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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

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Ghosts are trying to tell you something!

Another superb ghost story by Ambrose Ibsen about PI Harlan Ulrich, who now loses his appartment due to money problems. An old acquaintance offers him to house-sit his huge building, Exeter House, for a week while he's on a business trip. Harlan moves in and gets acquainted with a cat and then things starts happining.

Ulrich still has to face his fears for the supernatural which he's the only one to believe and he has to get along with the 'creepy' cat as well. Nobody believes what he sees, so he's determined to continue solving the mystery despite that he's scared. However, he finds out that if you don't help the ghosts solving whats happened in the past, they cannot rest in peace.

Again, it's a brilliant horror-like mystery with a lots of twists of turns and you're constantly curious for what happens next. I'm awaiting the next book with exitement.

The Ulrich Files has the perfect narrator in Jake Urry and I don't even notice much where in the world this story is based and I don't care. Jake is British and does these Ohio-based novels to a 5 star rating and if someone has to pull a scottish accent, Jake is the guy. He has the perfect voice for thrillers, mysteries and horror and knows exactly how to use the right tonal voice performance in the right places of the story. As soon as Jake starts a horror story, I get the chills!

*This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review.

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Ibsen and Urry do it Again!

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Ambrose Ibsen and Jake Urry might be my favorite supernatural-thriller duo as author and narrator! 'Medicine for the Dead,' book 2 of The Ulrich Files series, delivers a knuckle biting ghost story that won't be soon forgotten. I absolutely can't wait for book 3 of this series!! I would recommend this audio book to any of my friends who enjoy a good ghost story. Ibsen is a master of this kind of tale and Urry's narration expertly brings the characters to life in a way that kept me on my toes throughout. <br/><br/>This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

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Excellent second book.

After the events of the first book, Ulrich got some money, but after spending it rather quickly, he is now facing eviction from his flat. An old friend offers him a job of looking after a historic downtown building, which has been newly refurbished and made into luxury apartments, while he is out of town. The opportunity is too good to miss, so Ulrich settles into his fully furnished flat and looks forward to a week long vacation of sorts! But things aren't as they seem in Exeter House and Ulrich will have to get to the bottom of it before it's too late.

Book one was really good, but this was so much better. Ulrich is a flawed character but he really grew on me in the first book, and here, he just shines. He is such an adorable character. Lol. His inner monologues are awesome and I love that he stays who he is no matter what!! He is a teetotaler, well more a coffeetotaler, and is a real scaredy cat ;) Despite having seen something supernatural already, he still finds it hard to believe and uns away a lot of the time. He is just awesome!!!

The plot was creepy as heck and entertaining!! By day, Exeter House is beautiful, by night it's inhabited by crazed.... things. Tormented every night, Ulrich is in a fight for, not only his life, but also his sanity.

In all, this was an excellent second book. It gripped me from the very first page and didn't let go!! This author has created some very creepy, scary mysteries that will leave you wanting more! I am so looking forward to seeing more from this character, who has quickly become one of my favourites.

Jake Urry has once again nailed his performance!! He really does have a voice that can portray the creepiness and spookiness of the book perfectly. He just knows how to read these type of books well and gives his all, all the time. He is a narrator that has made it on to my favourites list!! Highly recommend.

I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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Kudos to Ambrose!!

I truly enjoy your books! I'm hooked on titles featuring the same lead characters. It's rather like dropping by a friends' house to find what he's been up to.
Great story and thank you SO much for keeping the cat!! I think you two needed each other.

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New fan of this author, can't put it down!

LOVE this series. I've killed 2/3 in two days. Will definitely be reading all of Ambrose's stuff.

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Medicine for the Dead

This story was the true definition of &quot;gripping&quot;. This was a fantastic ghost story! It was really pretty creepy at times (not gory though, just ghostly LOL),. It did give me chills a few times.
I liked this one much better than the first one. This storyline was more developed, it flowed better, and was more fun and creepy!

The ghostliness of the book is pretty high. So if you like ghosts stories this one has a lot in it. But, it is also very suspenseful and a good mystery.

Great character development. I liked Harlan, even though he was supposed to be kind of unlikable. He is the &quot;what-you-see-is-what-you-get&quot; kind of guy. Loved Sparkles the cat, even if Harlan didn't take to him right away (the cat did grow on him though) I love a story with a cat in it!

There is a third book which I would love to get a copy for review, but no one I know is offering it - I may just have to buy it! GASP! I know, right?! But, I have to have it!

And... once again the Narrator - Jake Urry did a fantastic job! Flawless.

If you love a good ghost story then this one is definitely a good one to pick up!

I was so busy the day (yes, I listened to it in one day!) I listened to it, I carried it around the house with me!

voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this audiobook from Jess the Audiobookworm - Thank You!

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Harlan needed a cat with a disregard for coffee

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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DELICIOUSLY CREEPY..!!

The narrator has the most deliciously creepy voice... he could read the label off of a soup can and it would sound ominous..
Buy this series..!!

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Be freaked out

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Harlan Ulrich seems out of luck, but then he meets a former high school pal who offers him free lodging for a week in Exeter House. All Harlan is supposed to do, is doing a couple of rounds through the still empty house, which is being renovated, to make sure that no squatters ruin the place.

Harlan moves into the model apartment which is fully furbished, and he thinks himself in heaven — until strange things happen. Harlan soon feels threatened, and although he tries hard, there is no logical explanation for the goings-on in the house come night.

With nowhere else to go at such short notice, Harlan decides to figure out what is happening, and faces the evil spirits.



My thoughts:

I already thought The Sick House (The Ulrich Files #1) was creepy, but I was glad that I listened to about half of Medicine for the Dead in plain daylight!

And then I made a mistake: I did what is my habit: I went to bed, listening to the book. And naturally, I couldn’t fall asleep. The story is super creepy, and I’m not just referring to the ghosts, or apparition, spirits or just visions — the things happening in real are what took my breath away and kept me from falling asleep. Oh, my, Harlan! There was absolutely no chance to fall asleep, or even stop listening until I knew the outcome! Let me give you one advice: don’t listen (or read) this book in bed! Jake Urry’s narration adds greatly to the effect, the creepy atmosphere, the terror Ulrich feels. It’s once again an excellent narration, transferring all the horror directly into your head. Well,maybe I’m especially susceptible, I don’t know. However, I think there’s an inherit fear of all things unknown and/or inexplicable in each of us, and Ambrose Ibsen’s story appeals to that fear — while Jake Urry does his best to make it seem real.

This is another great occult thriller, and I look forward to listening to book #3 (Darkside Blues) in that series. Watch this space, it will be part of a blog tour, and I’ll post my review on 2nd June.

Disclosure: I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Harlan is a grumpy old codger!

What made the experience of listening to Medicine for the Dead the most enjoyable?

Yet again I must compliment Jake Urry on the narration, without a doubt he brings the whole tale and situation to life. An exceptionally gifted story-teller with an addictive voice.

What did you like best about this story?

While I enjoyed book one this part captured my imagination on a different level, almost as though Harlan has matured in his role. I now have the pleasure of book three, Darkside Blues.

What does Jake Urry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Atmosphere, tension, charisma. Experience the hairs on the back of your neck rising just by listening to him.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Now Harlan is a grumpy old codger but I’m learning to like his quirky ways. Intent on being alone he wasn’t too impressed to find he would be sharing the living space with a CAT .. Sparkles met his match in Harlan but eventually a truce is called, this demonstrated a softer side in Harlan and was the turning point for my growing affection.

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This time he accepts a week long lease in an apartment in return for ‘house sitting’ the majestic Exeter House. All is well by day, he mooches around content so long as he has his coffee, something to read and peace and quiet. As night looms things take on a more sinister feel in the house and that’s when the story livens up. It gets creepy, eerie and tension mounts. Can Harlan defeat the evilness that plagues his mind. Yet again I’m tormented by rats, they tend to appear in these books!My thanks to the author for creating a captivating story and thanks to Jess at An Audiobookworm for the copy which I reviewed voluntarily.

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  • med c
  • 07-22-16

Book 2

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A great creepy filled book with justice and redemption. I am enjoying scaring myself with Book 1 and this book 2. I am getting addicted with this author and the narrator- he is doing a great job.

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  • Devilish Accord
  • 08-05-16

I'll Never Be A Building Manager After This!

What made the experience of listening to Medicine for the Dead the most enjoyable?

This book paid hommage to the 1st volume (The Sick House) in the narrative, which I thought was a great way to tie both books together.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ulrich of course is the ever self-doubful and somewhat unlucky PI. My heart goes out to him. He seems to have gained a lot from this latest experience, so maybe his luck truly is going to change. Book 3 may find him with more confidence perhaps?

What does Jake Urry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Jake's tone continues to layer the text with authority. Easy to listen to at any time of the day/night.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The descriptions during the fire are the most vivid for me, and bring very clear, and horrific, scenes into minds eye. Powerful stuff.

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It's taken a while to get through the book due to personal circumstances, but I've been totally engrossed all the way through. A very superb second volume to what I hope will be a large long-term collection of stories about Ulrich from the very able pen of Mr Ibsen.

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  • Petra
  • 07-19-16

Haunting paranormal suspense story

This is the second book featuring coffee-addicted PI Harlan Ulrich, but it can easily be read (listened to) as a standalone. Harlan has overindulged a bit and is being evicted from his apartment, so when an old acquaintance offers him to stay in a newly refurbished, luxury apartment complex in exchange for guarding the empty place at night, Harlan is quite happy. Except, the place isn't quite as empty and deserted as expected.
I'm becoming quite a fan of Harlan now. We get to see a bit more of his kind side this time, as he becomes quite attached to a cat. His self-deprecating internal monologues are pretty funny.
Similar to 'The Sick House', the first book in the series, the plot turns into an exciting supernatural murder mystery without too much gore, but which is nicely creepy and atmospheric.
The narration was excellent again. It is apparent that Jake Urry is in his element with these menacing, suspenseful storylines. Really great listening.
I received the audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • robert
  • 07-18-16

sometimes something IS too good to be true

If you could sum up Medicine for the Dead in three words, what would they be?

gritty, spine chilling

Who was your favorite character and why?

Harlan Ulrich, the way the narrator Jake Urry makes him sounds like he come straight out of a film noir from the 60's minus the alcohol

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Ulrich is a tea total P.I. down on his luck, with more money than sense when it comes to his finances and he's got very little money..after being evicted from his apartment after blowing what little he did have on a top of the range coffer filter and grinder instead of paying his rent, he contacts his old school buddy who has just finished refurbishing some 5 star apartments in an old building above a bar in the center of Toledo and needs someone to stay in one of them and keep an eye on the place whilst he goes on a business trip for a week, giving time for Ulrich to get himself together whilst living in the lap of luxury, what seemed like a lucky break turns into a nightmare as Ulrich fights for his life while trying to find out what the hell is going on!<br/><br/>this is the first book I've listen to from either author Ambrose Ibsen or narrator Jake Urry and even though this is the second book in the series you don't miss a beat and is easily taken as a stand alone book,<br/>the tempo of the story was good as it slowly ramped up the suspense and I wasn't found wanting at the finish of the tale.<br/>would recommend!<br/>

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  • Vicki Goodwin
  • 07-15-16

Story and Narration really kept me riveted.

An Occult horror story that will keep you guessing and wondering what exactly is going on.
The detail wraps you up and create pictures that are clear and vivid images of what he describes. Not going to say too much, but I can say there are some odd, weird creatures in this book.

The protagonist is really a great guy. He is a stress eater, a teetotaler and a Private Investigator that struggles with money. I love his conversations with himself. He is his own worse critic. I get tickled at him when he starts that negative talk. He is a huge Sinatra fan, you can't beat that!

The narration, by Jake Urry, it is to me, just perfect. The voices are just so spot on. He has a full range of voices that he uses to convey the spirit of the story. The characters in the story all have distinct accents and tones.

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  • Laura Prime
  • 08-26-16

Heart racing in many parts

This is not generally a Genre I would 'pick' however I am Genre jumping and learning at the moment so thought it be a good idea to try.
I loved it! It was heart racingly scary in parts, and just down right dark in others.
The narrator JAKE URRY had just the voice needed for this book, I am not sure I would have been able to get the character myself , the voice, made it eerie which added to the dark supernatural happenings.

I would buy this for my more believing friends as it would seem a little far fetched for my non believer of spirits friends.

Overall it was a maze of people , apparitions and fear. Definitely a book not to miss.