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A Barricade In Hell (Delia Martin #2)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  346 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 331 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Tor Books
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I feel like I'm being very generous by giving this 3 stars.
Then again, maybe historical paranormal mysteries just aren't my thing?
Don't get me wrong, this wasn't a chore to read, but it never really captured my attention.

First, let's start off with what I really liked about the story.,.
I loved Delia and Gabe's relationship. They are just such a rock solid couple, and there's a lot of mutual respect that runs both ways between them.
I also love the way Moyer describes the city of San Francisco in
Tabitha (Pabkins)
Nothing is creepier than a poltergeist child

Ok so maybe there are creepier things, but just imagine being haunted by a little girl who carries around this china doll and she’s got a whole lot of anger. A Barricade in Hell features one such little girl and I tell you – kids are scary enough as it is – but ghost children? youch. This time around Delia and Gabe have a new set of crimes to solve. Really Delia has her own things she’s trying to solve, why the ghost is haunting her and Gabe (mostly th
Laura Agnella
Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
A Barricade in Hell by Jaime Lee Moyer is the sequel to the extremely popular Delia's Shadow. I often shy away from sequels to books I love but I dared pick this one up in the hopes that it was as engaging as the first.

Synopsis from Amazon:
In Jaime Lee Moyer's Barricade in Hell, 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 d
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the first book, Delia's Shadow, and I think that this book surpasses the first. While you could probably skip the first and dive into this book, I wouldn't suggest it. The first introduces you to these characters and besides you would miss a pretty great story. So, in this case, I would suggest that you read them in order.

The same kind of twisty ghost mystery is the plot of this book as well. We catch up with Delia a short time after the last book ended. We easily discover what has hap
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Finished this last night. Deeply satisfactory follow-up to Delia's Shadow. Delia and Gabe are working together to stop another serial killer with occult ties, masquerading as an antiwar speaker. The first world war looms throughout this novel. Jack is back, Dora figures more heavily in the plot, and there is an introduction of a kitten that is one of my favorites. :-D

Gabe and Delia and Jack and Sadie are still them: one of the beauties of this series is that these characters are who they are, bo
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing

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My English 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 l
Susan Pola Staples
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The second book in the series, A BARRICADE IN HELL, has another gorgeous cover. It takes place in 1917, two years after the marriages of Delia Martin and Gabriel Ryan and their best friends, Sadie and Jack Fitzgerald. Gabe is now a homicide captain, Jack, has been promoted to lieutenant. Sadie and Jack are the proud parents of a baby girl, Stella. Delia, on the other hand, is coming to terms with the loss of a stillborn daughter and the realisation that, according to her mentor and teacher in th ...more
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
I don't know where to start with listing everything wrong with this book. It starts out the same as the first book with a spirit trying to contact the heroine to prevent mass murderers on a rampage. Unfortunately the heroine didn't learn her lesson the first time. She again refuses to work with the spirit and repeatedly tries to bannish the girl instead of listening to her. She ignores clues and like the first book people die for the next couple of hundred pages while she dithers.

And the book wa
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
I found this second entry in the Delia Martin series to be very well written and engaging, until the last twenty to thirty pages. At that point, my disappointment was almost overwhelming. In my opinion, the author should have been much more descriptive with the ending. Instead, the story just came to a screeching halt, after the fact.

When I got to page 330, and ran across this phrase: "A Portuguese coronel," I just totally flipped out. Yes, my anal nature button got pushed, big time. I am assum
4 1/2 stars. Delia and Gabe have settled into married life. Delia is working with Dora as an apprentice of sorts and has been working with helping spirits cross over. Suddenly there is an increase in ghostly activity that seems to center around Gabe. At the same time, a series of murders has drawn Gabe into a dangerous investigation. Delia is determined to protect him from the living and the dead.

This book was really good. I loved the first book but this one is a bit more focused. I really enjoy
Lora King
Second book in the series. While I love these books, I was a bit let down at the end.....kept me reading, answered the questions...but just barely. I felt like more could have been written to close out the story. Delia is running around with Dora (psychic) and learning how to use her ability to see ghosts in more ways. People are disappearing and dying and their souls seem to be gone. Delia, her husband Det. Gabe & Det. Jack and Dora team up to figure out what's happening. Some new character ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
*Review to come*
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four and a half stars: A successful sequel that is even more thrilling and dangerous.

