What's a Ghoul to Do? (Ghost Hunter Mystery Series #1)

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M.J., her partner Gilley, and their client, the wealthy, de-lish Dr. Steven Sable, are at his family's lodge, where his grandfather allegedly jumped to his death from the roof-although Sable says it was foul play. But the patriarch's isn't the only ghost around. The place is lousy with souls, all with something to get off their ghoulish chests. Now M.J. will have to to quell the clamor-and listen for a voice with the answers...

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Overview

M.J., her partner Gilley, and their client, the wealthy, de-lish Dr. Steven Sable, are at his family's lodge, where his grandfather allegedly jumped to his death from the roof-although Sable says it was foul play. But the patriarch's isn't the only ghost around. The place is lousy with souls, all with something to get off their ghoulish chests. Now M.J. will have to to quell the clamor-and listen for a voice with the answers...

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  • ISBN-13: 9780451220905
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/3/2007
  • Series: Ghost Hunter Mystery Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 171,446
  • Product dimensions: 4.36 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Real-life professional psychic Victoria Laurie drew from her career as a gifted clairvoyant and police psychic to create the character of Abigail Cooper. She lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, with her two spoiled dachshunds, Lilly and Toby. For information about upcoming novels and appointments for readings, visit her Web site at www.VictoriaLaurie.com.

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  • Posted December 6, 2011

    A Great Way to Start a Series!

    What's A Ghoul to Do? Was a brilliant start to this series. The characters were fresh and fun (Gilley instantly became my favorite, although Dr. Steven Sable is a close second), M.J. stayed just as kickass as she was in the beginning and I loved the blooming relationship between her and Steven. The mystery never dried out I thoroughly enjoyed every little bit and the ghosts were just as fun to read about as the living breathing characters. I would recommend this to anyone into the paranormal looking for a fast and fun mystery.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2011

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    Ghost Busting Fun!

    M.J. Holliday can see and talk to ghosts. She has had the gift ever since she can remember. Her best friend Gil is her business partner and organizer of the busts she goes on. Things change for them when a rich doctor, Steven Sable, comes into their office. He wants them to ghost bust his grandfather's cabin and he wants to tag along. M.J. always busts alone and the prospect of having another person with her isn't something she is comfortable with.
    This book is fast paced, fun and just enough romance to make you want to read the second novel.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2011

    A high recommendation

    This book was a good read. It was light hearted with a small twist to the ending. The ending is why I want to read the next book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2011

    Fun

    A fun read :) at times predictable, yet still enjoyable.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2010

    Great Series by Victoria Laurie!

    Having read another series by Victoria Laurie, I was anxious to start this Ghost Hunter Mystery series. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and found it a great way to escape my daily life. The plot is unique and I enjoy the characters.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2013

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    Originally on my blog: The Bibliophile's Corner Cover Talk: I¿m

    Originally on my blog: The Bibliophile's Corner

    Cover Talk: I’m pretty sure I’ve said it before, but I just love covers for cozy mystery series. They are always so eye-catching.




    Why I Read It: The Book Nympho is doing a read-a-long for the series this year and I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to finally get my hands on this book .




    Characters: M. J.’s medium skills are more than just a job. It’s all she’s ever known. Watching shows like Ghost Whisperer and Medium, I always picture characters with this gift like this as tough, but prone to crying. A lot. That is not the case here with M. J. She is definitely tough, and instead of of crying, she




    Gilley is M. J.’s partner and without him, she would be lost. Between one night stands with lovesick men and trying to get M. J. into the dating world, Gilley runs the hardside of the business. I think perhaps the most interesting part of his character is how scared he is of the homes that M. J. is trying to bust. He stays in the van and monitors safely from the inside.




    Steven Sable Jr., A.K.A. Dr. Delicious, provides quite the case for M.J. Good looking and successful, his business just might be the big profile case that M. J. needs. The only really irritating thing about this character is his English. Or rather, his not knowing English that well. I just find it a bit unbelievable that a successful doctor in the U.S. doesn’t have a solid grip on the nations language. But maybe that’s just me.




    Plot/World-building: From the first page, Laurie did a great job at pulling me in. M. J. is in the midst of a case, seals up a portal, and calls it a day. I really love M. J. and her blunt, no-nonsense attitude about her gift. There is no beating around bush and she does not talk to clients softly. She is upfront from the beginning and “sorry-not-sorry” if you don’t believe her.




