2.5/3 stars - Midnight Crossroad is a hard book to review. I can't say I enjoyed it - I admit I was glad to finally turn the last page - but I cannot say it is a bad book. It isn't. It's a good book written by a skilled author... but it isn't her best work by a long shot.
Charlaine's writing has always been rather laid back. She takes a while to get to things, but you enjoy the ride so much that you forget nothing substantial has happened for 30 pages. Midnight Crossroad fits that same trend, it's just that we don't know the characters well enough to enjoy the ride. Perhaps that's because this series stars characters from her Harper Connelly series, Lily Bard series and Aurora Teagarden series? (I haven't read these books, nor really plan to although, yes, I own most of them.)
But Midnight Crossroad is the start of a new separate series, they said! No need to keep up with her other books to enjoy, they said! Hmph... I don't know about that. I, for one, did not enjoy 120 pages of watch-this-character-move-into-house. Maybe if I knew the guy... and then, only maybe. But as introductions go, lifting boxes and meeting the new neighbors do not make for a meet-cute.
That being said, once past the first third of the book, Midnight Crossroad does at last start to take off. There was mystery, intrigue, murder - all that good stuff. But it took an inexcusable amount of time to get to the substance of the novel and - to be frank - the mystery was not so intriguing as to overwrite the blandness that had preceded it.
Bottom line: I can't recommend this book to a new Charlaine Harris reader - but if you are already a fan, you will probably enjoy it. New readers? Start with the Sookie series like the rest of us!