Midnight Crossroad (2014)

Midnight Crossroad (Midnight, Texas #1) by Charlaine Harris

Midnight, Texas series — by Charlaine Harris.

This series is a sequel companion series to the Harper Connelly series.

NEW series!

News: Newest Release: Midnight Crossroad #1 — Paperback: March 31st

Next Release: Day Shift #2 — May 5, 2015

Genres and Sub-GenresEdit

Urban Fantasy / Cozy Mystery

Series Description or Overview Edit

The Midnight books are about a group of people, all of them with secrets, drawn to a remote and rural crossroad in Texas. Some of them are people I’ve wanted to revisit from other, older, series, and some of them are people my readers have never met before. There are supernatural elements in the Midnight books, but they’re not as focused on the otherworldly as my Sookie Stackhouse novels. It’s refreshing and revitalizing to be doing something so new and different. ~ See the trailer for 'Midnight Crossroad' by Charlaine Harris | Shelf Life |

Lead's Species Edit

  • Psychic
  • Witch
  • Vampire
  • Angels

Primary Supe Edit

  • WereTiger

What Sets it ApartEdit

  • Most of the characters are bit players in other CH series.
  • Becoming a NBC TV series in Spring 2017
  • Ensemble cast with no REAL lead

Narrative Type and Narrators Edit

  • Third Person
  • Variety of points of view

Books in Series Edit

Midnight, Texas series:

  1. Midnight Crossroad (May 2014) — Paperback: March 31st
  2. Day Shift (May 5, 2015)
  3. Night Shift (2016)

Shorts, Novellas, Anthologies and Guides Edit

Companion Series, Spinoffs, Sequels or Prequels Edit

Other Series by Author on this Site Edit

World Building Edit

Setting Edit

Midnight, Texas: A small rundown town in West Texas, founded at a mystical crossroad (Witch Light Road and the Davy highway) and anchored by the old pawnshop that has stood for decades.


  • Midnight Pawn: The oldest building in town. Is situated at the northeast corner of the intersection of Witch Light Road and the Davy highway.
  • Home Cookin Restaurant
  • Antique Gallery and Nail Salon
  • The Inquiring Mind: Fiji's shop/house; Is on the south side of Witch Light Road; Was built in the 1930's
  • Wedding Chapel: Is run by Reverend Emilio Sheehan
  • Pet Cemetery: Is run by Reverend Emilio Sheehan
  • Davy, Texas: The county seat of Roca Fría County
  • The Cold Rock: "Roca Fría" - A huge white boulder, about the size of a La-Z-Boy recliner; Is covered in graffiti dating from the 1960's
  • Marthasville, Texas

~ More: Shelfari

Supernatural Elements Edit

✥ Psychics, vampires,

Glossary: Edit

Groups & Organizations:Edit

  • Bernardo, Psychic and Seer: One of Manfred's websites
  • The Incredible Manfredo: One of Manfred's websites
  • Majic Portal: A major internet gaming company
  • Church of the Ark of God:
  • Texas Investigation Service
  • Men of Liberty: "MOL" - A white supremacist group; Is based in Arizona with branches in all the southwestern states including Texas
  • After the Apocalypse: A white supremacist group

World Edit

✤ The series is set in Midnight, Texas, a rundown town at the intersection of Witch Light Road and the Davy highway in West Texas. This crossroads town has a lot of boarded-up windows, 14 inhabitants, and a few struggling businesses. The citizens of Midnight are an interesting lot, mostly because they all harbor deep personal secrets and because some of those secrets are supernatural in nature. Even though each one has been drawn to Midnight for a different reason, they all realize immediately this this is where they fit. ~ Fangtastic

Protagonist Edit

✤ When 22-year-old phone psychic Manfred Bernardo moved to Midnight, Texas, he was looking for a quiet place to go unnoticed. Turns out, that’s what everyone else in the dusty little crossroads town wants, too. The denizens are friendly and welcoming, but frighteningly protective of their myriad and sundry secrets. Manfred’s landlord, Bobo Winthrop, runs a pawn shop with a very pale night owl named Lemuel and Olivia, a woman as deadly as she is beautiful. Across the way is a nail salon run by a gay couple (whose secret could very easily force the sequel to jump the shark), a diner owned by apparently the town’s only married couple, the Gas N Go staffed by an overprotective father and his two bored kids, a rundown church and pet cemetery overseen by a decidedly creepy reverend, and a magic shop presided over by a witch named Fiji and her observant cat.~ Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris |

Sidekick Edit

Name: — What: — Sidekick-to: — About: — Book First Seen In:

