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Deep Night

Detective Harlan Ulrich, Book 1
Narrated by: Kyle Tait
Series: Detective Harlan Ulrich, Book 1
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IT COMES AT NIGHT

Pawn shop owner Nancy Pruitt is being stalked. Every night since bringing a mysterious painting into her home, she's been awakened by a rapping at her bedroom window. What's more, the nightly visitor seems to bear quite the resemblance to a figure in her new painting....

Enter Harlan Ulrich: Coffee-fueled eccentric and private detective.

Running from a ghost-filled past, Ulrich settles down in Tanglewood, Ohio, hoping to turn a new leaf and put the supernatural behind him.

But upon getting involved with Nancy's case, the detective realizes he may have just gotten wrapped up in precisely the kind of investigation he's been trying to avoid.

DEEP NIGHT is a novel of supernatural suspense, the first in the Detective Harlan Ulrich series.

©2019 Ambrose Ibsen (P)2019 Ambrose Ibsen

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  • Spooky Mike
  • 31-07-2019

Good Start to a Paranormal Detective Series

Detective Ulrich is back, different series, same guy. Ambrose Ibsen tells a wonderful haunted house story and he uses those skills to weave a mystery detective story into a fun paranormal one.
The plot seemed fairly simple, but was methodically told and kept you wanting to know what was behind the mystery. I didn’t really feel that this was that scary, but was just the right amount paranormal to make it more than just your typical detective story. I definitely want to know what is next for the detective, this should prove to be a good series.

I really enjoyed the characters in the story. They all were a bit quirkly and I loved the whole awkwardness of having to acknowledge the landlord’s homely daughter’s photo after he visits each time. Completely random but a truly funny and awkward moment. Harlan, having expensive coffee taste, and little money seems to put his foot in his mouth enough in the beginning that he is forced to take a case he didn’t want. Right off the bat he wasn’t someone that I liked but as the story continued, he began to grow on me. He portrayed the adept detective who starts off fairly lackadaisical, but as the suspense heats up, he ups his game. I enjoyed seeing him go from one spectrum to the other.

First time listening to Kyle Tait and hope it won’t be my last. He did a really good job with the character’s voices and you can hear the enthusiasm he put into his narration. I look forward to hearing him narrate the rest of the series.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Ms Peach
  • 30-06-2019

Great

Well developed characters. Neat well plotted mystery. Looking forward to more books in the series

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  • timj26
  • 16-07-2019

Can’t wait for more

One of the best horror writers out there and this supernatural mystery is a great example
This has what you expect if your a Ambrose Ibsen fan great story,creep factor,and excellent narration
I’ll be Patiently waiting for book two
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  • Simone
  • 11-08-2019

I. WANT. MORE.

I absolutely love this series already; I'm so happy that Detective Harlan got his own series!!! Ambrose Ibsen is truly a master of paranormal horror. If you're into this kind of content, I cannot recommend Ibsen enough. The characters in his stories are so well written I almost feel that I personally know them. Fun, compelling, exciting and spooky, this tale has all the things I love. Kyle Tait does an incredible job of narrating this excellent story! Would recommend to anyone who enjoys horror/thriller/paranormal stories.

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  • jstep
  • 22-07-2019

Loved this paranormal detective series starter!!

Deep Night by Ambrose Ibsen is a slight step away from Mr. Ibsen's normal supernatural horror novels (which are great too). Deep Night is Book 1 in the Detective Harlan Ulrich series. Harlan is a new implant in town with an expensive coffee habit and a bit too much experience in the paranormal. He thought moving to a new city would get him away from some of the paranormal jobs that he seemed to always get when he lived in Toledo (I think it was Toledo?). Anyways, he ends up having to take a stalker job that Nancy Pruitt brought to him. Well, all is not as it seems and of course you guessed it, Nancy's case ends up involving the paranormal. It was a super entertaining listen and I listened to it all over the course of this past Saturday. Mr. Ibsen's stories are always unique and, well, he's just a darn good writer. You'll definitely enjoy this one! Oh, and this is a standalone. Though it's part of a detective series, everything is tied up at the end of the novel, though I'm guessing that some of the characters in Tanglewood will pop up over the course of the series. Can't wait for the next one!

Kyle Tait did a great job narrating Deep Night. This is my first time listening to any of his performances and I found him easy to listen to with a good cadence and a voice that really lent to giving life to the characters. I can't wait to listen to more books in the series that hopefully will be narrated by him! I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.

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  • Sara
  • 16-07-2019

Decent story

Well this was not what I was expecting from Ambrose Ibsen. It's like a light thriller meets light paranormal. It's not his usual creeptastic feel. It's not bad. I don't consider 3 stars bad at all. It was good. Not hugely special. I'd still happily listen to the next book in the series. I don't think I'd go out searching for the next one but I'd listen if I bumped into it. The best part of the book was the narration. I haven't heard Kyle Tait previously but I liked his narration a lot. He makes the perfect detective voice in my opinion. I'm hoping he does the other books in this series... perhaps then I'll search them out!

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  • Jacqueline Hicks
  • 12-07-2019

Good murder mystery story.

I am a fan of Ambrose Ibsen's horror stories, which are pretty creepy. This one was more of a murder mystery with a supernatural aspect. It didn't have the creepy, keeps the lights on type of story but it was still really good. I will follow thia series because I am a fan. Kyle Tait did a great job narrating.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-07-2019

Unexpected but definitely enjoyable.

