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Demons Are a Ghoul's Best Friend (Ghost Hunter Mystery #2)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  4,594 ratings  ·  221 reviews
Victoria Laurie's ghoulishly great follow-up to What's a Ghoul to Do? in her new Ghost Hunter Mystery series Northelm Boarding School on Lake Placid has the worst bully of all-a demon by the name of Hatchet Jack. M.J. Holliday, along with her partners Gilley and the handsome Dr. Steven Sable, are ready to send him back to the portal from whence he came. The school's summer ...more
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Published March 4th 2008 by New American Library
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I picked this book up after reading the first book in the series & was eager to learn more about my favorite characters. While I enjoyed this book thoroughly, there were a few parts to the book that had my eyes rolling at times.

This current book finds MJ being recruited by Teeko to hunt down a psychotic ghost by the name of "Hatchet Jack" that haunts the ultra priviledged school that her niece attends. Along for the ride are her teammates Gilley (old friend) & Steven (the love interest)
Who doesn't love a good axe-wielding marauding ghost who roams the hall ways of exclusive boarding schools? Toss in a smart-alec psychic detective, a swishy business partner and a millionaire boyfriend...and I think you might explode if you tossed any more cliques.

High art? Not by far. Toss-away poolside reading? Absolutely. I'm unlikely to read any more of the series, despite the hilarious punny titles, just because the characters are beyond predictable, and I'm so tired of gay men being portr
Second in the Ghost Buster mysteries, this story takes place at a time when M.J. had a beau that is also an investor in her business. In the later stories,, one of her team mates woos her. This story takes place at a private boarding school near Lake Placid where a treacherous ghost by the name of Hatchet Jack chases young people with a hatchet. M.J. and her friend, Gilley must vanquish this horror before more people die. Fast paced with some surprising facts makes this a fun book.
Nov 20, 2014 Sandie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who enjoy mysteries featuring psychics or mediums
Recommended to Sandie by: John at Murder by the Book
As the second book in this ghoulish series opens, we discover that Dr. Steven Sable enjoyed the process of ghost busting when trying to contact his grandfather in book one, he invests in the partnership of MJ Holliday and Gilley Gillespie. With his influx of cash they are able to buy all sorts of new equipment: night vision cameras, handheld computer thermal imaging devices, electronic energy detectors, some brand new, state-of-the-art walkie talkies, video monitors, digital cameras, a laptop, a ...more
Elizabeth Nesbit-comer
I have mixed feelings about this series. I love the premise of ghost hunters and the cases are interesting. Hatchet Jack and the children ghosts were definately intriguing. The covers are simply wonderful. Definately a book I enjoy having on my shelves. MJ is a great main character and you can tell the author really knows what she's talking about with the psychic stuff.

... ok what I can't stand with this series is Gilly and Steven. Gilly is whiny and tries way to hard to be stereotypical gay
Book two in the Ghost Hunter Mystery series. I found this one much better then the first. It started off kind of slow at the beginning but it didn't stay that way for long. Pretty soon I found myself really into it and would read as much as I could get in every night or as long as my husband would let me before he wanted the lights out to go to bed. My thoughts on this book are this. The ghost in this one is nasty. I'm really glad this is fiction we have enough horrors in our world and bad thing ...more
Quirky cover art soothes an off-putting title and “Demons Are A Ghoul’s Best Friend” happens to be about a dangerous spectre. I balk at demonic subjects due to Christian rearing but love a ghost story. This was a peculiar but engaging one. Victoria Laurie admits in a foreword that she scoured for material to fulfill a timetable (those dreaming of contracts sigh “must be nice”). Her assistant drummed up articles about a haunted school in New York state and I wondered if forced creative juices wou ...more
M.J. Holliday has the gift of communicating with the dead, even though sometimes it doesn’t feel like such a great gift. Every school has its bullies, but Northelm Boarding School located near Lake Placid, New York, houses a real bad one: a deadly demon named Hatchet Jack. M.J.’s good friend Karen has asked her—along with her partners Gilley and Dr. Steven Sable (a.k.a. Dr. Delicious)—to send Hatchet Jack back through the portal he came from. With renovations at the school starting in a week, th ...more
This was a fun, light and entertaining read! M.J. Holliday and her ghost hunting partners have been asked by her good friend to investigate the terrifying haunting going on at her friend's niece's exclusive boarding school. The poor young girl was terrorized and chased by a hatchet wielding man in the school, but no one else saw him, although there are rumors that the apparition has been haunting the area for years. The school is due to undergo some construction; could that have disturbed the gh ...more
Lura (The Life of Serendipity)
Jul 01, 2011 Lura (The Life of Serendipity) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone that loves a good ghost mystery!
Every school has its bullies, but Northelm Boarding School near Lake Placid, New York, houses a real whopper: a lean, mean, and deadly demonic ghost named Hatchet Jack. M.J.'s good friend Karen has asked her- along with partners Gilley and handsome Dr. Steven Sable- to send Hatchet Jack back to the portal he came from.

