Ghouls Just Haunt to Have Fun (Ghost Hunter Mysteries, No. 3)
by Victoria Laurie
Review by Gayle Surrette
Signet Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451226303
Date: 03 March 2009 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
M.J. Holliday is the psychic but Gilley (Gil) Gillespie takes care of bookings and keeps the schedule while their partner Dr. Steven Sable is along for the adventure in their ghost hunting business. Lately though Gil seemed preoccupied. So while M.J. knew he was probably up to something, she didn't expect to find herself booked and confirmed to be on a new TV show being filmed in San Francisco at the Duke Hotel, the most haunted hotel in America. Hearing the show described as a haunted Antiques Roadshow and that she'd never heard of the other mediums didn't make her happy either. But even M.J. didn't expect to find herself in the midst of a murder investigation, a possible demon-haunted object, and a cop with an open mind.
If you're a fan of the Ghost Hunter Mystery series, you already know that no job is as easy as the customer wants you to believe, and this TV shot is no exception. While Gil knew that they were staying at the Duke, he didn't know it was haunted until he saw the brochure – not a problem, except Gil is terrified of ghosts and left his magnetic sweatshirt at home. After shopping for a shirt and magnets, they arrive at the hotel just as the police are clearing the area after a spectacular and successful suicide – or was it murder? M.J. suspects murder. Surprisingly, the police officer she talks too seems to take her seriously.
You'd think that would be the central core of this mystery, but there's more. Lurrie manages to twist in some history, several colorful and persistent hotel ghosts, information about paranormal research and psychics, a demon possessed knife, interesting TV personalities and production assistants, and a cracking good story.
Not only does M.J., Gilley, and Steven have to solve the murders, but they've also got to do the TV show, stop the bad guys, work with the only other legitimate psychic, and send all the hotel ghosts on their way. As usual, there's comedy, drama, information, and a multilayered mystery. This series just seems to improve with time.