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Deep Night

Detective Harlan Ulrich, Book 1
Narrated by: Kyle Tait
Series: Detective Harlan Ulrich, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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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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  • timj26
  • ontario canada
  • 07-16-19

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
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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Great

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

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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.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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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.

I was given a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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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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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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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 07-06-19

A Creepy Mystery

This isn’t the first Ibsen novel I’ve read but it very quickly reminded me of why I love reading his work so much. He’s able to creep me out in a way that stays with me when I go to bed. Sure, listening right before I go to sleep isn’t a good idea, but I can’t help it! He writes his novels in such a way that I need to know what is happening (and if people are going to be okay).

Deep Night is no different. Ibsen is able to set the tone as dark and ominous almost right away. He’s able to creep you out (aided by the excellent narration by Kyle Tait) of the “tap, tap, tap, tap, tap” that happens at night. Anything that goes bump in the night freaks me out – so I knew I was in for it with Deep Night.

I also want to call out the artwork for this. It perfectly mixes the combination of mystery/whodunit with the paranormal/horror elements. The only obvious thing missing is a red umbrella – but that would probably take away from the whole vibe (also some foreshadowing to part of the book if you haven’t read it).

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Deep Night. It had me hanging on every word but also had me freaked out that I felt like I needed to stop it at any minute. I love the intermingling of the mystery and horror elements. And I liked Ulrich as a character a lot. I see that it’s a series and I can’t wait to read more from him!

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  • Sara
  • Next Book Review Blog
  • 07-16-19

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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Something a Bit Different From Ibsen

Ambrose Ibsen has been my favorite horror author for the past few years. Anytime I'm looking for a creepy story about something going bump in the night, he's my go to author.

This story is a bit different but very enjoyable. It's a detective story more than a horror story. There is something creepy going bump in the night but it's more of a detective mystery than it is horror.

In most of Ibsen's horror novels the end of the story usually has the creature, ghost or whatever supernatural entity happened to be featured, still at large and roaming around or there's a big showdown where the protagonist banishes or releases or whatever you want to call it. But usually the creature is out there somewhere at the end of the story.

This story was nice in the aspect that the creepy supernatural entity wasn't evil and hell bent on killing or possessing anyone.

I don't want to give anything away but if you like stories about detectives who follow the clues, no matter where they lead, even if it's a creepy old house with a possible murder suspect living there, then this is the book for you.

If you're more interested in Ibsen's horror novels, check out Black Acres, The House of Long Shadows, Asylum or any of his other books. This book is mystery / detective, not horror.

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • RJ
  • Cottage Grove, MN, United States
  • 07-12-19

Picture of Dorian Gray-esk!

“Deep Night” turns out to be an excellent paranormal detective book. It reminded me of the Picture of Dorian Gray. A mysterious changing painting plot-line that turns into a murder investigation. It is a good detective yarn although a wee bit predictable. I enjoy Ibsen’s writing and recommend it. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful