Friday, February 18, 2011

Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls by Victoria Laurie (review #112)

Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls by Victoria Laurie
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Publisher: Penguin/Obsidian
Format: Library Loan

Well, this is certainly a big change from the last few books I reviewed. I told you I needed to take a break for a bit from the heavy books I've been reading. This did the trick. Let's just start by saying, I'm not a big fan of the paranormal reads. Ok? There you have it. I'm sure 75% of the blogosphere just stopped dead in their tracks. I know, doesn't everyone love this genre? It's everywhere! Well, I don't hate it, I just don't seek it out to read much.

Don't get me wrong, I am a sucker for Twilight, LOVE Buffy and Angel, and if I were to some how turn into a Succubi, I would be okay with "working it all out" with a studly vampire.

But it's not a genre I can read a lot of. I do, however, LOVE this Ghost Hunter Mystery series by Victoria Laurie. I picked them up on a whim after I was laid off and decided to give some new lighter genres a try. I like the whole ghost busting, ghost hunter thing. I watch the shows. I love the spooky movies. So, this really turned out to be right up my alley.

Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls is #5 in the series. M.J Holliday is the sassy female character. She is a ghost hunter, psychic medium who travels to different spooky hot spots around the world with her team; Gilley, her gay best friend and computer guru; Heath, her partner is psychic crime and hmmm, potential love interest; Gopher, her producer for her new Ghoul Getters TV show and a whole cast of helpers and spooks and gooks.

What started out as just her own business in the first few books, M.J. has progressed to being quite a successful, sought after medium. In the last book, the realty show Ghoul Getters started and continues in this one. This has made the books even more fun. They find themselves in some pretty far off places. In this case, Dunlow Castle in Ireland. There seems to be a cranky phantom there who is intent on guarding some long ago buried treasure.

M.J. and her gang are to investigate and get some neat shots for the show and be off. Unfortunately they all get tangled up in the mystery even more. It's not as simple as getting rid of the phantom. They discover many secrets and betrayals along the way in this tiny town.

Rating: 5/6
I really recommend these. I find them to be really fun and a bit scary too. In light of the topics and situations they find themselves in, it could come across as a bit cheesy but it doesn't. Laurie writes with ease and obviously has quite a knowledge of the paranormal being a real-life professional psychic. I would definitely start out with Book 1- What's a Ghoul to do? You will get a taste of M.J. and follow her story and relationships better that way.

Book Club Pick:
Nope. Just for my own little fun!

Author Website:
The whole series can be checked out here. Victoria Laurie

Happy Reading and as always, thanks for stopping by!

red headed book child


Jenny said...

I'm not a big fan of paranormal either (as you probably know) but I do like this author's psychic eye series. I've never read this series but heard a lot of other good things about it too!

WonderBunny said...

Well, I'm a paranormal fan but I'm glad you enjoyed these. Good review.

I haven't enjoyed the other series by Laurie as much as the ghost hunter one either.

Have you tried the Alice Kimberly mysteries? I like those ones a lot and think the paranormal aspect adds a interesting touch and progression to each story.

Tales of Whimsy said...

Sounds like fun :) I love that you're shaking it up ;)

Misha said...

I was curious about the book. It does sound like a fun read. I might give this one a try!

Ryan said...

I'm not big into the Urban Fantasy right now either. But this one sounds like something I might enjoy. I may have to take a look at it. Thanks for the review.

Senator said...

I totally looked into this series after I saw it in your "Reading Now" column and your review make me jones for it more. Problem is... I can't find it ANYWHERE! The series is totally nonexistent in my libraries or bookstores! Eeek!!!! :( I gots ta e-book it, I suppose!

P.S. I'll pass on the latest givaway, but I got the book! Meep! :D

Gina said...

First off, love the cover. The limited use of color proves striking and the title while simple is curious. ROTFL at the "studly vampire" line there....^_^ ...though I can't say I'd blame you. As for the review itself, great job! You definitely have my attention. Sounds like all the little quirks added in keep it from being dry as some mysteries can get. Will certainly be keeping an eye out for it in my local store. Thanks for sharing!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

I've heard of this series somewhere. Yeah, I don't remember where. But I heard good things on it. :) I'm so glad you enjoyed it! :)

Jill Buck said...

I have a few of these on my shelf, I bought them last year when used book store was going out of business, but I haven't gotten to them yet. Thanks for the review!