What’s A Ghoul to Do?
by Victoria LaurieNarrated by: Eileen Stevens Originally published by Signet, April 2007 Audio By:Audible Inc, January 2010 Genre: Paranormal Humor, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Chick Lit Source: Audible Audiobook Heather’s Rating: From Goodreads:
M.J., her partner Gilley, and their client, the wealthy, de-lish Dr. Steven Sable, are at his family’s lodge, where his grandfather allegedly jumped to his death from the roof-although Sable says it was foul play. But the patriarch’s isn’t the only ghost around. The place is lousy with souls, all with something to get off their ghoulish chests. Now M.J. will have to quell the clamor-and listen for a voice with the answers…
Book Savvy Babe’s Quickie Review:
I listened to the audio from Audible, and it took me awhile to get into this book. Actually, I almost didn’t finish after listening to the first half. For some reason, on audio, the humor came across mostly silly, not so much funny (there was a lot of eye-rolling on my part). But, I did enjoy M.J Holliday, the ghost hunter/buster and her quirky sidekick, Gilley. I decided to give the second half a chance and wound up enjoying the book.
What’s A Ghoul to Do? is a light-hearted, fun read. I don’t know if it was hard for me to get into the story because of distractions, or just not the right mood, or whatever; but once I did get more into the story, I appreciated the humor, ghost hunting, and Dr Delicious . Once the ghost hunting team was in place and the key players in the haunting and conspiracy were in play, the story got more interesting and held my attention better. By the end of the book, I was enjoying the humor that I had found overly silly in the first half of the book and the plot came together nicely, which saved this book for me.
The audio/ narration was just okay for me. I think part of why the humor came across silly rather than funny would be the voices and the delivery of some of the supposedly funny lines. The voices didn’t always work for me, and I think I would have appreciated the humor more if I had read rather than listened.
While I had a difficult time with the first half of the book, the second half of the book came together nicely and I wound up enjoying What’s a Ghoul to Do?. This book gets a 3 star rating all around for me, for the story and for the narration. I am not sure if I will read more from the series in the future, the characters really are fun and would fit the bill for those readers looking for a chick-lit paranormal read. If I do pick up the next book in the series, I will likely try the print or e-book version rather than the audio.