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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: OBSIDIAN (7 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451238974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451238979
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.2 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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I have all of Victoria Lauries Ghost Hunter and Psychic Eye books to date. I've struggled along to page 113 so far and frankly it's sloppy and lazy writing. Set in a castle in Wales there doesn't appear to be any Welsh people so far. One character who started off Scots according to his speech did have just a sentence which was in the Welsh vernacular but maybe that was a lucky coincidence. Also, the definitively English manager is sooo old he can't cope with mobile phones yet gives his distances in kilometres which is totally unrealistic-mainland Europe uses km so why bother researching an individual country when you can generalise. Don't set a book somewhere specific if you can't be bothered to make the effort to be at least vaguely realistic, make up the place as well as the facts. Gilley continues to be a caricature of himself, the magnetic sweatshirt has it's usual star turn as an item that will be argued and glared over. Nobody ever seems to give him or MJ the wake up and grow up call they so clearly need. You would hope to see regular characters grow over a series of books but not these ones. Nor are they ever prepared to do that which they came for,by book 7 surely they could manage that? This book put me in mind of the Little Britain sketch of "Dame Sally Markham" lying on a sofa giving a title to her secretary, the first line, last line and blah blah blah the usual gubbins for the middle. :-(
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By iremic on 13 April 2013
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this book continues in the usual style. victoria laurie keeps her readers interested to the last page. the book is excellent for anyone who likes this genre, especially if one has the imagination to appreciate ghosts and their place in the world around
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By Mizz Amanda on 6 Dec. 2013
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loved this book one of the best one I have read in awhile would highly recommend it, a favoured author of mine
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Enjoyable but not the best in the series 6 Jan. 2013
By Pacey1927 - Published on Amazon.com
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I wait each year for the new installment of new series and I really do enjoy them. In "What a Ghoul Wants", the Ghoul Getters crew is in Wales investigating the Kidwellah castle. A malicious female ghost haunts part of the castle and there have been many deaths in the moat over the years. Even more bodies start turning up during the Ghoul Getters stay. I liked the ghost story here and I also enjoyed the 'second' mystery that was happening at the same time during the story. There were several good suspects and I enjoyed seeing how the plot unfolds. In the previous book, I absolutely adored MJ's best friend Gillie Gilespie. During this one, not so much. I agree with other reviewers who mentioned that his fear of ghosts is becoming over the top and its getting old. He loves M.J. and that still shows but the opening scene where he refuses to leave the plane had me rolling my eyes.

I enjoy M.J.'s new boyfriend Heath, he has been a much better boyfriend than M.J.'s previous boyfriend Steven. He is less annoying and more realistic. I also enjoyed getting to see the character of John fleshed out again. And I love the newest addition to the Ghoul Getter's team. This addition seems like it could add a lot to the series. But I have some pet peeves about these books. The biggest one is that I am so annoyed by how frequently M.J. calls people 'Buddy'. It comes off as condescending and she uses it to address anyone and everyone. Sometimes she uses it three times on a page! This is just a personal annoyance and I am sure it won't bother many other readers.

The series is still enjoyable but I am ready for the team to move onto a ghost bust that is different than the last few. They have all been centered around going somewhere and finding the ghost that haunts that place. Laurie has proven to be an exciting and entertaining author and I know there are plenty more adventures ahead of this group.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Worth the wait? 27 Dec. 2012
By Tammerz - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been eagerly awaiting the gang's latest escapades ever since I discovered Victoria Laurie's Ghost Hunter series and read all of them within a few weeks.

In Wales for the latest shoot for Ghoul Getters, Kidwellah Castle boasts the Grim Widow who lures men to their deaths by drowning them in the moat. M.J., Heath, Gilley and the rest of the crew have a real mystery on their hands. New victims start stacking up and it's up to M.J. to solve the mystery.

