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What's a Ghoul to Do? (Ghost Hunter Mystery #1)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  7,084 Ratings  ·  485 Reviews
M.J., her partner Gilley, and their client, the wealthy, de-lish Dr. Steven Sable, are at his family's lodge, where his grandfather allegedly jumped to his death from the roof-although Sable says it was foul play. But the patriarch's isn't the only ghost around. The place is lousy with souls, all with something to get off their ghoulish chests. Now M.J. will have to to que ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published April 3rd 2007 by Signet Book
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graveyardgremlin (formerly faeriemyst)
I was really excited to read this book because I love the Psychic Eye Mysteries Victoria Laurie also writes. I'm not a picky reader, but I'm sorry, this didn't quite do it for me and I ended up very disappointed.

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 bet
Since that night a couple of weeks ago when I kept reading this idiotic book, I haven't had any desire to pick it up again. I think I was having an emotional night that briefly shut my brain down.

This book is basically every reason I don't read "chick-lit". There's the sassy, beautiful, totally independent gal who is not looking for love, but is momentarily thrown by an encounter with a very attractive man.

Uh oh, I thought. The last thing I need is a client this attractive.

The words Roman nos
Laurel Bradshaw
I almost gave this 4 stars, but I think it has room to grow as a series. I liked the ghost hunting aspect. Some of the spectral activity seemed a bit over the top, but the author is a clairvoyant and a police psychic, so I'll give her the benefit of the doubt. I loved the gay sidekick, Gilley, and the African parrot, Doc. M.J. I'm not too sure about yet - perhaps her personality will develop more in time. Steven Sable - nice romantic interest, but the running joke with his English started wearin ...more
Sep 16, 2010 Bird rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didnt-finish
I fully admit I didn't even make it half-way through this book before stopping. Not only that, but it took me months to make it that far (I carried it around in my purse, and only read it while waiting in line at stores), and I found myself dragging my feet every time I had a few minutes to read it.

The characters leave something to be desired. Each of them was a walking stereotype. Flamboyantly gay assistant, gorgeous best friend (so good looking men walk into walls when she's around), and a Eur
Dec 30, 2016 Betty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a new author for me. It is first book in the Ghost Hunter series which I am reading for a Yahoo group. I found a well written book by an experience author. At times I was enthralled with the story, other times I was disgusted with it and stopped reading for awhile. I am finding it hard to rate. I would like to give it 3 1/2 stars I normally give the book the higher rating. I found Dr Steven's language idiotic by the end of the book. At times I found the paranormal activities hard to beli ...more
Jan 28, 2013 Sally906 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, mystery
MJ Holliday and her partner, Gilley are ghostbusters. She is growing very popular ridding places of spooks who seem to want to linger for various reasons. Gilley is terrified of ghosts – but a whiz with the broken down equipment that is required to assist locating recalcitrant ghosties – he stays outside in the safety of the van. Dr. Steven Sable, hires them to find out what happened to his recently departed grandfather. The grandfather has been written off as a suicide victim and he has been se ...more
I was so excited to read this, as I love the author's Abby Cooper Psycic Eye books. Unfortunately, the only thing that pulled this up from 1 star is Doc the pet bird. There was far too much set up, like the whole first half, before I felt like we were into any kind of mystery. And I just did not buy any of the forgetting of English slang, struggle with words. It just sounded so fake, and really got to be distracting. I don't plan to read any others if this really does turn into a series.
I liked this book. The story was fast paced and exciting. The ghosts were creepy and really made the story good. So why is it only three stars?
I CANNOT STAND THE DOCTOR'S HORRIBLE ENGLISH! At first it was endearing, but by the end I wished he just wouldn't speak anymore. I will keep reading the series, but I really hope Steven's English improves!
Lolly's Library
Okay, so I'm a flibbertigibbet; I'm wishy-washy, flaky. So sue me. I've been rethinking my original impressions of this book and came away with the awful realization: I got snowed by the bird. I was so entranced by Doc (who was the most well-rounded character of all) that I completely ignored the annoying flaws of this book, the most glaring of which was the idiotic foreign-speak of the love interest, Dr. Steven Sable. C'mon, the guy's supposed to be educated! You can be educated and foreign wit ...more
What's a Ghoul to Do?
3.5 Stars

M.J. Holliday has the ability to see ghosts and hires herself out as a “ghostbuster”. Her latest client, Dr. Stephen Sable, is convinced that his recently deceased grandfather was the victim of foul play and that his ghost is haunting the family lodge. When M.J. and her partner, Gilly Gillespie, arrive on the scene, it soon becomes clear that there is more than one troubled spirit in need of help and that the solution may lie with the living rather than the dead...

