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Delia's Shadow

(Delia Martin #1)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  1,478 ratings  ·  357 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
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 336 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by Tor
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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
Jacob Proffitt
Nov 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
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 i
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
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
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
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
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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
Fangs for the Fantasy
Nov 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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
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
Matt Gilliard
Dec 17, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 .
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Not riveting, but enjoyable enough, considering I was looking for a historical mystery with a dash of the paranormal.
Delia sees dead people, specifically a particularly persistent ghost that comes to her in New York City. This forces Delia to return to her home in San Francisco, where she quickly returns to her former life with her close friend (and practically sister), SSSS. SSSSis going to be married soon to Jack, a police officer, and is busy trying to pair up Delia with Jack's partner and b
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
Beth Cato
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Krista D.
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was such a great mixture of murder mystery, fantasy, and historical fiction. It's a rare intersection, and rarer to have each aspect done equally well.

Moyer's writing is more lyrical than I normally read, but proved to be a nice change of pace.
Mark Lindberg
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Jodi Meadows
Mar 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I actually read the sequel (haha, be jealous), but it's not on GR yet. ...more
Diana Francis
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Rating: Excellent, I enjoyed it a lot 🤗
2018’s Around the year in 52 books: #44, A ghost story.

This is a paranormal mystery/thriller set in 1916 in San Francisco, after the great quake that devastated the city. We meet Delia, since she was little she had the ability to see ghosts, but can’t comunicate with them. She fled San Francisco because it was flooded with spirits after the quake, but has returned because a strong ghost has been haunting her. She doesn’t know anything about her, she calls h
Mary Soon Lee
There are spoilers ahead.... (view spoiler) ...more
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Normally I devour ghost stories. This one however came with a gruesome serial killer. The killings began 30 years ago. Back then, officer Matthew Ryan proved ineffective in ridding the streets of a frightful menace who moved invisibly among the people. Very abruptly the killings stop. Now it is Lieutenant Gabriel Ryan, son of the stymied Matthew Ryan who peruses the old cases desperate to glean even the smallest clue to help him keep the people safe. The killing frenzy is happening again. Friend ...more
Maggie Boyd
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting book about a young medium who is haunted by a ghost. Determined to free herself of the apparition and convinced that can only happen in her hometown of San Francisco, she returns home. While this doesn't free her from the ghost, she is glad to be back in time for her best friend's wedding and to spend some time with her foster mother before that worthy lady passes on.

While Delia is enjoying her reunion with family, Gabe, a detective, is struggling to find a horrible seri
Lynn Williams
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Early review, originally posted at Disquietus Reads

Before I get into the important details of this book, can I please just talk about how much I LOVE this cover. It's so gorgeous and perfectly fits the content within.

Delia's Shadow is an honest to goodness ghost story. Set about a decade after The Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, Delia Martin returns home to San Francisco for her best friends wedding, haunted by a ghost she calls Shadow. Shadow torments Delia with nightmares of her murd
Thank you to Macmillan-Tor/Forge for providing me with a copy oft his book in exchange for an honest review.

I was very excited to come across Delia's Shadow because it seemed to have that rare mix of genres: Historical Fiction set in early 1900s San Fransisco, Paranormal (woman who sees ghosts), mystery, and thriller combined. I was hoping for a very atmospheric novel that would take me back in time and creepy me out at the same time. Delia's Shadow definitely delivered that and more.

My proble
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
*This review is based on a advanced reader's copy of the book I won through Goodreads FirstReads Giveaways.*

This book, is one part ghost story, one part mystery, one part thriller, and one part romance. The time period--1915, or nine years after the great quake destroyed San Francisco--is often times overlooked in these times of books. It's not quite Victorian, and not quite the roaring twenties, and I think the author does a good job of capturing the feel of a city and it's people on the cusp
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Jaime Lee Moyer writes fantasy and science fiction, herds cats, is an occasional poet, and maker of tangible things. Her first novel, Delia's Shadow, was published by Tor Books, and won the 2009 Literary Award for Fiction, administrated by Thurber House and funded by the Columbus Arts Council. Two sequels, A Barricade In Hell and Against A Brightening Sky, were also published by Tor. Her new novel ...more

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