The story has a lot of twists and turns and an exciting ending, but for awhile it was hard to get through the book. It got a little Scooby Doo-ish (see the ghost, run, go looking for the ghost and find it, run, etc) and the antics of some of the characters were a little hard to get through. Much of it was predictable and added little to the story. Evil ghostie? Check. More evil than any they'd seen before? Check. Gilley acting like a whiny 2 year old? Check. Yep, it's all there. Gopher steamrolling or blackmailing the others to do what he wants. Check. Yup, it's all there.

M.J.is also losing a bit of her nerve and it's not until the last 1/3 of the book that you start to see the "old" M.J. return. Yeah, she can be pretty tough, but not so much when she's shrieking and running from everything, which she does for most of the book. Between that and the growing cowardice of the crew ("Staying would be suicide!" should have been the subtitle of this book.) you start to wonder why they don't just throw in the towel and go work at Walmart or something.

So, a mixed review for sure, but diehard fans of the series won't be disappointed, just a little put off. It was worth the few hours I spent reading it, but it did dampen my enthusiasm going forward. Which is good, since the next book won't be out until January, 2014.

And to the author, if you read this....either get rid of Gilley or tone him down. I don't know if I can take another book of his antics, no matter how much I want to catch up with my favorite ghost hunting crew.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Who would be voted off the island? 19 Jan. 2013
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I am a fan of Ms. Laurie's work - both this series and the Psychic Eye books - and although I originally loved the character of Gilley Gillespie, I have become increasingly tired of the "flamingly gay" stereotype he has become. His antics on the plane as well as the self-centered, selfish, and frankly tiresome actions throughout the book made me wish there was a way to vote him off the island so to speak. In the book, M.J. puts her life on the line to try to find some of the Ghoul Getters crew and her "best bud" Gil won't give her the protection of his magnetic sweatshirt - even though he has other options as far as protection goes, and he won't be in as much danger as M.J.; what kind of friend is that?! I don't care how scared I was, if a childhood friend needed the protection of something I had, especially if I had other options, I would literally give them the shirt off my back. If I wasn't such a fan of Ms. Laurie's previous work, I think I would have given up on the book because the Gilley character grated on me that much. I can only hope Ms. Laurie tones down the "outrageous but loveable" Gilley Gillespie chracter before he ruins the series.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Stagnation Is A Problem In This Book & Series 2 April 2013
By Musings & Ramblings - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the 7th book in the Ghost Hunter Mystery series by Victoria Laurie. I have been reading Victoria Laurie's books since the second book in her Abby Cooper Psychic Eye series came out. I will admit that I prefer the Abby Cooper series just a bit more than the Ghost Hunter series, but both series have been on my must read list.

In this story, MJ and the crew are investigating a haunted castle that has been turned into a hotel. Gillie, her cousin and best friend since childhood has a bad feeling and throws a tantrum about not wanting to get off the plane at the very start of the book. When they finally get to the castle, their first nights sleep is disturbed by ghostly means followed by a murder and near death of MJ's fellow medium and boyfriend Heath. All this is topped with the pressure to get good footage for their tv show or it will be cancelled. This proves to be one of their toughest cases yet.

I hate to admit this, but I am getting really tired of Gilley's whining. At first it was kind of cute. But 7 books in, and I can't understand why MJ hasn't booted him in the ass. And Gopher, the producer of the show has become just a bit to mercenary for my taste. I am really hoping that with the conclusion of this book, that it will begin to head in a new direction. Because just like the 3 year old Gilley reminds me of, I am about to put this series into a time out.

I am giving this book 2 stars on Goodreads. I really wanted to like it, I just think it is time for the series to either move in another direction or change some characters around. There were several points in the book, I felt like, "Gee, didn't I read this already?" If this series doesn't get a fresh infusion soon, the stagnation may kill it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely fantastic 19 Jun. 2013
By Holly P - Published on Amazon.com
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I love anything by Victoria Laurie, but this is my favorite series by far. This series is not for the faint of heart, or someone who doesn't have a sense of humor. (Gillie cracks me up every time). Some of her stories are more intense than others, but they are all stellar. I never read the synopsis of her book, I just get them. I have never been disappointed!
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