Monday, March 3, 2014

Delia’s Shadow (Delia Martin #1) by Jamie Lee Moyer

Publication: September 17, 2013

Publisher: Tor Books

A dark, romantic fantasy set against the backdrop of San Francisco devastated by the Great Quake...

It is the dawn of a new century in San Francisco and Delia Martin is a wealthy young woman whose life appears ideal. But a dark secret colors her life, for Delia’s most loyal companions are ghosts, as she has been gifted (or some would say cursed) with an ability to peer across to the other side.

Since the great quake rocked her city in 1906, Delia has been haunted by an avalanche of the dead clamoring for her help. Delia flees to the other side of the continent, hoping to gain some peace. After several years in New York, Delia believes she is free…until one determined specter appears and she realizes that she must return to the City by the Bay in order to put this tortured soul to rest.

It will not be easy, as the ghost is only one of the many victims of a serial killer who was never caught. A killer who after thirty years is killing again. 

And who is now aware of Delia’s existence.

It’s 1915 and Delia Martin finds herself back home in San Francisco after being away and almost ghost free. Now she has a traveling companion that stays by her side which Delia calls Shadow. Shadow wants something from Delia, that much is clear, but what and how she plans to accomplish those things remain a mystery.

Gabe Ryan, a Lieutenant who has been on the force for ten years crosses paths with Delia while on the trail of a serial killer in his city. I liked the fact that the relationship between Delia and Gabe was slow building and not an instant attraction.  He never thought Delia was crazy like some people would when he discovered she not only could see ghosts but has one following her.

Aside from Delia and Gabe, there were several characters like Annie (The housekeeper and motherly figure),  Sadie (Delia’s childhood/best friend), Isadora (A Medium & Sadie’s friend) that I enjoyed seeing pop un in the book and thought that they all brought a unique and fun addition to the story.

Delia’s Shadow has more mystery than romance, but I was absolutely fine with that. I wasn’t glued to the edge of my seat, but I was entertained. I wished I could’ve seen how the bad guy got the drop on a couple of his victims. And I would have liked to know more about why the bad guy felt the need to do what he did. Apart from that, the mystery was well done. As was the writing, descriptions of the city, and the way of life during that time period. I was a bit surprised that this was Jamie Moyer’s first novel. It was an enjoyable reading experience.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good historical fiction mystery with a touch of the paranormal.  The second book in the Delia Martin Series, A Barricade In Hell releases June 3, 2014. 

RATING: 3½  out of 5.

**I received this book on behalf of the Publisher in exchange for nothing but my honest opinion. Thank you**


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