    After Steven convinces M. J. to take his case, the trio head up to his hunting lodge and are immediately thrust into a haunted situation. The TV’s are turning on, people are getting pushed on the stairs, the elevator is going up and down on it’s own. Some creepy things for sure, but to make it even more interesting, there is someone very much alive trying to stop Steven and M. J. from solving his grandfather’s “suicide”.




    The only part of this book that bothers me a bit is the romance between Steven and M. J. I just don’t particularly care for them together, but more than that, I just don’t care for Steven that much. Sure, he’s good looking, but dear lord, he needs to learn English…




    Final Thoughts: Ghostbusters, mediums, creepy house, pesty ghosts. It was definitely a great read and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

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    Could not put it down!

    I was two chapters in and I ran out and bought all the books that followed in this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2014

    Let me just say, I read the newest book first, No Ghouls Allowed

    Let me just say, I read the newest book first, No Ghouls Allowed, and had never read any of the books in this series. Although I thought it wasn't hard to follow, I do believe that reading the newest one first was a blessing. No Ghouls Allowed takes us to M.J.'s beginning, literally. I'm glad that this is the way things turned out because now I have all the other books to look forward to reading! This story is about M.J. Holliday, a psychic medium, with a huge heart and a need to help lost spirits move on to the light, or dark, whichever the case may be. M.J. started out doing readings but got burned out, and switched to ghost busting. Her best friend since the first grade, Gilley Gillespie, has been by her side through thick and thin and has ventured into the paranormal world with M.J. as a partner in the ghost busting business. M.J., being a descendant of the infamous Doc Holliday, has chosen to name her African Gray Parrot after him, and I mention Doc because he plays a supporting role within the story.

    The story takes place in Boston, where M.J. is sought after by a gorgeous surgeon, by the name Dr. Steven Sable II, to investigate the lodge where his grandfather committed suicide. Steven doesn't believe his grandfather would do such a thing, knowing how happy his grandfather was, and suspects foul play. Their have been unexplained phenomena taking place in the lodge since his passing which brought forth the idea that Andrew, Steven's grandfather, was haunting the place. After much reluctance, M.J. agrees to take the case and packs her bags to go up north a few hours to where the lodge is located.

    The book starts off with a BANG! Gilley set up a job for M.J. with a realtor on a house that has been on the market way too long for the neighborhood it's in, and the state of the house's energy is what is causing the problem. M.J. was informed by Gilley (confirmed by the realtor) that two people have been killed in that house. This is the part that clues you in to how M.J. works, and how gifted she really is........it's awesome! She enters the house and can feel whenever a ghost is present. She feels two of them. Now this is the freaky part; she reaches out to the female spirit, and after some coaxing, she is able to get the ghost to open up to her and "show" her what happened to her when she died. M.J. can hear the ghost and, therefore, is able to communicate with her. After getting the ghost to acknowledge what happened, she guides her to the lighted path to "move on." The description of the process was so heart-wrenching, I was in tears. ( I didn't realize 'til now that the experience reminded me of the television show, The Ghost Whisperer. I had a love/hate relationship with that show! I loved it because of the fact that Jennifer Love Hewitt's character was a psychic medium that could communicate with the dead, and she helped them to let go of what was keeping them here, to give their loved ones peace and to "cross over." But when Jennifer's character got to the part where the ghosts finally opened up and told her their story, Niagara Falls baby....every single episode. I knew it was coming, but I couldn't turn away, like a train wreck, just can't deny the attraction to watching it, even though it made me cry, every damn time!!!)

    Then there is the meeting with this new potential client M.J. has to get home to quick-like. She arrives in time but not before having to drive behind a dude going really slow and on his phone. Gilley and Doc are carrying on as soon as she walks in, and then the client arrives. He's a to-die-for, yummy doctor who is stupid rich, and he wants M.J. to do a job for him! But Dr. Delicious (the name Gilley used to refer to the client, which Doc quickly picked up on and yelled out at inappropriate times) wanted to be part of them team during the investigation, which is M.J.'s No-No Rule #1. He walks out, not accepting those terms and taking his business with her. Now, she has to get ready for a blind date that Mama Dell, from Mama Dell's Coffee Shop, set up for her.

