Narrator: Jake Urry
Series: The Ulrich Files #2
Published by Ambrose Ibsen on 13 July 2016
Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Horror, Mystery/Thriller, Paranormal
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The Spirits of Exeter House are Restless
Facing tough times, private investigator Harlan Ulrich takes a job looking after a historic downtown building as a favor to an old acquaintance who's out on business. Settling into the elegant Exeter House for a week-long stay, Ulrich's apartment is beautifully furnished and situated on the top floor, giving him a great view of the city. At first, he thinks it a wonderful opportunity. He's got plenty of coffee, good books to read and the whole building to himself.
At least, that's what he's been told.
It turns out there are others there, in the seemingly empty building. Dark entities that lurk in its shadowed corners.
During his first night, strange things begin to occur. As he makes his nightly rounds, ensuring that the old building is free of intruders, Ulrich finds the place transformed. By day, Exeter House is a treasured local institution. By night, it crawls with the frightening souls of the hateful dead. Tormented nightly by a number of mysterious specters, it's all the investigator can do to hold onto his sanity.
Can Harlan Ulrich tap into the building's dreadful past and quell the spirits that walk its halls, or will he lose his mind trying? Join him as he seeks answers in Medicine for the Dead, a full-length novel of supernatural terror and suspense.
Medicine for the Dead is the second book in the Ulrich Files series by Ambrose Ibsen.
©2016 Ambrose Ibsen (P)2016 Ambrose Ibsen
Note: Even though this is Book 2 in the series, it works fine as a stand alone novel.
Harlan Ulrich is a private investigator whose coffee addiction has led him into financial embarrassment. He’s about to be homeless, but a homeless man with an excellent coffee maker. Some friends of his insisted on inviting him to the bar even though he doesn’t drink. There he meets an old acquaintance who offers him a place to stay provided he looks after the building, which is being renovated. Of course, Harlan can’t turn this down.
The Exeter House has quite the history but the bar downstairs and the soon to be open apartments on the upper floors promise it another life. Vagrants living in the building has been a problem in the past and now Harlan has to walk the building at odd hours of the night to ensure no one is messing about. Of course, something spooky happens followed by more spooky things happening.
The covers for this series make it look like there will be a gorefest but really, there isn’t. There are a few scenes that depict some horror, but the author uses these wisely and they drive home the torture these spirits are in as unfinished business from their life remains to be seen to. Lucky for them, Harlan can see and hear them. Unlucky for Harlan as this keeps him from sleeping.
I loved the cat Sparkles! He added some amusement and suspense to the story in good measure. I look forward to seeing him in future stories. I think the added responsibility is good for Harlan too. Hopefully he will manage his coffee addiction wisely in the future so that he and Sparkles maintain a roof over their heads.
This tale does have two weaknesses and those are that it has a small cast of characters and there’s only 1 female. There’s Harlan, Sparkles, Harlan’s 2 friends from the bar, the old acquaintance that has him building sitting, and the barman working the bar downstairs. Pretty soon this turns into a missing persons case and there’s only so many players I can squint at suspiciously. Early on it was apparent who was most likely involved. With that said, I was surprised by the number of dead, and so was Harlan. Obviously, I would like a better gender balance but that’s not always possible with a small cast.
Once again, Harlan has helped a flailing spirit set things right. For a few moments there, it looked like things could go very badly for Harlan, but since I know there’s a 3rd book in the series, I wasn’t too worried. This was a very satisfying story, despite being able to pick out the culprit early on. I love how Harlan has to argue with himself, convincing himself of what he’s seen and heard, and then using his detective mind to dig into it a bit deeper. In the first book, he stumbled into the paranormal. In this tale, he’s got the experience to build on and I feel he’s really becoming that paranormal investigator the dead so desperately need.
I received a free copy of this book via The Audiobook Worm.
The Narration: Jake Urry really brings something to these books. Yes, he does have a British accent for some of the words, but I can totally believe Harlan Ulrich is simply a very proper speaking gent that happens to live in Toledo, Ohio. He does great with the other voices as well, keeping each distinct. Harlan goes through a variety of emotions in this book and Urry brought them all to life.
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