Books and Musings from Downunder

Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls by Victoria Laurie


Finished:  28/01/11

Genre: Paranormal Mystery

Rated: B

Opening Sentence:    ‘…For the record, I am not a morning person…’

M.J. is a physic who can assist ghosts to leave their haunting grounds and move towards the light. Her best friend and Personal Assistant, Gilley, along with fellow ghost buster Heath are in Ireland filming the next episode for their upcoming TV series, Ghoul Getters.  This time they are  investigating Dunlow Castle, which is said to be haunted by several spirits including a malevolent phantom who either drives people insane, or too their death.  This phantom is  rumoured  to be guarding a stash of gold hidden somewhere  in castle, only this phantom ain’t no leprechaun.  To further set the scene, Dunlow Castle is built on a rock just off the coast and is only accessible via a causeway at low tide, because the water surrounding the castle are too dangerous for boating.

The moment the team arrives they go out to the castle for a reconnaissance tour, and the phantom promptly appears.  M.J. and Heath go into battle only to come up with a power far greater than anything they have come across before.  The Phantom has the ability to fill its victim’s mind with their greatest fears, and M.J., Heath and some of the crew are reduced to cowering and sobbing, despite their ghost-repellent magnetic spikes.  When they make it back to the bottom of the castle staircase they discover that the producer, Gopher, is missing.

All the shaken team has to do now is vanquish the phantom, find their producer, film the episode – oh and survive!  The 5th book in the Ghost Hunter series GHOULS, GHOULS, GHOULS is very good.  The books are getting darker as the series progresses, more tense and edgy, with the storylines getting scarier.  To balance though there is a lot of humour with Gilley providing the main distraction to the scary bits.  Gilley is an over-the-top wonderful queen of a gay guy – and his shrieks of fear and utter loyalty to MJ are a perfect balance to the action.  Some people have complained of gay stereotyping with this character, well I’m sorry I have met many Gilley’s, just as I have met many gay men who you would never know are gay unless they chose to share the fact with you. Gilley is perfect, just leave him alone.

If you are a fan of cosy mysteries or humorous adventure, then this is the book (and series) for you. Author, Victoria Laurie, succeeds in telling a wonderful story by simply grabbing her readers attention with witty dialogue, adventure, mystery, a touch of romance and plain laugh out loud humour.