    The characters were such a good fit together and had me laughing out loud throughout the book. Mama Dell was a southern belle who lived in Boston for 30 years with her husband. She opened up a coffee shop not knowing a damn thing about coffee and made the worst coffee ever, which made her an inside joke to the locals, but also made the shop very popular. One thing Mama Dell was good at was matchmaking. She even had profiles for people to fill out, LOL! Gilley was as gay as gay could be, and he didn't care who knew it! He has a very no nonsense, take no crap personality, but he also is very quick with the sarcasm and jokes. M.J. is a workaholic with no time for a dating life. I'm not sure if this attitude was drawn from her mother dying at such a young age or from the fact that she hasn't met the right guy yet- one that takes her abilities seriously. So M.J. going on this blind date that Mama Dell set up for her was a big deal. Then there's Teeko, aka Karen O'Neal, M.J.'s best friend. Teeko is a knockout, hence the name Teeko which came from TKO (total knock out). She didn't play much of a role in the book, but when she did, it was always in the coffee shop, talking about men.

    After listening to a lecture from Gilley about business and her unwillingness to grow and change, M.J. arrives to the conclusion that he is right and accepts the job from Dr. Delicious, THANK GOD! Dr. Steven Sable II is a hunk of burning love from Argentina. He went to private schools in Germany, speaks five languages, and did I mention he was very lick-able?? English is a work in progress for him, which gives him charm and personality. Misuse of the language had me rolling with laughter and thanking the stars this book series was brought to my attention. I loved every part of this book, funny, scary and sad. It was a well-written story with super awesome characters who gave M.J.'s world the perfect balance.

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  • Posted December 2, 2014

    I'm usually not for romance or anything ridiculously mushy...How

    I'm usually not for romance or anything ridiculously mushy...However, I liked the book. It had a great blend of romance, butt-kicking and
    supernatural mishaps. Without a doubt I will be continuing the series. I can't wait to read the 2nd book! Great mystery plot lines are always 
    appreciated.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2014

    Liked the book

    I really liked the book and will read them all but i am a little put back by something i read about the author. She is having conflict with someone's opinion about her books and is going to make up a foolish character about that person in her next book. When i read the author's post about this i was wondering why she even bothered with this. Who cares if she does that? This seems very childish and passive-aggressive. Now i think of that everytime i pick up the book to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2014

    I found this book,What's a Ghoul to do, at a book store. From th

    I found this book,What's a Ghoul to do, at a book store. From the time I started read it to the end, I couldn't put the book down. I read the book in two days, I think. I loved this book. I loved the characters. I loved that M.J. is a strong woman that can think for herself. The book was full of action and, of course, the mystery itself. Loved it.

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  • Posted March 1, 2014

    I loved this book, I bought the second one immediately after and

    I loved this book, I bought the second one immediately after and started it. It starts out with a bang and continues on. Between the ghost busting, a murder mystery past and present, and romance it has is all. Just when you think you have the mystery solved there's another twist. I love M.J. and although Steven may mess up some American sayings (many of which I liked his version better and had a good laugh)it was cute, I admit a little overdone sometimes but I still enjoyed it. This book had many twists but I think it pieced it all together nicely, and the sarcastic comments were right up my alley. Highly entertaining.

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    Posted February 27, 2014

     

     

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2014

    Very enjoyable

    Loved it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    Dont bother

    Although I enjoyed the psychic eye series this new ghoul series is just pathetic. Boring, contrived and with characters i found completely unlikable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    A cute cozy on ghosts

    When ghost buster MJ Halliday gets a call from a prospective client to contact his grandfather, who recently died but didn't cross over, she is reluctant to take the case since the client wants to help. Lack of money and pressure from her business partner forces her to give in to this handsome and irksome client. MJ learns there isn't just one ghost and it seems as though the other wants to cause them harm!

    I enjoyed this first book in this series by Laurie, although, they don't take the place of her Psychic Eye series!

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    Quick, Fun Read

    Enjoyed reading this series. The stories were fast-paced, the characters were funny and endearing. MJ & Gilley bickered like brother & sister with hilarious outcomes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    11/23/12

    11/23/12 Liking this first of the series.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2012

    Couldnt put it down

    My husband and i coulnt put it down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    SPELLBINDING

    This story is great. The author knows just how to tell a story to keep you glued to the book. Most of the time I didn't want to put the book down. Once I finished with this book...I couldn't wait to buy the next one of this series. Victoria Laurie is beginning to be one of my favorite writers.




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