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

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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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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
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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
Laura
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.
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
Bird
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
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Cara
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!
Sally906
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
Danni
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
Carolyn (Book Chick City)
Originally post on Book Chick City. 7/10 on the blog.

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 thi
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Becky
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
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Nicola
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
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Tara
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
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
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Michael
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
Geli
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
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Jan
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
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Alysson
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
Azuree
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
Sandy
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
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Corinne Severn
A ghostbuster with a heart -- MJ is a medium who helps both ghosts and the haunted. The ghosts are assisted with their compulsion to complete unfinished business in this life so that they can continue to the next plane. Those suffering with co-habiting ghosts, get rid of the potentially annoying side-effects such as chills, bumps in the night, and moving objects.

I enjoyed listening to this in audiobook format while taking walks. It was easy to find suitable breaks in story to stop between listen
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Amanda Fritz
Victoria Laurie has disappointed me. I have the same general problems with this book as I had with the Private Eye series, and then some. With all of Victoria Laurie's books the characters are poorly developed and often make very little sense. In the Private Eye series she spends half of each book making the main character seem scared and unsure, and then spends the other half of the book making her seem tough to the point of being rude. In the Ghost Hunter series, MJ (the main character) is app ...more
Angie
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
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theghostwriter
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.
Mimna
เป็นนิยายคนเห็นผีที่ทั้งตลกและออกจะน่ากลัวนิดๆ (เพราะมิมกลัวผี)
เอ็มเจเป็นหมอผี-คนทรง-นักล่าผีที่ทำอาชีพปัดไล่ผีป่วนกวนๆให้ไปสู่สุขติ
สตีเวนจ้างเอ็มเจให้สืบหาว่าใครคือคนที่ฆ่าปู่ของเขา

เล่มนี้กุ๊กกิ๊กนิดเดียว แต่ความน่ากลัวและการสืบสวนเล็กๆ ภายในเรื่องนั้นชวนให้ติดตามว่าใครเป้นคนฆ่าคุณปู่กันแน่

มิมอ่านฉบับแปลซึ่งแปลโอเคดี แต่ไม่ชอบตรงที่พระเอกพูด "ครับ" ทุกสถานการณ์แม้แต่ตอนผีออกมา

3.5 ดาวค่ะ
Sandie
Nov 19, 2014 Sandie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoy mysteries with a ghost or medium added
Recommended to Sandie by: John K at Murder by the Book
What’s a Ghoul to Do?
By Victoria Laurie
C 2007, released on audio 1/5/10
Paperback published by Obsidian, a division of Penguin Group
Audiobook published by Audible, narrated by Eileen Stevens

Victoria Laurie brings us a fascinating series in this first book featuring MJ Holliday (yes, Doc Holliday was her great, great uncle) and Gilley Gillespie. MJ is a psychic medium who can communicate with the dead; Gilley is a techno geek who helps her with all the machinery that goes with a ghost hunt, the n
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Joyce
I really enjoyed this book. It is more mystery than paranormal but really enjoyable. It was a very quick read for me. Made my plane trip go by so quickly. The only thing I found a bit annoying was the main male character's speech pattern and the habit of the female lead to correct it all the time. It was cute at first but was happening way too much.
Linda
This was the first one in this series. I have read others in this series already. You can tell she is just figuring out how to put it together. M.J. has a business that helps souls cross over. Besides that she also solves mysteries on their death.
Elsi
I had a copy of Demons Are a Ghoul's Best Friend to read and mail on to Rianonne, so I quickly grabbed the Kindle edition of What's a Ghoul to Do? to read them in order. Fun book and nowhere as ghoulish as the majority of PUF books around.
Lyndi
It took us a while to really get to the meat of the story, but I still enjoyed it quite thoroughly. A wrap-up at the end, so we find out what happened to the bad guys would have been nice. The MC - M.J. - was hard to like at first, but I warmed up to her pretty quickly. Otherwise, I don't really have any complaints. Nice little fluffy read.

Edit: I was going to immediately start reading the second book in this series because they came as a bundle. However, after reading blurbs and reviews, I'm co
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Laura
I like this second series of Victoria Laurie. Very exciting to interact with the ghosts. The mystery aspects are good--- just information to help you solve the problem. Ready to read another of this series.
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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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