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Delia’s Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer
3 of 5 stars
With the 1906 San Francisco World’s Fair as the backdrop, Delia is haunted by the ghost of a murder victim as her killer once more terrifies the city.
A murder investigation was a macabre jigsaw puzzle, splashed with blood and the remnants of someone’s life.
This historical murder mystery ghost story borrows from many serial killer investigations, most obviously that of the Zodiac killer (though that occurred decades after the setting of this book), and the grim details and sense of fear are intense throughout the story. The characters in this novel are particularly well-written, with relationships that felt genuine and strengthened the story.
On the flip side, there were still some unanswered questions that left me feeling somewhat less satisfied at the end of the story:
For instance (highlight for spoilers) –
- what happened to the other officer who had gone missing?
- why did the killer target Gabe’s father to begin with?
- what happened to the killer while at his uncle’s that caused such a change in him?
- why had Jack’s father kept his mother’s murder secret?
- who were Teddy & Beryl?
- how did Aileen know to ask Delia for help anyway?
- why all the Egyptology?
I also think that the killer may have been a bit too… two-dimensional. I was sincerely hoping for some sort of twist or shocker ending but was kind of disappointed when they figured out who it was and — sure enough — that’s who it was. It was almost too easy, and made me wonder why it had taken them thirty years to figure out who it was.
Overall, though, good ghostly murder mystery with a bit of history and romance thrown in as well