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Darling Jim: A Novel | [Christian Moerk]

Darling Jim: A Novel

When two sisters and their aunt are found dead in their suburban Dublin home, it seems that the secret behind their untimely demise will never be known. But then Niall, a young mailman, finds a mysterious diary in the post office's dead-letter bin. From beyond the grave, Fiona Walsh shares the most tragic love story he's ever heard---and her tale has only just begun.
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Publisher's Summary

When two sisters and their aunt are found dead in their suburban Dublin home, it seems that the secret behind their untimely demise will never be known. But then Niall, a young mailman, finds a mysterious diary in the post office's dead-letter bin. From beyond the grave, Fiona Walsh shares the most tragic love story he's ever heard---and her tale has only just begun.

Niall soon becomes enveloped by the mystery surrounding itinerant storyteller Jim, who traveled through Ireland enrapturing audiences and wooing women with his macabre mythic narratives. Captivated by Jim, townspeople across Ireland thought it must be a sad coincidence that horrific murders trailed him wherever he went---and they failed to connect that the young female victims, who were smitten by the newest bad boy in town, bore an all too frightening similarity to the victims in Jim's own fictional plots.

The Walsh sisters, fiercely loyal to one another, were not immune to "darling" Jim's powers of seduction, but found themselves in harm's way when they began to uncover his treacherous past. Niall must now continue his dangerous hunt for the truth---and for the vanished third sister---while there's still time. And in the woods, the wolves from Jim's stories begin to gather.

©2009 Christian Moerk; (P)2009 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Darling Jim is wickedly good.... The tale spirals like a Celtic knot, wending back into authentic Irish folklore and forward into the modern world where storytellers have a dangerous charm." (Keith Donohue, author of The Stolen Child)

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    Book Worm Merrillville, IN 05-28-09
    Book Worm Merrillville, IN 05-28-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Great Story"

    This was a great story, part mystery and part psychological thriller.

    Three women are found dead in an apartment under chilling circumstances. Later, two diaries are discovered, one from each of the sisters found dead. Through these diaries, we learn about the sisters and their aunt, and how things went so awry. We also learn about Jim, a traveling stranger and master storyteller. He is irresistible and magnetic and seduces women easily. But women are dying and soon one of the sisters suspect Jim is a thief and a possible murderer.

    But this is just the beginning. This story had me on the edge of my seat making it difficult to stop listening. Both narrators also did a great job. Their Irish accents were perfect and gave this story a haunting quality. A taunt, chilling, well written book. I highly recommend!

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara San Diego, CA, United States 06-30-09
    Barbara San Diego, CA, United States 06-30-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Better to listen than to read"

    The narrators of this book take the story and make it better than it would have been if I had read it on paper myself. Their skilled narration and "spot on" Irish accents kept me immersed in the plot, setting and characters as if I were really there. The story within a story within a story is well crafted with mystery, tragedy and humor that made me watch the time elapse on my iPod with regret. I found the language vibrant and worthy of close attention, no matter which timeframe we were in: medieval or modern. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I felt the motives of two important characters, as revealed at the end, were not as compelling, or fully fleshed out, as they should have been. This will be one of my favorite listens for a long time -- until Christian Moerk publishes again, I'm sure!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie Charlotte, NC, USA 10-03-09
    Valerie Charlotte, NC, USA 10-03-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Pretty Good."

    This was a solid four stars. I liked the characters. There was a twist that I didn't see coming. It petered out a bit toward the end. But all in all, an enjoyable listen. Very good narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    kathy patterson Englewood, CO, US 02-25-11
    kathy patterson Englewood, CO, US 02-25-11 Member Since 2000
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    "Mystery, lust, Ireland"

    What a great listen - the plotting and pacing were right on. The author did a masterful job with the story within a story. Sure there was sex and foul language. The sex was an important part of the story - and as for the language - well, this story takes place at the current time - and this is how people speak. The narrators really added the 'Irish' to this story and really captured the characters for me. I have to believe that someone is going to snatch this book up to make a movie.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul United States 02-06-10
    Paul United States 02-06-10 Member Since 2001

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    "The Story Teller"

    This was grabbed me and took me on a journey. The narrators bought the story to life with their well done reading.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Theodora Dallas, Texas 07-17-09
    Theodora Dallas, Texas 07-17-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Very good"

    The title is like a romance novel. But the novel was wonderful. Keeps you interested. The ending unexpected. I loved the readers accent. It fit the setting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Lee Gainesville, Florida United States 01-04-14
    Jane Lee Gainesville, Florida United States 01-04-14 Member Since 2009
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    "a poor atempt for a vampire kind of thing"
    Would you try another book from Christian Moerk and/or Stephen Hoye and Justine Eyre ?

    Not of this type of book


    What could Christian Moerk have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not have the ladies be so promiscuous. tidy up loose ends.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I don't know.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was too scattered, leaving leads unfinished.It just wasn't interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanne YUCAIPA, CA, United States 05-07-11
    Jeanne YUCAIPA, CA, United States 05-07-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "Foul language"

    The story was probably pretty good - couldn't get past the foul language. Sorry I bought itl It would be helpful to include parts that have foul language in the sample so we could be forewarned.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Mohnton, PA, United States 10-27-10
    Kimberly Mohnton, PA, United States 10-27-10
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    "waste of time"

    One of those books you think is going to get real exciting and have a good ending. WRONG! In fact, it is going along and all of a sudden, jumps so in the story line, that several times I went back and replayed thinking I must have missed a chapter the links in story were so poor and left a lot for you to figure out yourself. Language is also very offensive and if I had realized it was going to be like that would never have purchased. There has got to be better books, buy one of those!

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Peggy New Lenox, IL, United States 05-15-13
    Peggy New Lenox, IL, United States 05-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Waiting for a sequel"

    I loved hearing the story behind the tragedy. Great story. Well written. Appreciated the reader's Irish accent. This makes the audible version of the book preferable to reading it. The ending makes me hope for a sequel. Whatever happened to Desmond? What happens when Darling Jim's brother learns the truth after the graphic novel is published? I hope such a sequel is written to explain what happens to the remaining sister, her child, and Niall. This is one of the stories I like to hear more than once.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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