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Review: “Midnight Alley,” Rachel Caine

May 6, 2011
Review: “Midnight Alley,” Rachel CaineMidnight Alleyby Rachel Caine
Series: The Morganville Vampires #3
Published by NAL on October, 2007
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Vampires
Pages: 248

Claire Danvers’s college town may be run by vampires but a truce between the living and the dead made things relatively safe. For a while.

Now people are turning up dead, a psycho is stalking her, and an ancient bloodsucker has proposed private mentoring. To what end, Claire will find out. And it’s giving night school a whole new meaning.

A great and solid third installment to The Morganville Vampires series! I managed to read this one in a single day, desperate to find out the story behind the mystery. As always, Rachel Caine delivers great characters, twists, action and vampires!

I first read this third book in the series, Midnight Alley, back in 2008 and didn’t like it as much as it’s predecessors. Thankfully, upon a second read, my former opinion was turned around. Midnight Alley proves to be a steady installment in the series with just as much twists, actions and character love. I really can’t express just how much I love Claire, Eve, Michael and Shane!

I don’t want to give too much away (I’m guessing if you’re reading this review you’ve either read the first two books at least) but this book focuses mostly on Eve’s brother, Jason, as well as a string of mysterious killings around Morganville. It also introduces Myrnin, a very old vamp who has a lot to spill regarding the secrets of the town and their preservation. After meeting Rachel this week and having a discussion about who she’d like to play Myrnin – she said David Tennant – I can really picture him as the crazy scholar!

Just like Glass Houses, Midnight Alley ends with a killer of a cliffhanger (not as bad, but it’s pretty thrilling) and I’m excited to get started on the fourth book, Feast of Fools. From here on out, I’m in the dark. I’ve only ever read books 1-3 before, so all other Morganville books from now on will be completely fresh and new to me. I couldn’t be more eager to get started.

Recommended to: As with the previous two books, fans of the series will be pleased to continue on and lovers of vampire fiction will adore from start to finish.

About Rachel Caine

Rachel Caine is a pen name of Roxanne Longstreet Conrad, an American writer of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, suspense, and horror novels. Conrad also publishes media tie-in novels as Julie Fortune. Rachel Caine has been writing and publishing novels and short stories since 1991. She is a former professional musician who has the distinction of having played with such musical legends as Henry Mancini, Peter Nero and John Williams.


  • Reply Katy May 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    This is my all time favorite Morganville books its actually one of my favorite all time books.

  • Reply Shannon May 7, 2011 at 5:55 am

    This is where I left off when I last read the series. The third book caught me totally off guard, actually. You wouldn’t have known what was coming after reading the second book.

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