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4.0 out of 5 stars Second success in spooky series, 19 Sep 2011
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This review is from: Ghost of a Smile (Ghost Finders Novels) (Mass Market Paperback)
Looks like Green has settled on a format (or should I say formula?) for this effective supernatural series about government ghost hunters. Start with a novella to introduce the characters, keep the cast small, segue into the main story, set it in one location and don't leave it until the end. Fair enough. It worked the first time and it works this time as well.

The small cast of characters is fun: JC the cocky leader, Melody the cynical mechanic, Happy Jack the unhappy telepath, and Kim the ghost, and JC's phantasmal girlfriend, who wants to be a real girl (unofficial member); and their interplay is fun. The menace is interesting, partly because the reader is never quite sure which of the various people and creatures who appear really are the menace -is it a scientific experiment gone wrong, or a creature from the outer darkness, or both? Don't worry, our fearful heroes will find out whether they like it or not. (Hint: just don't trust anyone or anything.)

This is lightweight spooky fluff, ideal for when you're in the mood for light entertainment, spooky or not. I'll be back for the third installment. Chances are you will too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ghost Hunting Should Always Be This Interesting, 23 Jan 2012
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While the Ghost books have attracted their fair share of criticism from the fans, who seem to see them as derivative or patronising, Greene has created something a bit different in the Karnaki Institute and its three main operatives. So just how would you conduct a relationship with ghost girl? Or find out if your boss was trying to have you killed? This book tries to answer those questions in a challenging and unusual way. The story is a bit thin on the ground this time, being essentially a `chase' tale once we get inside the building, but the closure is intriguing and there must be more to resolve what has happened to the helpful ghost of Kim... To say more would be to give away the plot, but if you liked the first, you'll love this, if you hated the first book Ghost of a Chance, you'll probably be just as unhappy and would be best advised steering clear. A quick read with less depth that Greene's other work, it is still worth collecting for the completionist and a nice addition to a growing body by a great British writer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Summary., 27 Aug 2013
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Green's Nightside books are simply brilliant, but although this has the same style and humour it still lacks a little something to raise it to the same level as the Nightside books.
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Ghost of a Smile (Ghost Finders Novels) by Simon R. Green (Mass Market Paperback - 30 Aug 2011)
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