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Delia's Shadow (Delia Martin #1)

3.55  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,117 Ratings  ·  301 Reviews
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 acro
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 20th 2014 by Tor Books (first published September 17th 2013)
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So, I get an email a while back from Cat, saying that she's gifting me this book, and sending the next one in the mail.
Hmmmm. Should I be suspicious? Is this some sort of a stinker that she doesn't want to read herself?
Nah. She's just an unusually nice sort of person who sends me 'care packages', because she genuinely thinks I'll enjoy these books.
And she was right!

Delia's Shadow is part love story, part paranormal thriller, and part historical mystery.
Shadow is the name Delia gives to the unus
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Delia’s Shadow is a wonderful combination of so many genres, it would be almost impossible to find the one that’s dominant. It’s historical, set in San Francisco, nine years after the great 1906 earthquake. It involves ghosts and spiritualists, which means it has strong urban fantasy elements. It is a murder mystery too, in which a deranged serial killer decides everyone’s fates. And finally, the strong romantic elements and dual narration mark it as paranormal romance as well.

All these things
⊱ Irena ⊰
I expected too much from this book and that made my disappointment even stronger. Delia's Shadow is a perfect example that literary awards don't mean I'd like the book.

At first it was good. It seemed I would get exactly what I expected: a story of a young woman who sees ghosts and that would somehow be a a part of a greater story about a serial killer. You do get all that, but the way it was written makes most of this book, well, plain boring. It doesn't help that the chapters consist of altern
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I picked up Jaime Lee Moyer's Delia's Shadow thinking it might make a nice transitional piece. I'd been reading a lot of historic nonfiction and thought a ghost story would be just what I needed to ease back into the world of fiction. Suffice it to say, I wasn't expecting a lot from this book and was caught entirely off guard when it swept me clean off my feet.

Moyer's San Francisco is populated with a multitude of ghosts and
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

3.5 Stars

Delia’s Shadow promises quite a bit: Victorian Society; Human-Ghost Interaction; Gothic ambience; Paranormal Mystery. While the book delivers all it promises, it holds back a bit at the same time.

Delia is returning home to be reunited with her childhood friend who is about to be married, and her surrogate mother who is on the eve of her deathbed. She’s not returning home alone, though – a ghost is trailing her, encouraging her to return home for reasons Delia can’t figure out. Meanwhile
Jacob Proffitt
Sep 03, 2014 Jacob Proffitt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wait, why did I finish this, again? By the midway point I knew that it would continue on it's plodding way to the very end. I suppose I hoped something fun would happen? Or maybe it was just late and my judgment was impaired? I think I'll go with that last one. It certainly wasn't any merit of the book.

Okay, that's a little harsh. Moyer has a lyrical quality to her writing that would be admirable if it hadn't been slathered on with a trowel. Take any paragraph on any page and you can get lost in
Fangs for the Fantasy
Life has not been easy for Delia. Her family died in the great earthquake in San Francisco, leaving her on her own, with the exception of her best friend Sadie. Delia is a haunted woman and she sees ghosts. Seeking to get away from the supernatural, Delia moves across country but when a particular ghost becomes insistent about invading her dreams and showing her horrible images of San Francisco, Delia knows that she must return home to get to the bottom of what she is being shown. What Delia doe ...more
Love it so so much . If you are a fan of GHOSTS so this is the book you need to read . I enjoyed the progress of Delia's character and her realtionship with Gabe was just WOW. The mystery here was exciting and brilliant . Every character here had her unique role( sadie, jack, Dora , marshel , annie, I mean really eveyone)
Great book , I definitely recommend it .
Sep 03, 2013 Mags~CVAddikt~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where you a fan of the TV show Ghost Whisperer?

Did you read The Name of the Star and liked it?

Then you'll love this book!!!

Mix Ghost Whisperer with Jack the Ripper and add the setting of a 1915 San Francisco and you get Delia's Shadow.

Delia is a woman, and she ... well ...