Characters Chart (SPOILER ALERT) Edit

Characters: Fang-tastic Fiction: Charlaine Harris: MIDNIGHT, TEXAS, TRILOGY

Characters What About
Manfred Bernardo gifted psychic Xylda's doting grandson; eccentric, flamboyant; has a huge crush on Harper , later Creek and Esella from the assisted living center. (From Harper Connoly series)
Bobo Winthrop pawnshop owner Good looking and likable. Your basic Hunk (moves over from the Lilly Bard series) Grandson of White supremacist and believed to have a hoard of weapons.
Lemuel vampire; basement resident Lover of Olivia. Works the night shift at Midnight Pawn bartering with the supernatural clientele that frequent the shop. Several hundred years old. Drinks "power" and blood. Doesn't allow other vampires in his territory.
Aubrey Bobo's girlfriend Left him, not a word. Plant from MOL. Flirt meet Bobo at the Cartoon Saloon. Was married to a white supremacist that died.
Fiji Cavanaugh early 20s In unrequited love with Bobo. Inherited her house and power from the late Aunt Mildred.
Mr Snuggly talking cat belongs to Fiji
Olivia constant traveller mysterious woman who is as deadly as she is beautiful.
Teacher and Madonna Cook of Home Cooking and handyman Spying on Olivia?
Joe and Chuy 40s Owners of antique shop and nail salon. Owners of Rasta the Peke. Lovers and Angels (fallen?}
Lovell family reclusive gas n’ go owners father Shawn, brother Connor and 18-year-old Creek,
Shawn Lovell father Father of Connor and Creek works at the Gas and Go
Connor Lovell brother Psycho son preteen sone of Shawn Love
Creek Lovell 18-year-old Love interest of Manfred.
Rev OLD runs the non-denominational chapel and pet cemetery. Is a WereTiger and informal leader of the town.
Diederik Quinn 10-19 Son of Quinn the Were Tiger - grows up very fast. lefter under the protection of the Rev and raised by the town.
Quinn the WereTiger (moves over from the Southern Vampire Series) Supernatural Party planner hides his son in Midnight to keep him from the supernatural fight club gangsters that wish to exploit his boy.
Barry Horowitz 20s Mindreader. aka Barry the Bellboy from the Southern Vampire Series.
Art the Sherif Former member of Aurora Teagardens, cold case book clue. Know the people of Midnight are weird, but doesn't know about supernatural. Dating Manfred's lawyer.

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Charlaine Harris

Author Edit

Charlaine Harris

Bio: Charlaine Harris a New York Times bestselling author who has been writing for thirty years. She was born and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area. Though her early works consisted largely of poems about ghosts and teenage angst, she began writing plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She switched to novels a few years later, and achieved publication in 1981 with Sweet and Deadly.

After publishing two stand-alone mysteries, Harris launched the lighthearted Aurora Teagarden books with Real Murders, a Best Novel 1990 nomination for the Agatha Awards. Harris wrote eight books in her series about a Georgia librarian. In 1996, she released the first in the much darker Shakespeare mysteries, featuring the amateur sleuth Lily Bard, a karate student who makes her living cleaning houses. Shakespeare's Counselor, the fifth and last-- was printed in fall 2001. ~ FF

Cover ArtistEdit


  • Judith Lagerman (Designer) - Jacket design
  • Hugh Syme (Illustrator) - Jacket illustration
  • Chris Rogers (Photographer) - Jacket photograph

Source: Midnight Crossroad (Midnight, Texas 1) by Charlaine Harris ~ Shelfari

Publishing InformationEdit

Book Cover Blurbs Edit

BOOK ONE BLURB—Midnight Crossroad (2014): Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It’s a pretty standard dried-up western town. There’s a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There’s a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there’s new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he’s found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own). Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth. ~ Goodreads | Midnight Crossroad (Midnight, Texas, #1)

BOOK TWO BLURB—Day Shift (May 5, 2015): In Midnight Crossroad, Charlaine Harris “capture[d] the same magic as the world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, and [took] it to another level" (Houston Press). Now the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels returns to the one-traffic-light town you see only when you’re on the way to someplace else… There is no such thing as bad publicity, except in Midnight, Texas, where the residents like to keep to themselves. Even in a town full of secretive people, Olivia Charity is an enigma. She lives with the vampire Lemuel, but no one knows what she does; they only know that she’s beautiful and dangerous. Psychic Manfred Bernardo finds out just how dangerous when he goes on a working weekend to Dallas and sees Olivia there with a couple who are both found dead the next day. To make matters worse, one of Manfred’s regular—and very wealthy—clients dies during a reading. Manfred returns from Dallas embroiled in scandal and hounded by the press. He turns to Olivia for help; somehow he knows that the mysterious Olivia can get things back to normal. As normal as things get in Midnight…


First Sentences Edit

  1. Midnight Crossroad (May 2014) — You might pass through the town of Midnight without noticing it, if there weren't a stoplight at the intersection of Witch Light Road and Davy highway.
  2. Day Shift (May 5, 2015) —

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Read Alikes (suggestions) Edit

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Notes Edit

✤ If Manfred sounds vaguely familiar, ya’ll might remember him from the Harper Connelly series. A few other characters and concepts from Harris’ other novels crop up here—Lily Bard gets a shout out, not to mention the rural fantasy stuff being trucked in from the Southern Vampire series neatly placing everything into the same universe. ~ Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris |

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