Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Have You Heard? Victoria Laurie's Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls

Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls: A Ghost Hunter Mystery | [Victoria Laurie]Series:  Ghost Hunter Mystery Book 5
Written by Victoria Laurie
Narrated by Eileen Stevens
Unabridged Audiobook
Listening Length: 8 hours and 32 minutes
Publisher: Audible Studios
Release Date: December 28, 2010
***** stars

I enjoyed the fifth entry in the MJ Holliday, Gilley Gillespie, and Heath Whitefeather “Ghoul Getters” television series very much.  I loved the way author Victoria Laurie twisted several storylines together coming up with a cohesive story, sort of like a braid of hair.  MJ and Heath are psychic mediums, and Gilley is a tech wizard.  They help people with ghost, phantom, demon, and all matters of paranormal creatures and problems.

Finding hidden treasure prompts a new episode of their TV show at the haunted ruins of Dunlow Castle in Ireland.  There are multiple ghosts at the castle, all of whom were scared by an onsite phantom released from his talisman by gold hunters. It sounded like he was the worst "ghoul" MJ, Gilley, and Heath had encountered.  Rumor has it that the man who built the castle hid booty of gold somewhere within the vast rooms and crypts. The castle was high on a bluff so there were several ghosts there because they fell off the cliffs.  One in particular held the secret to accessing the phantom and therefore the gold.  Producer of the show, Gopher, disappears in the castle and cannot be found there or on the rocks below; MJ and Heath cannot feel his spirit, which hopefully means he has not died.  Without Gopher leading production of "Ghoul Getters" and sending footage off to the big wigs that control the show, they decide to cancel the show and fire everyone.

Now the ghost busting team must find a way to make the phantom disappear, help any ghosts that want to cross over, find Gopher, get the show renewed or find a new home for it, all while suffering falls and wounds and Gilley eating every piece of food in site.  It's amazing how Victoria Laurie can mix together storylines like that!  Somehow they get the jobs done.  

Hearing all this turmoil on audio truly brings it to life.  One ghost in particular stands high on the bluff shouting his true love’s name.  Over and over again, loud and persistent.  This ghost is not old, and his true love is alive and waiting for the team to free her love so he can stop suffering.  With the expert writing skill of the author and the skill narrating so many voices added to the images in your own imagination, the characters are practically sitting next to you.  They come to life around you.  It is magic and so much fun yet filled with terror.  It was extremely difficult to put this book down, leaving everyone waiting for your return to continue the stories brought forth in one book.

This entry can easily stand on its own but is so much richer and scarier knowing the characters and watching them grow.  Awesome!

Sandie Herron

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