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A Barricade In Hell

(Delia Martin #2)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  412 ratings  ·  75 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
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
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
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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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
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 characters ar ...more
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.5 stars (rounded to 4)

In her sequel to the paranormal mystery Delia's Shadow, Jaime Lee Moyer ups the stakes and brings out the big guns. The cast we've come to know and love from the first book are back, only things have happened since the first book. Namely, life.

Jack and Sadie now have a baby, and Delia and Gabe lost theirs. In fact, it's quite possible that they'll never be able to have children due to the toll seeing spirits takes on Delia (though, frustratingly, this is never exp
Rating: 3.5/5 I liked it a lot

I love Delia and Gabe’s relationship, they respect, trust and love each other. Gabe treats Delia as an equal, a partner, a friend. It’s so refreshing to see an stable marriage and a solid relationship.

I was intrigued by the mystery, love the characters and the setting.

If you were a fan of the series Medium or the ghost whisperer, you might like this as well. I highly recommend it.

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3.5 stars

It’s 1917. Delia sees ghosts, and lately there have been a lot of them following her detective husband Gabe around. Gabe is now investigating what looks like a ritual murder. As Gabe and his partner/friend, Jack, continue in their investigation, they discover more and more people who have disappeared. Sometimes Delia and her mentor/friend Dora are brought in to help Gabe and Jack with their cases, and this appears to be needed this time around.

This is the second book in a series. The c
I loved book 1 in this series, and book 2 was even better!

This author really knows how to tell a story. This book had a well-conceived plot, a great balance of character development and suspenseful action, and wonderful pacing. I had a hard time putting this book down once I'd started it.

The characters in this series are absolutely wonderful! Delia and Gabe are so likable and relatable and they feel like real people. People you would like to be friends with if they were real people. The developm
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Two years down the road in Gabe and Delia's life and a new war has been waged.

I found it hard to put this book down as it delved further and further into the time period and the many different types of creatures that it brought to life in San Francisco. I enjoyed learning more about Dora and the introduction of the Chinese tong. It was interesting and captivating at the same time.

I will definitely be reading the last book in the series and can't wait to see what is in store for Gabe and Delia.
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
Jordan Mackinnon
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was just as good as the first one. Moyer does such a great job creating such a wonderful world for the readers can get lost into. Once again the ghost and mystery element of the story blend so well together, making it such a great reader. Although it did get a little spooky at parts. But I am so glad I get to start the third now, because I am not ready to let go of Delia and Gabe as well as Dora and Jack .
Amber Ray
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. ...more
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lovely writing, engaging characters -- another great historical, supernatural mystery.
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked it, but not as much as I liked the first novel. Not sure why, there was nothing in particular that I could point at to knock it down a star, but to me, definitely a 3 star book.
Jennifer Pullen
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Delightful and imaginative, a good book to curl up with.
Elizabeth Laney
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great book but the author keeps skipping potential character interactions that I really want to read. Great setting, solid writing, interesting story.
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
Shelves: read-2014, 4-star
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.
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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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