Delia and Gabe have settled into married life, when something sinister arrives in San Francisco. It all starts with a strange, sacrificial type murder in the back of a drug store. Gabe and Jack tread carefully, knowing all to well the danger that ghosts and the paranormal can bring upon them. Their investigation takes them into the heart of Chinatown, where they learn a similar murder occurred. Meanwhile, Delia
Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
A bit too much sadness about Delia and the loss of her baby at the beginning, almost put me off this book entirely--just lost a beloved pet and wasn't in the mood for tearjerking. Once I got past that though, this was a pretty solid read. I'm liking the San Francisco turn of the century setting.
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lovely writing, engaging characters -- another great historical, supernatural mystery.
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it
This wasn't quite as strong as the first book in the series and it ended too abruptly, but it held some interesting elements. It doesn't take up immediately after the events of book 1, but after some time has passed. Jack and Sadie are in the midst of beginning a family and Sadie is pushed to the side caring for her child. Dora, however, is still present (thankfully! she's by far the most interesting character of the series) and frankly if this book was written from her POV I think it'd have bee ...more
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Originally posted at Disquietus Reads

Jaime Lee Moyer’s sequel to Delia’s Shadow is happily even more enjoyable than it’s predecessor. Returning to this world and these characters was just like visiting old friends. The mystery at the heart of the story was even creepier and more intriguing (child poltergeist? NO THANK YOU HARD PASS RUN AWAY WHILE YOU CAN) and the writing showed definitive improvement.

Moyer’s writing has a quiet, steady beauty that greatly appeals to me. In A Barricade in Hell sh
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
The beloved characters in Delia's Shadow appear again in A Barricade in Hell and they just keep getting better.

This review is going to spoil Delia's Shadow so if you haven't read that one, proceed with caution. Or just go get it and read it.

Delia is now married to Gabe. She continues to see ghosts, and Gabe is a Captain on the police force. We are still in San Francisco in 1917, about to go to war in Europe. Jack is still Gabe's partner.

The setting and time of A Barricade in Hell add much to the
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I adored the amount of supernatural and mystery in this follow-up to Delia's Shadow. The author seemed to have upped the ante with what the ghosts can do in the physical world and the impact they have on Delia's life. Her tutorship under Dora seems to have honed her skills at communicating with and guarding against the spirits in her life (when they're actually dead spirits, though!). The author has delved more into the mythology of spirits and I adored every bit.

The mystery stuff was definitely
Jan 31, 2015 rated it liked it
A Barricade in Hell is the second book in a series set in a haunting 1917 San Francisco infested with spirits, conmen and danger. Delia, wife of a police officer, can see the spirits of the dead and in some ways try to help or drive them out. But when a little girl ghost shows up and starts tormenting her husband, she finds herself drawn farther and farther into a complicated scheme.

First things first, starting with the second book here isn't a huge problem. You learn everything you need to know
Beth Cato
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've been reading a lot of science fiction lately and am experiencing mild burn-out. I looked at my bookshelf and knew I wanted something historical and cozy. I reached for A Barricade in Hell, which came out earlier in the month.

The title refers to the Great War, which is lurking in the background of this novel set in 1917 San Francisco. The way the war is handled is just beautiful. The United States isn't even officially in the war yet--and might not be--but evidence of the war is everywhere.
Jessica Strider
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Pros: interesting characters, interesting setting, intricate plot


It’s 1917 and though San Francisco’s far from the war in Europe, the war’s affects are felt there. Delia’s become Isadora’s apprentice in dealing with ghosts in order to help with her ‘gift’ of seeing them. But her schooling’s tried by the ghost of a young girl that has started haunting her, which doesn’t seem bound by the normal rules and can’t be banished. Meanwhile, Captain Gabe Ryan and his partner Jack Fitzgerald start in
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, sf-squeecast
Two years have gone by since the events of Delia's Shadow. SPOILER::
Gabe and Delia are now married and settled in their own house. World War I has been grinding through the men of Europe and San Francisco is thick with the ghosts of American volunteers and the US is teetering on the brink of declaring war. And another unusually determined ghost has attached herself to Delia.
She can get through anything Delia or Dora can throw up to deter her and she seems eerily focused on Gabe for some reason.
Kristin Taggart
(Description nicked from B&