So she can see dead people's ghosts, but one of them, one in particular, the ghost of a woman, is following her around, like a shadow. Delia was working in NYC and when she goes back to San Francisco, to her friend Sadie's hou
Matt Gilliard
True story, I found myself making an impromptu trip to my local book seller and I knew I wanted a debut author, preferably female for my next read. I reached out to Twitter for recommendations but my trip was a short one and I didn't get a response fast enough, so I chose a book from the new release section only to find out the author of my chosen novel had suggested it. That novel was Jaime Lee Moyer's Delia's Shadow and I'm pleased to report that it was just what the doctor ordered. Fantasy is ...more
Delia Martin steps off the train in San Francisco, her home, after three years in self-imposed exile in New York. She has returned because her "Shadow," a young woman brutally murdered before Delia was born, haunts her, leading her back. Shadow's death in San Fran is related to a serial killer currently stalking the city's denizens and threatening the Pan Pacific Fair of 1915. Delia is strong, with a few strong relationships - she is close to her second mother and her best friend, Sadie. All her ...more
Beth Cato
I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley; it won't be released until September 17th, 2013.

I've been reading a lot of books about and set in turn-of-the-20th-century San Francisco. When I found out about this book, I knew I had to read it, as it's set in 1915. Not only does it deal with the aftermath of the earthquake about a decade prior (which is what I'm addressing in my own work), but it also takes place during the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition. I first learned about that ev
The beauty of DELIA'S SHADOW starts at the cover for me; haunting, rich, and mysterious. The concept of a haunting in history, pairing paranormal themes with the grace and politeness of turn of the century San Francisco was an irresistible lure.

And while those promises were upheld, I struggled to find an emotional connection with Delia. Even the nature of her haunting is so ubiquitous, so evenly accepted by those around her, that it becomes simple mechanics rather than a dramatic twist. I expect
Mark Lindberg
Sep 27, 2015 Mark Lindberg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I like an author, I want to like their books. In some cases, this hasn’t worked out for me, but I am happy to say that Jaime Lee Moyer nailed it with her first novel, Delia’s Shadow.

The novel may seem, at first glance, to be different from my usual fare—it’s historical Earth-based fantasy with romance. These are things I generally avoid; my tastes tend toward longer epic fantasy or sci-fi stories set on strange worlds with lots of cool technology or magic.

Just goes to show that you can’t ju
Aug 19, 2014 Alicia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oh Delia... I read the sample of your Shadow story and immediately thought:

I was pretty hooked from the get-go with Delia's Shadow. The description of her stepping off of the train in San Fran with ghosts everywhere, and so many of them from the great fire, was wonderfully detailed and quite the hook. Her instant connection with loyal friend and almost-sister, Sadie, is perfection as well. And the time period - early 1900's, where ankles can show but ladies still blush when a man's bare chest i
All Things Urban Fantasy
The beauty of DELIA’S SHADOW starts at the cover for me; haunting, rich, and mysterious. The concept of a haunting in history, pairing paranormal themes with the grace and politeness turn of the century San Francisco was an irresistible lure.

But for a story that promises so much of the gothic tradition, I found these shadows to be thin. I struggled to find an emotional connection with Delia. Even the nature of her haunting is so ubiquitous, so evenly accepted by those around her, that it becomes
This book was an unexpectedly delightful excellent read!

I picked this up at the library while waiting for a lecture to begin, because the book I was already reading was not holding my attention. This sounded like it would be right up my alley, and it was! It has a variety of components I usually like, and they all came together in a well-written, very exciting, action packed murder/thriller/ghost story/romance. A little of everything you could want, really.

The book starts out feeling like a pred
Nov 16, 2015 Cissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing novel, that combines wonderfully written personal relationships with historical fiction, a police procedural, and a serial killer...not to mention the ghosts!

The plotting and the pace are perfect, and the historical aspects so evocative that I almost felt I lived in San Francisco a few years after the earthquake...

But the strongest aspect is the characters. Not only are the POV characters complex, sympathetic, and interesting, but so are all the other ones; they all come to li
May 13, 2014 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I *loved* this book. I put it on my to-read list because the premise seemed interesting, but this book blew me away.

Delia's Shadow is set in San Francisco, during the 1915 Pan Pacific Exposition. Moyer clearly did a lot of research on this historical time period. The characters, styles and environment come across as very authentic.

Delia is a young woman who has always been able to see ghosts. After losing her parents in the great San Francisco earthquake (1906), the number of recent and restless
There are some books that just come out of nowhere and completely surprise you. This is one of those books. From the cover and the blurb I was expecting a ghost story with a romance. Maybe a little creepy, great atmosphere.

