Demons Are a Ghoul's Best Friend (Ghost Hunter Mystery Series #2)

Demons Are a Ghoul's Best Friend (Ghost Hunter Mystery Series #2)

by Victoria Laurie

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ISBN-13: 9780451223418
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/04/2008
Series: Ghost Hunter Mystery Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 287,017
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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

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Demons Are a Ghoul's Best Friend (Ghost Hunter Mystery Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 120 reviews.
arielfl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked the first book in the series enough to want to pick up the second. This is a good series to read in the month of October since there are all kinds of paranormal hijinks about. In this installment M.J. travels to a boarding school in upstate New York to attend to the diabolical haunting of a really evil spirit named Hatchet Jack. I was kind of surprised at how intense the story of Hatchet Jack got at the end. Young boys being chained up and then let out to be hacked to death is definitely dark reading. There is something about the character of M.J. that I really like. She is written as someone you would like to be friends with. Not sure what is going on with the Dr. Delicious plot line though as he is a character that can only exist in a fantasy. Hot doctor, totally devoted to M.J., cooks like a gourmet chef, doesn't mind getting the brush up, and always ready to drop what he is doing to be at her beck and call. Let's face it, there is nothing here ground in reality. That's what makes it so fun to read. This a pure escapism fantasy series that will remove you from the hum drums of every day life for awhile.
dd196406 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Second in the series -- takes place in New England at a private boarding school. MJ, Gilley, and Steven are plagued by a hatchet-wielding ghost who preys on children. Fun read.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't care too much for "Whats a Ghoul To Do". I liked the idea of M.J. the ghostbusting heroine sending ghosts to heaven or the otherworld. I was annoyed by the character of Dr. Steven Sable and his messed up dialect on every other page. The mystery didn't hold my attention very well either. I chalked this up to a fun idea gone badly. So its taken nearly a year for me to pick up the next book "Demons Are A Ghoul's Best Friend". I'm still not sure why I did. Imagine my pleasure to discover this a keeper. Here M.J., Gilley, and (oh no!) their new partner Dr Steven are investigating an ax wielding ghost attached to a boarding school. There is (as other reviewers have suggested) much less of Dr. Steven, and when he is involved, he wasn't quite as annoying as before. He is still a character I think Laurie would do well to ditch. As a team of two Gilley and M.J. were a hoot. This mystery was far superior to the first one, and the ghost scenes (always the best) were plentiful. This is a fun, page turner and to anyone on the fence after the first one, I can only suggest you give the second one a try.
FlowerFairy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this series! It's a quick, fun read with just the right amount of laughs and creeps (especially if you're reading it with a storm raging outside in the middle of the night, the way I did!). It also doesn't hurt that M.J. and I are from the same small town in South Georgia! And really, who couldn't fall in love with the book's obvious main character and hero, Doc? ;)
Phantasma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the first book in this series, but this book was much better. I really enjoyed it and was a little sad when it ended. I honestly am excited about the next one in this series.
reannon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second in Victoria Laurie's Ghost Hunter series about a medium who gets rid of unwelcome ghosts. In this episode they are after a truly nasty ghost who chases young people at a school with a hatchet. Scary stuff, but an involving story. I like the characters even better than in the first book. At this point, I've now caught up with everything Laurie has published, and the thought of waiting until next year for new volumes in both her series makes me grumpy.
craftyfox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book even more than the first one. It was more intense. I couldn't put the book down until I finished it! I also found out that you don't need to read the books in order or even read the other books to understand what is going on. The author very kindly brings you up-to-date on the series at the beginning of each book! If you learn one thing from this second book in the series, its that ghostbusting is not an easy job. You also learn that our heroine is one tough cookie!
RuthiesBookReviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this one, M.J. and Gilley have a new partner, Dr. Delicious Steven - of course, with his accent and the way he looks, it's no wonder that M.J. gets a little distracted! LOL But a friend of hers comes to her about a school that her niece goes to and needs some help with a hatchet wielding ghost. Of course, M.J. can't say no to a ghost bust or to the money involved. So as they prepare for the hunt, they realize that it might not be as easy as they think. Gilley gets attacked and so does M.J. But what they uncover really is twisted and it comes right down to a big cover up!Victoria Laurie's characters evolved a little more in this book. We see how Steven handles the situation and his affection for M.J., but realizes that he has to give her the space that she needs in order to do her job. Not only is M.J. a psychic medium and the one you want around when you have a ghost, but she is also a good version of Sherlock Holmes when it comes right down to this case.The plot in this book was far more intricate and there were a lot of twists and turns, but all of which were brought together quite nicely at the end. I'm really looking forward to more adventures with M.J., Gilley, and Dr. Delicious. Let's see if in the next book, Steven really learns all there is to know about ghost-busting!
MissReadsTooMuch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have to admit - I probably would not have read this if I hadn't bought both of the first two books in the series at the same time. The first one was alright but I would have been fine stopping there. I liked this one much better - the mystery was much more clever and there was a lot less of Stephen, a character I really found kind of creepy. I read the whole first book waiting to find out he was evil. I still didn't like him in this book but, as I said, without him I really enjoyed it.
CozyLover on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A quick, easy read with a decent amount of paranormal hijinks to keep the story moving along.
imayb1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In ghostbuster M.J. Holliday's second story, she looks into a murderous haunt hanging around a posh New England boarding school. Assisting her are her teammate/partners Gilley Gillespe and Dr. Steven Sable.This book lacked the humor of the first one (What's a Ghoul to Do?). I missed Gilley's scene-stealing laugh-out-loud lines and the pre-set sexual tension between M.J. and "Dr. Delicious" took a back-burner to the mystery. Even M.J.'s bird, Doc, received only passing mention. The mystery is well-done, complex and entertaining. However, the unique and funny character by-play which made the first book great is missing from book two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn’t want to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The second book in the series has blown me away! I became so engrossed in the characters and plot that I read it straight through without taking a break. The storyline was complicated enough to keep my mind puzzling over who Hachet Jack was and how certain ghosts factored into the plot, while still being able to follow along. I was definitely ecstatic with the conclusion. It was a heart-pounding, tear-jerking, scary, and sweet ending to an amazing story. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series!!
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kimmythegreat More than 1 year ago
Book two of the Ghost Hunter Mysteries continues where Book 1 left off......Dr. Steven Sable, aka Dr. Delicious, has taken a teaching position at the University of Massachusetts ever since he was shot in the hand from the job he hired M.J. and Gilley for. Unable to perform surgery, he now gives lectures at the University. The good doctor has generously invested in M.J. and Gilley's ghost busting business to keep them afloat and to also be near M.J. Business has been slow ever since her job for Dr. Sable, and as if on cue, Karen, aka Teeko, M.J.'s best friend shows up with a job for her. Karen's niece Evie has been attacked at the boarding school she attends! Karen's brother Kevin is your typical skeptic of anything paranormal, so Karen goes through his wife Leanne to get permission for M.J. to talk to her about the attack. It turns out that Evie was chased by a ghost the local kids call "Hatchett Jack." Jack has been haunting the school's old elementary wing and the surrounding area since the 1970's. With an increase in the school's population, the dean is having the old elementary wing remodeled into dorms, and the kids are terrified to live there. When the team arrives, Karen sets up a meeting with Dean Habbernathy, and the meeting doesn't go well. The dean denies the need for their services and tells them the whole situation is nonsense. Karen digs, and the Dean reveals to them that he doesn't have the loan secured for the remodel, nor does he have a construction crew lined up either. The dean was hoping for construction to start as soon as school let out in another couple of days and to be finished by the time school started again. So Karen and her brilliantness sets a plan in motion to get M.J. and her team in to do an investigation. Now that the team have permission to do their investigation, they have one strict stipulation that can not be negotiated........they have ONE week to get 'er done. After that is when construction will start, no matter what! While this is going on, tension between M.J. and Steven