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A Ghoul's Guide to Love and Murder

by Victoria Laurie

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Laurie's characters are a bit quirky at times but they are all lovable. This time MJ and her crew come under attack from several of the demons they previously banished. ( )
  wearylibrarian | Aug 1, 2017 |
Another final book of a series. At first I was pretty wrenched hearing this - another of my favourite reads going to that big library in the sky! But actually, I'm ok with it; while the stories were always deliciously creepy – just stopping short of too-scary-for-me – the plot lines were getting more 'out there' with every book. I just don't think she could have actually taken the series any further without bringing aliens or satan into it.

As M.J.'s swan song, A Ghoul's Guide to Love and Murder serves as a "This is Your Life": an artefact from a previous adventure is stolen from Heath and M.J. and the gateway it contains now opens enough to allow several of the spooks from their past to all come through at once. I'm generally not a fan of this plot device but in this book I think it was especially ineffective and here's why: what made each of the ghouls in the books so freaking scary was not only what they looked like and what they did, but the setting each one haunted and the super-creepy story behind their existence. Here, they're pulled out of their natural environments and so become something more akin to a character in a generic haunted house. They're still scary as hell, but they loose a lot of their creep and spook factors.

Still, the pacing is fast, the action pretty much constant and all our characters get their HEA (actually, they pretty much get that in the first chapter, it's just that by the end of the book you know they'll get to keep it). These books will have a home on my shelves for a long time to come and when I'm in the mood for a spooky ghost story, they'll be my first choice. ( )
  murderbydeath | Nov 12, 2016 |
Money from their TV shows and upcoming movie has given MJ, Health, and Gilley a comfortable enough income that none of them have to work again if they don't want to. And that is a good thing - not only are the three of them bruised and battered from battling dangerous ghosts, all three of them are making changes in their lives and want to move on. But they are not quite done fighting evil – a dagger holding a very evil demon is stolen from an exhibit promoting their movie. There has already been one death because of this dagger and MJ, Heath, and Gilley are desperate to find the dagger before anyone else dies. They have their work cut out for them – there is more than one demon on the loose as well some pretty evil humans.

“A Ghoul’s Guide to Love and Murder” is the tenth and last book in Victoria Laurie’s Ghost Hunter mystery series. While I am sad to see the series end, Laurie finishes it on an excellent note - pulling out all the stops and making this book a great read. Long-time fans of the series will be delighted and (perhaps scared) at some of the demons that turn up in this book - this book is indeed a celebration of all the books in the series. This book has plenty of thrills (it is a page turner) but also enough humor to take the edge off the scariness (Laurie has a special talent for making something both scary and funny at the same time. I am not sure how she does it but it makes her books a pleasure to read). I really don't want to say too much about the book because I don't want to spoil it for readers, but I do want to say that Laurie does an excellent job of wrapping up the series - this is one of the best last books in a series that I've ever read!

I will miss MJ, Heath, and Gilley, but “A Ghoul’s Guide to Love and Murder” is a fitting end to their adventures. ( )
  drebbles | Apr 20, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451470125, Mass Market Paperback)

Medium M. J. Holliday battles demons in the tenth Ghost Hunter Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of No Ghouls Allowed.

M.J., her boyfriend Heath, best friend Gilley, and the rest of the Ghoul Getters crew are back home in Boston. Their new film’s a monster hit, and a museum is getting in on the action with a special exhibit of supernatural artifacts. Unfortunately, Gilley—whose mind is engaged with wedding plans—donated the dagger which keeps the demon Oruç locked in the lower realm. Before M.J. can recover the bewitched blade, there’s a murder and a heist at the museum, and the dagger is stolen. 

Now Oruç, having already killed once, is coming for M.J. and Heath, and the demon is bringing with him some fiendish friends from M.J.’s haunted past. She and the other Ghoul Getters are in for a devil of a time. M.J. may even need to recruit a certain psychic friend from Texas to help stop the paranormal party crashers from turning Gilley’s wedding bells to funeral knells...

(retrieved from Amazon Tue, 14 Jul 2015 15:03:44 -0400)

"M.J., Heath, and Gilley, are back home in Boston, where their new film is sure to be a monster hit! To promote the film, the studio is sponsoring a special exhibit of supernatural artifacts at a local museum. Unfortunately, Gilley--whose mind is engaged with wedding plans--gets talked into donating to the exhibit the very dagger that keeps the dangerous ghost Oru?c and his pet demon locked down in the lower realms. Before M.J. can recover the bewitched blade, there's a murder and a heist at the museum, and the dagger is stolen. Now Oru?c is coming for M.J. and her crew, and he's bringing with him some fiendish friends from M.J.'s haunted past. She, Gilley, and Heath are certain to be in for a devil of a time."--Amazon.com.… (more)

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