With renovations at the school starting in a week, there isn't much time for ghost hunting. Plus M.J. has to deal with an uncooperative dean, Gilley being paranormally preyed upon,
I was dissatisfied with the first novel in this series, "What's a Ghoul to Do" because our heroine, MJ Holliday, medium and psychic, got into lots of should-be scary situations, yet never managed to be in any danger. It's pointless to read a "ghost hunter" mystery when it's got less "scare" than the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland! With "Demons are a Ghoul's Best Friend", MJ is faced with a hatchet-wielding ghoul who has terrified children and adults alike for 30 years. I had high hopes that ...more
Julie H.
Teeko (as in T.K.O. or total knockout), ghost hunter M.J. Holliday's best friend, hires the Scooby Gang to investigate a supernatural attack on her beloved niece at the girl's boarding school. M.J. and crew depart Boston for Northelm Boarding School, just outside Lake Placid, NY, where they take on their most vicious poltergeist yet. As you can well imagine, the administrators of this $40k+/year boarding school are not keen to have word get out that an entity known as "Hatchet Jack" has been bel ...more
Amanda Caldwell
Basically, I LOVED this book. I thought the mystery was great and intriguing. It really kept me guessing and I read the book pretty face because of it. I'd start reading and next thing I know 60 or 70 pages had passed. I actually found some of it kind of scary. I didn't actually get scared reading it, but thinking of what the people being chased by Hatched Jack must have experienced that's scary! For a book about ghosts the only thing I found unrealistic was the vast amounts of money some of the ...more
Paula Ratcliffe
The things going bump in the night are at an all time high. A friend of MJ's desperately needs her assistance. Her niece Evie is being haunted at her private school by Hatchet Jack who haunts the local elementary wing of the campus.

MJ, Doc, Gilley and the hunky Doctor Steven Sable head to Lake Placid NY, to get to the bottom of things. They encounter many ghosts while there and one nasty spirit out to scare everyone. While there MJ and Steven find themselves having a hard time communicating with
Oct 26, 2008 Melissa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melissa by: Blarneygod
Man, this one was much better in my opinion than What's a Ghoul to Do?. We joined Ghost Hunters M.J. Holliday and Gilley Gillespie and their new partner Dr. Steven Sable as they head up to Lake Placid to help rid a boarding school of a hatchet-wielding poltergiest. This one creeped me out a lot more than the other. I felt the mystery was a little more developed than the first book in the series. Laurie redeemed herself by not really repeating a lot of the situations that occurred in the first bo ...more
Okay I think the second book was better then the first. And i still love the parrot. And Victoria Laurie really knows how to keep you on your toes and laughing. And also knows how to really through you off
Kristal Cooper
In the Acknowledgements, the author admits that she put absolutely no fore-thought into this book - a fact that is painfully obvious as you read on. It's a very thin story with lots of filler. The bits where she's actually interacting with the spirits are somewhat interesting - inspired by Laurie's professional experience as a psychic. Dr. D's mis-attempts at American colloquialisms remain an annoyance to this reader, since idioms are some of the easier and most interesting parts of a foreign la ...more
oooh what a wild ride, 2nd in the series, this was even better than the first. MJ Holliday goes after Hatchet Jack in this installment. This book is fast paced and kept me guessing till the very end. A real page turner; you can expect to lose sleep on this one as you wont be able to put it down. This book has it all, Lot of mystery, ghosts, ghost hunting, murder, action , humor, and a little fluffy romance with Dr. Delicious. The ending had a huge twist that i wasnt expecting! What a great book. ...more
Oh my.... This book was better than the first, more ghostly violent (which normally puts me off), more mystery (part of which I figured out), Less off sync/balance romance....ooooo and suspense!