starts. Steven assumes he will be bunking with M.J., and M.J. needs her space. During the investigation, M.J. continues to make Steven feel like he's a third wheel and to push him away. She needs to focus, man! She's up against a doozy of a ghost, poltergeist, what have you, and it takes a lot of her energy!! And what's up with Karen?? Going off to Europe the first sign of a man, leaving the team alone!! Don't even get me started on Doc! This bird has thwarted poor Steven's attempts to be with M.J. as well! It's like they're double teaming the poor guy!! If M.J. doesn't want to date him, then just tell him!!! Stop stringing him along woman! Although I have to admit what Doc has been doing is pretty funny! When Steven tried to convince M.J. to let him stay in her room, Doc started yelling, "Doc's lonely, POW! Gilley come quick, Doc's been shot! Doc's in pain! Doc's going to the light!" LMAO!! During the investigation, M.J. discovers a child's remains, and when she contacts the police, Detective Muckleroy arrives with some deputies. He is a very heavy skeptic and gives M.J. a really hard time. When she finally reveals the remains, he still doesn't believe her, so she taps into her psychic abilities and discovers that the detective's grandmother and mother's spirits are present. The jerk faints! HAHA, that's what you get! When he awakes, he is a true believer of M.J.'s. Now with the detective on her side, they go forth with the snooping around. The whole freaking town is very tight-lipped about Hatchett Jack which becomes very suspicious, but the team keeps plugging away. It seems like slowly but surely they collect pieces a little at a time, not without difficulty. The whole mystery of Hatchett Jack was just an awesome riddle. What brought such intensity to the story was the fact that M.J. only had one week to solve it and nail Jack, along with helping the other ghosties cross over. These poor souls were being haunted by Jack every night with him chasing them with his ax, hatchet, whatever. The weapon keeps changing, or they keep referring to it as both, so I lost track. On top of solving this mystery, M.J. was having to dodge Steven, baby Gil, and help other ghosts cross over that were coming out of the blue to her, plus getting her ass kicked by Jack. As I entered the "showdown," I had to pee....I had 30 pages to go til the end, and I had little time left to do it in, because I had to go pick up the kids from school. So I'm pushing through, screw it! I can hold it through 30 pages, right? My God! That was the most intense 30 pages of a book I had ever endured! As the urgency in the story unfolds, so does my bladder! Steven is being chased by Jack with a hatchet, he's screaming HELP!, Gilley is yelling RUN!!, and M.J. is struggling to get the damn door open!! I'm yelling, OPEN THE DAMN DOOR! Why did you wait til the last minute to pry open the door?? OMG! At that moment, I swore I was going to wet myself....but no fear, as I held my breath with anxiety for the team, I clinched my bladder shut and read as fast as I could. Oh thank you God when I reached the safety zone to stop reading! I leaped off the bed, dashed down the hallway and I don't even think I shut the bathroom door as I hurried to the toilet and felt relief, awwwww. I have learned a valuable lesson, don't load up on coffee before reading M.J. stories, cause they have too much drama, excitement, action, suspense, danger, and of course mystery to sustain a regular heart beat as it is! Having reached the conclusion that I will be re-reading these books, I wish for a Christmas miracle and the whole series appears under the tree for me on Christmas morning, cause they will bring me life long enjoyment!
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I loved this story, freaked me out a couple of times but loved it. M.J. is strong and confidant, Steven is likeable although he comes across as a little needy to me sometimes, Gil, sorry he irks me but he does have some redeeming qualities. I like that the police were working with M.J. and not telling her to butt out like so many other books I've read. The mystery of an axe wielding lunatic ghost is interesting and has you guessing until the end. I will definitely be continuing on with this series.
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Good read. I really enjoy the characters in the story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
12/9/12 Good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt put this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive read all of the ghoul books in thiss series but this one by far is my all time favorite :) i read it in a day,,,who doesnt love reading about a serial axe murderer haunting a school? Laurie knows how to hook you with her characters and the drama that unfolds with the turning of the page. All in all 5 stars to all the ghoul books and Gilly, mj's bestfriend since childhood
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Ghost Hunters Series so-far has been a fantastic series to read. I really enjoyed the first book very much, but this book kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't wait til I had the time to start reading again. The characters are so realistic an natural that you can almost believe that they are people she knows. I hope the next book in the series is just as good!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is cute and quirky. It is funny and an easy read. The characters are well defined and there is a lot of action. Quite enjoyable!