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Friday, January 24, 2014

5) The Ghoul Next Door by Victoria Laurie

The Blurb :

On a well-deserved hiatus from the ghoulish grind of their TV show, Ghoul Getters, psychic medium M. J. Holliday, her boyfriend, Heath, and her best friend, Gilley, are back home in Boston. But there’s no rest for the weary ghost busters. M. J.’s ex comes to her for help—his fiancĂ©e’s brother Luke seems haunted by a sinister spirit.

The crew sets up surveillance cameras to watch for the possessive poltergeist while Luke is sleeping. But when he goes outside in the middle of the night and returns hours later covered in blood, they are all very concerned—especially when the news reports the murder of a young woman in the neighborhood.

Now M. J., Heath, and Gilley must remain self-possessed as they try to stop a wicked ghost whose behavior is anything but neighborly.

My Thoughts :

It has been slow going lately as far as reading is concerned and it isn't because I haven't got anything worth reading.  This latest episode in the Ghost Hunter Mysteries was a pre-order and I couldn't wait to read it.  However being away and then jet-lag/work getting in the way I just haven't had much time or energy to read.  So it was good to finally finish this.  To find out how, what and why.

This series is one of my favourites.  I love the ghost hunting aspect and the psychic medium business is pretty near too.  This series has been getting really scary and this new installment is no exception.  Within a few chapters I realised this wasn't one I would be reading before going to sleep.  Don't let the cute looking cover fool you, this could cause nightmares and may keep you awake.

If you like things that go bump in the night then you really need to try this series.  There is always a great mystery attached and there are also some great characters.  The on-going story of M.J's life makes for interesting reading and it is hard not to like her and be her friend.  She is someone you can rely on and she isn't scared to take risks.  The stories are spooky and this eighth book is no exception.

The mystery this time around was very dark and brutal.  The strength and determination the characters show is inspiring and the long twisting path they take to find the 'killer' does take its toll on them all.   Things are very emotional at times and even more so because M.J's ex plays a big part in this book.  Also there is some news about her father which is mostly pushed to the side but I think it will be the theme of the next book.

There isn't anything bad I can say about this series or this new release.  I only wish that this series would release more than one book a year.  It would be really nice to catch up with the crew on a more regular basis and I am pretty sure there are a lot more Ghost Hunter stories to tell.  Whenever the next book comes out I can guarantee I will have it on pre-order.  This is a series and author that is on my must read list and will be staying there as long as she keeps writing such great paranormal cozy mysteries.

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Rita M said...

All I can say is - ditto! I love all of Victoria Laurie's series (the ghost hunters, psychic eye & even the supposedly YA - Oracles of Delphi Keep) - all are excellent. thanks for the great review.

Jessica @ a GREAT read said...

OOoh great review! I too LOVE this series! I haven't read this one yet but it's in the TBR pile! For me these used to be one day reads...then I got a job . Then again, the job is what allows me to buy books! :D

Glad to hear that this one is just as awesome as the rest of her series! Great review!

Aurian said...

Thanks for the warning! I stopped reading this series after the first book as I really didn't like the ending. But now I am glad I did not continue it, as scary is so not my thing!