s written in such a way that I look forward to learning more and more about their history and how they ended up in this tiny town, not just the excitement of what’s happening now.
Any lover of Ms. Harris’ previous series will enjoy this book. You don’t have to read any of her previous series to know what’s going on with this and understand the characters. However, you may want to read the Lily Bard series and Harper Connelly series beforehand if you don’t want to be spoiled on some of the smaller sub plot lines of those books.