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What's a Ghoul to Do? (Ghost Hunter Mysteries, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – April 3, 2007
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I think I had the coolest results in the entire class. :)
Needless to say, I did not follow that particular career path - or maybe I just took the more indirect route. In my thirties a very good friend of mine who is now one of the world's most renowned psychic mediums suggested I stop ignoring my talents and dive right into the professional world of a psychic intuitive. On a lark, I did. And the results were pretty mind-blowing. Within just a few short weeks even I couldn't deny it - so much of what I predicted for total strangers was coming true and I really had to accept the "gift" so to speak.
Over the years I've built a really fabulous clientele and all those experiences have helped me create the Psychic Eye Mysteries, the Ghost Hunter Mysteries, and - for children - Oracles of Delphi Keep. And along that way I discovered my true love - writing.
Writing is one of those passions that gets me out of bed in the morning and invigorates my day. I love spinning a good yarn, and when I feel I actually get it right - wow! There is no better feeling.
In fact, the other day I was kicking back after a looooong day of writing, which ended in the completion of a manuscript and I remember just marveling in the fact that I actually get paid to daydream! I can't think of a more satisfying way to spend a life. And let's face it - it's a whole lot safer than working some covert operation. Although - I'm pretty sure the benefits might be better at the CIA. Still, I'll stick to my daydreams...at least for now... :)
Top Customer Reviews
I was hoping they'd be different from the P. E. Mysteries, but still have similar elements of style. Even though I like romance, this book was supposed to be a mystery, hence A Ghost Hunter Mystery on the cover, but the mystery is thrown in around the rather awkwardly written romance between M. J. and Steven. I did think the first chapter was good because I thought M. J. would be different than Abby and more antisocial and a bit cranky (at least that's what I got from the first chapter), but then she ended up giggling throughout the whole book (seriously). What I like about the P. E. Mysteries are that they are fresh, fun, well written, and the characters are (for the most part) believable. Not to mention, I got extremely tired of reading Steven's choppy English ('what do you say...?', 'Yes, that too', etc.), which made the dialogue even choppier and flatter than it already was, not to mention irritating as all get out. I don't know why V. L. couldn't have made him more fluent in English, especially since he was so well educated, it would only have been a small tweak in the plot. But I've noticed Ms. Laurie has a bit of a redundancy problem in her books, even if I do love Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye, which has the 'liar, liar, pants on fire' repetition, where when someone lies, Abby's 'inborn lie detector' goes off with that chant.
Overall, the dialogue was choppy, the plot and mystery were subpar, the characters were clichés and unbelievable (Doc was a nice addition though), and the whole book badly needed editing.Read more ›
It is the equivalent of having a character mispronounce words, then another character constantly correcting the mispronounciation!! Oh right, what is annoying in real life becomes excruciating on paper! And at the end, we find this annoying guy will return in the second book. Lets hope he learns to saw the english, I mean, speak english, before then. Aaagh!
M.J. and her partner Gilley, a smirky and funny gay guy, work together to help their clients with their ghostly problems. Then a hunky doctor, both in M.J.'s and Gilley's opinion, comes to them and asks for their services in ridding his house of his grandfather's ghost but he also wants to know what happened to him, because he suspects murder. M.J. does not normally allow the cilents to come along because they just get in the way and make things complicated for her. So after arguing she finally complies and allows the doctor to come along.
The mystery itself was enticing as well. There are always so many leads as to who the murderer is and you start to make your guesses only to be blown away by the outcome!! I love it when that happens! The novel ends and sets up a small surprise for M.J., which I will not reveal! It all leads up to the next installment of the series, which I am dying to read!
The mystery has an edge, there are so many winding secrets that all get answered and the suspense that the book has with its mystery and the fact that there's ghosts involved makes this a helluva good read. I read it all in one freaking day with no real intention of doing so. So I highly recommend this book to any mystery lovers obivously, but to any sci-fi/fantasy lovers. Also there is only a small spark of romance involved, so there is no heavy breathing in this book which also makes it good. This is seriously a good book and promises to be a helluva good series.
To help a soul who has lost their way, to help them 'cross over' needs not only the ability to 'see' the soul, but be able to help them find their way. Not just all the gadgets that a ghostbuster needs to find spiritual activity. Ms. Laurie masterfully educates us what it takes to do this line of work, as well as entertain us with wonderful plot and characters. Laurie also writes a fine story with action, mystery, romance, and mixing the paranormal with the everyday makes the reader right there in the action. Laurie's writing, the word play between the characters is crisp and wonderful.
I am happy that this new series is great and look forward to more -
Can tell you that Ms. Laurie is gifted in her own right and gives her insight into her work.
You will enjoy this and all Victoria Laurie's works.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wow! Once I started I couldn't put this series down. Worth every penny I paid for this series. Read some on kindle and prchased some of the paperback but couldn't pass up buying... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Deborah Sawanec
I see from some of the reviews given that a lot of the readers had read one of Victoria's other series, (Psychic Eye Detective). Read morePublished 23 days ago by Wolfie Lover - Amazon Customer
Definition of Ghoul - An evil spirit or phantom, especially one supposed to rob graves and feed on dead bodies Or •a person morbidly interested in death or disaster. Read morePublished 3 months ago by 4Nbahu
What’s a Ghoul to Do? is the first book in the Ghost Hunter mysteries series by Victoria Laurie.
This was my second time reading this book. Read more
Loved it! Totally sucked me in and had me routing for them :)Published 8 months ago by Stacy Roland
It's not often I don't finish a book, but I couldn't get through this. Poor writing and tired tropes weren't even the worst of it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Daniel Johnson
I though this was a cute book. I enjoyed her writing and wizzed right through the book in one sitting.Published 10 months ago by momajno_hd