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Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls

(Ghost Hunter Mystery #5)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  3,633 ratings  ·  215 reviews
When M.J. Holliday and the crew of her cable TV show, Ghoul Getters, venture to the haunted ruins of Dunlow Castle in Ireland, drawn by the legend of hidden treasure, they hope the road will rise up to meet them, that the wind will always be at their backs-and that the resident phantom won't push them off a cliff. If they treasure their lives, M.J. and her ghost busters ne
Paperback, 344 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by Signet Book
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Jan 18, 2011 rated it liked it
I love this series and recommend it all the time as a library assistant. However, I don't think this installment was as strong as Laurie's other books. A strange consistency error in Gilley's physique (in one chapter, he's so out of shape he can barely make it up the stairs; a few pages later, M.J. calls upon his championship cross country skills for a rescue; then he's back to over eating and out of shape) kept me flipping around to make sense of the story. The premise is great; I love the cast ...more
Oct 31, 2014 rated it liked it
This is the first book I've read in the Ghost Hunter series and is in the middle of the series. It stands alone well and was a great fast-paced read. I found the character of Gilley somewhat annoying, probably planned by the author to give us something to groan over. That said, I enjoyed the story that had many frightening moments and a satisfying conclusion. I plan to check our the others in this series and in fact am starting the one that follows this. Very entertaining for those who enjoy re ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
A grown-up mix of Scooby Doo and Nancy Drew, GHOULS, GHOULS, GHOULS was a light, quick read that blends a realistic present day with a dash of the spirit world. An entertaining ghost story to fill a few hours, the characters of GHOULS, GHOULS, GHOULS didn’t leave enough of an impression for me to hurry out and pick up the rest of the series.

The ghostly aspects of the story were my favorite parts of the book, dusting a classic mystery procedural with ectoplasm. Victoria Laurie definitely wrote th
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
This series revolves around the premise that the main characters can see ghosts and other phantasms, interact with them, and either banish them or send them on to the light (which I have always read as a euphemism for going to Heaven). MJ (Mary Jane) and her cast, who I hesitate to label her friends, are on site in Ireland to film a television spot for a US network. The people of the village refuse to help, although they are free with their advice, information, and warnings, as the crew tries to ...more
First posted on Barnes & Noble on June 9, 2012.

I absolutely love Victoria Laurie's Ghost Hunter (M.J.) Series but seriously something was up with this book. First off, am I the only one who thought that the first and second books happened within months of eachother and that the third one followed pretty closely? Maybe it's just me but when M.J. stated that she and Steven had dated for nearly two years I was a little thrown off. Anyway, my gosh! Were the characters in this book incredibly ann
Liza Gilbert
Aug 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
Alas, I realized part way through this book that I had missed reading book 4, but Laurie adequately filled in the reader in the necessary backstory.

I truly loved the foreign setting of this novel. Atmosphere reigned supreme here, and Laurie carried it off excellently. I felt like Laurie's ability to craft a mystery also went up one or two notches, and I found myself reading this book not only for the paranormal aspect, but for the mystery as well.

I am more anxious than ever to read the missed 4t
Heather Adkins
Sep 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Still nicely written and a fun read. I still love Laurie and both of her series, but there was something about this book that didn't sit right with me. The setting was lovely, the research thorough to make it believable, but parts felt very repetitious, and ultimately the thing that bothered me the most was the vibe I got from MJ. She was very immature and didn't seem to grow at all in this book. I don't remember this problem in any of the others. I just couldn't get past that. I've started read ...more
Jan 01, 2011 rated it liked it
I love this series by Victoria Laurie. But this one left me high and dry. The plot seemed to go around in endless circles. Back and forth. Back and forth. To the haunted castle with the big bad phantom. I'm not quite sure what was missing in this installment but something was. Where was the humor? And the fun? So much sturm und drang. Perhaps the next one might be a tad more fun.
Jan 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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I’ve been a huge fan of Victoria Laurie since I read the first Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye book a few years ago. I adore reading about that feisty psychic detective and her often near-fatal mishaps. However, when I read the first MJ Holliday book, I was completely hooked. If you haven’t read the other books in the series (you really should), MJ Holliday is a medium/ ghost buster. In the early books, she worked more or less alone, with only the assistance of her trusty sidekick Gilly. In the later b ...more
Kaelee Newton
Mar 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was thrilled to see another book had come out in both of Victoria Laurie's paranormal mystery series while my back was turned. I opted to read this one first because I find M. J. Holliday and her best friend Gilley Gillespie (that's Gil for short) to be quirkier and more amusing much of the time. Ghosts and demons get up to more wacky hi-jinx than your average medium apparently!

This outing finds the crew of M. J.'s show Ghoul Getters in Ireland investigating a castle that has everything, thoug
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
For the next episode in their cable TV show "Ghoul Getters", M.J. Holliday and crew travel to Ireland to visit Dunlow, a haunted Irish castle. M.J. knows the shoot will be difficult as the castle is on an island and cannot be reached at times. But even she, who has had plenty of experience with ghosts, is knocked off her feet - literally - by a powerful phantom, who is guarding some hidden gold. Some people who have encountered this phantom have died, and M.J. isn't willing to risk her life and ...more
Lynda Tatad
May 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
After taking on a haunted underground passage in Scotland for their new show Ghoul Getters, MJ Holiday and crew's next assignment takes them to the haunted Dunlow Castle in Ireland. Hoping for some Irish luck, after crossing the causeway, which is only accessible at low tide, they hear a voice calling out for Alex. Many have come looking for treasure, but only to lose thir lives or sanity to a menacing phantom the likes MJ and company have never encountered before!