I liked the storyline: M.J. is a "ghostbuster" whose best friend asks for her help. Teeka's niece attends a very posh private boarding school in Lake Placid, N.Y.

School has run late for the year due to inclimate weather.... and this is Hatchet Jack's time of year to haunt....

Teeka's niece decides to tak
Really good and scary read. Granted, I know that the events in this book are unrealistic, but with my fear of horror flicks and the like, as well as the fact that I read this at night, I was deeply terrified by Hatchet Jack.

The ending came with a sigh of relief, especially since everything was given a good ending. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

However, I plan on reading that one during the daytime, rather than when I'm dead tired.
Jazzie Suknanan
This is an awesome book if you like a good mystery/suspense/thriller/supernatural story. It follows protagonist M.J. Holiday and her colleagues Gilley and steven in teir ghostbusting business. M.J. is called on job by her best friend on a business in which her neice's school is haunted by a sinister demon named Hatchet Jack. The Malicios polterigiest terrorizes the kids in the school as well as M.J. and her friends.
Second in the series, and it was still pretty good. We do, indeed, get to see more of the doctor (not nearly enough, but still more), and the mystery was entertaining. I still get the feeling these books are like Sweet Valley High meets, idk, the illegitemate child of Sookie Stackhouse and Rachel Morgan. But don't let that stop you reading the book. I recommend it, just not as highly as some other books I've read lately.
The Ghost busting team goes into the woods to hunt a very nasty ghost with a taste for young boys and terror. Steven has joined the team bringing a new look on the hunt process and a soul searching of feelings involved. Things get dangerous and the relationship gets heated. Doc the parrot is full of great snarky comments at all the wrong times. A great fun mystery, I found myself laughing out-loud several times.
Ann Marie
This was a quick read of Laurie's second in her Ghost Hunter Mysteries. I really like her main characters MJ and Gilley. MJ is a medium and her business partner Gilley is afraid of ghosts. It makes for great interactions. Hatchet Jack, the ghost in this adventure is pretty creepy and his story as its told even creepier. I'll look forward to the next book in this series.
Teeko comes to MJ and asks for help after Teeko's niece was attacked by a ghost, Hatchet Jack. MJ, Gilly and Steven go to the boarding school where the event happened and try to figure out who the ghost is. This is Book 2 in the Ghost Hunter Mystery series. I liked it better than the first book. I really like MJ and Gilly and hope to read the 3rd book.
Amanda Cobb
This book is a fun and quick read. Although I had the mystery solved before the end I still enjoyed the character interaction. The author did dumb things down a few too many times for my liking though. I am not sure that the everyday person in her story wouldn't understand the terms she was using to describe her skills as a medium.
There were a few spots which showed this was not written with a serious audience in mind, but still an excellent read. Somewhat predictable (the villian turned out to be exactly who I thought) but not totally (the overall ghost hauntings were not for the exact reason I thought, and there was a personality surprise at the end.)
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A good second book, Demons are a Ghoul's Best Friend had most of the elements I liked in What’s a Ghoul to Do? The comedic snark, the light mystery that none-the-less was scary and had me invested until the very end, the straight acceptance of the paranormal and the vivid writing that had me able to picture both the world and the characters well. What I felt was weaker in this book was the character interaction. M.J. dipped into the whiny trop a l
Love, love, loved it. Can't wait for the next one in the series! I'll have to pick up some of the books from Laurie's other series to hold me over until the next M.J. Holliday mystery makes its way to the shelves. Laurie's books are totally my guilty pleasure!
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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.

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Other Books in the Series

Ghost Hunter Mystery (9 books)
  • What's a Ghoul to Do? (Ghost Hunter Mystery, #1)
  • 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)
  • What a Ghoul Wants (Ghost Hunter Mystery #7)
  • The Ghoul Next Door (Ghost Hunter Mystery, #8)
  • No Ghouls Allowed (Ghost Hunter Mystery, #9)
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