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Publisher's Summary

"Ghosts don't simply latch onto places, investigator. People can become haunted, too."
A missing person. A city plunged into unforgiving winter. A dangerous spirit.
Though enjoying an increase in business following his last case, life isn't all roses for private investigator Harlan Ulrich. His newest job, another missing person's case, is unlike any other he's ever taken on.
Local businessman Michael Poole hires Ulrich to find his estranged daughter.
The problem?
She's been dead for a decade.
Join Ulrich on a trip into the darkness, into the frostbitten underworld, as he seeks out a hateful phantom with only a cat and a thermos of good coffee on his side.
Darkside Blues is the third novel in the Ulrich Files series by Ambrose Ibsen.
©2017 Ambrose Ibsen (P)2017 Ambrose Ibsen
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By Dominique on 04-27-17

Creepy and well-written

The main character of this book was really hard up for money in the book that preceded this, so it was really cool to see him doing a job for the sake of the job in this book because he cared about the job so much, and the money was secondary.

This story had atmosphere and was moody. Ambrose Ibsen did a great job of setting the tone, and Jake Urry did an amazing job of oozing out the mood. Jake is one of my favorite narrators and I plan to stalk him on Audible until I have listened to nearly everything he has done.

If you like mysteries and ghost stories, this book is a perfect mashup. Give it a listen and you won't be sorry. I bought this book after hearing the one that came before this, and I'm hooked on this series now!

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By AudioBook Reviewer on 10-16-17

works perfectly well as a standalone

This book was a classic haunting story that was strong all the way through - the ghost was actually terrifying in both character and gore. I often feel let down in one of those two aspects when I read horror so this gets a round of applause from me!

This book is the third in The Ulrich Files series, I haven't heard either of the earlier books but this installment works perfectly well as a standalone with only a few references to what may have occurred in the past (and where PI Harlan Ulrich got his oddly charming cat from).
Ulrich is a good main character, he's suitably freaked out when he discovers a disfigured ghost is following him but he's empathetic enough a person to stick around to see things through. He's the perfect stereotype of the moody PI with a troubled past and a heart of gold, I love me a classic and this delivers perfectly.

The ending of this story is strong and balances the paranormal with the awfulness of humanity really well, you won't be disappointed! Ibsen definitely knows how to put a great horror story together -  I'm glad that I listened to this in the lead up to Halloween, it has me itching for another good horror read to keep the creeps going.

Jake Urry was an excellent narrator for this kind of book, his character voices were the highlight for me - they sound completely different from his narration voice and really come to life (heh. Ghost puns). I found his standard narration voice a little bit slow and it didn't entirely hold my attention, though his haunted-house announcer style was very entertaining.

I'm not convinced that the sound effects that were added to the more tense moments in the book were a good move, it came across as a little bit cheesy for a book which was genuinely scary.

All in all, I really enjoyed this book - I think this is a brilliant match between author and narrator and would happily listen to more in this series.

Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.

Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog.

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By Wendy Hellion on 05-27-17

Old fashioned spooky story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes it is a good solid book in the genre and keeps you gripped

Who was your favorite character and why?

Harlan Ulrich, though he was very cold

Which character – as performed by Jake Urry – was your favourite?

Harlan Ulrich old film noir, dectective ala Dennis Wheatley

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Good gothic spinetingler

Any additional comments?

The story has is a good solid spooky story, and with the narration sounds like a Denis Wheatley novel, I would recommend

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By Norma Miles on 05-15-17

"Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

Any additional comments?

Just before Christmas, the weather bleak and cold, investigator Harlan Ulrich is approached by a man who wants him to find his daughter, a girl who had died almost exactly ten years before but who the father is certain he has recently seen walking each evening from a cafe to an hotel before vanishing. The man seems decent and desperate, so Harlan takes the case, one he and his cat will regret.

A good ghost story, with the tension growing as it progresses, and made increasingly creepy by Jake Urry's excellent narration, reinforced by occasional gentle background sound effects. A recommended listen.

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