Dreams from the original lord
Julie Levenhagen
I'm a regular reader of this series, so I must like it well enough. And, odd considering my following complaints, this was a 3-star for me (I think because it did creep me out a little. But what doesn't??) That said, there are some things that annoy the crud out of me that I have to get off my chest. a) MJ calling everyone "buddy". It just doesn't ring true for some reason. It also reminds me of an extremely annoying girl that I went to high school with. MJ, in general, isn't as likable as a her ...more
Oct 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls by Victoria Laurie is a humorous, quick read (I read quite a bit of it while in my doctor's waiting room - she just so happened to be running a little late today, it's all good). The story contained a few chills, one or two thrills, and a decent mystery. Gilley, M. J.'s friend and part of the cable TV show Ghoul Getter's crew, is irritatingly careless, stubborn, and extremely accident prone (he dropped his backpack, breaking all of their meters and also lost an important j ...more
Feb 10, 2015 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book and didn't in some places. M.J. is usually a strong character ready to take on what comes but in this book I got the opposite feeling. Yes, I know that it's a big mean phantom and she knows nothing about it, but to me she should have either researched it or walked away and let someone who knows how to deal with it handle it. Gilly as usual I cannot stand, he acts more like a petulant 5 year old than a man. I really like Kim, John and Meg and I think that I would have liked to ...more
Feb 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm so glad I read this one cause after the last one I was almost done with this series. However I believe that after reading this one my faith has been renewed in the series. I love the way she incorporates humor into her mysteries.

While I still miss Dr. Steven Sable though, and while I like Heath I don't care for him and M J together. Gopher who usually annoys me was blessedly missing from most of the book as he got kidnapped. Also Gilly who I usually love was grumpy and stuffing his face for
Apr 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
I am thoroughly sick of Gilly by this book. Can anyone be more whiny and needy and selfish? Please, please part ways with him by the next book or ask him to grow up! The monsters get more complicated and scarier, but the rest of book seems to flow about the same as the rest. The relationships do not get more complicated or simple, but it seems MJ has to spend more of her time on location with the ghost and more time actually finding out what is going on. Which, of course, she would have to given ...more
Jeanne Adamek
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have to say I enjoyed the other two books that I read better (What's a Ghoul to Do? and Demons are a Ghoul's Best Friend). In the other books M.J. tells more people things of themselves and things about love ones that died. This connection with other characters made the series much more enjoyable for me as I guess I am "nosey" and M.J.'s talking with the ghosts satisfied this "itch"!

Otherwise the story moved along. I didn't really connect to the terror of this phantom, but did like the ending
Barbara ★
I simply adore this series. MJ and Gilley have such a sweet relationship (friends only but the tolerance is amazing). MJ tolerates Gilley's quirks and faults and Gilley tolerates her bossiness. So sweet. And I really like the relationship that is building between MJ and Heath and I'm looking forward to seeing that develop fully.

This adventure was one of the most dangerous yet. I just love how they stick together no matter the danger. Ms. Laurie really portrays true friendship well.
Dec 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love these books for a quick, interesting read! No matter how many times I read one of this series it seems to grab me on page one and doesn't let go until the very last page. I adore Gillie and how he interacts with everyone and of course M.J. is one of my very BFFs. A wonderful way to fill in an evening that is rainy, cold and otherwise boring.
Hugs to Gillie, M.J., Victoria and all the Ghost Hunter gang!
Amanda (The Literary Hoarders)
Again as i said in review for 3rd book, story was good but the fact is that i just dont feel at all the chemistry between M.J. and Heath, yes they are great on a PROFESSIONAL level but other than that it wasn't there for me and Im not all that interested in the next book because of that but I'm still going to read it cause it is a good series.
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I liked the setting of an isolated castle in Ireland. Lots of ghosts in this one, including an evil phantom. There is a mystery of who released the phantom, and is there a treasure hidden in the castle. Gilley was pretty annoying. MJ and Heath advanced there relationship.
Siobhan (tigress5cubs)
Love that this was in Ireland. But Gilly really annoys me. He really needs to get a grip and stop ruining things with his idiocy - like the journal. Sometimes his whiny, overly drama queened antics just irk me.
Ashley Nichols
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
I can't read the book over the whines of the stereotypical gay man. The only thing more insulting than the writer's insensitivity is that she believes in ghost bombs and demons that can't be overcome.
Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-paranormal
Not bad. The main problem is that, in what I guess is pursuit of comic relief, one of the three main characters has become a whiny little girl. Bit of a shame, as he's a bloke, and I'm finding him immensely irritating. But the scenes he isn't in are still fun.
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
great read
May 07, 2012 added it
Eh.. I started to lose interest in the story. And the relationships just aren't explained and Steven is out of the picture now? Why? It just seemed he was pushed out for some cliche excuse.
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It's official, I'm in love with this series. Also, I need to read her other series. Soon-ish sounds good!
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2017
This is the 5th book in the Ghost Hunter Mysteries series and it was quite a whirl wind of an adventure!
MJ and the gang go to Dunlow Castle in Ireland in order to hunt for the supposed Spanish gold treasure left there by Lord Dunnyvale, the owner and builder of the castle. However there is one small problem- someone unleashed a terrifying phantom that is guarding the treasure!
I found this book very suspenseful and it seemed less cheesy than some of the other books in this series.
Anna Bergmark
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
All the members of the TV-crew (not just the main ones) are starting to grow a little bit of character, forming a friendly gang, while the backdrop of a treasure hunt in an old castle on an isolated Irish island is quite an adventure. Now, add some cartoonish paranormality to the pot and what do you get?

An episode of Scooby Doo! (With Gilley playing the part of the goofy dog no doubt.)

4 stars is far too much of course, but if you’re in a desperate need of feather weight, reality escaping, no br
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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.

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Ghost Hunter Mystery (10 books)
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