And yeah the atmosphere was great and there was a romance that actually I loved. But this was so much more than creepy. I couldn't sleep after finishing this. There's a serial killer in this book so deranged I wanted to run away from him, I was constantly terrified for all the
Jul 01, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DNF - 90%. This book started off rather well and then turned into the least suspenseful ghost/mystery/serial murderer book ever. The author has no idea how to build up suspense; instead, we get the seances as info dumps. Oh! this is who the ghost is! Oh! this is who the murderer is! This is where he lives! There are no clues to solve, no twisty, clever foreshadowing that makes revelations satisfying in hindsight. The setting in early 20th century San Francisco is surprisingly generic, the dialog ...more
Diana Francis
Sep 21, 2013 Diana Francis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I flat out loved this book. Read it. Read it now. It's a ghost story and a serial killer story and a historical and it is AMAZING.
Jodi Meadows
I actually read the sequel (haha, be jealous), but it's not on GR yet.
I confess to being surprised that this was published by Tor rather than Harlequin because this book had so much romance content. It was also odd that although romantic relationships were developed, Delia herself had relatively little background. We are told that she was a teacher in New York. What did she teach? I felt that I wanted to know her better. What aspirations did Delia have for herself other than wishing that a ghost wasn't following her around?

Given this rather thin characterization f
I was really disappointed in this book. It sounded like it had a lot of elements that had my name all over them (ghosts, spiritualism, a mystery, historical novel set in an interesting time period, etc etc) and then all of those things either went nowhere or were actively bad. The 1915 setting was really unconvincing (I read another review which mentioned that they kept thinking that the story was set in the 1940s and I have to agree) and I didn't feel like the characters were very realistic - f ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Nov 07, 2014 Mlpmom (Book Reviewer) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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If there is one thing you can count on about me it is that I love a good ghost story, it doesn't matter the time of day, year, season, month, I just love a good haunting tale that will leave you freaked out and sleeping with the lights on. Be it a murder mystery with vengeful spirits or a sweet tale of someone simply wanting to pass a message on to a loved one, I love them all.

This was the best kind of ghost story. One with a mixed blend of genres that will leave you breathless and completely e
Oct 16, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would classify this book as a historical, ghost story, and serial killer murder mystery all wrapped up in one book. I think those who love those type of genres will enjoy how all come together in this story.

Oh and I can't forget one more genre that snuck in... there is a sweet love story thrown in that takes it's time to blossom. It isn't the main plot but it does seem to enhance our enjoyment of the main characters. I must also mention that the secondary characters were well done. You will en
Lynn Williams
Aug 09, 2013 Lynn Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently finished reading Delia's Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer. My review:

Okay, Delia's Shadow is something of a ghost story, blended with a serial killer/murder mystery and a tad of romance thrown in for good measure (or to relieve the tension!) (Actually, in fairness, (and for those of you that don't like romance stories) the romance, only plays second fiddle and probably creates more tension in point of fact!)

The story starts with Delia returning to San
Linda Baker
Aug 18, 2013 Linda Baker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Delia's Shadow is a combination of a ghost and detective story with a little romance thrown in for good measure. Set in San Francisco in the years following The Great Quake and prior to World War I, I thoroughly enjoyed the blending of both period detail and mystery. Delia Martin lost her parents in the Quake and was taken in by the family of her best friend, Sadie. On top of the loss of her parents, Delia can see the ghosts of the disaster's victims- some of whom seem to be haunting her particu ...more
Ashley Ferguson
Mar 13, 2016 Ashley Ferguson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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You know when you love a book so much that you just can't into words how you feel about it? Yeah. That's this book. I mean, I knew it was going to be dark and have romance and ghosts and a serial killer, but it just blew me away how well everything is woven together. I felt all of the feels in this book, and it was absolutely wonderful.

Ghost stories have been done before. Some people can see ghosts, others can't. People are haunted by certain ghosts.
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Jaime Lee Moyer lives in a land of cactus, cowboys, and rhinestones, while dreaming of tall trees and the ocean. She writes novels about murder and betrayal, friendship, ghosts and magic, and she feels it's only fair to warn you that all her books are kissing books. Her cats approve of all of this, including the kissing.

She writes a lot. She reads as much as she can.

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