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.