Manfred Bernard (from The Harper Connelly mysteries) moves to the quirky town of Midnight with it's strange and off beat residents and quickly decides..Show More » he will fit right in. However trouble soon comes to the town and Manfred, often two steps behind despite his psychic gift, is drawn right in with his new neighbors.
Charlaine Harris has a talent for writing characters that no one else has yet matched for me. She shows all the angles, loves them for their strengthens and their faults, shows them through others eyes in a way that brings new life to them and in which they'd never see themselves. The weary humor and understanding of human nature Charlaine Harris brings to this story really sets it apart me and I think it's a real shame that although she has reached popular acclaim with True Blood, stories like the Harper Connelly mysteries and Midnight Crossroad don't seem get the critical acclaim they deserve. Yes there's magic and mystery here and I like that in a story but it only adds spice to a beautifully drawn portrait of the intriguing characters in an American small town.
Susan Bennetts' narration just seems good at first, though you get very little of it in the story, as much of it is told in the first person, through the varying eyes of the town's residents. This showcases the narrators ability to credibly do an array of voices, from old men to young mothers and at times I really forgot I wasn't watching a show rather than listening to a book.
You don't need to read the Harper Connelly mysteries to enjoy this book but I'm glad I did as Manfred's perception of himself is incredibly self deprecating and it's good to contrast them with Harper's version of an intelligent, confident and worldly wise young man. I also loved the character of his grandmother Xlyda (pronounced Zilda in the audiobooks) and much of Manfred's character is explained by his upbringing with her.
I really hope Harris continues to write about Midnight and I will be pre-ordering the books if she does, especially if they are told by such a good narrator as Susan Bennett. One of the best books of 2014 as far as I'm concerned.
Book 2 of the series, provides more entertainment from the residents of Midnight.
We're getting to know the characters a little better, and a..Show More » few more secrets are revealed, although there is certainly more to come...... Also, a couple of familiar faces from Bon Temps pop in.
Mr Snuggly might just be stealing the show for me - the narration, plus his attitude, always makes me grin in those scenes (perhaps I'm just easily entertained!?).
I hope the series continues with this pace and humour. Although it is somewhat predictable (especially if you've read the True Blood series), it's still good, fun stuff, and a nice dose of light-hearted entertainment is exactly what I was in the mood for.
(nb- this is one of those series which although you could get away with joining midway through, you'd be far better off starting at the beginning to get the most out of it)