Barbara ★
This was the first book I've read by this author and I really liked it. Just the right amount of paranormal elements, suspense, mystery, romance, and humor. I particularly liked Doc, the talking parrot.

M.J. Holliday is a psychic medium who got tired of the whole medium thing and started ghostbusting instead. Now she helps ghosts (kindly and vengeful) to cross over to the other side. When Dr. Steven Sable requests her assistance in finding out what really happened to his grandfather and if his n
May 01, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book because my fiancé recommended the series. Since we have the same taste in books I figured that I was in good hands. Now, I will admit that at the beginning I was concerned that this story would just be another see-through dime store romance novel with a little paranormal thrown in but I was pleasantly surprised that I managed to read through it as quickly as I did. The Author's wit and sarcasm as well as a strong female character really do make this book worth reading. If ...more
Feb 04, 2012 Tara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
This is a cute little mystery. M.J. and Gilley are great characters and they are joined by her parrot, Doc, and are ghost-busters. I loved Doc's appearances. M.J. is an interesting character... closed off from relationships, she stumbles upon Dr. Steven Sable who not only has come to her as a client, but maybe as a love interest too. Gilley thinks they need this client, but Dr. Steven Sable is not one to back down and only will hire them if he can tag along. M.J. is torn... take the job and have ...more
Apr 03, 2010 Nicola rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy
This is the first in the Ghost Hunter series featuring MJ who had a brief cameo in Victoria Laurie's Psychic Eye series. The main characters in both series are very similar. MJ is head-strong and won't suffer fools gladly and the reason why she has been so successful as a ghost hunting is because she has her rules and doesn't bend them. Unfortunately these rules are shattered when a gorgeous doctor approached her about his Grandfather's death.

It is a fast paced book with characters who you immed
I picked up this book on a whim at the thrift store after being drawn in by the cover. Well, no, I take that back, not the cover, but the little devious looking piggy-ghost on the bag the girl is holding. I just thought that it was adorable in a "Sure, come closer... yeah, closer... Mwahahahaha!" way.

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Anyway, so I picked it up on a whim, and was actually surprised by it. I liked it quite a bit. The premise and set up reminded me quite a lot of Charlaine Harris's "Grave Si
Nov 10, 2015 Tanja rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015, review
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Schon seit ihrer Kindheit hat M. J. Holliday die Gabe, mit Geistern zu sprechen. Gemeinsam mit ihrem Schulfreund Gilley betreibt sie daher auch schon seit Jahren eine Geisterjägeragentur. M. J. ist es gewohnt, dass ihre Klienten zuerst einmal Zweifel haben, was ihre Tätigkeit angeht. Doch ihr neuer Klient, der geradezu unverschämt gut aussehende Dr. Steven Sable, besteht sogar darauf, M.
Carolyn  Storer
3.5 Stars

I’ve had this series on my shelf for a long time, and as it was All Hallow's Eve and I fancied a mystery I thought it was a good time to start Victoria Laurie’s ‘Ghost Hunter Mystery’ series.

I really enjoyed Laurie’s writing. It’s a nice easy writing style and the pages flew by pretty quickly. The characters are fun, especially MJ’s African Grey parrot who sits on her shoulder and chats away – sometimes saying very inappropriate but funny things.

M. J. herself is a lovely character and I
D.C. Menard
What's a Ghoul to Do? is the first book in the Ghost Hunter Mystery series by Victoria Laurie. In it a medium, by the name of M. J. Holliday works as a ghostbuster, going to haunted homes and coaxing ghosts into crossing over (Or trapping them in another dimension if they're not quite willing to do as she asks.) But she seems to have met her match when Dr. Steven Sable Jr. asks her to help him figure out what really happened to his grandfather, who has yet to cross over. The problem? Apparently ...more
Kathy Davie
I'd'a given it a 2.5 but it's not possible.

What is with this title? There are no ghouls in this story at all? Wait. I know. At the printer's, they threw the wrong cover on the wrong story… Unless…this is part of the hokiness and "ghoul" is supposed to be cute for "girl"?

Anyway, it's the first in the Ghost Hunter paranormal romance series.

The Story
This is cute. Ghostbusters 'R Us. A psychic partners up with her childhood playmate: she sends ghosts on to their eternal reward and he handles the bu
Really great fun; if anything, I think I'm going to like this MJ series better than Victoria Laurie's Psychic Eye mysteries.

