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What a Ghoul Wants (Ghost Hunter Mystery #7)

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  2,415 Ratings  ·  197 Reviews
M. J. Holliday has the unusual ability to talk to the dead. But when it comes to a vengeful ghost and a mysterious drowning, this time she may be in over her head….


Kidwella Castle in northern Wales is rumored 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
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 24th 2012 by Signet
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Jun 03, 2012 Raven rated it did not like it
These books are like crack to me; and now I have to wait until next year for my next hit? *melodramatic whimper*

Update (august 11, 2012): OMG it has a cover! ... and the cover is hideous. Hmm well. ok.

Update 2 (august 16, 2012): 5 likes! Next up, WORLD DOMINATION!

Update 3 (september 7, 2012): 7 likes! Feeling the mounting pressure to write something witty so more people will like my 'review'. In other news, they moved up the release date, and it looks like we'll have the book a few days earlier!
Dec 29, 2012 N rated it it was ok
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Sep 05, 2013 C rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-3
I've loved this series from the very beginning, and they're usually a favorite fast read, but the last couple of books just haven't done it for me. It took a while for me to get around to buying this and even longer to read it. Even then I only read a few chapters, and then forgot about it. The cast is becoming grating, as is the tone of the dialogue. It's starting to sound a bit sitcom-ish, and it distracts from the story. The story this time around felt a bit weak and convoluted. The word "ins ...more
Mystereity Reviews
I really enjoy Victoria Laurie's books, especially the ghost hunter series. This one disappointed me. I was so turned off by Gilley's antics that I found myself flipping past pages and pages of his tantrums. For everyone's sake, send him home. Also wondered why there was a need to put Heath out of commission for awhile, just like in the last book. His role is largely for ogling his masculine goodness and some heavy petting The cameraman has a larger role in the book than Heath does; whether it's ...more
Nov 09, 2013 Niv rated it it was ok
If I read the word "Buddy" or "Dude" again in this book, I'm going to rip the page.


So I finally finished it. It is a disaster, Victoria should end this series, it is getting ridiculous. The way she portrays "Gilley" a flamboyant gay man, is offensive to the Gay community. Somehow her idea of Gay men are five year olds with constant temper tantrums.

As for the other characters, somehow she wants us to believe that they all happen to be extremely dumb and waiting on her directions for every
Jan 08, 2013 Alex rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. I sped through the entire series last month so this was the only one I've had to wait for so far, and I was really excited to read it.

On the one hand, I loved being back with this series. I'm not sure why I am loving this series so much but I really am!

On the other hand, this was probably the weakest book so far.

I brought up a lot of annoyances in my review of the last book, and unfortunately those kept going in this book. Gilley is still obnoxious (though
Nov 10, 2014 Sallee rated it really liked it
This book takes M.J., Gilley, Heath and their team of ghost busters to Kidwella Castle in northern Wales where a deadly ghost known as the Grim Widow is attributed to many deaths. Most have been drowned in the moat. She keeps them prisoner and they have been unable to move on.
While they are there filming for the TV show, several deaths occur but M.J. is thinking that not all of them can be triggered to the Grim Widow. Fast paced and full of spooky happenings and some romance thrown in makes thi
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*Beware of possible Spoilers*

What a Ghoul Wants is the seventh installment of Victoria Laurie’s fun series about a group of ghost hunters that go from location to location filming for their TV show, Ghoul Getters. While looking for spooks, they stumble upon various mysteries begging to be solved. Its Ghost Hunters meets Sherlock Holmes; an interesting concept for a series of books that I just couldn’t resist!

In this installment, M.J., Heath, and company have t
Jan 03, 2013 Melliane rated it really liked it
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My English review

Ah, M. J. and her team! I am always intrigued when a new volume comes out and I often read them fast enough. I may be a little less attached to this one than the previous ones but it is still a very good novel.

Our small team is heading to Castle Kidwella where a widow is known to wreak havoc. But from the beginning, something fishy is looming and this survey may be the only that they could abandon before the end because of the danger it represents. Indeed, al
Jun 07, 2013 Sally906 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal, mystery
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, reall ...more
Feb 11, 2014 Sheryl rated it did not like it
Let me start by saying that this is only the second book in the series that I have read. I read the first book in print many years back and thought it was cute but wasn't interested in rushing out to read more. However, when this book became available through one of Audible's 2-for1 credit sales the preview sounded interesting enough that I thought I'd give it a try. Many times with cozy series you don't have to read them all to be able to enjoy any of the books. And that wasn't a problem here e ...more
Jan 01, 2015 Carmen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
M.J. and company are off to Wales to investigate the haunted Kidwella Castle. Things quickly get out of control when the Grim Widow decides to show them whose boss before they can settle into their new digs. M.J. finds herself at the center of a deadly murder mystery that is somehow tied to the powerful murderous ghost who imprisons the souls of the victims.

This is probably my favorite book in the series. I loved how ominous this castle and the people staying in it were from the very beginning.
Mar 28, 2016 Linda rated it liked it
Shelves: audible-on-sale
Audible version. I didn't connect well with the narrator, so that may have affected my enjoyment of the book. The accents, instead of adding depth, kind of startled me from the flow of the narrative. And sometimes the inflection of a phrase seemed off from the content. Also, I haven't read any earlier of the series, and haven't read a lot of paranormal mystery in general.

I enjoyed the character and relationship development of the ghost hunting crew, and the fictional history of Kidwella castle.
Kristi, A Book Fanatic
Dec 28, 2012 Kristi, A Book Fanatic rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, paranormal
I absolutely love Victoria Laurie, but I was a little disappointed in this book. I felt like there was not enough of the actual characters -- I would have liked to have more of a plot that wasn't ALL centered around the ghosts. I think it is time for these characters to go home and deal with some real life situations .. and I need to see my fave parrot Doc!!
Dec 15, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, mystery
Okay i would not recommend reading this series one after another. Only because it can tend to be a little repeatative. Other then that it is the characters that keep your interest and are what make the series good. I will deffently read the next one in this series. I just hope the parrot is in the next
Dec 03, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you remember the episode of Friends in which Joey talks about reading Cujo and throwing it in the freezer at the scary points? Yeah, that's how I feel about this book. From the start, I was on edge with fear. This series keeps getting scarier and scarier, but it also hasn't lost it's appeal. It continues to intrigue me and keep me coming back.
Dec 27, 2012 Stacie rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this series. Victoria Laurie always keeps my attention with these books. The writing is incredible and its all really scary!!! I can't wait till the next one comes out :)
Kay Walker
Jul 31, 2013 Kay Walker rated it it was amazing
Fantastic - the scariest one so far!!!
Jun 07, 2017 Andi rated it liked it
2.5 stars. I wondered if I would enjoy this installment after not having read this series in several years. The writing style made it easy to reintroduce myself to the series, but the character development (or lack of) really irritated me. Gilly was so over-the-top flamboyantly gay that he was almost a caricature. And MJ ("Em) was so often timid and afraid that it made me wonder why she was in the ghost hunting business. Yes, I did enjoy the plot, but I just don't know if I can read another inst ...more
Mar 01, 2017 Mia rated it liked it
My 'reviews' tend to be more of a technical nature than one that tells the story. I don't like to give spoilers and oft think a person should read some stories for themselves and be their own judge. As a result, I find reviewing difficult unless I love the book so much I gush over it, or I vehemently hate it.
That said, I was not crazy about this one. Not because it was bad or anything, but maybe I'm getting bored or tired of them. My biggest stumbling block is I haven't really come to like some
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Dec 27, 2012 Jessica (a GREAT read) rated it it was amazing
It was a one-day read for me! And possibly the last time since I will be working in the coming weeks! What a read for it to be though! Victoria Laurie, as you know, is one of my favorite mystery writers! Her mysteries are very mysterious and I can rarely figure out the who-done-it. Which can be a blessing and a curse! But I enjoy it all the same! What a Ghoul Wants is the latest in her second series, Ghost Hunter Mysteries and it is this series that is more paranormal than her other one, for the ...more
Sandie Herron
Mar 07, 2013 Sandie Herron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: paranormal readers who like ghost busting
Wow! We are at Kidwella castle full of ghosts and one extremely nasty female ghost who ran Kidwella Castle in life and now rules the castle in death. She's cranky, nasty, ruthless, and loves to pull men and women into the moat surrounding the castle, into water that is death-chillingly cold.

What begins as another episode of the TV show "Ghoul Getters" is almost cancelled for what appears to be lack of information. It's just that the power is out in Northern Wales where the team is battling all
Sandie Herron
Dec 31, 2014 Sandie Herron rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: paranormal readers who enjoy ghost hunting
Recommended to Sandie by: John Kwiatkowski
Wow! A castle full of ghosts and one really, really nasty female ghost who ran Kidwella Castle in life and rules the castle in death. She's cranky and loves to pull men and women into the moat surrounding the castle, water that is death-chillingly cold.

