The Ghoul Next Door: A Ghost Hunter Mystery
by Victoria Laurie
Review by Sherry Lilley
Signet Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451240606
Date: 07 January 2014
List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
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MJ is home, with her crew, to rest, relax and recharge. The rest, relaxation, and recharging doesn't last long.
When her old flame, Dr. Sable, shows up and asked for help for his fiancée's brother, who seems to be haunted, she can't turn him down. Sure, there's bound to be some tension between Heath, MJ's partner and boyfriend, and Dr. Gorgeous (aka, Dr. Steven Sable), but you don't just walk away from friends in need. So MJ and Heath, agree to take a look, dragging the reluctant Gilly along.
Dr. Gorgeous and his new fiancée, Courtney, the brilliant and beautiful neurosurgeon, make a lovely couple. But they are worried about Luke, Courtney's brother. Luke describes his haunt as a shadow, a malevolent shadow, and Courtney and Steven would like it to stop.
Luke can't sleep because his dreams are so disturbing. And the shadow seems to follow him everything he goes. So MJ, Heath and Gilly set up to monitor Luke one night. Luke is apprehensive, because the haunt visits him in his sleep, but game. However, during the night, Luke gets up, walks out of the apartment, and returns covered in blood. On his heels come the police, looking for the killer of a young woman. Add in a curious, persistent reporter and a skeptical police detective, and the cast of character is nicely filled in.
Ms. Laurie's writing gets better with each book, and she was good from the beginning. From the first page, I was reluctant to put this book down. The story moved along, and was as plausible as possible, considering the subject matter. The writing is good enough that you can see what's happening to the characters, and believe it could be real. The bad "guy" is bad enough that you hope with all your heart it isn't possible. The gore is kept to a minimum, but plenty is implied. The humor, since this is, technically, a cozy, is there, but not to the point where it detracts from the story. I did enjoy the bird, who has a much bigger part then he's had in previous books. He is a charming critter.
I'm sure there must be flaws in the book somewhere, but I didn’t see any, and would recommend the book.
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