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Delia's Shadow by [Moyer, Jaime Lee]
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Editorial Reviews


Library Journal starred review: Moyer's first novelcaptures the feel of San Francisco in 1915, with its genteel upper class and ambitious working class, as well as the excitement for the futurebrought about by the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. VERDICT:Both major and minor characters spring to life in this polishedhistorical fantasy/mystery that should appeal to a wide variety ofreaders and could cross over to mainstream readers as well.

4 star rating from Romantic Times:
Turn-of-the-century San Francisco is as much a character as any other in this historical paranormal fantasy.

Publisher's Weekly: Moyer's detailed researchregarding early-20th-century police work and the San FranciscoPanama-Pacific Expo help make this romantic supernatural murder mysterysparkle

About the Author

JAIME LEE MOYER's Delia's Shadow won the 2009 Columbus Literary Award for Fiction. Moyer has sold short fiction to Lone Star Stories, Daily Science Fiction, and to the Triangulations: End of the Rainbow, and Triangulations: Last Contact anthologies, and edited the 2010 Rhysling Award Anthology for the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Moyer lives in San Antonio with writer Marshall Payne, three cats, three guitars, and a growing collection of books and music.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1632 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (September 17, 2013)
  • Publication Date: September 17, 2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BY5R00S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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THE GOOD..the language is lovely, the framing of the characters has potential and I really like that when a rational character tells her friend then others about the ghost(s) she sees, they take her at her word. They might be doubtful, but they trust her enough to give her the benefit of the doubt. No one really hides info, no brave heroine refuses police protection while a killer roams free, no overly hateful boss wont listen to the dedicated cops. All of the things that irritate me in many others books seem to be solved here....Unfortunately, there is also THE BAD...the characters are lightweight and superficial. The book needed editing...Beryl becomes Blythe, the girls moms were best friends.but they didnt meet until they were 10 ..they write regularly but Delia doesnt know how Jack and Sadie met...? There were also just basic printing/editing errors 'though' instead of 'thought' for instance. BUT THE WORST...the cops dont DO anything...they dont discover, detect, or discover anything at all---any and all information, 'clues' , come through the spirit world--thus they dont have to be plausible or make much sense . There was a great deal of potential here, maybe future books will be better..
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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 murder thirty years ago, a murder eerily similar to those of an uncaught serial killer who appears to be killing again, catapulting Delia into a hunt for the killer. Moyer promises the reader a good old fashioned ghost story and murder mystery and she does not disappoint.

I adored Moyer's writing. It's gorgeous, rich in detail and highly atmospheric. I also greatly admire the amount of research that must have gone into this book, I looked a few things up while reading and everything seemed to be spot on. While the book does also features the dreaded dual POV, switching between Delia and Gabe, it worked well with the story. Sometimes POV changes can be disruptive, but that wasn't the case here. They flowed seamlessly into each other and I enjoyed getting to see things from both characters.

For the most part I also really enjoyed how descriptive the scenes were. Although I haven't yet had a chance to visit San Francisco, it was easy to picture myself there through Moyer's descriptions of the architecture, weather and scenery. Moyer paints lovely visual scenes. What made this a less than perfect book for me was the simple fact that as lovely as the writing was, at times it was just a little too heavy and moved just a little too slowly for my, especially during the first 30% or so of the story.
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I've been thinking for a while how to rate and describe Delia's Shadow. I've decided it would be best to sort out the good points and bad.

The Good:
Jaime Lee Moyer's experience in poetry gives her an excellent grasp of how words interact with each other on large scale. Her descriptions and word flow are among the best I've seen in a debut novel, though there are spots that could have used just a little more tweaking; in a sea of strong linguistics, any small blemish can make a horribly big deal of itself, sticking out on the page like a fleck of poop on otherwise lovely China.

Beyond the bare basics, Moyer's characters are wonderfully deep and real. Most of them are likable and sympathetic, and perhaps most satisfying, they care about manners. Not being an avid reader of historical fiction I'm not sure how big a role that plays, but it's so refreshing to see characters who have some social standards and care about how they affect other people, even if it's people they don't care for.

The bad:
Most of the conflict outside of the police investigation is personal and too subtle to create the suspense necessary to drive the story along. The plot is well-paced, but thin, with very little really going wrong, and feels like it drags on more than it really does. The characters should always, always come first in a story, but when the majority of the plot conflict depends on their emotions, you can have an unbalanced book that's hard to get through. I'm normally a quick reader and it would embarrass me to admit how long it took me to read this one.

Having said that, it was enjoyable enough that I would recommend it to those who like ghost stories and plots focused mostly on the emotional lives of the characters.
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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 life, even ones that are only briefly mentioned.

I like that it did not have pat answers for things like- what sparked the serial killer's murderous rampages? and how, exactly, do the ghosts fit in? For both, there are suggestions made, but no definitive answers, and I think that's appropriate.

While there is definitely some violence, most of it is in the background, and the overall feel is more creepy than anything else.

Very much recommended!
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