Day Shift

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Sookie suc­ces­sor se­quel

Re­lease Date: 7 May

317 pages | Hard­back/ ebook Au­thor: Charlaine Har­ris Pub­lisher: Gol­lancz

Hav­ing ended Sookie

Stack­house’s story, Charlaine Har­ris can’t quite leave the world of the South­ern Vam­pire Mys­ter­ies be­hind, as sev­eral familiar faces make a reap­pear­ance in the lit­tle Texan town of Mid­night.

To call Mid­night a town is a bit mis­lead­ing; it’s ba­si­cally a cross­roads with some houses and shops scat­tered along it. In the first book in the Mid­night, Texas se­ries, Mid­night Cross­ing, the res­i­dents were all re­vealed to be ec­cen­tric verg­ing on the down­right weird – Fiji the over­weight witch, Manfred the in­ter­net psy­chic, Bobo the pawn­shop owner whose vam­pire land­lord re­sides in his base­ment, and a scat­ter­ing of oth­ers. It was charm­ing, nonethe­less.

On the sur­face, this sec­ond story is Manfred’s, as his neigh­bours rally round to help him af­ter a client he’s giv­ing a per­sonal con­sul­ta­tion to dies and he’s ac­cused of theft. How­ever, you know there’s more to both the ho­tel re­open­ing and the Rev ( the lo­cal vicar) tak­ing care of a young child than meets the eye...

How you feel about the reap­pear­ance of two of Har­ris’s older char­ac­ters will de­pend on your ap­petite for the South­ern Vam­pire Mys­ter­ies; your re­ac­tion to familiar faces might be de­light, but if you felt Sookie’s tale had grown stale to­wards the end, you might be more in­clined to groan. Ar­guably, bring­ing side char­ac­ters from those books in just drags the bub­bly quaint­ness of Mid­night down. Miriam McDon­ald There’s also an au­dio­book ver­sion of Day Shift. It’s nar­rated by Su­san Bennett, bet­ter known as the voice of Siri.

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