I never thought I'd say it but I've just read a Charlaine Harris book. Don't get me wrong, I've heard she's a very good author, it's just that I very rarely read YA books. Probably the last one was Harry Potter.
I was looking for something good and I'm a sucker for paranormal, which you might or might not know, when I read that Charlaine Harris had an adult book out. It was on my Kindle within second and...wow.
Have any of you read "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café" by Fannie Flagg? It's one of my favorite books and I'm probably going to get into trouble for this, but if I say "Midnight Crossroad" is a similar type of story but with paranormal thrown in, would you believe me? You should.
Midnight Crossroad is populated by very few, but those that do live there make up for a million. Amongst them are a rather pale, lympid vampire who lives below the pawn shop, a witch with a large heart (not physically, if you see what I mean) lives nearby, a young man who has recently taken up residence has a few psychic powers, a woman who also lives at the pawn shop sounds like a Marvel heroine.
Charlaine Harris is obviously a very successful and talented writer and she manages to make all these wonderful characteristics secondary to the main story of a crime needing solving. The paranormal side is almost just a minor slant but that is no means disappointing. Her writing is so clean and easy. A pure joy to read. I recommend it and can't wait for the second book in the trilogy.
While we're on the subject of reading, I thought I'd just drop in a short sentence that I'm about to have my third novel published by Mundania Press. So don't forget, 15th May, "Rising Tide" by Susan Roebuck hits the shelves and there will be giveaways on that day.
(This'll probably be the only time my name and Charlaine Harris's are ever mentioned on the same page, so forgive me :-) )