Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A Ghoul's Guide to Love and Murder (Ghost Hunter Mystery #10) by Victoria Laurie

Sometimes I stumble into a series that is so fun and fresh that I don't know if I should be happy or sad I missed it for so long. I know after falling in love with the characters I was so sad to see this is the last part. A which point I did feel glad there are nine other  parts for me to read. A Ghoul's Guide to Love and Murder (Ghost Hunter Mystery #10) by Victoria Laurie is the most unique story I have read in a long while.

From the back of the book:

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., 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 Oruç 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 Oruç 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. M.J. may even need to recruit a certain skeptical Boston detective to help stop the paranormal party crashers from turning Gilley’s wedding bells to funeral knells. . . . 

My thoughts:

If you know me you know I love paranormal, well, anything. It has always been an interest of mine. I've been on my fair share of ghost hunts, and written a number of horror and dark fantasy stories, and novels. M.J. is my kind of character. I was so tickled to me a strong female lead in the role of a ghost hunter. She is just too awesome for words. And while I did like Heath and Gil, they were second to her and the ghost and demons, which just painted me happy.

Like I said I jumped in late but following along was easy. I do wonder if some of the returning ghosts/enemies might have been more intense for me had I read about their first encounters. Which is why I am going to go back and starting at book one. Well part of why. I just loved the tone, style, pace, and atmosphere so much I have to go back and see this series evolve from the start.

There was a lovely build of tension and since almost at the onset I was invested in the characters it got pretty hairy. I even like the detective. I gather she was new and I do wish this series wasn't ending because I would love to see her again as well. I do hope you will join me in reading all ten parts. I can say with certainty this series ends with a bang not a whimper. 

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