As a fan of Ambrose Ibsen, having read and listened to his work for years, I have to say Deep Night surprised me a bit. Ambrose is well known for writing horror, so while Deep Night indeed starts off with some delightful creepiness, it surprised me that it wasn't long before it transforms into a semi-traditional detective story, despite the inclusion of ghosts. The book features an interesting collection of characters-those familiar with Ambrose's work might recognize Det. Harlan Ulrich from some of his other books-and a solid story. While I must admit I was pretty sure I had the mystery figured out somewhat early on, that did nothing to lessen my enjoyment in any way. As always, Kyle Tait does a great job with the narration.

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  • Steve
  • 11-07-2019

I devoured this book!

I couldn't stop listening, I had to know what was coming next!

This was my second time delving into the mind of Ambrose Ibsen, and I think I need to look into a time share there! His stories seem to have that quality of "This would be terrifying if it were happening to me!" vibe. Yet the hints of humor and resolve that come from the MC, allows me to enjoy the book without thinking I need to bathe in holy water, and seek a wizard out to cast a spell of protection around my bed at night!

It has the air of the Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz, and I feel like this series by Ambrose will be a perfect replacement for me. I want more of Harlan's reluctant heroics and need to solve the case even though it takes him places he'd rather not go.

Kyle Tait did a brilliant job! His performance as Ulrich made the character feel completely real; it was like he was able to embody this guy who has seen things beyond what the normal psyche could process, and managed to hold it together with a rarified acceptance that would seem unbelievable were it not for Kyle's incredible skill as a narrator.

I loved it!!

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  • Gilbert M. Stack
  • 11-07-2019

Spooky Mystery

Deep Night is a supernatural detective story that plays fair with the reader even as it offers a healthy portion of make-the-hairs-stand-up-on-the-back-of-your-neck terror. As with all good horror novels, author Ambrose Ibsen builds the reader’s feelings of unease slowly and with a brilliant mechanism that absolutely everyone can relate to. A woman is awakened in the middle of the night by a tapping on her window. Just think about that for a moment. It’s almost midnight and she’s shaken from her sleep by a quiet tap tap tap on her bedroom windowpane When she builds the courage to peak outside, no one is at her window, but she catches sight of a figure watching her from the street. She quite sensibly calls the police, but the responding officer doesn’t find anything. The next night, matters progress further and when the police again come up empty handed, the woman goes in search of a private investigator to discover who is harassing her.

Enter Harlan Ulrich, formerly of Toledo. He’s lazy and uninterested in the case until his landlord increases his rent and he realizes if he doesn’t earn some money he’s going to lose his office. It was in many ways an unfortunate way to introduce the character because it made Ulrich initially unlikeable. We, the reader, knows this woman desperately needs help and he seems uncaring about her predicament. Fortunately, Ulrich quickly wins the reader back by sticking with the case when it immediately goes bad. You see, Ulrich quickly uncovers evidence that the client’s nocturnal visitor is not human.

From this point forward, the novel revolves around the investigation into why the client is being harassed by a supernatural creature. The creature’s appearance is quickly connected to a painting the woman has just acquired so Ulrich opens his investigation by looking into the painting’s origins and how it came into the woman’s possession. This investigation did not take the direction I initially assumed it would, and that’s always a good thing. Not all of the twists and turns in the rest of the novel were as surprising, but when an author fairly provides the clues to a mystery, he has to risk readers putting the pieces together faster than his detective does.

This novel is boosted by the excellent vocal talents of narrator, Kyle Tait. He provides excellent pacing and clearly discernable voices for all the characters. His low voice and quiet style added significantly to the tension Ibsen builds in the story as the scope of the supernatural problem is uncovered. If you like solid detective stories with a healthy (or should that be “unhealthy”) dose of the supernatural, you’ll enjoy Deep Night. I intend to read the next mystery in this series.

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  • Selina ryles
  • 11-08-2019

Another great read from this very talented author

I have now read a few books by Ambrose Ibsen and he is fast becoming one if my favourite current supernatural /paranormal authors. I was very excited to start reading this book and loved the idea of a detective mystery/ supernatural crossover . I absolutely love how the writer builds up the suspense and tension so gradually that it makes you feel uneasy throughout and you are just waiting for that scare moment. Although this book is a strong first novel to another series that I can see being very popular.. I hate to have to say that I couldn't help the feeling that this novel was somewhat rushed in comparison to the others I had read previously asylum etc... Even though this is the case I hope to read more from the author as I believe he has so much more to give his readers. I was given this book by the author/narrator in return for an honest and unbiased review

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  • Sally R
  • 18-07-2019

An easy listen supernatural who-done-it

I have to say I really enjoyed this. I listen whilst driving mainly so if I get distracted with driving and miss something critical, I can lose interest. Not with this story though, I came to like the main character, Ulrich, more as the story moved on but he appeared quite cantankerous at the start. The story isn't complicated and doesn't send you off on a wild goose chase for no reason, it's realistic (if the supernatural can be realistic) and seemed to hold my attention really well. As for the narrator, he grew on me, all his characters sounded individual, his words were clear and he really engaged me into the story. I would definitely listen to the next book as long as Kyle Tait is narrating 😃

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  • Lindsay
  • 12-09-2019

Hauntingly exciting story with great narration

This was a beautifully written ghost story which had a really great narrator for the audio which just added to the feel of the story. I loved discovering whether the figure in the painting was actually haunting the owner and if so why? It did not disappoint but I don’t want to spoil any of it however if you like the ghost stories of bygone days like me this is a great find.