MJ makes a very spunky heroine who doesn't push the "tough girl" image into overdrive as so many other heroines do. She deals with her personal issues with minimum drama, which I find highly refreshing. Doc the parrot is hilarious, and so is her gay partner Gilley. Their antics never failed to crack me up; I think I nearly chortled drink up my nose when Gilley broke his 'fa
Apr 25, 2012 Geli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great mystery with awesome descriptions that really put you in the scene.

my only hang up with this book was that MJ and her love interest never officially got together. i feel like the author teased us with a lot of foreplay but never got to the climax. im not saying it was required for them to have sex but i would have liked knowing if they were finally going to be romantically involved once i closed the book. i guess she wants us to continue the series to find out. but i honestly d
Apr 12, 2010 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies, mystery, ghosts
3 1/2 stars. M J Holliday is a Ghost Buster. No really, she is an expert at clearing houses of spirits that are stuck in houses or in some cases, bad spirits that deliberately haunt a building. Now she has been hired for a slightly different job. Steven Sable is convinced that his grandfather was murdered. He know his grandfather's spirit is still around and Stephen wants find out who killed him.

I am a sucker for ghost stories. This one is pretty good. I like MJ and her partner Gilley. The myste
Oooo that was such a fun book. I was thoroughly entertained the whole time, and I loved the characters. Gilley had me laughing out loud from his first appearance. M.J. didn't really jump out at me though, I liked her enough but she was missing that certain something. And Steven's "Yes, that too" when she corrected his English got a little annoying, but not too much. While i would have appreciated more ghosts and eerieness to the mystery, I liked that it went beyond abd that the supernatural elem ...more
Chelsea B.
My first paranormal mystery! It was very cute, with a good plot and funny, interesting characters.
Steven had me cracking up with his attempt at the English language. I kept wanting to call him Sven...I have no idea why. To me, it suits him haha.
The book touches on dark topics, but keeps it light and fun, mostly. I really enjoyed the opening scene that had nothing to do with the centric plot, but rather introduced us to the characters and what they do. It was a nice little pre-case before the a
Susan (susayq ~)
3.5 stars

This was a really good mystery with a paranormal twist to it...the main character, MJ, is a medium who can talk to spirits and ghosts. There was a lot of techno stuff and explanations about ghost hunting since MJ's job isn't just to talk to the ghosts, but to help them move on.

I liked the romance that is developing between MJ and Steven. It'll be interesting to see where that goes, especially since he (view spoiler)
Jul 12, 2009 Sandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I love Victoria Laurie's Psychic Eye Mystery series, so I was hoping that I would enjoy this series as well. I was not disappointed! After recently reading #3 of the Psychic Eye series and reading about Abby's friend M.J., the ghost hunter, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the main character in this Ghost Hunter series is M.J.
I'm not sure if I like Steven or not, he is rather annoying. But, I do like M.J. and Gilley. With how the first book ended, I'm wondering what to expect from the
Sep 15, 2011 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Si j'ai mis des jours à le finir ce fut par manque de temps, et non pas par ennui.

Début de série sympa, mais même la dernière page tournée, je ne comprends pas le choix du titre alors si quelqu'un pouvait me l'expliquer, ce serait gentil.
Bref, j'ai aimé le trio: MJ, qui partage le même surnom que moi (ne pas chercher à comprendre l'esprit enfiévré d'un ami), Gil le sidekick gay indispensable, et le craquant Steven, Dr et riche pour ne rien gâcher.
J'ai hâte de savoir comment cela va évoluer. Hmm
Apr 28, 2012 Azuree rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
MJ is a medium who's gone into the ghost busting business with her best friend Gilly. When Gilly accepts a job from a wealthy doctor named Steven, MJ not only gets a new client but a potential love interest as well. The ghost busting turns out to be more then she expected when Steven's dad begins showing up all over town with an agenda of his own. Will MJ, Gilly and Stephen figure out what happened to Steven's grandfather before all hell breaks loose? A quick read for those who like light myster ...more
Aug 27, 2009 theghostwriter rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
ugh, so unremarkably fucking dumb. i couldn't even finish it. basically psychic "ghostbuster" detective gal with a talking bird [columbo called he wants his lame detective with a parakeet idea back:] and a homosexual side-kick [who is annoyingly gay, like even too gay for me:] meet brooding euro-chode doctor guy who needs help busting his paranormal grandfather's ghost. again, i must reiterate... ugh.
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