What begins as another episode of the TV show "Ghoul Getters" is almost cancelled for what appears to be lack of information. It's just that the power is out in Northern Wales where the team is battling all sorts of ghosts. They love to drain the
Lynda Tatad
Aug 10, 2013 Lynda Tatad rated it really liked it
Shelves: series-r-us
This is the 7th book in the Ghost Hunter Mysteries series featuring MJ Holiday, who is a spirit medium that can talk to the dead. Her boyfriend Heath Whitefeather is also talented in that area, and together they are part of the ghost hunting crew for a TV show called Ghoul Getters. Her best friend Gilley Gillespie is the tech support on the crew, but he is also the biggest scaredy cat when it comes to ghosts. On a trip to Whales to investigate Kidwella Castle in Northern Wales, the director Goph ...more
Dec 24, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it
You have to appreciate the evolution that this series has undertaken. From the farcical first books that were more Scooby-do than mystery to book number six (Ghoul Interrupted) where there was a decided turn in the feel and tone of the books to the latest installment – that still has a few elements of previous absurdity but is much more enjoyable.

Once you get past the fact that Gilley has things that weird him out to the mutual understanding that oversized sweatshirts packed with magnets will wa
Apr 07, 2013 Stacey rated it liked it
I wait each year for the new installment of new series and I really do enjoy them. In "What a Ghoul Wants", the Ghoul Getters crew is in Wales investigating the Kidwellah castle. A malicious female ghost haunts part of the castle and there have been many deaths in the moat over the years. Even more bodies start turning up during the Ghoul Getters stay. I liked the ghost story here and I also enjoyed the 'second' mystery that was happening at the same time during the story. There were several goo ...more
This is the 7th book in the Ghost Hunter Mystery series by Victoria Laurie. I have been reading Victoria Laurie's books since the second book in her Abby Cooper Psychic Eye series came out. I will admit that I prefer the Abby Cooper series just a bit more than the Ghost Hunter series, but both series have been on my must read list.

In this story, MJ and the crew are investigating a haunted castle that has been turned into a hotel. Gillie, her cousin and best friend since childhood has a bad feel
Mar 25, 2013 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Well I'm not sure how I feel about this one. To me it read a lot like one of those crappy Asian scary movies. Only instead Japan the location is Kidwella Castle in Northern Wales. Yep that’s right I said Wales....I know boring right? Well for the most part yes.

The characters are thrown into the deep end within the first few chapters, and seem to almost never figure out what's going on.

M.J. and Heath are injured in the beginning of the book. After said injury there is a lot of floundering aroun
❂ Jennifer
Sep 30, 2012 ❂ Jennifer rated it really liked it
I knew from reading other reviews that this is not a book you read in bed at night, so I chose a nice bright, sunny day to crack this book open. While I thought there were definitely spooky-ish moments in the book, I thought perhaps the spooky factor had been exaggerated - until 2 of my chickens (who had unbeknownst to me had escaped their run) were startled by my cats and squawked outside my window during a tense moment in the book - and I had to scrape myself off the ceiling. So, perhaps prett ...more
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Victoria Laurie is the New York Times bestselling author of 30 books and counting. Victoria divides her time between her two adult mystery series, (The Psychic Eye Mysteries, and The Ghost Hunter Mysteries), and a Y/A thriller, When (Formerly titled Death Date), to be released in early January of 2015.

As a professional psychic, Victoria's protagonists - psychic Abigail Cooper, and spiritual medium
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Other Books in the Series

Ghost Hunter Mystery (10 books)
  • What's a Ghoul to Do? (Ghost Hunter Mystery, #1)
  • Demons are a Ghoul's Best Friend (Ghost Hunter Mystery, #2)
  • Ghouls Just Haunt to Have Fun (Ghost Hunter Mystery, #3)
  • Ghouls Gone Wild (Ghost Hunter Mystery, #4)
  • Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls (Ghost Hunter Mystery, #5)
  • Ghoul Interrupted (Ghost Hunter Mystery, #6)
  • The Ghoul Next Door (Ghost Hunter Mystery, #8)
  • No Ghouls Allowed (Ghost Hunter Mystery, #9)
  • A Ghoul's Guide to Love and Murder (Ghost Hunter Mystery, #10)

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