“In Jaime Lee Moyer's Barricade in Hell, 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
William Bentrim
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ghosts, Cops and Spies, OH MY! Set in 1916 San Francisco

This book is set in San Francisco in 1916 time frame, shortly before the US entered WW1. A evangelical peace protestor is involved in occult occurrences and possibly serial murders. Super natural aspects impact the police investigation which is impacted by ghosts.

Isadora Bobet and Delia Martin return as the resident ghost busters while Captain Gabe and Lt. Jack are the law enforcement personnel of choice. The plot includes Chinese Tongs, s
☕ Kimberly
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Last year I was impressed with Delia's Shadow the first book in the Delia Martin series by Jamie Lee Moyer. I was captivated by its 1917 San Francisco setting, paranormal mystery and fleshed out characters. A Barricade in Hell delivered an intense paranormal mystery with dark elements and charismatic characters that quickly drew me back into this world.

A Barricade in Hell was a strong second book, and since the primary romance was established in the previous novel, allowed Moyer to notched up th
*Genre* Historical, Paranormal
*Rating* 4.0

*My Thoughts*

A Barricade In Hell takes place approximately 2 years after the end of Delia's Shadow. The story combines murder, mystery, and paranormal aspects all in the historical setting of 1917 San Francisco. The story follows both Delia and her husband Gabe as they each face one of their more difficult challenges yet.

From the ritualistic murder of a police commissioners son-in-law, to the streets of Chinatown where a similar killing of a father and d
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's now 1917, and in the years following the events of DELIA'S SHADOW, Delia Martin has lost her shadow and gained a husband - police captain Gabe Ryan. Ghosts still follow Dee around, some stronger than others. This time, a small girl's ghost is intent on getting Gabe's attention, and nothing that Dee or her spiritualist friend/mentor Isadora Bobet can dispel this ghost for long. Little do any of them know that this tiny, tenacious child's ghost heralds a growing evil - one that only the unite ...more
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
This book was deliciously creepier than the first one was and I loved every page.

While it was great to see Gabe, Delia and Dee again, there's a few new characters who I hope we'll see around in book 3. Gabe and Delia are married and they're adorable together. I absolutely enjoy the support they show each other. The dynamic of Gabe's logic and Delia's spiritual ability is fascinating to read. Throw in Dora's feistiness and it's pure entertainment.

All in all, it was a captivating second book tha
Although it's not in the Young Adult section of my library, I think it would be a good read for young adults.

I'd suggest starting with the first book in the series, Delia's Shadow. If you enjoyed Delia's Shadow you'll probably enjoy A Barricade in Hell.

I have some problems with A Barricade in Hell. The pacing's a little off. The buildup is great, but the climax is anti-climatic and largely happens off-stage. And there's a touch of deus ex machina to the resolution of Delia and Gabe's problem. St
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 19, 2015 05:30PM  
  • The Phoenix Requiem Volume Four
  • All Dressed Up and No Place to Haunt (A Haunted Vintage Mystery #2)
  • The Body on the Doorstep (Romney Marsh Mystery, #1)
  • Just A Kiss (It's In His Kiss, #0.5)
  • Things Half in Shadow
  • Murder at the Mikado (Drew Farthering Mystery, #3)
  • Grim Shadows (Roaring Twenties, #2)
  • Silverblind (Ironskin #3)
  • The Seat of Magic (The Golden City, #2)
  • Touch (The Queen of the Dead, #2)
  • The Naturalist
  • The Plague of Thieves Affair (Carpenter and Quincannon, #4)
  • The Witch Hunter's Tale (Midwife Mysteries, #3)
  • Imperial Scandal (Rannoch/Fraser Publication Order, #5)
  • The Figaro Murders
  • Every Breath You Take (Jensen Murphy, Ghost For Hire, #3)
  • Supernatural Born Killers (Pepper Martin #9)
  • Duels and Deception
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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