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Night Shift By Charlaine Harris: Review/Giveaway

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by Terrance Mc Arthur

This week we have a review & giveaway of Night Shift. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of the book, along with a link to purchase the book from Amazon.

Charlaine Harris created the South we always suspected existed, full of strange creatures—vampires, werefolk of the tiger kind, witches, a family that runs a café and does handyman work, angels who may be fallen, psychics, assassins, pawnbrokers. Currently, that world is centered on Midnight, Texas, a mostly boarded-up town at a crossroads far from everywhere. Night Shift is the third in this series, a set of books that doesn’t like to allow the status quo to maintain that status for long.

Suicides are the new norm in Midnight, people arriving in town to kill themselves, people known by Fiji, the witch…and along comes her sister Kiki. Lemuel, a vampire, is trying to translate an arcane book written in Etruscan. Olivia, a killer for hire, has family problems. Fiji and the ‘normal’ pawnshop owner, Bobo, find their budding romance on the skids. Somebody is watching somebody…and trespassing. A young weretiger is growing up faster than a human…and is becoming very grown up. Something is wrong in Midnight…and it’s getting stronger…and it’s talking to Fiji…and it’s trying to get loose.book

Harris is known for her Sookie Stackhouse series, which came to cable TV as True Blood, as well as several cozy story-sets. Some old friends of Sookie visit from time to time. A lot of this novel centers on sex—who is having it, who isn’t having it, who is going to have it, why they aren’t having it, and why they need to have it. When they get down to having it, there’s a certain sweetness and gentleness to it, even if the scene is told in a straightforward manner.

Because Midnight, Texas is a very small town, all the residents get their moments. The Southern Vampire Mysteries’ first-person style featured Sookie’s viewpoint. The different points of view in the Midnight series create a more diffused narrative as the perspective bounces from character to character, but this third book has its share of surprising reveals about the characters and their backgrounds.

The initial book in the cycle, Midnight Crossroad, is a good place to start, although situations are adequately explained in Night Shift without major information dumps. Harris, queen of Southern paranormal Gothic romance, has given her loyal readers a demonically good time.

To enter to win a copy of Night Shift, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “shift,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen June 11, 2016. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address.

Check out more fantasy book reviews in our fantasy and fangs section.

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Terrance V. Mc Arthur is a Community Librarian for the WoW! (WithOut Walls) Division of the Fresno County Public Library, roaming the Valley to meet the public’s information needs.

{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Becky Richardson June 4, 2016 at 12:31pm

Would love to read this! Have added it to my TBR list.

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2 Dianne Casey June 4, 2016 at 2:47pm

I would really enjoy reading “Night Shift”. This is not my usual genre and I would like to read. Thanks for the chance.
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3 Britt June 5, 2016 at 12:21pm

I am just finishing up day shift so I would love to win this!

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4 Beth
Twitter: @Lbrybklvr
June 5, 2016 at 12:29pm

Love this series. Can’t wait to read it soon.

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5 Jessie Lewis June 5, 2016 at 12:31pm

Charlaine Harris is the reason I live to read. It took me a very long time to enjoy it and now I read on a daily basis. I would love to receive a copy of Night Shift.

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6 Nancy wilson June 5, 2016 at 1:02pm

Just received and started it’s as fun and interesting as the first two books in this series

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7 Emily Shipman June 5, 2016 at 1:05pm

I love the first two books in this series and can’t wait to read this one!!! Charlaine Harris is one of my favorite authors!!!!

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8 Barbara Elness
Twitter: @BarbaraElness
June 5, 2016 at 1:12pm

I sent an email, but I just wanted to mention that Charlaine Harris is a fantastic author and I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read that she’s written. 😀

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9 Doward Wilson June 5, 2016 at 1:15pm

Sounds like a good addition to my reading list.

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10 Carly McEathron June 5, 2016 at 1:19pm

I’m so excited for the continuation of this series; I enjoyed the first two immensely!

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11 karenm June 5, 2016 at 1:19pm

I will read anything Charlaine writes. She is that good.

