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What's A Ghoul to Do?: A Ghost Hunter Mystery by Victoria Laurie
Review by Gayle Surrette
Signet Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451220905
Date: 03 April 2007 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

M.J. Holliday moved to Boston with her childhood friend Gilley Gillespie when Gilley got a scholarship to MIT. M.J. is a psychic and Gilley runs the business and they're actual ghost busters. People call them in to rid their houses of the things that go bump in the night. Dr. Steven Sable wants to hire them to find out who killed his grandfather, though the police have called it a suicide, and he wants to be in on the investigation. MJ knows this means trouble and when Gilley gets pushed down the stairs, there turns out to be more than one ghost, and an attempt is made on their lives -- well it looks like she's right. But the Doc is annoying but endearing and cute -- so what's a ghost busting woman to do?

Great literature? Probably not. Lots of fun to read? You betcha. There were parts where I just laughed out loud. MJ and Gilley have electrostatic meters, a digital night vision camera, voice activated recorders, laser trip wires, and other necessary ghost busting equipment -- and a sassy parrot. There's a lot of a wink and a nudge towards other books and movies in this ghost hunting/busting genre. There's also some great characters in MJ, Gilley, and Doc Sable -- who I hope will be in the next volume. And there's the mystery of who killed Steven's grandfather -- why and how.

The novel mainly takes place in the countryside far, far north of Boston but there is a nice country/small town feel to the narrative and the people that are the walk-on parts. The writing is straightforward and clean with a good sense of humor underlying it all. I occasionally got annoyed at the language errors made by Steven Sable but I've worked with non-native English speakers and they do have problems with idiomatic and slang expressions so I know it's a problem -- I guess I feel guilty about getting a kick out of it even though most of my friends appreciate being corrected and having the nuances of the terms explained.

All in all, a great story to cheer you up when you've had a bad day -- so you might want to save it for the rainy gray day but buy it so it's on hand for a needed laughter emergency.

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