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What a Ghoul Wants (Ghost Hunter Mystery #7)

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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….

THAT SINKING FEELING

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
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Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 24th 2012 by Signet
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Raven
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!
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Noreen
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Sep 06, 2013 C rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Tam
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
Alex
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
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Niv
If I read the word "Buddy" or "Dude" again in this book, I'm going to rip the page.

UPDATE:

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
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Sallee
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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Sally906
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
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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
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Karen
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 one..lol
Sandie
Dec 31, 2014 Sandie rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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Sheryl
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
Library-KAT
Another book that has me on the fence..... I really like the story, and most of the characters, but the two men Gilly & Gopher, are such self-serving manipulative, attitudinal histrionic characters that I have grown tired of them, so much so, that I was close to putting the book down.

M.J., Heath& the Ghoul Getters, are off to Wales to film a movie and some famous haunted castle. But I've got to tell you, the main ghost in this one was hellishly freakin' horrific and she was backed up by
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Camela Thompson
This is a fun and entertaining novel. This was the first book I read in her Ghost Hunter Mysteries, and I wasn't lost or confused. She did a great job of giving background and character development. The main characters were endearing, and the peripheral characters added intrigue without being overdone. It's always nice to see a strong female protagonist, and I like that M.J. is smart and stubborn. The story line was engaging, well paced, and the author does a tremendous job writing suspenseful s ...more
Kristi, A Book Fanatic
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!!
Elizabeth
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.
Stacie
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
Fantastic - the scariest one so far!!!
Bookadventurer
Unfortunately, I had to stop reading to drive, cook dinner, and sleep (and I did fall asleep while reading at one point, leaving MJ and Heath wandering the Moors, and I stopped for the NYC countdown on New Years Eve for the ball to drop.

What a Ghoul Wants starts off with a bang with Gil gripping his airplane seat and refusing to disembark upon arrival in England, stating the Ghosties are gonna get him at some point. While Gil is one of my favorite sidekicks of all time, sometimes I just wanted
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Nancy
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
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Colleen Criswell
I love this series. It is really action packed and gives such a great mystery to it all, though some of the mystery is obvious and you pretty much know what is going to happen there is enough going on that it makes for a fun read. The characters are colorful but not so over the top that they are not believable and the plot holes are minimal. It is descriptive enough that I can visualize everything in my head but not so much that I don't need imagination to enjoy it.

I loved the story in this one,
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Lynda Tatad
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
Judy  at Musings and Ramblings
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
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❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes)
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
Jessica (a GREAT read)
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
Angela
I really, really despise when authors treat their readers as if they're stupid. This seems to be a common theme with chick lit, and some of the cozies as well. Maybe it's a female thing, or it could be the length of the books don't lend themselves well to smart writing.

Whatever it is, we don't need the constant repetition that happens in these books. "I need to do this." "It's dangerous!" "Here's why I need to do this." "You'll be killed"! Insert Gilley throwing a tantrum, acting like a five yea
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Sandy Cox
Please note: This is the 7th book in the Ghost Hunter series. Laurie's books are very enjoyable, but I'm reading them out of order. If you need to start from the beginning, start with What's a Ghoul to Do?

MJ Holliday has managed to translate her talent for communicating with the dead into a television show called Ghoul Getters, but her latest shoot at Kidwella Castle in northern Wales may be even be too much for her. She's investigating the Grim Widow who had been rumored to drown victims in the
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Elizabeth
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
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Stacey
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
Debbie Heaton
In Laurie’s paranormal mystery novel, Kidwella Castle in northern Wales is the destination for M.J. Holliday and her crew of ghost hunters as they prepare to investigate the reported haunting of the Grim Widow—a deadly ghost who allegedly drowns unsuspecting guests in the nearby moat. Their cable TV show, Ghoul Getters, demands great footage of the haunting even as fear ripples through the workers once it becomes clear that the two most recent victims had help from the living before the ghost fi ...more
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Victoria Laurie is the New York Times bestselling author of 26 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 (9 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)
Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye (Psychic Eye Mystery, #1) What's a Ghoul to Do? (Ghost Hunter Mystery, #1) Better Read Than Dead (Psychic Eye Mystery, #2) Demons are a Ghoul's Best Friend (Ghost Hunter Mystery, #2) A Vision of Murder (Psychic Eye Mystery, #3)

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