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12 Neriza June 5, 2016 at 1:36pm

Love all her books! Would love to add this one to my collection!!

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13 Donna John June 5, 2016 at 1:39pm

I love all the Sookie books and all of them. I have read them many times

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14 Sheri Cruz June 5, 2016 at 1:41pm

I would love to win this! Charlaine Harris Is amazing and I love everything I have read of hers so far.

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15 Heather Patterson
Twitter: @hetu425
June 5, 2016 at 1:48pm

I have read 36 of Charlaine Harris’s book. I love that
she intertwins the characters in her books.
Love the fact that you first see Manfred in the Harper Connelly
Series.
Its is great to see where he stared from and what is happening in his life now.
Am glad to gave a chance to win the Night Shift book.

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16 Shannon Williams June 5, 2016 at 2:12pm

I would love to win this! I have read all of Sookie Stackhouse and Aurora Teagarden series’. I love them! I have also read Midnight Crossroads which was great as well. Pick me! ?

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17 Kiersten Buckner June 5, 2016 at 2:15pm

I love your books! Night Shift sounds amazing and I would love to read it!

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18 Pam June 5, 2016 at 2:30pm

Loved the first two in this series can’t wait to read this one too!

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19 Brandi Campbell June 5, 2016 at 3:00pm

I absolutely love Charlaine Harris! I think this is awesome!

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20 L June 5, 2016 at 3:04pm

Love this series!

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21 Pam June 5, 2016 at 4:26pm

I’ve read the first two in the series and loved them, can’t wait for this one

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22 Jocelyn Barnette June 5, 2016 at 4:36pm

Love this series and need to read this one!

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23 Nancy Amaral June 5, 2016 at 5:25pm

Read the first two in the series. Can’t wait to read this one.

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24 Tanya June 5, 2016 at 5:28pm

Love Charlaine Harris! I have read Midnight and Day Shift! Looking forward to Night Shift. 🙂

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25 Karen Rowland June 5, 2016 at 5:40pm

Would love to read Night Shift!

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26 Gretchen Roberts
Twitter: @Gretch_roberts
June 5, 2016 at 6:17pm

Midnight Crossroads was fabulous (as are all of her books!) and I love that characters from her other series meet in Midnight!!!

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27 Patty DeWeese June 5, 2016 at 7:21pm

I love this series of books, and others by this author

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28 Beverly Laude June 5, 2016 at 9:18pm

The first book was great! Glad to see there is another in the series!

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29 Desiree DeYoung June 5, 2016 at 9:39pm

Very cool, always love a good read. ^_^ Love the Sookie books!!!^_^

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30 Lori June 5, 2016 at 9:59pm

I have really enjoyed reading her new series. It would be great to have a hard copy.

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31 Valerie Dykstra June 5, 2016 at 10:12pm

I would love to win Night Shift. I love this new series, although I am sad to hear that this is the final book in it. I have read everything that Ms. Harris has written. What talent!

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32 Amy June 5, 2016 at 11:24pm

So excited! I’ve loved all of Harris’ books so far!

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33 Beth Goettke June 6, 2016 at 3:55am

So excited for this book! Loved the first 2 in the series!

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34 Linda May June 6, 2016 at 7:47am

This sounds like a book I would really enjoy, Thanks for this special giveaway. Linda May lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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35 Jennifer Trevino June 6, 2016 at 8:41pm

Yay so excited to read this book!!

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36 Jody
Twitter: @JordanLeBouton
June 7, 2016 at 9:41am

I need my fix of the South. Miss Sookie and Bill very much.

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37 Christian Griffis June 9, 2016 at 10:01pm

I’m obsessed with the Sookie Stackhouse novels!! Charlaine Harris is the reason why I read in the first place. You inspire me!! Would love to read this novel as well! ????

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38 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
June 13, 2016 at 11:26am

We have a winner!

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39 Chris Noe June 13, 2016 at 6:22pm

Love this series. Thanks for the opportunity.

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