Title: What a Ghoul Wants
Author: Victoria Laurie
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Blurb: Kidwella Castle in northern Wales is rumoured to be haunted by a deadly ghost – the Grim Widow, who allegedly drowns unsuspecting guests in the castle’s moat. Not long after M. J. and her crew arrive at the castle to film their ghost-hunting cable TV show, Ghoul Getters, two new victims are added to the Widow’s grisly roster. Fear ripples through the castle, especially when it’s discovered that the victims may have had help into their watery graves from the land of the living. The local inspector suspects father/son serial killers, but M. J. thinks that theory is all wet. To catch the true culprit she will need to dive deep into the castle’s past and bring some long buried secrets to the surface.
My Thoughts: Victoria Laurie is one of my favourite cosy paranormal mystery writers, and, for me, the Ghosthunter series is top of the list of series that she writes. Ok to be fair I have only read the first of the ‘physic eye’ books – and really enjoyed that. As well as having me laugh so much my sides ache she has me hiding under the blankets when the truly creepy scenes happen. WHAT A GHOUL WANTS is the seventh book in the series and this time the ghost is a very nasty pasty – this one can hurt you, really hurt you to the point of death. And death by ghost is no laughing matter! I have seen ghost stories documentaries on cable and they are all filmed in black and white accompanied with suspenseful music – but no ghost. Not so much as a hint of one. They just seem to be people talking themselves into a scared frenzy over nothing. I wish there was a show like the fictional Ghoul Getters. But then maybe I don’t or I’d never get to sleep.
Fast paced and edgy there was no way I was going to stop reading and leave the ghost dangling in my imagination. The main characters are all wonderful – MJ is brave, loyal and thinks on her feet in a crisis; the love interest, Heath, is another strong character with American Indian mysticism to guide him through the tough spots; Gilley, the main comic relief, is the flamboyant chicken who faints at the mere hint of a ghost, after he has shrieked loudly enough to wake the dead – well more of the dead. Then there is the starring spook. You keep on thinking that the spook of each book in the series can’t be bested by a more evil entity – but Victoria Laurie manages to do it. What is even scarier is that book 8 is coming out in January 2014 and I am frighted all ready at what might be lurking among the pages to scare me. Move over Gilley I want to shiver with you!
Rating: A – Excellent. I could not put it down.
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