Delia Martin, Book 2
Synopsis: Delia Martin has been gifted (or some would say cursed) with the ability to peer across to the other side. Since childhood, her constant companions have been ghosts. She used her powers and the help of those ghosts to defeat a twisted serial killer terrorizing her beloved San Francisco. Now it’s 1917—the threshold of a modern age—and Delia lives a peaceful life with Police Captain Gabe Ryan.
That peace shatters when a strange young girl starts haunting their lives and threatens Gabe. Delia tries to discover what this ghost wants as she becomes entangled in the mystery surrounding a charismatic evangelist who preaches pacifism and an end to war. But as young people begin to disappear, and audiences display a loyalty and fervor not attributable to simple persuasion, that message of peace reveals a hidden dark side.
As Delia discovers the truth, she faces a choice—take a terrible risk to save her city, or chance losing everything?
Review: I was excited to discover this new novel by Jaime Lee Moyer and read more Delia Martin’s adventures. Then it must be said that the mix of ghosts, investigations in a different century, can only be a pleasure to read.
Delia is now married to Gabe, like his friend Jack and the two couples evolve over time. Jack now has a child while Delia has lost hers and tries to continue her life even if nothing is simple after such a tragedy. But Delia and Gabe deeply love each other and it helps them go through the trials of their life. Yet they will have to be welded more for this new story coming in their way. It appears that the officer is haunted by a little girl that his wife is not able to drive away and the spirit is determined to get a message across. In addition to appear and interact with objects, she is also able to invade the dreams of the young man, leaving him with nightmares he does not remember thereafter. Delia and Dora therefore team up to try to find a solution to this problem but in addition to this, they will find themselves at the heart of an investigation that could put them all in danger. In fact, people all over town are disappearing and are then found dead a few days later, all in a strange way and everything tends to show that a newcomer in town is responsible. But this also means that it is very dangerous.
I was excited to discover this new story and I must say that I took a great pleasure in discovering everything. I was immediately grabbed by the story that the author presents here and I was curious to see how everything was linked at the end of the book. The investigation was fascinating to follow and I was eager to see the resolution of the story and for that, Jaime Lee Moyer won her challenge. If you are looking for really big bad guy, do not hesitate because the one staged here is really terrible! Oh yes, because he/she works with impunity and manipulates everyone with a great natural. I was also very touched by the Delia’s story and the loss of her child and it’s true that I was sad for her whenever certain events or actions made me think of it. But our heroine is strong and Gabe is always there for her. But these are not the only ones to go through a bad patch and it is the same for Dora and it is true that we can only sympathize with respect to their situation.
In the novel, we meet new characters with pleasure, such as an Asian spiritualist who seems to have more power than we would believe and who I think will take a prominent place in the rest of the story. I have many questions about him and hopefully we will learn more about him soon. There is also this little cat who befriends Delia and who manages to see spirits and fights like a tigress to help her mistress. Yet another character? Oh yes because he remains present all along the chapters and this is not one of the lesser. Indeed, it is a new police officer who will be able to help with his neutral nature Delia, Gabe and especially Dora in their investigations and even more. It’s a simple character, natural, who does not know much about what’s going on but he takes a place in our hearts little by little and I’m curious to find him soon.
You’ll understand that this is a very good second novel and I hope to read soon the next volume. In fact, I look forward to it. If you are looking for a good investigation, intriguing characters mixed with ghosts, do not hesitate!
Three new characters additions including a cat—what a packed second installment. I’m happy that Moyer is continuing to grow this series, and that it’s far from slowing down. I’m not usually one for ghost stories unless there’s an investigative side to the tale which seems to be the case here, so that’s good news for me! Merci d’avoir partagé, Melliane!
yes it was really well done and the investigation is perfect! I think you would like it as well.
Whoa. Now THAT’s a title that gets your attention!
This sounds like a great second book in the series, Melliane. I so want to pick these books up- I love the ghost aspect of it, and I’m excited that there’s some new characters already in this book. Glad you enjoyed Barricade In Hell, and wonderful review! 🙂
yes it was a great one. I’m sure you could like it too.
Buy you have to love good bad guys/characters, you often get ones that are supposed to be the bad guys but get humanised and while that’s great and all, I love a good baddie. Sounds like you really enjoyed this one! 🙂
yes you’re right about that.
Sounds awesome. I really want to read the first one.
I just finished the first book and loved it. You have me excited to start this one now. I am so glad you loved it!
The characters sound well done and glad to hear that you liked it as a part of sequel
Wow! A ghost story? Hmmn. While that is very interesting, I don’t think I am going to pick this one up since I am not into horror stories, Mel. Otherwise, I’ll have trouble sleeping and spend the night watching the four corners of my room. And bravo to the author for ensuring that this one does not suffer from the middle book syndrome.
it’s not really horror, it’s just a shost story. Yes it’s a great one.
Oh I was actually convinced to buy the first book a few weeks ago because of a friend but i haven’t read it yet (i know…i know…but my reveiw pile is HUGE okay?) but just reading that the series is getting better and better and that you really enjoyed this one makes me want to pikc it up right away. Great review 🙂
lol having it is a good start right? I hope you’ll like it as much as I did.
Oh, good! I loved the first book, absolutely adored it in fact, and I can’t wait to read this one as well. I’m so glad to see that you liked it, but Delia’s tragedy will surely break my heart.
I think it will but the whole thing is really well done.
I’m so glad this was such a great read for you. I’ve been putting off reading the first one but your review got rid of any reservations I may have. 🙂
It’s a really good one and if you try it I hope you’ll enjoy it as well. So curious to see your opinion about it.
I shall read book 1 one day!
I am glad that you enjoyed this as well. I thought this was a solid sequel and I love the setting. The cat was a terrific addition as well. I am anxious to see where this series goes from here.
me too but I’m really curious!
Love stopping by and seeing new to me books 🙂 Thanks!
Fantastic review Melliane, and I too felt this was a strong second book and loved the blending of mystery and paranormal.
yes it was a really good one!
I hate that they didn’t release a galley of this! I gave the first one a really great rating and pimped it to a lot of peeps! Grrr! I need this!
I think you’ll like it this one as well.
This looks fantastic, I think I really need to get to Delia’s Shadow. I don’t know if I can jump into this without knowing nothing about the character, and even if it can be read as a standalone I would want to know as much background as I can 🙂
you can start with this one but it would be better to read the first one I think.
This is a new author to me but this ghostly series sounds great!
A Barricade In Hell is quite the title! 😉 And honestly, I don’t think I’ve read a series that focuses on ghosts but hey, there’s a first time for everything, right? I’m going to take a look at the first book and see if it’s something I will add to my TBR. Fantastic review! 🙂