Midnight Crossroad: A Novel of Midnight, Texas

Ace. May 2014. 320p. ISBN 9780425263150. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101598795. FANTASY
OrangeReviewStarFrom the author of the Sookie Stackhouse 2001–13 fantasy/mystery series (Dead Until Dark; Dead Ever After) comes the launch of a new trilogy about a small Texas town at the intersection of Witch Light Road and Davy Highway, where everybody has a past and a freaky side. The townsfolk also respect secrets, so as the story unfolds complexities abound. Life centers on a 24-hour pawn shop, the Antique Gallery and Nail Salon, the Gas N Go, and the Home Cookin Restaurant. These spots are populated by a witch, a vampire, a reverend, a new psychic in town, and their closer-to-normal friends. When the disappearance of a citizen turns out to be a murder, the characters delve into their backstories to solve the crime.
VERDICT As intimate and deep as the Stackhouse novels, but with a lighter load of gore and death, Harris's latest displays her skills at interweaving the lives of her characters. Recommended for those who prefer a mystery that perhaps calls for accepting the unbelievable and fantastical.
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